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Laughter is part of the universal human vocabulary. All members of the human species understand it. Unlike English or French or Swahili, we don’t have to learn to speak it. We’re born with the capacity to laugh.
One of the remarkable things about laughter is that it occurs unconsciously. You don’t decide to do it. While we can consciously inhibit it, we don’t consciously produce laughter. That’s why it’s very hard to laugh on command or to fake laughter. (Don’t take my word for it: Ask a friend to laugh on the spot.)
Laughter provides powerful, uncensored insights into our unconscious. It simply bubbles up from within us in certain situations.
Very little is known about the specific brain mechanisms responsible for laughter. But we do know that laughter is triggered by many sensations and thoughts and that it activates many parts of the body.
When we laugh, we alter our facial expressions and make sounds. During exuberant laughter, the muscles of the arms, legs, and trunk are involved. Laughter also requires modification in our pattern of breathing.
We also know that laughter is a message that we send to other people. We know this because we rarely laugh when we are alone (we laugh to ourselves even less than we talk to ourselves).
Laughter is social and contagious. We laugh at the sound of laughter itself. That’s why the Tickle Me Elmo doll is such a success — it makes us laugh and smile.
The first laughter appears at about 3.5 to 4 months of age, long before we’re able to speak. Laughter, like crying, is a way for a preverbal infant to interact with the mother and other caregivers.
Contrary to folk wisdom, most laughter is not about humor; it is about relationships between people. To find out when and why people laugh, I and several undergraduate research assistants went to local malls and city sidewalks and recorded what happened just before people laughed. Over a 10-year period, we studied over 2,000 cases of naturally occurring laughter.
We found that most laughter does not follow jokes. People laugh at a variety of statements such as “Hey John, where ya been?” “Here comes Mary,” “How did you do on the test?” and “Do you have a rubber band?” These certainly aren’t jokes.
We don’t decide to laugh at these moments. Our brain makes the decision for us. These curious “ha ha ha’s” are bits of social glue that bond relationships.
Curiously, laughter seldom interrupts the sentence structure of speech. It punctuates speech. We only laugh during pauses when we would cough or breathe.
An evolutionary perspective
We believe laughter evolved from the panting behavior of our ancient primate ancestors. Today, if we tickle chimps or gorillas, they don’t laugh “ha ha ha” but exhibit a panting sound. That’s the sound of ape laughter. And it’s the root of human laughter.
Apes laugh in conditions in which human laughter is produced, like a tickle, rough and tumble play, and chasing games. Other animals produce vocalizations during play, but they are so different that it’s difficult to equate them with laughter. Rats, for example, produce high-pitch vocalizations during play and when tickled. But it’s very different in sound from human laughter.
When we laugh, we’re often communicating playful intent. So laughter has a bonding function within individuals in a group. It’s often positive, but it can be negative too. There’s a difference between “laughing with” and “laughing at.” People who laugh at others may be trying to force them to confirm or casting them out of the group.
No one has actually counted how much people of different ages laugh, but young children probably laugh the most. At ages 5 and 6, we tend to see the most exuberant laughs. Adults laugh less than children, probably because they play less. And laughter is associated with play.
We have learned a lot about when and why we laugh, much of it counter-intuitive. Work now underway will tell us more about the brain mechanisms of laughter, how laughter has evolved and why we’re so susceptible to tackle — one of the most enigmatic of human behaviors.
Robert Provine, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His book entitled “Laughter, A Scientific Investigation“, was published in 2001 by Penguin Press.
Source: A Big Mystery: Why Do We Laugh?, at Mysteries of the Universe on MSNBC.com
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Is your daily routine so busy and full of activities that it’s causing you stress and agitation? We’ve all heard of the health risks associated with too much stress, but how can you reduce that stress and find peace in your life?
To achieve a sense of peace, you can turn to the gift of prayer and meditation.
There are many benefits to meditation and prayer:
1. Stress reduction. Both meditation and prayer are wonderful for reducing stress. You’ll find that it helps you learn how to get away from the worries of life to a more peaceful state of mind. Just 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference by bringing peace and relaxation to your body and mind. A few minutes each day isn’t much, considering that the positive effects will last hours.
2. Improved health. Many studies have proven that prayer and meditation foster vibrant health. Usually these health benefits, such as lower blood pressure and decreased risk of heart disease, occur because of the lowered stress levels.
Physical problems are often a symptom of turmoil on the inside and prayer and meditation can help to overcome that turmoil.
3. Better control over your thoughts. Having negative thoughts from time to time is part of being human. Many people who are stressed don’t believe they’re able to control what they think. The stress mounts, tempers flair, and before long arguments ensue. However, by bringing prayer and meditation into your life, it’s possible to control your thoughts and stop negative thinking as soon as it happens. This helps keep your mind at peace.
4. Happiness. Both peace of mind and happiness are true benefits of meditation and prayer. Everyone is seeking happiness in their lives, and when you’re able to find peace of mind through prayer and meditation, you’re also welcoming happiness into your life. By spending some time in personal reflection, you’ll gain a greater wisdom of your mission in this life, and you’ll be better able to appreciate all that you’ve been given, both good and bad. Meditation and prayer help banish those negative thoughts that threaten your peace of mind.
5. Better concentration. As you pray and meditate, you welcome peace and tranquillity into your mind, which then affects how you live your life. When you alleviate the stresses in your life, you’re better able to concentrate on the things that are important, such as family or work. Continued prayer and meditation will help you expand your focus to multiple areas of your life.
