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Is it true that video games can make people happy?

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Nowadays we spend more and more time in the digital world. In fact, our actual world is slowly turning into digital which brings a lot of positive changes to our daily life. However, there is still a stigma connected with video games. It is driven by the fear of a negative impact on the lives of both children and adults, and it does not matter if we are talking about violent scenarios or not.

Think about it: any anti-social actions of people who often play video games or even simply like them will most likely be justified by the industry.

From the other side, if we look back, our fear seems to be natural and does not look like something we have not seen before. Similar concerns were actual when rock music appeared or when the world was introduced to comic books. People are generally careful and in most cases defensive when they see some new tendency, especially among younger people.

Of course, some games, some music, and some books are not meant for all age groups, which leads us to an eternal question: Isn’t it important to have a balanced approach in every sphere?

To begin with, there are numerous proven benefits to playing video games regardless of their content. It looks like once a person focuses on a game, their stress level is dropping significantly, their mood improves and the level of confidence is growing.

The latter is connected with the fact that the joy of winning in any sphere inevitably leads to an increase in the feeling of self-worth. Young people and teenagers also enjoy the benefits of playing in a social and communicational sense. This includes both the feeling of relatedness and the need to interact with other people in some of the types.

Moreover, research shows that in a randomized sample of adults diagnosed with clinical depression those who started playing video games reported positive changes and the reduction of stress level, anger, and tension. What is more important is that those results were reflected in their heart rate variability and brain activity.

Similar research conducted with children had the same results: those kids who played on a moderate level showed better results in positive emotions, self-esteem, connections with family, and safe friendships than kids who were playing a lot or did not play at all. It looks like the wisdom of not overdoing works in every sphere regardless of age.

Also, now that we have more studies on the human brain, the scientific community started paying attention to what video games can actually do to assist people with adjusting to the fast-paced world we live in.

First of all, there is good news for action game lovers: they improve your swift reaction to unpredictable circumstances, strategic thinking, and multitasking. Besides, those who play in general are more likely to identify distractions, which helps them to return to their main tasks quicker and procrastinate less.

This leads us to the conclusion that people who do video games have better focus. Such a crazy hypothesis has been proven by the French cognitive neuroscientist Daphne Bavelier who has accidentally started researching this topic and the impact of gaming on our brain activity. In her study she had both gamers and nongamers watch sequences of letters that would rapidly appear on the screen at the same time.

The participants had to concentrate on one of the three pressing a button when numbers would come up and ignoring all the distractions. Their results and brain activity was recorded as they also had EEG headsets on. All the participants held their attention and focused on their sequences.

However, those who played video games had far better reactions and scores. Wouldn’t it be nice to do better at work and be able to focus on the meaningful thanks to the actual fun time spent with friends?

To sum up, there’s more to video games than meets the eye. Playing several sets of your favorite one alone or with your friends spending a wise amount of your time can bring a lot of positive influence. Your stress will be gone, and the muscle of focus trained. Video games ‘good for well-being’ says University of Oxford study.

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How To Be Happy In An Unhappy World

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Can we be happy in this crazy world? Speaking of the world today as a place of happiness appears to just be “Pollyanna” positive thinking, not dealing with reality.

When we consider the present world, there’s much poverty and persecution on one side. In America, the poverty is minimal and the ‘persecution’ is verbal. We would think, then, that America would be happier. But, generally, no.

Gratitude for the blessings

What we find is those in poverty are grateful for every gift, every blessing, every morsel of food, every day of life. They are happy! They have joy! However, in America few are satisfied. There’s envy, grudges, the struggle for more money, power, and status. People are most stressed and worried.

How can someone who has, basically, nothing be happier than one with everything (or the potential for it)? They find happiness within themselves, yet they’re not concerned with only themselves. They are selfless and generous. These people find happiness in life every day, appreciating each meal, each moment.

