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• Wednesday, December 07th, 2011

I recently came across a nice blog post from a real estate newsletter which talked about how being grateful to things and showing gratitude can increase the level of a persons Optimism. This being the December month, a month which brings out holiday mood and as well spirit of giving would be best time to share the post to you all.

Former President Ronald Reagan used to tell a story about two little boys: one a pessimist and the other an optimist. The pessimist was placed in a room full of wonderful toys, and was quickly reduced to tears because he was convinced somebody would take them away. The optimist was placed in a room full of horse manure, and began happily digging away. His reasoning? “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere.”

While the research suggests that there may be a gene for optimism, it’s also clear that anyone can improve their mood by increasing how often they express gratitude.

In fact, when you express gratitude, you make a powerful shift in terms of how the lens in your brain (i.e., reticular activating system) views the environment.

A great example occurs when you buy a new car. Before you made the decision, you probably never noticed how many people drove the vehicle you were about to purchase. Once you buy, however, it’s amazing how many people suddenly seem to be driving the same vehicle as yours.

The act of expressing gratitude raises your beta-endorphin levels, which, in turn, improves your mood as well as increasing your immunity. The more gratitude you express, the better you feel and the easier it becomes to find more things for which to be grateful.

In conclusion, Optimism and gratitude go hand in hand.

You can show your gratitude by just saying “Thank you” at home or work place more often. If you want go beyond, show gratitude by giving for the needy. You can sponsor an orphan kids education via non-profit organizations in developing nations. You don’t have to do a whole lot to show gratitude, just being you and thankful for things you got in your life would help a great deal as well.

Thank you for reading this post!

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• Thursday, February 15th, 2007
I came across this nice email which I never seen before about the existence of God in connection with science. I thought it will be good to share it. Read along..
 
 
AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION.

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class
on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He
asks one of his new students to stand and…..

Prof      : So you believe in God?
Student : Absolutely, sir.

Prof      : Is God good?
Student : Sure.

Prof      : Is God all-powerful?
Student : Yes.

Prof      : My brother died of cancer even though he
prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to
help others who are ill. But God didn’t. How is this
God good then? Hmm?
(Student is silent.)

Prof       : You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start
again, young fellow. Is God good?
Student : Yes.

Prof      : Is Satan good?
Student : No.

Prof       : Where does Satan come from?
Student : From…God.. .

Prof      : That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil
in this world?
Student : Yes.

Prof      : Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did
make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.

Prof       : So who created evil?
Student does not answer.

Prof      : Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred?
Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the
world, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.

Prof       : So, who created them?
Student has no answer.

Prof      : Science says you have 5 senses you use to
identify and observe the world around you. Tell me,
son…Have you ever seen God?
Student : No, sir.

Prof       : Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student : No, sir.

Prof       : Have you ever felt your God, tasted your
God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory
perception of God for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Prof      : Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.

Prof      : According to empirical, testable,
demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn’t
exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

Prof      : Yes. Faith. And that is the problem
science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof       : Yes.

Student: And is there such a thing as cold?
Prof      : Yes.

Student : No sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn
of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more
heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat
or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We
can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but
we can’t go any further after that. There is no such
thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe
the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is
energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just
the absence of it.
(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there
such a thing as darkness?
Prof       : Yes. What is night if there isn’t
darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the
absence of something. You can have low light, normal
light, bright light, flashing light….But if you have
no light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called
darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it
were you would be able to make darkness darker,
wouldn’t you?

Prof      : So what is the point you are making, young
man?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise
is flawed.

Prof      : Flawed? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of
duality. You argue there is life and then there is
death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the
concept of God as something finite, something we can
measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. It
uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen,
much less fully understood either one.  To view death
as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact
that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death
is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it.
Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students
that they evolved from a monkey?

Prof      : If you are referring to the natural
evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your
own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning
to realize where the argument is going.)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process
of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this
process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching
your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a
preacher?
(The class is in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever
seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the
Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No
one appears to have done so. So, according to the
established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable
protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir.
With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your
lectures, sir?
(The room is silent. The professor stares at the
student, his face unfathomable. )

Prof      : I guess you’ll have to take them on faith,
son.
Student : That is it sir… The link between man & god
is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving &
alive.

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