Friday, July 31, 2009

ABC of Positive Emotions

These are my favorite positive emotions in alphabetical order:

Appreciative: You take note of what others have done for you and you express your gratitude and appreciation

Belief: Have full confidence in yourself. You believe you can do it and be successful

Calm: You are not disturbed. You feel at ease and collected.

Delightful: Listening to a piece of soothing music or reading an inspirational article gives me a delightful feeling

Enthusiastic: I look forward to each new day with excitement and high hope

Forgiving: Don’t fill your heart with grudges against others. Forgive and forget and you will feel peaceful and calm inside your heart.

Good-natured: Be kind, be friendly and be good to others and treat yourself just the same.

Happy: Happiness is contagious. When you are happy you are also spreading happiness to the people around you.

Inspired: I am inspired by great articles on the Net and they inspire me to do the same

Joyful: Be joyous, be cheerful. You can make a choice. You can also feel down and out. However, life is short and unpredictable so just be merry.

Kind: Kindness begets kindness. Random acts of kindness bring cheers to others and satisfaction to yourself.

Loving: Love yourself, love your family and fill the world with love as it is filed with hatred and vengeance.

Motivated: Be interested and be encouraged. As an example I am motivated to write and post an article a day.From the statistics provided by I am happy and delighted to note that my articles are being bookmarked, printed, emailed and added as personal favorites by my readers.

Neat: When your house is clean and tidy, the neatness vibrates a feeling of serenity in you.

Optimistic: Expect good things and success to happen. Positive expectations bring you joy and happiness. .

Positive: Look for the good in people and situations. Expect the best to happen.

Quick: A feeling of alertness in you that you are ready to take action immediately. There is a sense of preparedness.

Relaxed: It’s a valuable asset to feel relaxed in this hurried world. Your mind is peaceful and in that particular moment time seems to stand still.

Simple: Do not make life complicating .Be simple and easy without clutter. Allow things to flow smoothly.

Thankful: Be thankful to God that you are alive and kicking. Count your blessings instead of your troubles.

Understanding: It means you are open-minded and you are not stubborn. You are also empathetic.

Valued: Are you being valued as a person? It’s a great feeling to know that you are valued by others.

Wonderful: When you wake up in the morning tell yourself that it is going to be a wonderful day and you look forward to it with positive expectations.

Xmas-spirited: There is a feeling of giving in the true spirit of Christmas. You are thoughtful of your friends and relatives. .

Youthful: When you have a youthful feeling, you are full of vitality and it has nothing to do with your age

Zealous: I have a feeling of abundant energy, and I am ready to start a new day with zest

Share your other positive emotions with us.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

15 Positive Emotions of a Successful Executive

A successful executive is someone who has mastered the following skills:

Technical skill
Human skill
Conceptual skill

Not only that, he has a high emotional quotient and he generates the following positive emotions:

1. Flexible: He is willing to listen to others and accept the best course of action even though it is not his idea.

2. Passionate: He takes his job whole-heartedly. He enjoys his work and likes the challenges that come with the job

3. Energetic: He works with full concentration and his performance is at his peak

4. Motivated: He is looked upon as a valued employee and he is encouraged to be more productive and more effective.

5. Curious: There is never a dull moment while he is at work He is always on the lookout for new trend or development within and outside the company. By doing this he is on top of things.

6. Empathetic: He cares for his co-workers as much as he cares for himself. Whatever he does, due consideration is given to others around him.

7. Positive: He looks at things on the bright side. And he is always looking for the strengths of a person rather than his shortcomings.

8. Happy: He wears a smile at the workplace and he acknowledges people warmly when he meets them. The workers sense a feeling of acceptance.

9. Creative: As a problem solver, he is resourceful and innovative

10. Courageous: Once a decision is taken he will take action immediately even it may be a new project without proven results.

11. Confident: He is very sure of himself to get things done. His high self-esteem is a moral support for other staff

12. Optimistic: He has an optimistic outlook in life. He always expects success and good things to happen.

13. Enthusiastic: He is excited about his work and he looks forward to each new day with high hope.

14. Focus: He gets into the flow of things while he is working. He is not easily distracted.

15. Calm: He may be working under pressure but he works calmly. He will not show negative emotions such as anger at the work place.

