Smiling have many benefits for us both internal and external but few people use it to their advantages.

Smiling reduce our stress, boost your immune system ,reduce blod pressure and change our mood to the better.It also make us feel attractive, increase self esteem and make us look sucessful.What else to us for?Most importantly its free and you can get so much benefit from it!

makes us attractive
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away -- but a smile draws them in.And for girls,guys like us smilimg at them .

Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.It will makes us feel attractive and have more confidence in ourself

Reduces Stress
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.

Seem Successful
Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

Smiling is a natural drug.
Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good.

Your smile is contagious

So from now
Practice makes perfect. At first, you will have to intentionally "think" at smiling to people. After that, it will become automatic as it is suppose to be

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Smile coz when you smile ,the world will smile with you!!!
I`ve just read an article about the benefit of smiling and i want to share it.
I think it`s important for us to be reminded to smile as there`s a lot of benefit to it and people nowadays ,i think,smile lesser or are forced to smile especially in the service industry.Since less and less people smile at us,it seem easier for us to detect when someone smile insincerely.


By MARIA CHENG,AP Medical Writer AP - Friday, December 5LONDON - When you're smiling, the whole world really does smile with you.

A paper being published Friday in a British medical journal concludes that happiness is contagious _ and that people pass on their good cheer even to total strangers.

American researchers who tracked more than 4,700 people in Framingham, Mass., as part of a 20-year heart study also found the transferred happiness is good for up to a year.

"Happiness is like a stampede," said Nicholas Christakis, a professor in Harvard University's sociology department and co-author of the study. "Whether you're happy depends not just on your own actions and behaviors and thoughts, but on those of people you don't even know."

While the study is another sign of the power of social networks, it ran through 2003, just before the rise of social networking Web sites like Friendster, MySpace and Facebook. Christakis couldn't say for sure whether the effect works online.

"This type of technology enhances your contact with friends, so it should support the kind of emotional contagion we observed," he said.

Christakis and co-author James Fowler, of the University of California in San Diego, are old hands at studying social networks. They previously found that obesity and smoking habits spread socially as well.

For this study, published in the British journal BMJ, they examined questionnaires that asked people to measure their happiness. They found distinct happy and unhappy clusters significantly bigger than would be expected by chance.

Happy people tended to be at the center of social networks and had many friends who were also happy. Having friends or siblings nearby increased people's chances of being upbeat. Happiness spread outward by three degrees, to the friends of friends of friends.

Happy spouses helped, too, but not as much as happy friends of the same gender. Experts think people, particularly woman, take emotional cues from people who look like them.

Christakis and Fowler estimate that each happy friend boosts your own chances of being happy by 9 percent. Having grumpy friends decreases it by about 7 percent.

But it also turns out misery don't love company: Happiness seemed to spread more consistently than unhappiness. But that doesn't mean you should drop your gloomy friends.

"Every friend increases the probability that you're at the center of a network, which means you are more eligible to get a wave of happiness," Fowler said.

Being happy also brings other benefits, including a protective effect on your immune system so you produce fewer stress hormones, said Andrew Steptoe, a psychology professor at University College London who was not involved with the study.

But you shouldn't assume you can make yourself happy just by making the right friends.

"To say you can manipulate who your friends are to make yourself happier would be going too far," said Stanley Wasserman, an Indiana University statistician who studies social networks.

The study was only conducted in a single community, so it would take more research to confirm its findings. But in a time of economic gloom, it also suggested some heartening news about money and happiness.

According to the research, an extra chunk of money increases your odds of being happy only marginally _ notably less than the odds of being happier if you have a happy friend.

"You can save your money," Christakis said. "Being around happy people is better."


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Improve memory

Memory plays an important part in our live .We often forget things.Forgetting things can loss our credibility especially in working world and if you`re a boss.

Short-term memory refers to the capacity for holding a small amount of information in mind in an active, readily available state for a short period of time. The duration of short-term memory is about 20 seconds. Estimates of the capacity of short-term memory vary – from about 3 or 4 elements (i.e., words, digits, or letters) to about 9 elements

Long-term memory
is memory that can last as little as a few days or as long as decades.

