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Secrets behind why happy-go-lucky people are usually healthy!

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By happy-go-lucky people, I don’t mean those, who are thick skin, carefree, care-the-less or who appear to keep themselves aloof from pain but not from pleasure! I am referring to those people, who keep themselves happy and able to manage their stress well!

I am sure that you know some happy-go-lucky people. To understand what they do and what works for them, let us first look at following examples:

  1. Doctors rarely fall prey to diseases they treat!
    Practicing doctors rarely fail to attend to their duties. They usually do not pick-up infections from the patients they treat. Popular belief is that by getting exposed to infections repetitively, they become immune and that they take precautionary measures like washing their hands after checking their patients etc. But, many doctors are not known to take such precautionary measures. Then, there are several social workers, whose pursuit is to meet patients, spend time with them and boost their morals. Even these noble workers hardly get impacted by illness of patients!
    There seems to be no scientific explanation how frequent exposure to infections enhances your immunity! But, one thing is strikingly similar among doctors and social workers – they don’t get disturbed and distracted from diseases; for them, it is just a routine!
  2. Why doctors’ evergreen advice in every illness “Be happy; you would be o.k.”?
    You must have noticed this! Doctors do try to create optimism and hopes in their patients!! I have witnessed many, who have faith in their doctors, recover much faster than those, who doubt them. Why?
    It is certain that optimism and hopefulness help your health!
  3. Military people invariably enjoy and sustain sound health!
    Fitness exercises and hard work definitely help maintain good health. But, there are lot of civilians, who are health freaks but don’t seem to benefit as much as military people do. What is worth noting is that military people are healthy; but not necessarily happy!
    There is one stark difference military personnel have as opposed to civilians – they are much focused and don’t allow themselves to get distracted in normal course!
  4. Saintly people are seldom sick!
    They are calm, less complicated and have minimum conflicts of thoughts! Their wants or needs are very little. The net result is a stress free life and that seems to be key to their good health.
  5. During exciting time, excellent health endures like that of bride and bridegroom at time of their wedding!
    When you are truly excited or having a hearty laugh, your body releases such hormones, which make your immune system stronger. At such time, you suddenly find yourself very focused and free from worries!

Now, signs that happy-go-lucky people emit

Compare the above examples with the clear signs, happy-go-lucky people reflect:

  1. They are free from stress or manage their stress well.
  2. They don’t overtly get disturbed by distractions.
  3. They are optimistic and hence dislike company of pessimists.
  4. They strike good balance between work and life.
  5. They are not perfectionists.
  6. They are able to minimize struggle with self.
  7. They take on the life as it comes.
  8. They avoid being furious or frustrated.
  9. They don’t allow dust of doubt and rust of past to set-in!
  10. They never nag and always enjoy what they eat!!

So, we can safely conclude that happy-go-lucky persons are unique combination of unique qualities of medical practitioners, military men to saints and stimulated ones! We often confuse with superficially happy-go-lucky ones, who are complacent, care free or careless, casual or enjoying being in comfort zones! Such people have misplaced happiness.

It is noteworthy that happy people are invariably healthy; but healthy people are not necessarily happy and therefore, eventually they lose good health!

How to be happy-go-lucky!

  1. Gainfully engaged mind brings wellness; whereas idle mind triggers illness!
    As a matter of fact, mind can never remain idle. Typically, when we say idle mind, we mean no physical activity; but our mind is actually busy with conflicting thoughts. A gainfully engaged mind would automatically drive you to do productive work!
  2. Cut down unproductive thoughts and tasks.
    At least half of what we think and do is wasteful. Please look at earlier article on “Want to free-up your time by 50%? Follow just 5 tips fiercely!” Very significant to know here is if you do something wasteful, it is bound to bring associated worries.
  3. Acceptance of “what it is” and feeling gratitude for “what you have” are two great mantras to keep you away from disappointments and dejection.
  4. Welcome problems but work for solutions.
    You may find it difficult to welcome problems; but points 1 and 3 above would act as great enablers.
  5. Whatever happens has both positive and negative built-in. If you tag along with positive, you would be terrific; otherwise it can be terrible!
  6. It may be very surprising but true that full focus and faith in what you pursue is key to “full-of-fun life”!

Being happy-go-lucky surely boosts your immune system and more importantly not allow you to become unhealthy!

