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How To Live Happier?

As per a survey done over millennials asking them what their most important life goals were, most of them said that they wanted to get rich and famous. But is money the secret to the happiness? People say NO, money is certainly not the reason to bring happiness, but should we completely forget the cash? A few times, my wallet was stolen and this never made me happy. Even I was gloomy for days thinking about the cash loss.  Then how we feel happy? How brain gives us the signals so as to make us feel happy? Happiness is a brain created phenomenon, undoubtedly, but what brain does is never straightforward or simple to understand. Science says there are things called " Happy Hormones " namely dopamine, endorphins, serotonin and oxytocin. Dopamine is mostly linked to happiness. So, if you want to feel happier you need to increase your dopamine levels. However, this is not that simple as it looks. The brain’s functioning is maddeningly complex. And something like "increase t
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Chocolate is not just a food, it is a feeling

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Vibhu and Web Series - Gullak is a cheering story

After watching Panchayat , I was again on a hunt for another web series that Vibhu (my 7-year-old boy) can also enjoy. Luckily I found one. It was again a neat and uncomplicated one. No abusive language, no inappropriate talks, and full of comedy, it was really fun to watch " Gullak " with Vibhu. Set in a small town in North India, this web series is about a middle-class Mishra family and their day-to-day struggles. Being a 90s kid, I have seen the craze for clay piggy banks, typically called Gullak. Be it any fair or festival, buying a clay piggy bank was a custom in families of North India (UP) during the early 90s. The Series is named Gullak as in the show, a clay piggy bank, is the narrator of the plot. The Mishra family includes a giving husband, Santosh Mishra; a sarcastically speaking wife, Shanti Mishra; and their two sons. Then there are nagging neighbors, demanding relatives, everyday life struggles, and lots of humor with all. The performance by everyone in the ca

Vibhu and Web Series - Panchayat is a delightful fun watch

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Vibhu and Web Series - First web series that we enjoyed together

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Face Masks Are Harmful too.. Know The Right Way of Using Face Masks

So it's all opened up now and the lock down is finally over. Many people are busy condemning and praising the government for the sudden lockdown which was no doubt a hard time for all of us. But you see we are now under this #newnormal I had also stepped out with my 15 months old little charm yesterday. I have also shared my experience of taking the baby out under these new normals in my last writing. You can see street full of vehicles, traffic and all back to business now. Many people in my society are roaming outside like we have really come out of threat. I see them socializing and exchanging well being. The only thing that matters now is wearing a face mask. Wear it and your are good to go. Isn't it? To be frank these masks are seriously less good and more harm for all of us. Here I'm listing down the most common harms of wearing face masks for its users: Breathing trouble: Your face mask causes filtered air flowing in and out with a barrier that usually causes us to

Five must watch Basu Chattergee Classics

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Let's Talk about Tea Today #internationalteaday

Imagine the world without tea. Is it not as good as before or do you find it not worth living? Congratulations, you are a gem of the huge group of tea lovers in this world. How so much the time would have changed, Tea is the most preferred beverage of people around the world. In our country tea finds place in almost every social gathering. Someone's visiting us, do serve some tea. We are visiting someone, sure to be asked for tea at their house. Even marriages are fixed here on a date whe n the girl serves to the boy and his family. The virtues of Tea Through various researches it has been proved that tea has various benefits for its consumers, such as; Rich source of antioxidants Source of refreshment to mind and body Regulates blood sugar and blood pressure level Rehydrates the body Protects against various types of diseases. In ayurveda too, tea is mentioned as one immunity booster as health lifting thing. Thus, the regular cup of tea is not just a taste charm, it has much to do