They know the truth, they know the reality of eternity. Moreover, they’re patient and trustful. Can a wealthy country learn from a “third-world” country? Not in technology, true. Not in politics, no. Probably not in infrastructure, maintenance, or most other areas. But can we learn from the people, the strong souls? YES!

The old adage, ‘There are no atheists in foxholes’ is accurate. Those in ‘third-world’ countries are in ‘fox holes’ and continue to hope. They believe in eternity and what it offers. Also, they know their current situation is temporary. Hope makes them strong.

People of hope

We in America are spoiled. Many have no idea of the struggle we once endured that made us the amazing country we are. We once were also a people of hope… and belief… and love. But, today, most Americans have lost all sense of Faith. It hardly exists. Many of those who do ‘believe,’ don’t live their faith. Thus, the lack of hope—and, as a result, the lack of love. Charity is rarely observed.

Comments on social media are appalling. Hate and name-calling are prominent. People are quick to criticize and judge. Worse, they’re quick to attack. There is little attempt to understand. What good can come of it? Does the hate satisfy? Does criticism bring internal joy? Absolutely not! It hurts us—in many ways.

Step over criticism

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.” So, even if we are criticized or called names, we don’t have to respond similarly. We don’t need to feel offended by those who insult us, showing their ignorance. We can rise above, pause, breath, smile—knowing the insult is untrue, that the name doesn’t apply.  “Let it go” and ignore the ignorant.

We can be a faith-filled, hopeful, caring people again. We can build up our faith in an eternal Deity. People can learn to trust. It’ll take a change in attitude, a realization that hate and unrest are upsetting in themselves and within us, hindering, hurting. A change requires yearning for peace, especially internal peace. Isn’t that what we all truly desire?

Calm down in order to be happy

In the recent movie, “Rampage,” the gorilla, “George,” would get upset and his trainer motioned for him to calm down. In the former condition, George was dangerous. When the trainer insisted George calm down, George would respond, calm down, and was able to listen and be reasoned with. Then, he was also the means for doing good!

We’re the same. If we’re upset, we cannot think clearly. So, doing good is the last thing we consider or even want at the time. But we must act as humans and make ourselves calm down to be able to consider all sides of an issue or situation—and then act and react reasonably, fairly. We can all seek and find that peace of mind and heart if we truly desire it. How can we not desire it?

We all have faults

No matter what we think, we’re no better than the other person. They may be faulty in an obvious way—but we are faulty in another way.
Continual fretting, constant upset– about political issues and every item on social media which the media and some famous people encourage– affects attitudes, relationships and also health! It damages bodies internally, causes pain, worsens conditions, and eventually can even kill. Worse, it can erupt in battles with others and someone getting seriously hurt. No good can come of it.

But, also, something few consider today is how it damages the soul. The soul lasts past death into eternity. If we all considered that what we do today in this life determines how we spend ‘forever,’ there would be less pain and less hate in this world.

Striving for happiness

So, let’s work on getting along, not jump to conclusions, consider pros and cons of each issue and motivations of each side. We should ask ourselves:  Why am I so upset about this? What is the source of the underlying grief I feel? Even if we don’t believe in eternity, we will be happier in this world if we realize we are not “all that!” We’re just another person striving for happiness—maybe in the wrong way.

What can happen when we ignore the ignorant, let go of pride, strive for peace, seek hope and practice love? We will be more productive, more successful—at our job, in our family, with friends, in life. We will be happier in this world. Then, if there’s an eternity, we’ll certainly find ourselves in an even happier place!

Is there an eternity?

Blaise Pascal said, “I would rather live as if there was a God and die to find out there isn’t than to live as if there isn’t and find out there is.” It’s called Blaise’s Wager. Blaise was a mathematician, a philosopher, a theologian, a physicist! So, he wasn’t ignorant! He was a wise man providing advice we would do good to follow.