Although prayer and meditation can provide peace in your life, it can be hard to make the time at first, but it’s easier than you think. Simply find a quiet place in your home and allow yourself to relax and feel at peace for 10-15 minutes. You deserve those 15 minutes of peace each day!
While there are plenty of positive benefits of prayer and meditation, it may take practice and perseverance to achieve them. Over time you’ll begin to experience this wonderful gift in your own life and you’ll be thankful that you did!
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Start from Early Childhood
|Your Inner Genius…
“There isn’t a ruler, a yard stick or a measuring tape
in the entire world long enough to compute the strength and capabilities inside you.”
~ Paul J. Meyer
|Create a collection of quotes or ideas that motivates you to change.|
|Keep company with those who make you better.
|No legacy is so rich as honesty.
|This is the single most powerful investment we can ever make in life – investment in ourselves, in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute.
Stephen R Covey
|Take time to find meaning in life.
|The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy: it lasts when all other pleasures fade.
|Trust yourself and you will know how to live.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
|Praise work well done.
|Encourage others to achieve their potential.
|A word like “trust,” which any school child understands, can be figured out only in life… It takes a long time and considerable effort.
|Exercise on a regular basis.-Anonymous|
|Each person has his own safe place – running, painting, swimming, fishing, weaving, gardening.The activity itself is less important than the act of drawing on your own resources.
|We need time to dream, time to remember, and time to reach the infinite. Time to be.-Gladys Taber|
|I am a part of all I have read.
|Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.
-Pearl S. Buck
|Take time to relax.
|Perform an anonymous service.
|Happiness lies in the fulfillment of the spirit through the body.
|Make a habit of reading good literature.
|Life is not living, but living in health.-Marcus Valarius Martialis|
|Behavior is a mirror in which ever one displays his own image.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
|I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don’t work out, that’s when I’ve really learned.-Carol Burnett|
|Create a collection of quotes or ideas that motivates you to change.
|Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
|Seek the advice of others when trying to break old habits.
|If you want to touch the other shore badly enough, barring an impossible situation, you will.If your desire is diluted for any reason, you’ll never make it.
|Schedule time to work on breaking an unfavorable habit.
|From without, no wonderful effect is wrought within ourselves, unless some interior, responding wonder meets it.
|Ask someone for help.
|Offer someone help.
|Share something of deep importance with someone you trust.
|We carry with us the wonders we seek without us.
-Sir Thomas Browne
|When trying to make a change, tell someone so he or she can support you.
|No great thing is created suddenly.
|Pay the price for effectiveness.
|One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
|Change the way you see in order to change what you get.
|Interdependence is a choice only independent people can make.
-Stephen R. Covey.
|What will be the consequences if you don’t follow through on a key commitment to yourself?
|The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done?
|It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
-Motto of the Christopher Society
|Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.
|Acknowledge a mistake.Correct it.
|We will either find a way, or make one.
|Accept responsibility for all of your actions.
|Replace worry with work.
|Have the courage to act instead of react.
-Earlene Larson Jenks
|Do what you can do.
|The time when you need to do something is when no one else is willing to do it, when people are saying it can’t be done.
-Mary Frances Berry
|Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
|We have the opportunity to choose who our children’s parents will be.
|Make the best of a difficult situation.
|Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.-Stephen R Covey|
|Write down several things you worry about.Circle those things you can do something about and work on them.Forget the rest.
|As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom.
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenback
|Give up one activity that is keeping you from reaching your potential.
|The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
|Avoid blaming others for your problems.
|Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.
|Face the problem with action rather than apathy.
|Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
|Remember that even when you cannot control your circumstances, you can control your attitude.
|The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
|Avoid having a victim mentality
|Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.
|Life by design, not by default.
|No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
-Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
|The finest piece of sculpture which Michelangelo ever carved began with a thought.
|Rehearse mentally before you perform.-Anonymous|
|You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when.You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.
|See potential in others.
|It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
|Visualize what you want to achieve today.
|Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – appoint on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
-Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
|Live out of your imagination instead of your memory.
|What do I really want?This is one of the most important questions you will ever ask yourself.Spell out your desires.
-Alfred A. Montapert
Enjoy our collection of inspirational helping quotes. Helping others is one of the gifts we have to give in life. We hope the words of wisdom in the quotes and sayings inspire and motivate you to help someone in need! Remember what you give will come back.
“There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”
“Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid.”
“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”
“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.”
“To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.”
“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”
“People never forget that helping hand especially when times are tough.”
“Do all the good you can, and make as little fuss about it as possible.”
“The more I help others to succeed, the more I succeed.”
“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The duty of helping one’s self in the highest sense involves the helping of one’s neighbors.”
“T hose who are less fortunate
O ften don’t want to ask for help.
H ard times hit all of us at some point
E njoy your good fortune
L et your fortune help others
P eople helping people makes this world a better place!”
“You never know when you will need a helping hand.”
“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.”
“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Be thankful for what you have, but never take what you have for granted. Share with those who are less fortunate. You do not know what tomorrow brings.”
“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?”
“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others.”
Robert G. Ingersoll
“Never look down on anybody unless you helping him up.”
“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”
“One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.”
“All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.”
“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobile rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“After the verb ‘to Love,’ ‘to Help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world.”
Bertha von Suttner
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Sir Winston Churchill
“Every good act is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.”
Muhammed, (Peace Be Upon Him and His Progeny)
“People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.”