Positive emotions facilitate productivity and effectiveness and also promote good health and well-being.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

12 Positive Emotions to End All Your Worries

Conceive positive emotions when you are anxious or something is bothering you. Positive emotions influence your mind in a healthy way. You will be less stressful; much more collected and feel more at ease. Generate the following emotion when you are in a worrisome situation:

  1. Be happy: Make the right choice; be cheerful instead of feeling down and out. When you are happy you look at the sunny side of things.

  1. Be positive: Your positive mindset will focus your mind on the bright side of a situation. The outlook, after all, may not be as troublesome as you have thought initially.

  1. Be optimistic: Every cloud has a silver lining. The things that you worry about may be a blessing in disguise. Think of a solution and act on it.

  1. Be confident: You are very sure that there is a way out to overcome the problem.

  1. Be kind: Kindness shifts your attention on others. When your feeling is outgoing, you worry less about yourself.

  1. Be motivated: Your past successes in life will spark off bright ideas and solutions to the things that you are concerned about.

  1. Be calm: A calm mind means you are able to look a situation clearly and act in a reasonable way.

  1. Be creative: Come up with an original idea on the things that bug you. Instead of exhausting the mind with all your worries, put on your thinking cap.

  1. Be courageous: Do not hesitate, go ahead and do it. It is better than standing still.

  1. Be passionate: Working on the things that you are interested will free your mind from anxiety.

  1. Be hopeful: Have faith for the future. Expect things to turn up right

  1. Be mindful: Concentrate on the task at hand. While you are at it, you will forget about your worry.

Harness the power of positive emotions in your daily life.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Your Emotions and Your Decisions

Young Sad Looking Girl
You are a logical person and you normally arrive at a decision by practical reasoning.
However, your final outcome may be overridden by your emotion at the moment of making a decision. These are some the emotions that have great influence on your decision making and actions:

Happy and sad

When you are happy you are more generous and you are more willing to listen to others and accept their points of view. When you are in grief, you are under emotional distress. You cannot decide and you don’t make decision.

Optimistic and pessimistic

You are confident of the outlook in life. Good things are going to happen. Your decision is based on this positive perspective. However, when you are pessimistic you may not undertake the new project because the view ahead, according to you is gloomy.

Positive and negative thinking

You react positively to events that unfold and you see opportunities in every negative turn of event. When you are not sure of yourself, a good opportunity may be viewed negatively as a trap,

Kind and selfish

You are empathetic and you listen with full attention to others. You think about others before a final decision is taken. When you only think of yourself, your decision may be detrimental to other people.

Hopeful and hopeless

You are hopeful for the future. You look forward to each day with renewed energy and you work with confidence. When you give up hope, the future is doomed and there is nothing to look forward to in life.

Motivated and discouraged

You are motivated by your achievements and you work harder towards your goals.
Negative feedback deters you from going on. You fear failure and setbacks.

Forgiving and revengeful

You are a kind person and you don’t keep things in your heart. You forgive and forget. You are at peace. On the other hand, when you are thinking of getting even, your mind is unsettled. You blood pressure goes up and your decision will have serious consequences.

Serene and stressful

You are calm and you can concentrate. You can come to a decision quickly, easily and acceptable by all. When you are under pressure, your mind is confused. You can’t make correct decisions. You hesitate.

Choose a moment when your positive emotion prevails to make a wise decision.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Why you were not hired.

According to a survey done by among 3000 employers more than a year ago revealed that 56 per cent of those polled said the main stumbling block when hiring fresh graduates was their poor command of English.

Here are the problems faced by employers in hiring fresh graduates:

Poor command of English 55.8%

Poor character, attitude or personality 37.4%

Asking for unrealistic salary/benefits 33.0%

Mismatch of skill 30.2%

Choosy in job or company 27.7%

No demonstrated ability to solve problems 25.9%

Skill knowledge not in depth enough 23.8%

No suitable opening available 15.6%

Ill prepared for job interview 14.4%

Poor general knowledge 13.2%

Little or no interest in job applied 7.8%

Graduated from lesser known university 2.2%

Unemployed for too long 1.9%

Female graduates less suitable 1.3%

Poor command of Mandarin 1.1%

Poor command of Malay 0.7%

Other reasons 7.9%

From the survey you will note that language is a major issue and there is no shortcut to overcome it. To be good in any language you need to read widely, speak the language daily, listen to native speakers on the radio every day and write often.