Memory is affected by many factors such as:
Chemical or toxic exposure
Overall brain health
Medication side effects

Trust and be confident that you have a good memory

An active social life
Be a social butterfly. One study found that people who socialize regularly do far better on memory tests than their less outgoing counterparts, since participating in conversations exercises the brain.

Exercise.Physical activity rushes oxygen to the brain and builds new cells in the brain region linked to memory.

Take a nap Research has found that people who squeeze in a catnap during the day retain twice as much of the information they learned that day as those who don’t.

Organize your thoughts.By organizing your though ,it will be clearer to you of what to think and remember

Learn to use Mnemonics Mnemonic are clues of any kind that help us remember something, usually by causing us to associate the information we want to remember with a visual image, a sentence, or a word.

Use all your senses.
The more senses you use when you learn something, the more of your brain will be involved in retaining the memory. For example, odors are famous for conjuring memories from the distant past, especially those with strong emotional content, such as visits to a cookie-baking grandparent.

Read ,Draw and write
Widen the brain regions involved in learning by reading aloud, drawing a picture, or writing down the information you want to learn (even if you never look back at your notes). Just forming a visual image of something makes it easier to remember and understand; it forces you to make the information more precise.

Repeat things you need to learn. The more times you hear, see, or think about something, the more surely you’ll remember it

Do new things and challenger yourself
Engaging in activities that require you to concentrate and tax your memory will help you maintain skills as you age. Discuss books, do crossword puzzles, sudoku, try new recipes, travel, and undertake projects or hobbies that require skills you aren’t familiar or comfortable with. Again, challenge all of your senses as you venture into the unfamiliar: Try to guess the ingredients in a restaurant dish; give sculpting or ceramics a try; sample different types of music.

If you’re trying to memorize something, do it on an empty stomach. The hormone that improves memory is highest when the stomach is empty.

Move your eyes
Moving your eyes side to side for 30 seconds every morning can improve memory by ten percent. How? It gets the two sides of the brain working in harmony.

how to set goals

Why should you set goals?
By setting goals you will recognize your ability and competence in achieving the goals that you have set.This will also raise your self-confidence .Besides that you will know whats your negative points.By knowing your negative point,you can find ways to improve.

What goals to set?
To set goal ,it must first be important to you and something that you want.
Financial,social,mental,spiritual,health,career,family and home,physical are the area where you can make goals on.

There are two type of Goals.They are short-term and long term goals.
Long-term goals can take about four to five years to achieve.
Short term goals can be reached in one to two years or even in six month depend on you goals.

You goal must be:
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely

Specific-what,why, how
What information do I have?
What information do I need? Where can I get it?
What skills do I need to master?
What other resources should I use?
Why is this important to do at this time?
What do you want to ultimately accomplish?
Is this the best way to do it, or is there some other way?

Choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur.Break each goal of your goal into sub tasks that need to be completed.This will make it easy for you to achieve it.Outline the steps needed to achieve it and put it into your daily plan.Use your daily to-do list as a means to reach even your lifetime goals. Now that you've divided your goals into achievable tasks, incorporate those tasks into your list and pick them off, one at a time.

A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you.Write it down in complete detail.
Paste it somewhere visible like beside your mirror.It acts as a reminder everyday. Have a positive statement and express your goals positively.Besides that consider possible blocks and ways of dealing with them.

RealisticWhen you set a goal ,it must be realistic.not too high or too low.Having goals that too high will make you sad when you realise that you cannot achieve it.Some set their goal too low ,afraid of being a failure or take it too easy.

Set a deadlines and time frame for the goal: for next week, in three months.
Commit to carrying out your plan of action within the specific time frame.
Review and re-prioritize your goals regularly and when you suffer inevitable setbacks. You may find that they change over time, or that certain objectives get put on hold while you work on other

Benefits of stretching

Do you know that stretching can relieve stress?.
Stretching relaxes the tense muscles that often accompany stress

Stretching improves circulation. Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles. Improved circulation can speed recovery after muscle injuries.It also improve your mental alertness

other benefits of stretching are

-Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)
-Reduced muscle tension
-Increased range of movement in the joints
-Enhanced muscular coordination

So start stretching now!