A. C. Benson
“Is anybody happier because you pass his way?”
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
“Look up and not down. Look forward and not back. Look out and not in, and lend a hand.”
Edward Everett Hale
“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”
“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”
“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”
“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”
“The wise person understands that his own happiness must include the happiness of others.”
“A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.”
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
“Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug.”
“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.”
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
“The best minute you spend is the one you invest in people.”
“You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.
“The race of humankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow humans; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.”
Sir Walter Scott
“You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others.”
“Time and money spent in helping people to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.”
“Build your reputation by helping other people build theirs.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo
“Seek something outside your nine-to-five job as an additional source of fulfillment and as a way to feel the joy of helping others.”
“We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.”
“The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth.”
“You are so fortunate, but what are you giving back to make this world a better place for others?”
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.
“Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”
“Never underestimate what a simple gesture can do. It is the little things that you do that make a big difference in other people’s lives.”
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
Dr. Loretta Scott
“A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track . . . an inch between wreck and smooth, rolling prosperity.”
Henry Ward Beecher
“There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.”
“To help, is to receive.”
“We can help others in the world more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.”
“A good exercise for the heart is bending down and helping someone to get up.”
“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”
“They might not need me; but they might. I’ll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.”
“Forget yourself by becoming interested in others. Every day do a good deed that will put a mile of joy on someone’s face.”
Dale Carnegie, How To Stop Worrying and Start Living.
“All of the great geniuses of the world were inspired and driven by their desire to enrich the lives of others.”
Robin Sharma, Who Will Cry When You Die?
“If you want to improve your world, then focus your attention on helping others.”
John C. Maxwell, Thinking For A Change.
“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
“Only the educated are free.”
Epictetus, Discourses, Bk. ii, Ch. 1, Sec. 23
“Education, a debt due from the present to future generations.”
George Peabody (1869)
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
“The function of education is to help you from childhood not to imitate anybody, but be yourself all the time.
“There are two types of education… One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.”
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.”
“More money is put into prisons than into schools. That, in itself, is the description of a nation bent on suicide. I mean, what is more precious to us than our own children? We are going to build a lot more prisons if we do not deal with the schools and their inequalities.”
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
“The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.”
“Literacy is the fertilizer needed for development and democracy to take root and grow.”
“Only in popular education can man erect the structure of an enduring civilization.”
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
William Butler Yeats
“These children and their parents know that getting an education is not only their right, but a passport to a better future – for the children and for the country.”
— Harry Belafonte
“Think about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost every education person has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty.”
— Governor Kathleen Blanco
“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.”
— William S. Boroughs
No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.”
— Emma Goldman
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Quotes from famous people
The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people!”
“I am thankful to all those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I did it myself.
Abraham Lincoln said..
“If friendship is your weakest point then you are the strongest person in the world.”
“Laughing faces do not mean that there is absence of sorrow!
but it means that they have the ability to deal with it.”
“In the times of crisis I was not hurt by the harsh words of my enemies, but by the silence of my friends.”
“Never play with the feelings of others because you may win the game but you will surely lose the person for life time.”
“Coins make noise but currency notes are always silent.
So when your value increases keep silent.”
William Arthur said..
“Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait too long you can miss them.”
“When you are in the light, everything follows you,
but when you enter into the dark, even your own shadow doesn’t follow you.”
“If we are not part of the solution, we are the big problem.”
“Winners never do different things, they do things differently.”
John Kates said.
“It is very easy to defeat someone,
but it is very hard to win someone.”
The Golden Ladder of Giving
- To give reluctantly,
the gift of the hand, but not of the heart.
- To give cheerfully,
but not in proportion to need.
- To give cheerfully and proportionately,
but not until solicited.
- To give cheerfully, proportionately, and unsolicited,
but to put the gift into the poor person’s hand, thus creating shame.
- To give in such a way that the distressed may know their benefactor,
without being known to him or her.
- To know the objects of our bounty,
but remain unknown to them.
- To give so that the benefactor may not know those whom he has relieved,
and they shall not know him.
- To prevent poverty by teaching a trade, setting a person up in business,
or in some other way preventing the needof charity.
About the Author – Maimonides (1135 -1204)
During the Middle Ages he was a Jewish rabbi, physican and philosopher While his words were written many years ago their wisdom can still apply today.
Success and Giving
By Catherine Pulsifer
What is success?
To some it is money; to others it is position; yet to others, it is power.
In developing your own definition of success, think of others and how you can help them.
If success means money to you,
then donate money to a worthwhile charity.
If success means a position of status,
then share your knowledge with others.
If success means power to you,
then use that to advance worthwhile causes.
All to often, we get caught up in all the things we want, and forget to give back to the world. Our society seems to place more value on how much we have rather than how much we give.
What a different world it would be if society placed more value on how much we gave!
The inspirational words of wisdom said by Martin Luther King, Jr.,
sums up our thought:
“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries
or the size of our automobile rather than by
the quality of our service and relationship to humanity.”
Giving is Fun
By Kenneth Irving Brown
If you believe in something,
you support it.
If you support something, the time comes when good wishes and cordial words are not enough and your hand reaches for your pocketbook.
Then the fun begins.
For giving is fun.
If you refuse to give, your support is wavering; and if your support is wavering, it can’t be that you believe in that something in any strong way.
Maybe our account books, after all, offer the honest list of those things in which we really believe.
More inspirational words of wisdom on giving:
Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
No person was ever honored for what he received.