For the other issue of personality traits, you can take note of The Characteristics of a Good Worker – 8 Virtues. Read these two articles so that you are well prepared for an interview, Attending Interviews - 12 Vital tips and Attending Interviews - Answering the Frequently Asked Questions. This article will help you to select the right job: Answer These Three Questions to Determine Your Future Direction.

At the end of this article there are other articles to help you land on your ideal job.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Alexa – Monitor the Health of Your Blog

Alexa is able to give you more than just your daily popularity rank. It reports your performance on the Net in great detail. You will be able to see the following reports:

Traffic rank

Apart from the traffic rank for 3-month average, you can also see your 1-month average as well as 7-day average.


You can also find out the percentage of global users who visit your site.


The percentage of global pageviews on your site is also stated here.


You can also see daily pageviews per user here.

Bounce %

This is an important statistics. It tells you the percentage of visits to your site that consist of a single page turn: According to experts bounce rate up to 60% is normal.

Time on site

This tells how sticky your site is. The daily time on site is stated here

Search %

This is the percentage of visits to your site that came from a search engine:

Related link

This is a listing of sites linking to your site. The important thing here is strong relationships between sites


This is a list of keyword used to reach your site


This is divided into upstream sites and downstream sites pertaining to the percentage of total visits to your site preceded by a visit to the upstream site and the percentage of total visits to your site followed by a visit to the downstream site.


This report is related to the general Internet population about the popularity of your site among different age groups, sex, education, browsing location and with or without children.

Users from major countries

Here is a list of the top countries where your site is popular with the users

Traffic rank of individual countries

You an also see the ranking of the site in the counties that your site is popular.

Install the widget on your site and check the pulse of your blog every day. It is free.

Friday, July 24, 2009

7 Types of People to Avoid

7 Types of People to Avoid

They are your friends and relatives but they are not looking for friendship or long term relationship. They are looking for something else.

  1. For money: You have a lot of friends because you are rich. They think, hopefully they can take advantage of your wealth. According to Oprah Winfrey, “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.’

  1. For power: You are in an enviable position, perhaps, in one of the government departments. Many people visit you every day. They want to get your influence to get their own things done quickly and smoothly. The moment you are no longer in that position they all desert you.

  1. For personal gain: They are usually your relatives. They normally don’t visit you. When they do see you because they want to sell something to you
such as an insurance policy. When they get what they want you don’t see them any more.

  1. For sex: This is for the ladies. Beware of people with hidden agenda. They may be kind to you and flatter you. They promise you heaven and hell. When they get what they want you will not get what they have promised you and you also don’t see them any more.

  1. For help: I have a relative, usually he does not visit me. One day
he visited me and asked for a personal loan. As the person is in financial difficulties I willingly helped him out. The person now is doing well but there is not a word of appreciation from him let alone the repayment of the loan.

  1. For gossip: She is usually your neighbor who is always hunting for juicy news.
Keep your personal affair to yourself or the bad news will spread like wild fire to all your friends and relatives.

  1. For ‘helping’ you: The person gives you an impression that he is helping you to get a job or get something done. While he is doing it he is also asking for your help. Without hesitation, you do what you can to assist him. Later, he will give you all sorts of excuse that he can’t deliver what he has promised.

Have you come across these types of people? Do you know of other types of people to avoid?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

7 Tips to Enhance Your Value at Work

In good time or bad time it is always prudent to play your cards right by giving it your best shot to be a valuable person at work. Here are the things to look into to fortify your position in the company

1. Decisive input: Your boss always seeks your view when there is a decision to be made. Your recommendations are always valued and accepted. Continue to play your role well by providing insightful input to assist your boss in decision making.

2. Boost revenue: You may not be doing sales and marketing but you can contribute towards the income of the company by highlighting and promoting the products of the company to people you know. .You will be surprised to learn that word of mouth has viral effect. When more and more people are talking about the products, more sales will be generated. Credit goes to you.

3. Reduce expenses: You are the best person in your department to have first-hand knowledge of the expenses incurred. When you observe carefully you will be able to come up with ideas to trim cost without affecting the efficient running of the department. Your proactive approach is highly valued by your employer.

4. Promote the image of the company: The way you talk about the place where you work can impact the image of the company positively or negatively. Project a healthy image of the establishment. When you speak well of your employer it reflects equally well on you as a member of the company.

5. Maintain your trustworthiness and dependability: You are a trusted executive of the company and the boss has full confidence in you to get things dome. Do not make a wrong move or else your future will be as good as ruined.