So, if you are not happy-go-lucky by destiny or DNA, you can definitely be so by design!!!

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Where would Big Data eventually lead us to!

Biggest buzz around the world today – Big Data! Last 15 years have seen dramatic change in the way we live and work. Today, we are leaving digital traces or signals behind for most of the things that we do and these are being captured by internet service providers, web hosting companies, search engine organizations, cell phone service providers and so on. When it comes to wellness and ways of living, lot of data gets generated, if you are using smart sensors and household gadgets. Your behavior as consumer, corporate employee and citizen can be and actually getting measured one way or another.

Enormity of data being collected can be understood by a simple estimate – data captured from the inception of human race until about year 2000 is being collected today in just 2 days and this speed is getting accelerated each day!

Scientifically as per quantum mechanics, our life comprises of digits 1-0. Interestingly, most of our actions are being digitally stored external to us and are accessible to people, we have no clue of!

Bigger data would bring bigger means and methods

Data are not merely being collected; but also analyzed through a variety of models called “analytics” and then presented to managers or individual users. These analytics present the information in descriptive, predictive or prescriptive form.

Big Data has brought and would further bring benefits in following areas:

  1. Statistical ability to understand past performance and anticipate results through trends and tendencies.
  2. Identifying problems or improvements.
  3. Consistency in decision making; actual decision may still be different and diverse.
  4. Better and consistent product quality and service to customers
  5. Driving cost lower and higher productivity.
    This would make bigger players even bigger and edge out smaller ones.
  6. Competitive strategies.
  7. Easier adaption to market dynamics.
  8. Following sectors would witness exponential growth:
    1. Internet, Web Hosting and Browsing and Search Engines
    2. Statistics, mathematical modeling, data mining and analysis
    3. Telecom hardware and hand held devices manufacturing
    4. Telecom services
    5. Cyber security
    6. Investigation industry
    7. Virtual war weapons and carriers for same
    8. Armaments for defense and destruction
    9. Wellness and medical fields
      Emphasis is expected to shift for customized treatments
    10. Social media

Bigger data would mean bigger conflict of interests and/or confusion

One thing that never goes down with humans is greed to get more information! When you have information, you can’t resist using it. If you can use it; you would also misuse it!!

When means take over morals, conflict of interests would start to reign. Many corporate managers are already complaining of big confusions with flood of data/information.

There are very clear signs that Big Data would bring:

  1. Private or public life to hinge on mechanics, not on morals.
  2. Quantity of data would make quality of data and decisions poorer.
    Nature does not permit quantity and quality to go concurrent indefinitely.
  3. Crucial Corporate or Government decisions would be clamped by mental abilities of data analysts.
  4. Nearly everyone stands to lose privacy and sleep.
  5. In name of upholding values and governance, Corporates and Countries would indulge in dirtier tactics.
  6. Rise in stress, blood pressure, heart and kidney related ailments and mental disorders.
    If you measure your blood pressure, it rises about 10 points compared to when you don’t measure. If you go to doctor for such information, you would find it at least 15 points more. If you start maintaining history of your blood pressure, your focus would be more on reading than its control!
  7. Rise of rivals and their retributions at company, community, private or public levels.

How to arrest fall from rise of Big Data

Drive for Big Data is driven by business interests. Social and ethical responsibilities have taken a back seat, if action of investigation agencies and individuals in some countries is any indication.

Hundreds of thousands of people are involved in data mining and analysis; so it is also difficult to regulate their attitude and approach. More the buzz for Big Data, more are chances of it getting busted.

There are 2 rules of nature in this context:

  1. Nothing – real or virtual – is one sided.
    By working on one aspect, we create the opposite. It is for this reason that one who can develop, can also dismantle or destroy. However advanced technology may go, it would never be immune to issues. This demands a balanced but not blind approach to data.
  2. When we observe or measure anything, we are bound to disturb that.
    It is a different thing that we fail to notice. An example is measuring your blood pressure as mentioned before or you wanting to say something; but becoming conscious only to fumble.
    Therefore, we need to define extent of measurement and monitoring.

If we want to save ourselves from perils of Big Data, we need to draw a line between means and morals, quantity and quality, reports and rationale. If we fail to do, what looks lucrative today would soon turn ludicrous!

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