He was honored for what he gave.
He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
The value of a man resides in what he gives
and not in what he is capable of receiving.
“No one who works for a living should live in poverty.”
— Senator Edward Kennedy
“Let us work in partnerships between rich and poor to improve the opportunities of all human beings to build better lives.”
— Kofi Annan
“We, who have so much, must do more to help those in need. And most of all, we must live simply, so that others may simply live.”
— Ed Begley, Jr.
“Think about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost every educated person has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty.”
— Governor Kathleen Blanco
“Globalization has improved the lives of people throughout the world, but it has also widened the gap between rich and poor…Working to end poverty will make the world safer.”
— Robert Alan
Poverty in our World of Today
“It would be nice if the poor were to get even half of the money that is spent in studying them.”
“Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit.”
“The key to ending extreme poverty is to enable the poorest of the poor to get their foot on the ladder of development. The ladder of development hovers overhead, and the poorest of the poor are stuck beneath it. They lack the minimum amount of capital necessary to get a foothold, and therefore need a boost up to the first rung.”
Jeffrey D. Sachs
“Extreme poverty is the best breeding ground on earth for disease, political instability, and terrorism.”
“Every morning our newspapers could read, ‘More than 20,000 people perished yesterday of extreme poverty.’ How? The poor die in hospital wards that lack drugs, in villages that lack antimalarial bed nets, in houses that lack safe drinking water. They die namelessly, without public comment. Sadly, sad stories rarely get written.”
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
“It is a tragic mix-up when the United States spends 500,000 for every enemy soldier killed, and only 53 annually on the victims of poverty.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Some people think that poor people are lazy. Actually, it takes a lot of work to survive when you are dirt-poor.”
“Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our time–times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry and wealth accumulation–that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils.”
“Society comprises two classes: those who have more food than appetite, and those who have more appetite than food.”
Sebastien-Roch Nicholas de Chamfort, Maximes
Quotes About Generosity
Enjoy this inspirational collection of quotes about generosity. May the words of wisdom in these quotes and sayings remind you to be generous with your time, your knowledge, and your fortune.
“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” Calvin Coolidge
“We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.” Orison Swett Marden
“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.” Elizabeth Bibesco
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
“To know when to be generous and when to be firm — this is wisdom.” Elbert Hubbard
“What I gave I have, what I spent I had; and what I left I lost.” Robert of Doncaste
“Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.” Barbara Bush
“We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.” Seneca
“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” Jim Rohn
“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Albert Camus
“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground.”
“Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.”
“To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue: gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, andkindness.”
“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.”
Frank A. Clark
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.”
John D. Rockefeller Jr
“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
“Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.”
“Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.”
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.”
Peyton Conway March
“Generosity consists not the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed.”
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
“There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”
“The main source of our wealth is goodness. The affections and the generous qualities that God admires in a world full of greed.”
“Generosity gives assistance, rather than advice.”
Marquis de Vauvenargues
“The love of Jesus is at once avid and generous. All that He has, all that He is, He gives; all that we are, all that we have, He takes.”
Jan van Ruysbroeck
“Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid.”
“You are so fortunate, but what are you giving back to make this world a better place for others?”
More quotes about giving
Did you know that there are gifts that will multiply your happiness when you give them away?
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.
Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
The gift of sight to see beyond
The darker clouds of now!
John McLeod, from Dear Father…
Cheerful givers do not count the cost of what they give.Their hearts are set on pleasing and cheering the person to whom the gift is given.
Julian of Norwich
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery.
And today? Today is a gift.
That’s why we call it the present.
We all should give what we have decided in our hearts to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.
Peace is our gift to each other.
Not what we give, but what we share, for the gift without the giver is bare; who gives himself with his alms feeds three, himself, his hungering neighbor, and me.
James Russell Lowell
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you’?
William Arthur Ward
The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement.
Sidney Madwed, from The finest gift …
Simply give others a bit of yourself; a thoughtful act, a helpful idea, a word of appreciation, a lift over a rough spot, a sense of understanding, a timely suggestion. You take something out of your mind, garnished in kindness out of your heart, and put it into the other person’s mind and heart.
Charles H. Burr
Life, love, and laughter – what priceless gifts to give our children.
Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator,
Another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday.
Each day’s a gift of Life divine a precious jewel that’s yours and mine!
John McLeod, from I Believe In Miracles
Friendship is God’s most precious gift.
Author Unknown, from The Miracle of Friendship
To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.
Life is a gift we’re given each and every day.
Dream about tomorrow, but live for today.
Author Unknown, from Life is for Living
There are many things in life that are beyond our control. But there are few things in life that are beyond our power of choice and our ability to make lemonade from lemons if we just put our minds to it while we focus on the gifts of the present
Julie Donner Andersen, from What My Widowed Husband Has Taught Me
They serve best who give most of themselves. Self is forgotten by the one who serves, for such a one rejoices to see success coming to others through his or her efforts.
James Cash Penney
THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER…
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”
Author Unknown, from Eight Gifts That Don’t Cost A Cent
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.
Author Unknown, from Each Day Is A Gift
The measure of life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.
Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him and His Progeny) Quotes:
“God is One, and liketh unity.
“Do you love your creator Love your fellow-beings first.”
“That man is nearest to God, who pardoneth, when he had in his power him who would have injured him.”
“The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.”
“The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.”
“Be in the world like a traveller, or like a passer on, and reckon yourself as of the dead.”