6. Adaptability: Change is the only constant in this world. Be willing to forgo old thinking and adopt new ways of doing things. Embrace new ideas to move with the time and keep yourself up-to-date.

7. Sharpen the three important skills: According to Robert L. Katz, the author of the famous article Skills of an effective Administrator, the three vital skills of an executive are technical skill, human skill and conceptual skill. Always improve upon these three skills to maintain an edge over others in the company.

Do not be complacent; you should always be on your toes to be more efficient, more effective and more productive. You will be treasured more than anyone else.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Three S’s of Total Physical Fitness

My home gym

Total physical fitness consists of Stamina, Strength and Suppleness.


The best way to develop your stamina is by doing aerobic exercise. The word aerobic means “with oxygen”. You can perform aerobic exercise indoor such as using a stationary bicycle or a treadmill and stair climbing or outdoor like cycling, jogging and walking. Aerobic exercise improves oxygen consumption by the body and it is done at a moderate level of intensity over a relatively long period of time. Regular aerobic exercise will improve the efficiency of the heart, promote better mental health, increase life expectancy, and reduce stress and depression.


The commonest type of strength training is weight training. It is different from weightlifting, which is a kind of sport. Weight training is primarily aimed to develop the strength and the size of skeletal muscles and also flexibility. I have a home gym and it is very ideal for me to do weight training on a regular basis. It allows 20 different movements for a total body workout. I have found that weight training on my legs has improved my jogging efficiency.


Regular stretching is the best way to develop and maintain suppleness and flexibility that you need for everyday activities. A regular program of stretching will lengthen and loosen your muscles, helping them to relax. You will notice that your cat at home is always performing stretching especially after waking up. It is natural to many animals. Stretching improves (ROM) range of motion in athletes, especially runners. It reduces risk of injury during activity and prevents post-exercise muscle soreness.

Total physical fitness means physically you are stronger, more flexible and able to be active for a longer period. It is beneficial for your well-being and happiness.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kaizen and Self Improvement

According to Wikipedia, Kaizen (改善,Japanese for improvement,pronounced as kaizen and in Chinese, it is pronounced as gai shan, it means change for the better) is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of life – personal life, social life and working life.

There are many things that you can do to improve yourself and your life. Look at the list of things that you wanted to improve but haven’t got around to do so:

Exercise daily
Act promptly
Get organized
Improve efficiency at work
Be more productive
Generate more positive emotions such as happiness
Positive thinking
Spend quality time with family
And more…

How do your improve yourself in life? Do not try to improve too many things at the same time. It is overwhelming and making it difficult for you to succeed. Choose only one thing that can give you the most benefits in life when you have improved. Take for example, you know the benefits of getting up early but you are unable to do so. Do it gradually by getting up 15 minutes earlier and then slowly make it to 30 minutes, 45 minute and then one hour. The daily habit will make it easier for you to achieve your goal. Moreover, when you are an early riser you instantly enjoy the benefits of it. You no longer have to rush about to get things done in the morning. You have time to plan ahead. You can exercise that you wanted to do so for a long time but haven’t even started. You can meditate and you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast that you have always skipped.

The benefits that you have enjoyed will, all the more, keep you motivated to maintain the momentum of a good habit of getting up early. The fact that you have succeed in one area of your life will boost your self-confidence to improve other areas of your life easily.

Take action now for kaizen.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Write your Elevator Pitch in 5 Minutes

An elevator pitch is a brief, impactful and compelling speech to be delivered in a very short time like taking a ride in an elevator. The whole idea is to make the other person interested to find out more about you, your products or your company. In a way you are creating an attention-grabbing first impression by using an elevator pitch.

There is a website that can help you to write your pitch in 5 minutes and you can use your pitch to promote and market yourself effectively in 15 seconds.

Here are the 4 easy steps to write your pitch:

  1. Who are you
  2. What do you do
  3. Why you’re the best
  4. Your call to action

This is my pitch:

My name is Charles Chua C K and I am an article writer/blogger specializing in article writing and blogging. I write articles on my niche blog on self improvement. I write about tips in 8 areas of life: health, work, personal money, parenting, home life, relationships, blogging and happiness. Visit my blog and read my articles at: to uplift your mood and be motivated to improve your life.

