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World Famous Tourist Attractions

July 31st, 2010

great-wall-china-tourism.jpgIt is a wonderful world, which is why planning a world tour can be quite a challenge. One is never sure where to go and what to leave behind for the next vacation. Here are three wonders of the world that in my view have to be part of your bucket list. If you are someone who can appreciate ancient architecture embedded in natural beauty such that one is not sure where nature ends and where humanity’s work begins, you surely don’t want to miss them!

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How to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables Through Canning

July 30th, 2010

canning-preserving-food.jpgFresh fruits and vegetables are the best source of vitamins and minerals for the body. However, most of the time we cannot keep more than a small amount of them on hand due to spoilage and seasonal availability. Fortunately it is possible to preserve them for later use, which will allow us to store larger quantities even during times of economic collapse. Canning them is often the best method of preservation, and if done at home with an easy-to-do process, you can avoid harmful chemicals that are usually used in commercial products.

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Can Couples Counseling Save Your Marriage?

July 29th, 2010

couples-counseling-therapy.jpgWhen I look at an old couple who is happily married, my first reaction is generally that of a ‘wow, they made it’ type of pleasant surprise. In the era that we live in, the institution of marriage is a precarious one. With the divorce rates touching sky high limits, you must do all that you can to save your marriage.

In this regard couples therapy is a viable option. Thankfully, more and more couples seem to be realizing this. One of the most basic things that this sort of therapy tries to cultivate between both the members is an open channel of communication. Healthy couples differ from unhealthy couples in that they are good friends. They talk often, almost about everything. When this channel of communication gets blocked, conflicts are bound to occur. Couples therapy thus helps you to make a best friend out of your husband or wife.

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Is Your Employer Important to Your Happiness?

July 28th, 2010

how-to-manage-your-boss.jpgI come upon the fact that who I work for is extremely important to my happiness every time I smile on getting a sensitive response from them. We may many times underrate the professional sphere in our lives and how it affects us as people, but the truth is far from it. How many times do we come back home from work in a foul mood because our boss screamed at us or denied us a holiday? The reason for our anxiety in life generally also has to do with how we are treated within our professional sphere.

If you were to conduct a search on Google for “a good boss”, you will come across a number of websites that talk about how to be a good boss, and the traits of a good boss. These traits are usually on the lines of being inclusive and keeping everyone involved, coaching and mentoring juniors, listening and communicating well, not playing the blame game, helping employees with deadlines, not being too concerned about money but rather the overall mission, and being understanding.

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Easter Island: The Mysterious Birth and Death of a Culture

July 27th, 2010

easter-island-statues.jpgEaster Island or Rapa Nui is one of the world’s most isolated inhabited areas. It is a Chilean island, located in the South Pacific, 3510 kilometers (2181 miles) west of the country’s mainland. Easter Island stands alone in the sea; the nearest island is some 450 kilometers away and is uninhabited. It is a small mass of land, only 164 square kilometers, which rose up from under water due to a volcanic eruption. You don’t want to miss this island if you are traveling to that part of the world.

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Uses and Benefits of Holy Basil

July 26th, 2010

holy-basil-benefits.JPGThere are around 60 varieties of basil, and it looks a little like peppermint since it belongs to the same family. It was indigenous to Asia and Africa earlier, but is now grown almost all over the world and used as a seasoning herb in many cuisines. The word ‘basil’ is derived from Greek ‘basilikohn’ meaning royal and sacred. Basil has been used as an embalming herb and a preservative, and was used to preserve mummies. It was variously a symbol of mourning in Greece and of love in Italy in ancient times, and was also used by churches to make holy water since it was found growing around Christ’s tomb after the resurrection. It is also known as St. Joseph’s Wort.

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Are You Happy, Honey: Dealing with Depression

July 25th, 2010

depression-anxiety.jpgWhile replying to an email last night I received an article on depression from Swati Varma. Although it does not go into a copious amount of detail about how to actually treat or cope with depression, it does provide a pretty good overall introduction to the condition and how it might be recognized.

Let me start by asking the age old question - Are you happy? I am sure each of us poses this question to ourselves often enough. Since we are all so hell bent on being ‘happy’, the answer we receive is more often than not, “Yes, I am”. After all, everybody does say they are fine. Even so, most of us have had a foreboding feeling on an idle Tuesday afternoon when we are home by ourselves. This feeling of lack of any real control in our lives usually takes a back seat as the afternoon passes, or as we get a call from one of our friends, or as our spouse comes back from work. If you have had many such afternoons lately, you are probably depressed!

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Hampi: A Jewel of South India

July 24th, 2010

hampi-vijayanagar-world-heritage-site.jpgThe capital of the historic Vijayanagara empire, Vijayanagara, or modern-day Hampi, is in a state of ruins now. Yet, the beauty of architectural skill cannot go unnoticed or unacknowledged in this town of rocks and boulders with temples and statues carved out of them. The Vijayanagara empire extended over the whole of south India, and reached its peak between the 14th and the 16th centuries through a unification of smaller states against Islamic invasions from the north. The empire encouraged the arts, which resulted in major contributions in the fields of music, literature, and other fine arts. Hinduism was believed to be a unifying factor during the times, and King Krishnadevaraya was the most important in commissioning several temples and other structures. Hampi is situated between the Tungabhadra River and high hills, so that it was an easily defensible city in the past.

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The Benefits of Getting Sufficient Sleep

July 23rd, 2010

sleeping-benefits.jpgAre you getting enough sleep each night? Because everybody has their own needs when it comes to sleep, this can be a difficult question to answer. Some people can get by on six hours per night, while others feel the impact if they don’t get nine hours. You will know if you aren’t getting enough sleep because you will feel drowsy, irritable, moody, and disinhibited. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, then you are just one of millions of people faced with the same predicament. Sleep deprivation is a widespread problem in the United States. If you suffer from sleeplessness, you should consider changing your lifestyle, trying temporary medication, or undergoing a course of cognitive behavioral therapy. Sleep is essential to an individual’s health and general well being. In fact several health benefits are associated with getting sufficient sleep.

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Five Spices Everyone Should Use

July 22nd, 2010

different-kinds-of-spices.jpgMany people use spices when they cook because of the flavor they add to food. Spices definitely make meals taste more interesting. However, they do more than just make the food that we eat taste better. Most spices actually have manifold health benefits, and they have been used for thousands of years to treat various ailments. Read on to find out more about five of the most beneficial spices.

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Why Laughing Is Good for You

July 21st, 2010

lol-laughing-face.jpgHave you ever heard someone say that laughter is the best medicine? It may sound like something your grandmother would come out with, but grandmothers are often very wise. Laughter really is excellent for your physical and mental well being. Laughing is also very good for your social life.

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