“This world is a prison for the Faithful, but a Paradise for unbelievers.”
“The love of the world is the root of all evil.”
“The rights of women are sacred. See that women are maintained in the rights assigned to them.”
“God enjoins you to treat women well, for they are your mothers, daughters, aunts.”
“Shall I not point out to you the best of virtues; it is your doing good to your daughter when she is returned to you having been divorced by her husband.”
“Whoever doeth good to girls, it will be a curtain to him from hell-fire.”
“Women are the twin halves of men.”
“A Muslim must not hate his wife and if he be displeased with one bad quality in her, then let him be pleased with another that is good.”
“Admonish your wives with kindness.”
“Verily, a man hath performed prayers, fasts, charity, pilgrimage and all other good works but he will not be rewarded except by the proportion of his understanding.”
“It is not a sixth or a tenth of a man’s devotion which is acceptable to God, but only such portions thereof as he offereth with understanding and true devotional spirit.”
“Say: what is true although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.”
“It is not worthy of a speaker of truth to curse people.”
“Strive always to excel in virtue and truth.”
“Some eloquence is like magic.”
“’There is a polish for everything that taketh away rust and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of God.’ The companions said, ‘Is not repelling the infidels also like this’ Muhammad said, ‘No, although one fights until one’s sword be broken’”
“Can anyone walk through water without wetting his feet the companions replied, ‘No’ Muhammad said, ‘such is the condition of those of the world they are not safe from sins.’”
“In prayers, all thoughts must be laid aside but those of God in conversation no word is to be uttered which afterwards be repented of do not covet from others, or have any hopes for them.”
“A Muslim, who mixeth with people and beareth inconveniences, is better than one who doth not mix with them and beareth no inconveniences.”
“’Teach me a work, such that when I perform it God and men will love me.’ Muhammad said, ‘Desire not the world, and God will love you and desire not what men have, and they will love you.”
“No man hath believed perfectly, until he wishes for his brother that which he wisheth for himself.”
“Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two works better than those.”
“If envy were proper, two persons would be the most proper objects of it one, a man to whom god hath given riches, and appointed to bestow in charity the other, to whom God hath granted the knowledge of religion, and acteth thereon himself, instructing others.”
“He is not of us who is not affectinate to his little ones, and doth not respect the feelings of the aged and he is not of us who doth not order that which is good and prohibit that which is evil.”
“Verily, each of you is a mirror to his brother then if he seeth a vice in his brother he must tell him to get rid of it.”
“Ye will not enter Paradise until ye have faith, and ye will not complete your faith until ye love one another.
“Do not say that if people do good to us, we will do good to them and if people oppress us, we will oppress them but determine that if people do you good, you will do good to them and if they oppress you, you will not oppress them.”
“That person is not of us who inviteth others to aid him in oppression and he is not of us who fighteth for his tribe in injustice and he is not of us who dieth in assisting his tribe in tyranny.”
“Refrain from seeing and speaking of the vices of mankind, which you know are in yourself.”
“Fear not the obloquy of the detractor in showing God’s religion.”
“Every Muslim who calls a Muslim infidel will have the epithet returned to him.”
“It is unworthy of a Muslim to injure people’s reputation it is unworth to curse anyone and it is unworth to abuse anyone and it is unworth of a Muslim to talk vainly.”
“It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad and it is better to sit with the good than alone. And it is better to speak words to a speaker of knowledge than to remain silent and silence is better than bad words.”
“He is true who protecteth his brethren both present and absent.”
“No man is a true believer unless he desireth for his brother that which he desireth for himself.”
“The proof of Muslims sincerity is that he payeth no heed to that which is not his business.”
“The creation is as God’s family for its sustenance is from Him therefore the most beloved unto God is the person who doeth good to God’s family.”
“Be ye imbued with divine qualities.”
“Do a good deed for every bad deed that it may blot out the latter.”
“This life is but tillage for the next, do well that you may reap there for striving is the ordinance of God and whatever God hath ordained can only be attained by striving.”
“Commandments are of three kinds one commands an action, the reward of which is clear, then do it another forbids an action which leads astray, abstain from it and in another arise contradictions, resign that to God.”
“It is not a sixth or a tenth of a man’s devotion which is acceptable to God, but only such portions thereof as he offereth with understanding and true devotional spirit.”
“Adore God as thou wouldst if thou sawest Him for if thou seest Him not, He seeth thee.”
“Verily your deeds will be brought back to you, as if you yourself were the creator of your own punishment.”
“Feed the hungry and visit the sick, and free the captive, if he be unjustly confined. Assist any person oppressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.”
“Verily the most beloved of you by me are those of the best dispositions.”
“He, who believeth in one God and the Hereafter, let him speak what is good or remain silent.”
“He who progresseth daily is yet far off from the Ideal.”
“Muhammad once said to Anas, ‘Son, if you are able to keep your heart from morning till night and from night till morning free from malice towards anyone’ then he said, ‘Oh my son, this is one of my laws, and he who loveth my laws verily loveth me.’”
“O Lord as thou hast made my body good, so make good my disposition.”
“I have been sent to explain fully good dispositions.”
“Speak to men according to their mental capacities, for if you speak all things to all men, some cannot understand you, and so fall into errors.”
“He is of the most perfect Muslims, whose disposition is most liked by his own family.”
“Death is a bridge that uniteth friend with friend.”