Modify your elevator pitch to suit different purposes:

  • In a resume
  • Attending an interview to talk about yourself – a powerful introduction to start the conversation going.
  • Bio for all the social bookmarking and networking sites
  • In your own blog
  • Include in your business cards to market yourself
  • Meeting someone for the first time- to stimulate the other person to find out more about you.
  • During trade shows, conferences and meetings

Go to to write your own pitch in 5 minutes.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

14 Networking Tips from Plaxo – A Great Social Networking Site

Recently Plaxo has added a new feature called My Career and they have provided 14 invaluable networking tips which I would like to share with all readers:

  1. Put your best face forward: Make sure your profile is complete, accurate, and compelling.

  1. Update your work information: Can the right people reach you? Make sure your work info is complete and up-to-date!

  1. Know how others see you: Google you! What happens when people search for you on the web? Make sure you’re in control with a great public profile.

  1. Connect with people you know: People get the most out of Plaxo when they are connected to 25 or more people that they know.

  1. Ask people to connect: You’ll have the most success if you choose connections thoughtfully, make sure that you have a complete profile, and personalize your invitations. If you are trying to connect with someone you don’t know well, be sure to explain why you want to connect.

  1. Connect at the right level: Not everyone is your friend. When you connect with people in Plaxo, be sure to leverage the family, friend, and business levels.

  1. Join a group: There are thousands of groups on Plaxo, based on common interests, companies, schools, professions, etc. Check out a few groups to see if they are right for you.

  1. Invest in your network: If the only time people hear from you is when you want something or are looking for a job, you are going about this the wrong way.

  1. Hook up a blog: Do you have a blog related to your profession? Make sure your network is seeing it.

  1. Hook up your Twitter feed: Is Twitter one of your business tools? Spread your tweets to your Plaxo connections.

  1. Share and interact with your connections: Business is personal. When you see content you like, "like it," leave a comment, or re-share it with other people or groups.

  1. Send eCards: Business is personal. Plaxo will let you know when your connections are having birthdays, changing jobs, or posting interesting content. Send them ecards, write them messages, or just pick up the phone.

  1. Update your status: Traveling to a new city? Attending an interesting conference? Update your status, so that people know what you’re up to and where you'll be.

  1. Share with your connections: See a job that you think might be perfect for a colleague? See an article that someone you know would like? Use Plaxo to let them know.

Join today and connect with me and others to enlarge your connections

Friday, July 17, 2009

10 Tips to Protect Your Child Online

Your child is no longer safe at home like before. The advance of information technology is making your child vulnerable to online threats and dangers. Here are tips to protect your child while she is surfing online:

1. Sexting: Don’t send racy photos to anyone not even to person you can trust. It is dumb and stupid. It is also illegal and morally not right. The danger is that it may be circulated and seen by every one on the Net. You are risking your privacy and your reputation.

2. Chatrooms: Chatrooms allow you to carry out a live conversation with anyone and anywhere. The person you talk to may not be who he is. Never give away your personal information and never allow a face-to- face meeting without getting approval from your parents

3. Instant messages: It is faster than an email. You can instantly exchange messages. Try not to have a public profile about your personal information such as sex, age and interests You may be subject to harassment
Do not disclose personal details, like chatrooms, you may be talking to the wrong person.

4. Spyware: Do not download free applications. They may be tracking your movement and preferences secretly.

5. Virus: Beware of email from unknown sources. It could contain virus. Do not open the mail or the attached files.

6. Use a different email address: You can get free Yahoo or hotmail email account and send to websites requesting for your email address. You can keep your personal email private. Never send photograph of yourself or personal information to people you don’t know.

7. Spam mail: Do not response to spam mail or mail from someone you don’t know. If you do, spammers will know they have got a valid email address and will spam you more in future

8. No download: Cancel download of programs to play free games or to browse free images. It may hang up your internet connection and dial a long distance overseas number and cost you a bomb.

9. Leave the computer in the living room or dining area: Do not allow laptop to be used by your child. She can surf the Net in her room without your knowledge.

10. Keep your privacy private: Do not disclose your home address, name of your school, telephone number or photograph. Don’t post anything online that you don’t want people to know.

Talk to your child about rules for going online so that there is mutual trust and understanding. Be open to your child so that she will come to you when she encounters a problem online

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sexting and Your Child


According to Wikipedia sexting (from sex and texting) is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones.