Ways to show respect.

here are a few way to show respect.

-Be on time for your meeting
-Don`t interrupt when someone is talking
-allow some privacy to others
-Be considerate
-Treat other people the way you want to be treated.
-Acknowledge other when you see them
-Smile at them.

I know it just common sense but sometime we don`t realise that we are not doing what we should.The most common example you can see is at the public transport especially at the MRT where people don`t give up their seat to old or pregnant women.They pretend to be sleeping.Not only they did not show respect but also lying.It not that they don`t know how to show respect but they don`t want to.

when to make decision

As far as possible never make your decision when you are angry ,sad or excited.This is when you emotion is unstable and you may make a rash decision.So the next time you want tro make a decision , make sure you take a deep breath and remain calm .

make a decision

Making the right decision is important be it big or small.Often we regret what we have decide and say "i`ve should have ...."

When you have to make a decision to make, it`s usually because you have more then two options.What you have to do is to weight the pros and could write it down on a piece of paper.Divide the paper into two and write the anvantaged and diavantages .
In most cases in life you have do it with just your brain as the decision need to be quick.
Then narrow the options and choose what is important to you or the situation.Also look at a decision from different perspectives ,talk to someone about your decision ,so that you can make a better choice.When evluating ,don`t be influence by what you friends have said.

When making decision,avoiding "jumping to conclusions" and always think of the consequences that will happen if you make that very decision.Most importantly -trust your gut.

benefits of quit smoking

When you quit smoking you can save money .Just think of how much money you spend on cigarette for one month ,then times 12.

for example
one month $150
1year S150 times 12 = $1800
6 years = $10 800
10years = $18 000

Besides saving money,you will have more time to devote to family,friends and love one .You will not become a burden on your family members because of illnesses related to smoking cigarettes.Your mouth and hair will no longer smell of smoke and you and your love one can be comfortable together instead of worrying about the smell.

you will have whiter teeth and fresh breath.
Your ability to smell and taste ,stamina, endurance, and confidence will improve.
You will also have sharper thinking and increase work productivity.All this will improve you self esteem and become a better person.

Furthermore quitting smoking is a challenge. Once you have quit, you will know you can succeed at difficult task and take more control of your life. Quitting helps you believe in yourself and make happier, less depressed.

Read on effects of smoking

effects of smoking

Do you know that people pay money to get ill?
They know that smoking has so many bad effect but they still smoke.For those who forget here what smoking can cause you:

Lung Cancer
Oral cancer (mouth cancer)
Hearth Attack -Smoking causes fat deposits to narrow and block blood vessels which leads to heart attack.

When smoking,skin starved of oxygen by smoking becomes dry and grey.
Wrinkles around the eyes and mouth develop much earlier and the tar stains your teeth and fingers.

And one very important fact you should remember:
Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemical compounds; 200 of which are known to be poisonous, and upwards of 60 have been identified as carcinogens. Viewed in that light, it's no wonder that the effects of smoking are so widespread and destructive.Quit smoking cigarettes now!

One of the easy way to stop smoking gradually is thought fasting

Benefit of fasting

Today is the first day of Ramadan and the Muslim begin to fast.There are many benefit of are some of it.

-Overcoming addictions.Its a great way to stop your smoking habits.

-Free your mind from unnecessary boundaries.

-restricting food to the body will improve the immune system and slow down the body’s physiological deterioration.


How to show respect

In order to gain respect from others we first have to respect our self and others.

Listening attentively is one of the way to show that you respect others

Be true in your views and opinions.Even if it you have very different opinion from the crowds.Being honest with your doing and view will gain you respect from others.Do not be afraid of risk being hated for doing what is right.Be patience with those who critise you or make thingss dificult for you

If you feel that someone work or ideas is good, tell them that you appreciate it.Make people feel appreciated and comfortable with you.

If you watch people who really are respected by others, you can see what makes them different. It may not be their wealth, beauty, intelligence or the background they belong to. The respect people gains on the basis of these will never last long or that respect is not real.You will see the different behaviour of those respected and not respected

Closing ceremony of the Olympic 2008

It seem so fast that the Olympic have ended.Congrats to all who have won.To those who lose,don`t be too sad.At least you have tried your best and there will be next time.Before that learn from your mistake and know your opponent.