“Muhammad said, three days before his death, ‘Not one of you must die but with resignation to the will of God, and with hope for his beneficence and pardon.’”
“Sleep is the brother of death.”
“Deliberation in undertakings is pleasing to God.”
“Do not consider any act of kindness insignificant, even meeting your brother with a cheerful face.”
“Act kindly towards women, for they were created from a rib and the most crooked part of the rib is its top. If you attempt to straighten it you will break it, if you leave it alone it will remain crooked so act kindly towards women.”
“People will not sit remembering God without the angels surrounding them, mercy covering them, peace descending on them.”
“When one of you becomes angry while standing, he should sit down. If the anger leaves him, well and good otherwise he should lie down.”
“The grave is the first stage of the journey into eternity.”
“The Faithful do not die perhaps they become translated from this perishable world to the world of eternal existences.”
“Remember often the destroyer and cutter off of delights, which is death.”
“When the bier of anyone passeth by thee, whether Jew, Christian, or Muslim, rise to thy feet.”
“’O Apostle of God Inform, Inform me, if I stop with a man, and he doth not entertain me, and he afterwards stoppeth at my house, am I to entertain him or to act with him as he with did me’ Muhammad said, ‘Entertain him.’”
“Humility and courtesy are acts of piety.”
“No person hath drunk a better draught than that of anger which he hath swallowed for God’s sake.”
“He is not strong and powerful who throweth people down but he is strong who witholdeth himself from anger.”
“’Give me advice,’ said someone. Muhammad said, ‘Be not angry.’”
“May God fill the heart of that person who suppresseth his anger with safety and faith.”
“Whoever suppresseth his anger, when he hath in his power to show it, God will give him great reward?”
“Whoever hath been given gentleness hath been given a good portion in this world and the next.”
“If anyone removes (one of the) anxieties of this world from a believer, God will remove (one of the) anxieties from him on the Day of Resurrection if one smoothes the way for one who is destitute, God will smooth the way for him in this world and the next and if anyone conceals the faults of a Muslim, God will conceal his faults in this world and the next. God helps a man as long as he helps his brother. If anyone pursues a path in search of knowledge God will thereby make easy for him a path to paradise.”
“The exercise of religious duty will not at one for the fault of an abusive tongue.”
“God loveth those who are content.”
“Look to those inferior to yourselves, so that you may not hold God’s benefits in contempt.”
“A man cannot be a Muslim till his heart and tongue are so.”
“The angels asked, ‘O God Is there anything of Thy creation stronger than rocks’ God said, ‘Yes iron is stronger than rocks, for it breaketh them.’ The angels said, ‘O Lord Is there anything of Thy creation stronger than iron’ God said, ‘Yes fire is stronger than iron, for it melteth it.’ And the angels said, O defender Is there anything of Thy creation stronger than fire’ God said, ‘Yes water overcometh fire it killeth it and maketh it cold.’ Then the angels said, ‘O Lord Is there anything of Thy creation stronger than water’ God said, ‘Yes wind overcometh water it agitateth it and putteth it in motion.’ They said, ‘O our cherisher Is there anything in Thy creation stronger than wind’ God said, ‘Yes, the children of Adam, giving alms that is, those who give with their right hands and conceal if from their left, they overcome all.’”
“Alms giving is duty unto you. Alms should be taken from the rich and returned to the poor.”
“Verily, to honor an old man is showing respect to God.”
“The man I most emulate is a Muslim unencumbered a man of small family, and little money, a performer of prayers and a perfect worshipper of God in private, one who is unknown, and hath enough to supply his wants, and when he dieth, he will leave few women to cry for him, and few legacies.”
“The best of almsgiving is that which springeth from the heart, and is uttered by the lips to soften the wounds of the injured.”
“If you spend (to help others), O son of Adam I God shall spend on you.”
“There is a devil in every berry of the grape.”
“Adhere to truth, for truth leads to good deeds and good deeds lead him who does them to paradise. Falsehood is wickedness and wickedness leads to hell.”
“A man’s true wealth here after is the good he does in this world to his fellow man.”
“He who remembers his Lord and he who does not are like the living and dead.”
“Kill not your hearts with excess of eating and drinking.”
“There are three signs of a hypocrite when he speaks he speaks lies, when he makes a promise he breaks it, and when he is trusted he betrays his trust.”
“Those who are nearest to God are they who are first to give a salutation.”
“Shedding of blood will be the first matter about which judgment will be given on the Day of Resurrection.”
“The search of knowledge is an obligation laid on every Muslim.”
“A believer’s soul is attached to his debt till it is paid.”
“Righteousness is good character, and sin is that which revolves in your heart and which you do not want people to know.”
“Reviling a Muslim is disobedience to God, and fighting with him is infidelity.”
“The man who is most hateful to God is the one who quarrels and disputes most.”
“The one who would have the worst position in God’s sight on the Day of Resurrection would be a learned man who did not profit from his learning.”
“A believer must not hate his wife, and if he is displeased with one bad quality in her, then let him be pleased with one that is good in her.”
“Among the believers who show most perfect faith are those who have best disposition and are kindest to their families.”
“Modesty is part of faith and faith is in paradise, but obscenity is part of hardness of heart and hardness of heart is in hell.”
“He who believes in God and the Last Day should honour his guest he who believes in God and the Last Day should not annoy his neighbours and he who believes in God and the Last Day should say what is good or keep silent.”
“When a man makes a loan to another, he must not accept a present.”
“No judge must give judgment between two people when he is angry.”