Author’s Bio

Monica Walker

Monica Walker is a wife of 50 yrs, mother of 5, grandmother of 23. Region Manager at Augustine Institute. Manager & Mortgage Underwriter at Bank of America. Published freelance author — various local publications including weekly and monthly entries in church publications. Author — three books almost ready to publish. Poet and Songwriter–ninety songs ready to submit.
“Outstanding Young Woman of America”
Guest on televised Business Awakenings show.
Multiple, various awards at Bank of America and Augustine Institute.
Volunteer for church and small-town activities. Monica lives in the United States.

How To Stay Happy Every Time

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They say that life is a matter of choices and being happy is the choice for many people. If you want a happy life, it is essential that you should take steps to bring happiness into your life. If you wish to be joyous at all times, here are some tips to help you out.

Workout more

Studies show that exercise will help with releasing the good mood endorphins. After a workout, you will feel in a better mood after an activity. Not just heavy workouts, a simple walk to the market will get you in a good feeling. It’s one of the easiest ways to stay happy.

Think positively

A favorite saying reads “happiness is the precursor to success”. Only when you are happy, you will be in a position to attract success. Positive thinking is yet another key towards happiness. When you think positively, the energy levels will increase. Further, it will improve your productivity and creativity by as much as 30%.

Get rid of negative thoughts

Some people are troubled by contrary ideas, and they have a hard time in getting rid of the same. The best way to get rid of negative thoughts is to write them on a paper and tear the same into pieces. You can either rip it, trash or even you can burn the paper.

Of course, doing this might not reduce the toxic effects of negative thoughts. But, when you do the same on a regular basis, you will get rid of them say, psychologists. If you are using anti-depressants, get some useful tips to quit antidepressants. Leading days without these medicines will boost your confidence levels and will help you stay happy.

Practice mindfulness to stay happy

Have you heard about mindfulness? It means that you should accept the present moment without any judgment on your part. It is turning out to be a favorite trend in medicine and psychology.

It will help with bringing down stress levels and boosting mood. When you enjoy the present moments with happiness, rather than thinking about the past and worrying about the future, you can lead a happy life forever.

Think why you are grateful

Thinking about the things that you are thankful for every morning when you wake up is an excellent idea to build your happiness. The human brain always tends to pay attention to the negative things. But, you should get out of them, if you wish to lead a happy life.

  • When you get up daily, remind yourself of three essential things in your life that you are grateful and work out for you to stay happy.
  • Even, you can keep these things in writing and can look at the same then and there to feel grateful.
  • You can use social sites if you feel inclined.
  • You can call up your better half to express your gratitude, or you can also thank your colleague for a vital help you got from him/her.
  • Even, you can try to give back by helping a person, who is in real need of something.
  • Otherwise, you can volunteer for an hour on a daily basis.

Treasure your experiences as compared to your belongings

Nowadays, many of us are turning materialistic. Even though they can bring the satisfaction that you were able to spend on them, it just brings short-term happiness. But, when you treasure your experiences as compared to your belongings, you will feel happy always. The past happy experiences in your life will stay in your memories. To remind of those good days, just take out an old photo album.

In addition to these things, focusing on your positives will surely bring you happiness. Remembering your strengths then and there will also help you gain the required contentment.
So, practice these tips and let pleasure be with you for your entire life.

Author ~ Akshay Patni

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3 Imperatives to Become Happy at Work

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Who would not want to become cheerful at work? If you only get to choose, of course, you would prefer happiness in every situation – may it be at home, at school or at work.

However, when it comes to employment, there’s this bad news. As revealed by a current review by Bellevue University, “nearly a fourth of working Americans are unhappy with their employment.”

Nonetheless, the positive side of the study should also be noted. According to the overview, those unhappy employees only “need to discover employments they really like.”

Instead of simply abandoning the possibility of a positive employment and surrendering to the conclusion that to work is to be troubled, those individuals should consider that “there is a better occupation out there for them.”

And it’s something that can be worked out, right?

