A full, happy and contented life is not about being wealthy, being popular, being highly educated, or being perfect. A meaningful life is about being real, being humble, and being able to touch the lives of others. This happens to those people who are able to count their blessings, and share them with others. William Penn says, “The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles”.

Most often we are busy counting the blessings of others instead of our own, which Harold Coffin calls ‘envy’ or ‘jealousy’. We are busy complaining about what we do not have. We are busy counting our miseries very carefully and not giving our blessings much thought. Michael Josephson calls upon us to “Measure our life by what we have, not by what we don’t”. Continue Reading "When Abundant Blessings Come Our Way, Yet We Remain Clueless"

I am inspired by a man in the Bible whose mother underwent so much pain during his birth that she named him “Jabez”, which in Hebrew means ‘pain’ (1 Chronicles). He grew up being called “pain” by all those he interacted with.

Jabez, however, did not allow his name to interfere or blur who he really was; he did not allow his destiny to be determined by his name. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 tells us that Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. It tells us that at a certain point, Jabez called on his God and asked for five things; He asked God to bless him, to enlarge his borders, that God’s  hand might be with him, that God would keep him from harm, and, last but not least, that it may not pain him!” And God granted him what he requested. Continue Reading "Choose Honor Despite the Pain"

Smoothies, when made correctly using nutrient-rich, fiber-loaded and low-fat ingredients, are an ideal fat-burning food.

I started making my own smoothie after I discovered that I was gaining weight, probably caused by the fact that I was not exercising enough. I have been taking a cup every day since August 2015. In addition, I do lots of walking anywhere, everywhere, anytime and every time.

As a result, I have witnessed a significant loss in weight, and a lighter, more flexible body with time. No need for the gym.  Continue Reading "A Simple Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie That Works Wonders"

All of us who are alive have our distinct dreams, goals and ideals; and we are striving for something better than is currently available and a better life. In order to achieve these dreams, goals and ideals, hope is crucial. Hope is what motivates us to plan and to keep us going towards our dream even amidst some hard times, and to succeed. Otherwise, without hope our lives would be empty and pointless.

And yet there are many people living in a state of hopelessness. There are people who feel as if they have reached the end of the road, there’s nowhere else to run to, and no reason to move. The result of this hopelessness is self-loathing, self-hatred, suicide, drug abuse, depression, work failure, and sleep deprivation, and a lack of motivation and desire to live.

This article discusses hope; its definition, its importance in our lives, the causes of hopelessness, and the reasons why we should keep hope alive in our lives and even spread it to others. Continue Reading "There Is Hope Even When Life’s Challenges Seem Overwhelming"