“Eat together and not separately, for the blessings are associated with the company.”
“Those who are merciful have mercy shown them by the Compassionate One, if you show mercy to those who are in the earth, He Who is in heaven will show mercy to you.”
“Do not ask for any high office, for if you are given it after asking, you will be left to discharge it yourself if you are given it without asking you will be helped to discharge it.”
“Two hungry wolves do not do so much havoc to a flock of sheep as greed and desire do to one’s religion.”
“When he dies, people will say, ‘What property has he left behind him’ But the angels will ask, ‘What good deeds has he sent before him’”
“He who does a good deed will have ten times the amount of blessings, and I God shall give more, but he who does an evil deed will have an equivalent reward of evil, or I shall grant forgiveness. If anyone draws the length of a span near Me, I shall draw the length of a cubit near him, and if anyone draws the length of a cubit near Me, I shall draw the length of a fathom near him. If anyone comes to me walking I shall come to him at a run, and if anyone meets me with sins of the size of the earth, but has not associated anything with Me, I shall meet him a similar amount of forgiveness.”
“If anyone guarantees me that he will not beg from people, I will guarantee him paradise.”
“You have two characters which God likes gentleness and deliberation.”
“He who is deprived of gentleness is deprived of good.”
“A Muslim has five duties towards another Muslim to return a salutation, visit the sick, follow funerals, accept an invitation and say ‘God have mercy on you’ when one sneezes.”
“What is Faith When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you, you are a believer. What is Sin When a thing disturbs (the peace of) your heart, give it up.”
“He who has in his heart as much faith as a grain of mustard seed will not be entering hell.
“He who has in his heart as much pride as a grain of mustard seed will not enter paradise.”
“Avoid envy, for envy devours good deeds just as fire devours fuel.”
“A creature is not to be obeyed when it involves disobedience to the Creator.”
“The strong man is not the good wrestler the strong man is only the one who controls himself when he is angry.”
“Coarse talk does not come into anything without disgracing it, and modesty does not come into anything without adorning it.”
“Your smiling in your brother’s face is charity an exhortation of your fellow man to virtuous deeds is equal to almsgiving, you’re putting a wanderer in the right road is charity, your assisting the blind is charity your removing stones and thorns and other obstructions from the road is charity your giving water to the thirsty is charity.”
“None of you really has faith unless he desires for his neighbor what he desires for himself.”
“Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.”
“If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul.”
“It is better for one of you to take a rope, bring a load of firewood on his back, and sells it, God thereby preserving his self respect, than that he should beg from people whether they give him anything or refuse him.”
(Excerpt from Great Quotes from Great Leader)
- “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
- “Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grief’s which we endure help us in our marching onward.”
Henry Ford (1863-1947)
- “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
- “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
- “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
Nelson Mandela (1918 – )
- “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal which is worthwhile.”
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970)
- “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”
George Washington (1732-1799)
- “We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.”
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
- “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
- “The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
- “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945)
- “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.”
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
- “I believe the unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
- “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Source: Simple Truths
How to reward yourself by giving time and money to others, from fancy cars and expensive clothes to fine dining and exotic vacations, there are many ways you can spend your hard-earned dollars. And there is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for a job well done — but what would happen if you rewarded someone else instead?
A recent study by Harvard Business School faculty and graduate students titled “Feeling Good about Giving: The Benefits (and Costs) of Self-Interested Charitable Behavior,” explores the ways in which charitable behavior can lead to benefits for the giver. While the concept that giving to others can make you feel good about yourself is not revolutionary, there are several more subtle ways that giving your money or time for a cause can benefit your psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being.
Here are five reasons to donate to charity
Based on the research of the Harvard Business School as well as other experts and websites.
Donations are tax deductible
When you donate to a charitable organization or a non-profit group, the amount you donate is tax deductible. But not only is the money you give tax deductible, so are the amounts you spend on travel, parking costs and even convention and event fees that are related to the non-profit group, as long as you are not being reimbursed by the charity for these expenses.
Giving to charity may improve your sense of well-being
The act of helping others can create an improved sense of well-being. Knowing that you sacrificed something such as time, finances or property in order to help others in need can give you a sense of purpose in life or work and inner satisfaction.
Supporting a cause can help keep you informed about issues of social injustice
When considering donating to a charity, many people tend to research the issues connected to that organization. As a result, you become more educated about social injustices around the world. You may discover new points of view and opinions on topics about which you were previously uniformed. This knowledge may position you to help increase the awareness of social problems among those in your sphere of influence from a balanced and educated standpoint.
Giving to charity out of spiritual conviction can strengthen your spiritual life
Selfless giving is a key component to many spiritual and religious belief systems. Recognizing that you have taken action in line with your spiritual beliefs by offering your resources to others in need can bring a sense of inner peace and contentment.
Volunteering with a charity may result in physical and social benefits
After donating financially to a charity or non-profit organization, you may feel an inner pull to become more involved with the cause by donating your time and skill as well. By volunteering, you have the opportunity to build your social circles while reaping the physical, mental and spiritual benefits from the labor you contribute to your favourite cause.
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|Why should you start walking? Walking for 30 to 60 minutes each day is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit. Here are great reasons to start walking.
1. Walkers Live Longer
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Exercise such as walking is an important part of any weight loss program. You must still watch how much you eat in order to lose weight. But walking helps you build healthy lean muscle, lose inches of fat, and pump up your metabolism. Of long-term successful weight losers, almost all maintain a program of walking or other exercise.