Making decision

The most important things in life is making decision.We all make decision all the time be it big or small.Whether you realise it or not we are making decision almost every minutes of our life.You are making decision to read this article.You make decision to eat, listen and so on .You may call it personal necessity but if you decide not to eat for a week than you are going to die.

Even if you decide not to read or do something you have already decided.

As I have said ,we make decision almost every minutes of our life so you may do it unconsciously.Sometimes we do it unconsciously that we did not realise that if can affect us badly or we were making a bad decision through our action.

It is through our learning that we can have more informed choice and therefore and make the right decision.If we did not learn thing we will not know ways or other alternative.

how to listen

One of other ways of learning is to listen. Listening to speech,radio,podcast or even music. Can you learn by
listening music? Of course,you can learn new words but you need to to attentive.

Have you ever been irritated when someone who keep nodding his head but look at something or somewhere else when you are talking to him?
Surely he did`t show respect to you!

Great communicators are great listenersand listening actively show respect to the are some ways:

Focus on the speaker completely and don`t do something else like checking your watches or even email.It`s rude!

Be genuine in listening When the speaker feel that you are really listening,it show that you respect him.He will ,in turn, thanks and respect you.You`ll respect him and he respect you and there`ll be trust trust is very important in any kind of relationship be it personal or business

Nod – nod once in a while to signal that you are listening. But don’t overdo it. Relate what the speaker is saying to what you already know.Also take note of the main point.

Do not interrupt you can ask question or give your opinion but just don`t interrupt.The speaker will appreciate your question or opinion as he tale it that you`re interested in what he is talking.Asking question can also show that you are listening and you want to confirm your understanding.

Take note of your own body posture Don’t slouch, sit up straight and don’t fidget .You body posture can show if you`re listening or just acting.

observe his attitude and body language. It`s all part of what he is saying.Sometimes people say something but communicate something else.You can see it through his body language

Watch how people act when they are talking. If you are smart and watch long enough you can catch a glimpse of their real personality.Knowing their real personality you can interact with them better.

The next time you are talking to someone takes note about the point i have mention and see if he really listening to you.Don`t forget to use it when you`re listening to someone else

China Olympics 2008

You may be wondering that this is a personal development site and what does it has to do with China Olympics 2008.We can learn lots of things if we really want to even if it just something minor or as big as the olympic

What can we learn from China Olympics 2008 ??

lots of things.I think that China had done a great job especially on the 080808 the China Olympics grand opening despite the many opposition and so on.

Few weeks before,I have watch many people from there, keenly learning phrases to welcome visitor to the Olympic.This include old women and men.The willingness to learn show that they are sincere to welcome the world and also to improve them self.
They are also doing their part for the team ,which in this case ,the team is China.That`s a good spirit and teamwork.Doing it although their parts is very small.

As for the atletic , even if they loss they should it as an experience to learn and improve their performance.It could be their stamina or mind that make them lose.They should try to figure out their problem .

There a lot more to learn .It just how you see it

knowledge sharing

Some of you may be selfish in thinking that " since I know more why should i be sharing the knowledge.They will be the same standard with me"

You should have the facts right.Knowledge alone won`t determine your success.Its how you use the little knowledge to make a difference.Even if you know many things but did not do anything,it useless.

Further more ,by sharing it with others you are unknowingly teaching them.When you teach ,you will remember the things more.You can also interact, discuss and hear their opinion which widen your horizon.Other will also share their knowledge to you ,so you know more and learn morewithout having to reads more book . You`ll gain something more when sharing.

Feel stupid asking question?

Are you one of those who feel stupid when asking question?Then you are not alone. There are many people out there who feel the same.

So how can you not feel stupid? Just tell yourself that clever people love to ask question.If you don`t ask question, you won`t know which mean that you`ll not learn .You cannot be a clever person without learning.

So start asking question now..


