India the Mysterious Land of Diversity

India is part of the continent of Asia and is surrounded by water on three sides forming a peninsula. To the north, it holds the highest mountain range, the Himalayas, to the south east it is bordered by the Bay of Bengal, and the southwest it is bordered by the Arabian Sea.

India remains one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. The vast country holds differences in geography, climate, culture, language and ethnicity, and holds the reputation as the largest democracy on Earth and is the centre of trade in Southeast Asia. There are some amazing places to visit and here are 10 of them:

#1 Agra

Agra is a major industrial centre known for its leather goods, cut stone, and handwoven carpets and, of course, tourism is a major factor in the city’s economy.

Agra is one of the most easily identifiable cities in the world; due to it being home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum made of white marble built in the 17th century by the emperor, Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth.

The city holds the renowned Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University (formerly Agra University), founded in 1927. Many religious and cultural festivals are held in Agra most notably, Krishna Janmashtami, which is an annual hindhu festival which celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. There is also an annual 10-day arts, crafts, and music carnival, usually in February. This is called Taj Mahotsav, which is held in Shilpagram, a village close to the Taj Mahal.

Apart from the Taj Mahal, another stand-out building is the Agra Fort which was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty and is now a World Heritage Site.

This includes a mosque of white marble (Pearl Mosque) and the palace Jahangiri Mahal.

#2 Amritsar

Amritsar is situated in the north western state of the Punjab and is the most important holy city for the Sikh religion.

Here lies the visually breath-taking iconic building, the Golden Temple, which was built over 400 years ago, entirely encased in gold and is the major attraction of the city.

Every Sikh tries to make at least one pilgrimage here during their lifetime. All visitors must remove their shoes and wash their feet by walking through pools before entering the temple. Everyone that enters the temple must remove their shoes and cover their heads, normally with scarves which are provided at a small price, if the individual does not have one.

The other attraction in the city is the Bazaar Ram Bagh area where you’ll see grocery shops selling food grains, cooking oils, cloth and jewelry markets and other local products.

#3 Delhi

New Delhi is the national capital on the west bank of the Yamuna River, located in the north-central part of India.

Delhi consists of 11 districts including Old Delhi and New Delhi forming a massive metropolitan city, considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world.

One of the outstanding sights in Delhi is the Red Fort, made from sandstone and built in the 17th century which is accessible through the Lahore Gate.

Another significant place to visit is Humayun’s Tomb built in 1570, which was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It’s design eventually inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Apart from the many palaces that are scattered all over the city, there a many museums and religious buildings to visit.

#4 Ellora and Ajanta

There are sacred sites in the state of Maharashtra, central India, known as the Ellora and Ajanta caves. Here you will find complex shrines and temples dedicated to Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism religions.

Ellora is a UNESCO World Heritage site with over 34 monasteries and temples dating from 600 to 1000 AD spread over a distance of 1.2 miles (2 km). What is amazing about them is that they were cut from basaltic cliffs and have intricate facades and interior walls.

What is also most extraordinary from an already incredible site, is Cave 16, Kailasanatha, as it was excavated downwards, thus exposing it to sunlight. Construction of the temple occurred in the 8th century during the reign of Krishna I, where it is estimated that anything from 150,000 to 200,000 tons of solid rock were removed.

Another World Heritage site is Ajanta, which comprises of 29 caves covering Buddhist architecture, cave paintings and sculpture. The caves are situated in Ajanta village, north-central Maharashtra state, western India.

The site is older than Ellora, as the site was first built in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC but more caves were added in the 5th and 6th centuries AD. Apart from being a tourist attraction, the caves are used by Buddhist monks for study and meditation.

#5 Goa

Popular for its sandy beaches, markets, nightlife and places of worship, Goa lies on the western coast of India, which was a former colony of Portugal.

Goa has a cultural mix ranging from Christian and Hindu celebrations, to partying and art festivals. The most popular beach is Candolim Breach and holiday village with its restaurants and nightclubs.

The most notable attraction apart from the beach is the Aguada Fort built by the Portuguese in 1912 to ward off the Dutch and the Maratha invaders.

Dudhsagar Falls, a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River with its flora and fauna in abundance. This is a popular spot for photographers to capture the impressive waterfall which form a part of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park.

If you are interested in places of worship, try visiting the Bom Jesus Basilica, built in 1605 which is the final resting place of St. Francis Xavier, one of the original founding companions of the Society of Jesus. He is famed for his missionary accomplishments to the catholic church particularly in India, Southeast Asia and Japan.

#6 Kerala

One of the top places to visit in India is considered to be Kerala, a place of great natural beauty situated in the southwestern state of India.

National Geographic named it one of the ten paradise locations in the world. It is a tropical paradise known for its palm trees, idyllic backwaters, stylish houseboats, temple festivals, beaches and tea, coffee and spice plantations.

