Do Sports and academics go hand in hand?

intense-sportsAs the saying goes, “All work and no Play makes Jack a Dull boy”. Academic learning and sports education complement each other. They resemble the two sides of the same coin. When carried out in tandem with each other, they augment the overall personality of the student. Students imbibe qualities such as leadership, sharing, team spirit and tolerance.

Sports is a complete package of life lessons. It is a great combination of the physical and cerebral.
One sets out to strengthen the body through sports, and sports rewards you with a bonus in return – mental toughness.

There is another old saying that a healthy brain needs a healthy body. Why do we need a healthy brain? Every individual tries his best to excel in academics. Right from the day we start schooling, our ambition is to show good results. But only academics do not an make individual. For a student to succeed at studies and academics, it is important to be healthy and fit. To remain healthy and to improve fitness, taking part in sports is very important.

Most importantly, sports teach the discipline of practice. The habit of single minded determination, the tenacity to score a point or a goal that is instilled through a game is often the most important habit that is necessary to accomplish excellence in any career – be it in the business or professional world.

Any person who excels in one walk of life automatically gains confidence in others. So if one is good at sports, it follows that their confidence will spill over to academics as well. With confidence on their side, it will motivate them to give their best. This article beautifully echoes the same thoughts.
Academic excellence is a stepping stone to success but good health is equally important to enjoy the fruits of success. So, it is necessary for academics and sports to have equal importance and maintain a proper balance to excel in both the areas.

“Follow your dream and success will follow”

We hear it all the time from people “follow your dream and the success will follow”.

But is this good advice?never-follow-your-dreams-follow-your-efforts-1

It’s pretty easy to say “follow your dream and success will follow” but in reality it is tough to do.

Success only appears to be a simple path. One of the most important components for success is hard work. Hard work is what defines people who are successful above all else, without hard work you may be just clarifying goals or objectives, but to achieve them you need to work hard in a direction that will allow you to follow your dreams.

Mark Cuban stated : Don’t just follow your passion, follow your effort. It will lead you to your passion and to success, however you define it.

When you work hard at something you become good at it;
Once you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more;
When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will get passionate or more passionate about it;
When you are good at something, are passionate about it and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.

Let’s look at the other side of the coin too. A drawback of following your dreams is that it can make people needlessly limit their options. For example if you’ve interest in literature, it’s easy to think you must become a writer to have a satisfying career, and ignore other options.

Just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t necessarily mean you’re good at it or that it’s a viable path towards creating a career.

So, follow your dreams? Yes for sure. But don’t chase your dream blindly. Make it a calculated chase, take calculated risks, plan to have suitable backups, don’t get wedded to your dreams endlessly. Know when to stop.


What does Peace mean to you?

September 21st is celebrated as International Peace Day across the world.


But “What is Peace?”
If someone looked up this word in the dictionary, chances are it would say something about tranquility, and non-violence.
But in my opinion it is much more than that – “It is the feeling that everything is right with the world.” How do you experience it? When everyone around you in your family, your circle of friends and your neighborhood is happy, eager to love, accept and relate, you feel at peace.
Peace for me is making someone smile – Just imagine a world where everyone laughs and smiles at each other. How wonderful it is just to imagine! This world will be a heaven.

Try giving your old and unused toys to a poor child. A toy that is of no use to you anymore can be the thing of joy for someone, it will bring a smile to his face. The feeling you get after watching that poor child smile because of you is “Peace”. Make an effort of putting a smile on someone’s face and you’ll never be forgotten. It gives your heart a lift and helps create a cycle of happiness that is infectious in the best kind of way.

Making someone smile may change the world; maybe not the whole world, but their world.
So on this International Peace day – “Be the reason someone smiles today”. If you have the power to make someone smile; DO IT, the world needs more of that.  link

Is my child getting the right nutrition ?

Nutrition Child DietParents always want to offer the best nutrition for their child. They are always keen to know most appropriate foods as per the child’s age. How the food looks, how it tastes and whether the child accepts it are major factors in whether the food is adopted by the mother – but the nutrition quotient in the food must also be considered.
Most parents rely on doctors for knowledge and information about right foods. Unfortunately, doctors are busy in their clinics and offer limited advice. Food for infants and children is usually determined by tradition, suggestions by family and friends, family food habits and the mother’s own opinions. The end result is often the wrong choice of food and incomplete nutrition. Choice of food gets guided more by taste rather than on health benefits.
There is so much junk food available everywhere – easy access and peer pressure makes our children gravitate towards empty calories, rather than healthy fresh food. Today 1/3 to 1/2 of all children will develop diabetes in their lifetime, where 1/3 are overweight; where lots of diseases like cancer, ADHD and autism are on the rise.
Children are wise, and given the right information and tools, they will change the world and their bodies for the better.
So much information is available on the internet today. We can read about the nutritional benefits of various types of food and the quantities in which they can be balanced. There are scores of veg. recipes, and ideas, that can attract the child towards healthy food.

With honest information, we can make the best decisions for ourselves and for our children. Let’s take charge of our children’s health and help this generation of children eat a healthy diet so that our children can live a long and healthy life.

Science behind Lord Ganesh immersion in water

Ganesh immersion science It’s ten days since we invited Lord Ganesha into our homes. He has showered his blessings on us and its time to bid farewell to him. At this time, one wonders how the practice of idol immersion in water was born. Here is the science for the same.
Fresh water fills up in lakes and ponds during the rainy season. To reserve this, the old clay or soil at the bottom needs to be dug out, aired and replaced. So traditionally, people have made the idol of Lord Ganesh with this clay. We worship this idol with turmeric and other natural #herbs during the Ganesh festival and immerse the idol in the same #water #source from which it was made.

Due to their #natural healing properties, the herbs help the #aquatic plant and animal life to #flourish. That’s a great reason to abandon plaster idols and go back to traditional #eco-friendly #practices. We can see that time honoured traditions have their basis in science and logic.
A few groups have also fallen back on science to provide answers to environment friendly disposal methods of POP idols. Citizens of Kolhapur and Nashik have come up with innovative ideas and have taken up the initiative to implement them.  They have demonstrated that science is not only something to be taught in classrooms, but also to be practically implemented.

If every household takes small steps to be eco-friendly, we can make great strides towards a green and joyous festival season.
#practise #save #environment.