4. Walking Reduces Risk of Cancer
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7. Walking Boosts Your Brain Power
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Walking and other exercise leads to the release of the body’s natural happy drugs – endorphins. Most people notice an improvement in mood. A Nov. 9, 1999 study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine showed that university students who walked and did other easy to moderate exercise regularly had lower stress levels than couch potatoes or those who exercised strenuously.
9. Walking Can Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
What better reason for men to take a brisk two mile walk each day – a reduced risk of impotence from mid-life onward.
10. It’s Easy to Get Started Walking
All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and to get yourself out the door or onto the treadmill. You can reap the benefits of walking from doing several shorter walks or one longer walk during the day. To get you on the right foot, this easy tutorial shows you how to walk with good posture and how to increase your walking time each day.
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Benefits of Playing Sports:
Have you thought of the different benefits of playing sports? Have you realized the importance of making sports a part of your daily routine? Read on for more.
Playing sports is something most of us love, isn’t it? Undoubtedly, sports are a fun activity but they offer several health benefits too. Playing some sport regularly goes a long way in maintaining your physical and mental well-being. Sports help enhance your personality. They are a good source of both exercise and entertainment.
Advantages of Sports in a Nutshell
Increased strength and stamina
Better body shape increased agility
They help burn calories and shed those extra pounds
They give the body a good exercise
They encourage you to give your best every time
They help build your planning and analytical skills and increase concentration
Sports boost confidence
They build leadership and team skills
The Bigger Picture
Achieve social integration
Lead to infrastructural developments
Create employment opportunities
Boost the tourism industry
How Sports Benefit You
Sports serve as an excellent physical exercise. Those who play sports have a more positive body image than those who do not. Sports often involve physical activities like running, jumping, stretching and moving about which turn out to be a good body workout. Playing sports is energy put to good use. Engaging in sports since an early age strengthens your bones and muscles and tones your body. It helps you increase your stamina and endurance. Sports that involve jumping and stretching help increase height; for example basketball. Games that involve running, kicking or throwing a ball help strengthen the arms and legs; for example soccer and cricket. Swimming provides a full body workout. Thus sports provide the body with complete exercise and engaging in sports directly translates into overall fitness.
Research shows that sports improve Math skills in children. Sports that involve aiming and hitting skills, for example, tennis, badminton, baseball and cricket help them increase focus. They help develop leadership qualities and foster team spirit in kids. They involve competition; they involve winning and losing. This exposes children to both aspects of life, successes and failures. Sports build a competitive spirit in children and teach them to be participative irrespective of whether the result is victory or defeat. Playing sports teaches them to accept both successes and failures with a positive spirit. Sports teach you to think with a cool head. The most important benefit of sports is the sportsman spirit they inculcate. Sports help you become more sporting, more positive and stronger.
Playing sports is very beneficial for the development of social skills. Sports teach you to interact with people, communicate with them and collaborate as a team. Sports foster collective thinking and harness your planning and delegation skills too. Sports build confidence. Winning a game gives you a sense of accomplishment, which boosts your confidence further.
Playing sports involves directed thinking. It requires you to strategize. You need to devise ways to score goals, runs or earn points, as the case may be. You need to devise strategies to win, you need to decide whether to take an offensive stand or a defensive one. You need to judge your opponent’s strategy and modify yours accordingly. This definitely involves clever thinking, which sports encourage. Studies show that kids who play sports regularly fare well in academics and do well in school.
Sports make you happy. I know anyone would agree with this. Jumping about, running around, racing to get ahead, hitting, throwing, bouncing, kicking (the ball, I mean!), shouting, clapping, cheering, falling and standing up again… all a part of playing sports. And there is no match to the happiness this brings. They give you the high by increasing the production of endorphins in the brain. In other words, sports are a form of exercise which generates happiness molecules in your body, thus restoring your mental health. Playing sports, you can’t be sad. In fact, they bust the sorrow and the stress. Sports generate a positive energy in you, around you.
When sports are played at the state or national level, they increase the players’ sense of belonging to their community or country. International sports events foster patriotism and a feeling of oneness among the team members of a country. Playing sports at these levels opens many employment avenues for not only sportsmen and women but also people who join tournaments as volunteers, cheerleaders or in the capacity of sports doctors and physical therapists. As developments are undertaken in cities hosting sports events, sports can lead to urbanization of rural areas. Many cities have started becoming hubs for sports tourism. Sports parks are being developed in many tourist destinations. It is the increasing inclination for playing sports which is responsible for such developments.
Playing sports reduces several health risks. As sports serve as an excellent form of exercise, it won’t come as a surprise that they offer health benefits like lowering blood pressure, maintaining blood sugar and cholesterol levels and reducing other health risks. Yes, if you are playing a sport regularly, you are at a lesser risk of developing diabetes or heart diseases. Playing sports reduces the risk of hypertension and several other stress-related disorders. Research shows that people who play sports regularly can deal with stresses and strains in a better way. Those who engage in sports activities are less prone to depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders.
Regular exercise that is achieved through sports leads to an improvement in the overall health thus improving quality of life. Sports are a good combination of recreation and exercise. They improve your physical and psychological health; physical because sports involve exercise and psychological because playing is something you enjoy, it’s something that relaxes your mind. Something so advantageous is worth investing time in. So go hit the ground today. Play!
By Manali Oak
Last Updated: 1/12/2012
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