If you’re of those who want to achieve happiness at work, then here are some things to think about to get you headed in the right direction:

 Recognize Yourself

It’s simple like this: if you don’t understand what you want, then you’ll never have the chance to do it. In order for you to become happy at work, think and have some papers written.
These should be your most valued things from your current employment or from your previous ones. Make a rundown of your least favorites that you think is stressing you always at work.

What assignments do you most appreciate, and what abilities do those undertakings require? How would you get a kick out of the chance to work?

Do you work best as a member of a group, or do you do better when you are allowed to sit unbothered? Is it your activity that makes miserable, or is it your profession itself?

When you realize what will make you happy at work, you’ll be better situated to go get it.

 Contemplate on the Culture

The term company culture is stirred around so much that it is becoming a trendy expression especially nowadays. But culture isn’t only an empty thought mentioned by Human Resource agents and career coaches. It is a much genuine and larger component that can greatly influence how positive and effective a specific person can function for a particular company.

“Experience and skills are both very significant, but if employees do not fit with the culture of the company, usually, they will either leave or be terminated in a matter of months”, states former HR professional Tom Armour. He considers cultural fit as the most important element when it comes to hiring individuals.

Said culture generally consists of the values, customs, and rules of engagement for a certain company. While it can appear to be impalpable, organization culture shows itself in various ways. Starting from how individuals dress while at work to the way choices are made and how representatives are compensated.

If your goal is to be happy at work and successful, then the good cultural fit is crucial. Get a handle on a particular company’s culture by doing some online research.

 Find purpose

You’re more likely to be happy and engaged at work if you believe you are working toward a worthy goal.

Discovering purpose in your work doesn’t really mean seeking after your calling. It should enable you to accomplish your bigger life and career goals. Even if you’re not passionate about your job, it’s still more important to feel valued, interested and challenged when it comes to working.

No matter what field you work in or who your employer is, try to find purpose in what you do. That can range from saving the world to making people happy with good customer service. No purpose is too small.

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Author Bio

David Webster is an Australian essayist and writer currently residing in Illinois, Chicago. He has massive experience in both freelance writing and blogging, enabling him to be the writer of choice for most of his clients. He also currently serves as webmaster and contributor for essay corner.

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Looking for Something that Can Make You Happy? Try Gardening!

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Finding a relaxing and useful hobby to pass the time can be exhausting in itself. There are so many options to choose from. Yet the main reason you are looking for something to do is because you want to feel happier.

Gardening is one of the few hobbies that can serve both as a pass-time as well as a full-fledged part-time job, depending on your interests. What are some of the main reasons you should consider if you want to take up gardening and feel a little happier in doing so?

  • Personal exercise

While not overly demanding when it comes to physical activity, gardening can be a good way for you to get out of the house day after day. This is especially important for housewives, elderly people, children on school breaks and similar house-bound groups.

Watering your plants, planting new ones and keeping the garden pest-free are a constant activity that requires regular checkups. It can also be a good way to develop responsibility and discipline for people who are too relaxed about their obligations.

  • Stress-free activity

Whether you decide to plant flowers, fruit or vegetables, gardening is a very relaxing activity. Planting your crops and following their development through yearly seasons is relaxing and fulfilling. Seeing those plants grow and bloom will give you an especially notable sense of pride because you are to thank for their wellbeing. As such, gardening is particularly useful for people who deal with anxiety issues and need something to help them relax.

  • A healthier diet

Gardening can be a good way to enhance your diet and live a healthier life as a result. People tend to grow their own vegetables and fruits in order to avoid any GMO products that can end up on the table. This can also help you develop useful recipes and ingredient lists by using an online writing service to help you out. It is especially important if you have small children or people with health issues in your family, for you to consider gardening in order to produce some basic vegetable needs for your cooking.