We learn to gain knowledge. Without knowledge we are no different from others.Without knowledge no one can say that they are better.So, in order to be better from other we have to read and listen more .We have to learn.

The more thing you know and learn the better.You`ll know what other don`t.But keep it in mind that knowledge without application is useless

Don`t expect anything from anyone

The thing with us human is that we expect highly on others.We usually did not think of other alternative or solution if the person we are relying on did not do as expected.As the result , we lose the tender or anything that is important to us.

In order not to let things happen again we have to have a backup plan. I`m not saying that you should not trust you friends or partner but things do happen especially at `inappropriate` time where you expect them to run smoothly.

inspirational quotes

What we don`t get from others is the reflection of what you are unwilling to give others

Apa Yang Kita Tidak Dapat Dari Orang Lain Mencerminkan Apa Yang Kita Enggan Berikan Kepada Orang Lain”

lazy people

Have you ever heard of any successful people who are very lazy?I don`t think so because all those who have achieve their goals or dreams work hard to get them.All of the true millionaire work long hours and have discipline ,to do things that they need to do ,before they get rich.Lazy people don`t get thing done .Even if they do, it`ll be late or in a bad quality.They don`t put any effort to it. When nothing is done you cannot go anywhere.

Lazy people dont like to hold responsibilty.They are not even responsible about themselves,wasting precious time.So others wont trust them and they are not important.

Lazy people will always point the blame elsewhere.They don`t even try to find out whats wrong but immeadiately blame other. They work less and sleep more.Even their "work" literally useless and mean nothing

So calling all lazy poeple ,get your butt off and so something important!

1cent matter

As the saying goes "bit by bit make a pile" Even if you put a cent to your piggy bank it is much better than nothing.Of course if you put more it is much better but sometime we unconsciously think "never mind,it just a little.It won`t make a difference" even thought we know that "bit by bit make a piles"So try or force yourself to remember it by heart. It`ll do you good !


We need to plan our small goals in order to attain our dream.It should be on a daily basis but we also need to have a weekly or monthly plan which is depend on how big our goal is.

If you are on a diet ,
-you should plan what you eat and exercise
-try new form of exercise
-should lose some specific weight at a specific date


WE need to be well prepared in order to achieve our goal so we need to have plan on how to get them.The reason why most people don`t have goals in live is because they see their dream as big and unachievable.But the truth is we need to have many small goal in order to make our dream into reality.

preparing for life

Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them.Knowing what you want.

You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky
by Ronald McNair

You are what you think

Taxi driver,I`m going to the ....

In todays busy world ,we are used to the word "busy" and "no time".We have no time to take a deep breath,relax and do what we really want.

Have you ever sit down and ask yourself where are you now.The "where" I mean here is not the office or shopping mall but what i`m refering to is how far are you from getting what you want in life.

Remember ,what you want in life is your `destination`.Its like getting in to the taxi and telling the driver where you want to go.but in this case you are the driver!

Not knowing where to go is the mistake that most people make .

For me, I want to have an excess of money that I can use for my parents comfort.

How about you?Do you have an answer for this:

Driver:Yes Miss,where do you want to go?

What you want in life

In order to improve in your life to a better one ,you have to know what you want in life.It is like asking yourself where do you want to go when you are leaving the house.If you just leave the house without knowing where to go you`ll no where near your destination.

So what do you want in life? Is it money,status ,happy family or what?

Some people love to help other.Other may not.Different people have different "wants" and perception of successful.If your best friend become a CEO that does`t mean that you have too,to be successful.Don`t follow other .Just follow your heart.

What to think?

As I havewritten on previous post,YOU are what you think.So who do you want to be?That the important question.

The brain is like a machine that you can control.What you think will determine who you are.You have to make use of it

To answer the question of " what to think" ,you first have to answer the important question ,which is" Who do you want to be."

Do you want to be successful or a failure,someone who is poor or a millionaire?It all up to you and to have what you want is all depend on you input .

You are what you think.

What do you think of most of the time?Do you think that you are a failure?Good for nothing?

When you think you are good for nothing than you are.But if you think you are good,than you are good.See what i mean?It just the use of our brain.

From now on -I`ll think positively
- make good use of my brain

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