(This was first posted in Modern Life Blogs – http://www.modernlifeblogs.com/2013/01/5-ways-to-brighten-your-day/ )
We all have ups and downs in life. But, if we know how to maintain our equipoise when turbulent waters rock our boat, then we understand that life is all about embracing our true nature and living and cherishing each experience.
What are some of the ways that we can add life to our days?
1). Early to rise
The early morning is an ideal time for starting your day. Either by taking a long walk in the outdoors, spending time in prayer or meditation, yoga, jogging, planning the day ahead. The sound of the birds, the sunrise, and the serene atmosphere are ideal for these activities.
2). Enjoy breakfast with fresh juice
Breakfast is acknowledged by many to be the most important meal of the day. So instead of rushing to work, make sufficient time to enjoy a good breakfast with your family. A glass of fresh juice in the morning is very refreshing.
3). Take a break
If you have a sedentary job, it is important to take a break to stretch your legs or relax your hands and eyes. Looking at the monitor for long hours or typing at a keyboard for long can be strenuous.
4). Pursue your interest
All of us have a passion, an interest or a hobby. Be it playing soccer, reading, writing playing soccer or badminton, music, toastmasters etc. Making time for these activities is important as they fire up our passion and keep us motivated.
5). Bonding with family
With the advent of social media, technological gadgetry like smartphones, tablets and the like, we find no time for face-to-face communication. After work, we have to spend some time with our loved ones to strengthen our bonds.
By cherishing and expressing gratitude for the things that we have, we can add so much more meaning to our lives.
We will always be indebted to the scientists of the Renaissance era and the earlier centuries who gave us the building blocks and the fundamental discoveries. They were multi-talented geniuses, philosophers, artists, engineers, architects, musicians etc who worked with a passion in search of the truth. The quest to find out answers linked them to the divine and that resulted in a creative outflow which was spectacular.
Alas, science in the modern world is propelled by a desire for power. Scientists are in a mad rush to churn out papers for journals rather than satisfy their curiosity and wonder.
Some of the great scientists and philosophers who inspired us and will always be remembered for their great contributions are:
Albert Einstein is well known for his theory of relativity an d the Quantum theory. Besides this his work with Satyendranath Bose on the Bose-Einstein statistics and the Bose-Einstein condensate is well known.
Leonardo da Vinci the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer whose genius encompassed marvelous paintings like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper and whose engineering designs included models of helicopters, solar cookers, study of human anatomy etc.
Galileo – Using first modern telescope, Galileo revolutionised our understanding of the world successfully proving the earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around
Sir Isaac Newton was an astronomer, physicist, inventor, mathematician, and philosopher. He has developed laws of motion, principles of momentum, and invented the reflecting telescope.
Marie Curie – Discovered radiation and helped to apply it in the field of X ray.
Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose – who made important contributions in the field of radio and microwave technology
Charles Darwin the English naturalist famous for his Origin of Species on the theory of evolution and survival of the fittest
Michael Faraday was a phenomenal chemist and physicist who contributed to the fields of electrochemistry and electromagnetics
Aryabhatta is one of the oldest Indian mathematician who is credited with the invention of zero and place values.
C V Raman was an Indian Physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for discovery of the Raman Effect for his experiments on the scattering of light
Archimedes one of the greatest Mathematicians from Greece is well known for the Archimedes principle and the Archimedes screw.
Nicholas Tesla – was a renowned physicist, inventor, and engineer. He has made phenomenal contributions to science and has been classified as the “world’s greatest electrical engineer.”
Thomas Edison the American inventor is famous for the invention of the light bulb in 1879.
Alexander Graham Bell for his invention of the telephone in 1876.
Ramanujam was an Indian mathematician who with almost no formal training in pure mathematics made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series and continued fractions.
Louis Pasteur for his work on developing antidotes for anthrax and rabies and pasteurization of milk
Who are the people who have inspired you? If you could go back in time, which era/period would you like to be a part of?.
Here is my blog post for this contest:
WHAT INSPIRES ME TO BLOG
An outlet for creativity
Blogging is a creative outlet for me. An outlet to express my emotions. An expression of love, a celebration of success, an inspiration on the joys of life and a search for the truth.
Blog to inspire
We can blog to inspire and motivate and develop the leaders of tomorrow. To instill values that stand the test of time. To inspire people to live a life of value based on simplicity, truth and courage. To stop the mad rat-race and greed that is leading to our downfall. To seek to know the true purpose of our life.
A stand against injustice
Blogging also enables us to take a stand against injustices prevailing in society like corruption, child labour, rape, terrorism, atrocities against women, racial distinctions etc. By blogging we can take little steps to enlighten and educate people of the ills in our society.
A fight for a noble cause
Blogging helps us to undertake and mobilise people to work for noble causes like education for the poor, the fight against poverty, environmental causes, food and water for poor etc.
The recognition of the oneness in us
Blogging opens our heart to the world. It recognises the oneness in all of us. And by sharing our joys, sorrows and successes we recognise and re-inforce the belief that a community effort is more successful than a lone voice that cannot be heard. It helps us to mobilise people towards a noble cause.
We can blog to inform, to educate, to share, to lift the spirits, to lighten the mood, to seek the truth, to inspire with poetry, stories, art, travel and photography.
And here is the link to vote for me: (Just go to the voting gallery and click on my name)