  • Better focus and reflexes

While gardening may not be a very physically demanding activity, it can assuredly help you develop better reflexed, and focus a lot more on what you are doing. The reason for this is that gardening does require your attention and care. Especially with the garden maintenance part of the equation. Your plants will require constant watering, trimming and pest protection. All of this require a hand-eye coordination and DIY approach to problem-solving.

  • Budgeting on groceries

It’s much cheaper to grow your own fruits and vegetables than to buy them outright from the local supermarket. While it may not seem like it at first, you will get your money’s worth by the end of your garden’s lifecycle, when winter approaches.

People tend to grow plants at home not only because it’s healthier, but more affordable as well. Even though you may not feel the difference if you only plant a couple of seeds from different plants, those that opt for a more ambitious garden will assuredly spend less money this way.

  • Making new friends

Gardening can help you grow your social network in unexpected ways. There are multiple social groups, NGOs and nature preservation societies that welcome gardeners and help them get started. This process is especially beneficial for people with lower self-esteem or problems with socializing, since it can help them flock towards people with similar interests. While you will have a lot of fun growing your garden by itself, there will be more and more likeminded people around you who have something to add and strike up a conversation in the process.

In Summation

It’s easy to see the multitude of benefits that gardening can bring to people, not the least of which is the sheer happiness that comes with growing plants. While some people prefer growing fruit, others decide on vegetables and then improvise as they go along. Decide what kind of a garden you want to start off with and you will quickly be on your way towards personal happiness and learning useful things about how you can use homegrown plants for your benefit.

Author’s Bio

Alaine Gordon is a young and talented freelance writer. She has been writing professionally since 2010 about almost everything, starting from psychology and to the finance. Alaine Gordon graduated from the University of Colorado with B.A. in Journalism, 2011. She is open-minded, creative person who loves to make people smile. Her credo is ‘Life is a fun enterprise’. In her free time she loves traveling, reading science fiction and knitting. Her huge dream is to visit every single country in the world.

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How to Keep Little Kids Happy

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We all know that raising happier children is usually easier said than done. As parents, we need to understand that every child is different. Raising them in today’s stressful and hectic world can be really exhausting but it is also our responsibility to make sure that we raise them a happy one rather than just focusing them to be a smarter one.

As parents, we constantly try to find out ways and things for how we can do that work. Here we show you more ways that you can try as parents to help raise your kids to be a happy one.

1. Teach them to be Empathetic

A study shows that kids who learn empathy can teach them to stand up for what’s right and to stand against bullying and bad behaviors maybe at school etc. They are more helpful and kind to other kids as well. For example, if you have two children, a good idea is to gift a bassinet to the older one and make him feel responsible for taking care of the younger one. At the same time make him realize that he is special to you and is worthy of taking care of the little one. This way, he will become more caring and he will feel really happy that you trust him with the younger child. Helping the elderly with something is also a great way to learn them empathize. This will not only keep the kids happy but also help them build stronger relationships.

2. Develop Social Skills

The difference between the kids today and 10 years ago is that they are very much play deprived and not close to nature as well. Sure we send them to various classes where indirectly we are telling them what to do or not, which actually puts stress and pressure on them. We need to understand that an unstructured play is equally important; this helps the kids to have an independent learning. Let them have fun. Let them be just kids for some time.

3. Have Meals Together

We have all heard the saying that families that eat together live together, but do you know what magical effects it can have on our kid’s happiness? Many types of research have shown that the kids who have their meal with their families are more emotionally stable. Also, it helps in being more connected with the family.

4. Good Listening Skills

Now this one has to be followed by the parents first. In order to teach the kids, we need to start listening to what our kids have to say to us, be it a trivial thing. It might be a problem for your child and you need to discuss what’s bothering the child so they can learn to express themselves more, and be happier.

parents-and-kids5. Maintain a Happy and Loving Environment

To keep our kids happy we need to ensure a happy and loving environment, and how can we do that? By being happy and joyful ourselves! We can transmit that positivity to our kids. Studies show that if the parents are depressed or sad it can greatly affect the child’s happiness as well.