A dumb and stupid thing to do

You can send revealing photos to your friend that you trust. How sure are you that it will not be circulated? It can be sent accidentally by your friend to another cell phone or computer and eventually it can be seen by all on the Net. If you are a student and the whole class and even the whole school have seen your racy photos on YouTube, do you think the headmaster will allow you to continue with your study? Where are you going to put your face? If you are applying for your first job and the prospective employer has found out about your exposed body on the Net. Do you think you can get the job or any other jobs at all?

It’s illegal

According to CNET News, there was a case in Florida about two teenagers, Amber and Jeremy (not their real names), who took digital photos of themselves naked and engaged in unspecified ‘sexual behavior”. The two sent the photos from a computer at Amber’s house to Jeremy’s personal e-mail address. Neither teen showed the photographs to anyone else. But somehow Florida police learned about the photos. Amber and Jeremy were arrested. Each was charged with producing, directing or promoting a photograph featuring the sexual conduct of a child. Based on the contents of his e-mail account, Jeremy was charged with an extra count of possession of child pornography. It is commented that if these pictures are ultimately released, future damage may be done to these minors’ careers or personal lives. These children are not mature enough to make rational decisions concerning all the possible negative implications of producing these videos.

For the parents

Parents should be proactive and talk to your child about sexting on its legal, social and reputation risks. Help your child to understand that it is against the law, morally not right and a very dumb and stupid thing to do.

Related articles:

Girls – 10 Safety Tips to Look After Yourselves

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

16 Tips to Improve the Quality of Your Life

Uman' City, Ukraine

You can improve the quality of your life by changing the environment at home and at work. You can also upgrade the quality of your life by changing your lifestyle and your relationships with others. Take note of the following tips to live a better quality of life:

  1. Home: You don’t have to live in mansion but you can improve your living environment by making sure that your living room and your bedrooms are clean and tidy. According to Feng Shui master, a home without clutter will attract positive energy. When you are at home you will enjoy the calmness and serenity.

  1. Office: A happy office worker is someone who sits beside a window with a pot of plant on his desk. Researchers found that workers who kept at least one plant in the office were happier at their workplace and were more satisfied with life than those without a plant. They were even happier than those workers with a window but without greenery. Your positive mood can be further heightened by removing from your desk all unwanted files and documents except those that you are working on. A tidy desk gives you calmness and concentration.

  1. Neighborhood: According to a Chinese saying, close neighbors are better than distant relatives. Getting along well with your neighbors means not only living in a peaceful and harmonious environment but also helping each other out whenever the need arises.

  1. Love yourself, your family and your pets: Love is a form of positive emotion. Loving yourself and your family will vibrate warmness and kindness at home. Of course, your pet, such as a dog, will give you unconditional love. Life is worth living when it is filled with love.

  1. Start a new day early: By getting up early you can accomplish a lot without being disturbed. You can plan the day ahead of you, you can meditate, you can do exercise and most important of all you can have a leisurely breakfast to kick start a new day.

  1. Relax: Life is stressful. Learn to unwind by taking up Tai Chi, Yoga, deep breathing exercise or any other forms of relaxation technique to regain your balance

  1. Take frequent breaks during the day: You have experienced this in life. Every time when you get stuck with a problem, you take a break and have a cup of coffee and when you go back to your workstation your problem is immediately solved. Take frequent breaks to allow your brain to clear the clutter and work better.

  1. Be physically active: The quality of your life is determined by the state of your health and fitness. You enjoy more at work and at play when you are in top form physically. Exercise every day.

  1. Plan the day: One way to avoid stress is to plan your day well in advance. Carrying out the daily tasks will be smooth and without anxiety. You can plan ahead by getting up early.

  1. Interest and passion: What is your interest? What are the things that you are good at? There is always something to look forward to in life when you have something you enjoy doing every day. I enjoy blogging and I look forward to every new day with hope, energy, enthusiasm and great expectations.

  1. Be connected: Your connection with your relatives and friends will give you moral support. You add color to your life when you are able to laugh and share a few jokes with your friends.

  1. Financially independent: Money is not everything. However, with money you can indulge and enjoy the material things in life. You can have quality living when you are self-supporting.

  1. Enjoy the finer things in life: Listen to classical music, visit the art galleries, attend concerts, appreciate literature and poems. A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

  1. Just be happy: According to Norman Lear,”Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all of these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything.”