The environment should be full of joy and laughter. This is going to keep your child happy as we all know laughter is contagious! Make sure to have a loving, warm and secure environment in the house.

6. Self Discipline

Teach kids self-discipline, don’t confuse this with being strict with them instead just praise the right thing that they do. For kids who are 3 to 5 years old, everything that they do is new to them. They don’t really know about right and wrong at such a tender age, so appreciate things they do right. The creativity they have and the hard work they might be putting on learning something are a few of them.

So basically what parents must try to do is know your child understand his or her strengths and then build them up slowly. Don’t put any kind of pressure or stress on them.

Please spend time with them, allow them to express themselves without any fear and let them experience the unconditional love you have for them. The above-mentioned ways can surely help you with raising your child a happy one. Do give these a try!

Author’s Bio

Martin is a freelance writer and a traveler who aspire to see the world one day. He cherish about writing positive things and spreading positive thoughts. His motto is – “When you think positive, good things happen.” In his free time, you can find him learning about new tech and innovations.

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Happy Couples Habits

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What makes some couples “perfect”? The way they treat each other? Do they complement each other? Or is it the fact that they change each other’s imperfections into strength? First of all, when it comes to relationships, there is no standard of “perfection”, everyone can have a happy and perfect couple in their own way, all depends on what their definition of happiness is.

Habits Happy Couples Have

In my case, in my relationship, perfection is defined by those things which we do with each other. Things we fully know but never mention, because we are completely different from each other. Being comfortable just by keeping each other’s efforts in mind.

1. They are not affected by the outside world

Truly strong and content partners have a very healthy habit of standing with each other, even if no one is against them or try to stop them, they will remain in support. In the outside world, there are good and bad, some people are going to try to come between you and your partner. They can try to put strange misconceptions about your partner in your head. This is the place where you stand by your partner without any remorse. This is the true love – staying there for one another.

Obstacles can come in your relationship in any form and size. There might be something that doubts you about your partner’s past. It revolves around the society with disagreement in your immediate relationships. Trust your inner guidance and check if you feel so but only because you want it. Not because social pressure.

2. Complete acceptance

Happy and strong couples accept each other without any need to completely change one another. Anyone who really loves you, will not try to change anything about you (unless it is a habit of life-threatening). They will care about the differences between you. They support you to be the person you are.

People with happy relationships realize that in fact by changing each other, they are not different from robbing. That, in turn, makes the relationship so far last. They appreciate equality, respect differences and permit each other to have their own full place.
This happens when we are really ourselves and are comfortable in our skin so that we can be satisfied with our life. A person who feels such satisfaction, it will, in fact, lead a healthy relationship.

3. More than enough time without asking for it

Time is one of the most priceless gifts in the world, especially in the busy world of today. If you can still take enough time for your partner, you are telling them (indirectly) that they mean the world to you.

There are only a few things in this life that we can give and never get back: words that have said and given time. Happy couples know this very well when it comes to spending time with each other. They also respect each other when they take their important time alone.

4. They listen to each other

Happy colleagues listen to one another, really listen to words and understand them. They speak patiently and speak when they know that they need it, this is the most important part. A strong sense of communication is one of the most important factors of the long-lasting relationship. Even when you do not even know what they are talking about, it will give them comfort if you pay attention to them.

5. No-Fault Games

Powerful couples do not blame each other. Accept their mistakes whole heartedly and learn from it.

Being committed among many other things in the demand of relationship, you see what you did wrong, how you can modify it and prepare for it. When you accept your mistakes and apologize, it ease your burdens and gain respect.
Happy couples accept their falls and have a healthy communication and approach for every situation.

This is the reason why they swallow their pride and accept their mistakes instantly – for the last long period. This deep sense of responsibility always happens between two people, who share the healthy, strong bond of love and respect.

Author ~ Vishuka Chaudhary

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