  1. Random acts of kindness and giving: A small gesture like saying ‘thank you’ will delight the other person. You will make her day just by complimenting her beautiful dress. Give to the needy. Your kindness will always be remembered and you will be happy for being generous and kind.

  1. Reading and learning: Reading enriches your mind. You gain knowledge by reading and learning. There is never a dull moment in life when you are a book lover. The more you learn the more ways you will know to live a richer life intellectually.

A better quality of life means better health and more happiness.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Baby Boomers – Tips for Brain Fitness

According to an article in the New Sunday Times there are ways to maintain your mental agility at old age. Here are the findings:

• A panel of 30 experts from the United States and Europe recently issued a consensus statement on what we do know about maintaining brain fitness (which includes not only memory, but also reasoning, attention and speed of processing). The verdict was that three things are crucial: physical exercise, mental challenges and good health habits in general.

• A trail in the journal Nature by Dr. Arthur Kramer, a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, found not just slower declines but actual improvements in working memory, attention and executive skills in older adults (average age 72) after six months of an aerobic exercise programs – specifically, 45 minutes to an hour of walking, three times a week

• Exercise increases blood flow, encourages the formation of new synapses and reverses some of the age-related decline in brain volume.

• As neuroscientists like to say, what’s good for the heart is good for the brain. That would include maintaining healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels. A study last December in the Annals of Neurology showed that controlling blood sugar, even in non-diabetic adults, can help prevent deterioration in a part of the brain that’s necessary for memory formation

• Another paper published in the Archives of Neurology in February by scientists a Columbia University found that eating a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet – rich in fish, vegetables, whole grains fruits, legumes and unsaturated fats – lowered the risk of mild cognitive impairment over 4 1/2 years by as much as 28 per cent.

• The brain is a use-it-or-lose I type of organ. Synaptic connections that aren’t firing will weaken. “If you want lots of improvement, you have to do mental cross- training,” said Dr. K. Warner Schaie, a professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University. In short, engage in many types of mental activity. Do crosswords, Sudoku, acrostics, play bridge, read books, join clubs, get into debates – anything to keep the mind alive and engaged in new and interesting tasks. If the activity includes social interaction, so much the better. Or take up a new hobby, a new language or a new instrument that will challenge the brain in entirely different way, preferably for years.

How about participating in a Tai Chi group and joining a Chinese language class?

Related articles:

Baby Boomers – The 7 Ingredients of Happiness

Baby Boomers – The 7 secrets of Joy and Happiness in Continuous Learning

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tips for an Effective Resume

According to HR experts, the most important things in a resume are:

  1. Your career goals
  2. Brief career summary
  3. Highlight your achievements
  4. Include a valued offer
  5. Tailor-made your resume for each application
  6. No grammar errors and typo mistakes
  7. Do not mention expected salary

This is the format of a resume as recommended by recruitment firms and HR directors:

1. Personal particulars: On top of the page are your name and address. Please include your house phone, mobile phone numbers and your e-mail address. You will have an added advantage if you include the URL of your website or blog here. Your website will carry weight because you have written and posted articles relating to your area of expertise. You are also showcasing your writing skills. Photo is not necessary unless required.

2. Objective: In the next section you have do an elevator pitch to highlight your expertise and your aims. This is an example of an elevator pitch if I am applying for the position of a writer/blogger: An article writer/blogger with a niche blog in self improvement since 2007. In this section you should include a valued offer by telling your prospective employer briefly what you can do to increase sales, reduce expenses or improve the image of the company.

3. Career summary: Write a few points to highlight your work history and your achievements. This will allow recruiters to have a quick look.

4. Work experience: This is the place where you list your work experience in reverse chronological order. Always highlight your achievements at the places where you have worked. There should be no gap in between one job and another and you should explain your reasons for leaving a company. Your language skills should be mentioned here.

5. Education/Qualifications: Again highlight your achievements such as awards and scholarships.

6. Personal information: Your hobbies can be listed here if it is relevant to your application. Your date of birth, marital status, and references can be listed here if requested.

Wish you the very best of luck in getting an interview.

Related articles:

Getting Hired with a Competitive Edge – Blogging

10 Qualities that Get You Hired

Resume - 10 Top Writing Tips

Attending Interviews - 12 Vital tips

Attending Interviews - Answering the Frequently Asked Questions

Promote Yourself and Your Blog with an Elevator Pitch

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