The heart of Kerala is found in the city of Kochi, a fishing port which was established in 1341 when a flood shaped out the harbour opening it to European, Arab and Chinese merchants. Not only a thriving fishing industry, Kochi is also a richly diverse city whereby you can visit a fort, a palace, a temple and even a Jewish synagogue in one day if you so desired.

Another landmark to visit is Periyar National Park, wildlife sanctuary also known as the Periyar Tiger Reserve, in the town of Thekkady. The park boasts a vast array of wildlife including tigers, elephants, wild pigs, dear and 4 species of primates and snakes, amongst others.

#7 Ladakh

To the north of India lies Ladakh in the Himalayas, a mountainous area within the Kashmir region. Here you will find breath taking scenery, clear skies, mountains, adventure activities, a nomadic population, Buddhist Monasteries and festivals.

It is one of the remotest areas in india and travelers will normally visit the capital town of Leh which is home to the 16th century Shey palace and monastery once ruled over by the King of Lakakh.

Here Buddhism is very strong and the majority of its peoples are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest are mostly Shia Muslims. The town heavily relies upon trade but also is heavily involved in agriculture and fruit growing.

The current Shey Monastery was built in 1655 and known for its two annual festivals known as Shey Doo Lhoo (sowing season) and Shey Rupla (harvesting season). Both the festivals are the major attractions.

However, the main attraction is the 12m tall statue of Sakyamuni Buddha that covers three storeys of the building.

#8 Mysore

Mysore is situated at the southern point of India, and is noted for its heritage buildings, structures, and festivals where travellers flock to from all over globe.

Mysore is most noted for its magnificent Mysore Palace which is the epitome of opulence as built and renovated over five centuries. it is constructed from granite with domes made of deep pink coloured marbles, carved doors made of rosewood and ceilings of ivory.

Mysore is very busy for 10 days in October each year due to the Dasara celebrations marking the triumph of Rama, an avatar of Vishnu, over the 10-headed demon king Ravana, who abducted Rama’s wife, Sita.

#9 Udaipur

Udaipur is a city set around a series of lakes and located in the western state of Rajasthan. It is famed for its luxurious royal palaces and artificial lakes making it a beautiful place to visit. It is a city of intricate architecture, palaces, bazaars, courtyards and gardens.

The lavish City Palace built on the island of Lake Pichola is a standout place to visit, consisting of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture built in granite and marble. It is a complex of palaces and whilst various rulers added to the structure all maintained a resemblance of each other. The City Palace is also home to the famous peacock mosaics.

One of the ‘must do’ things to do whilst you are there is to enjoy the sunset cruise on Lake Pichola. Here you can take in ‘a snapshot of life’ watching local fisherman pull fish from their nets, women washing their clothes on the banks, whilst children play and swim around the lake. 

#10 Varanasi

Varanasi is located in the north on the banks of the River Ganges and is reputed to be one of the oldest living cities in the world dating back some 3,000 years.

To the Hindus, Varanasi is a sacred city and the main pilgrimage destination whereby one can cleanse their soul from sin by bathing in the River Ganges. Here is the most famous site of the city, namely the ghats, which are a series of embankment steps leading down to the river.

Named the ‘City of Temples, Varanasi boasts thousands of temples scattered all over the city with the most notable being Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, the Temple of Shiva.  

One of the most prominent trades in Varanasi is its silk weaving which is famous throughout India for its production of very fine silk and Banarasi saris.

Covid-19 (February 2021) News

It looks like we are in for a long haul with Covid-19 and everyday there is new information coming out relating to this pandemic. Inzspire has searched for the latest information on the virus and here are 5 items of recent news for February 2021.

#1 Is there a cure for Covid-19?

Well, maybe. Israel may have found something which could be another breakthrough in this rapidly ever-changing pandemic. A medication known as EXO-CD24 has been developed by researchers as a cure for certain types of cancer.

Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv have recently tested the drug out on some Covid patients, and the results have been startling. They administered EXO-CD24 to 30 moderately to seriously ill patients suffering with the virus which has led to 29 of them showing such an improvement that they were allowed to be released within 3 to 5 days. The other patient took a few days longer to be allowed to leave.

The drug is relatively inexpensive to produce and has to be administered once a day over a period of 5 days. Trials continue.

#2 Why do you need a second shot of the vaccine?

When the body is injected with a vaccine, 2 types of white blood cells are activated in your body known as the B cell and the T cell.

The B cell’s function in the circulatory system is to create antibodies, the Y-shaped proteins that attach to the body’s foreign invaders and signal the immune system to get to work.

The T cell’s job is to identify a particular invader (or pathogen) in the body such as the coronavirus and kill it. The T cell can roam around your body for years until it finds the invader and there are not many of them.

The problem is a B cell’s life span is short lived and so if you do not receive a second ‘booster’ shot, the B cell will rapidly decline within a few weeks. The second vaccine ‘shot’ is needed as a ‘booster’ to help the B cells to rapidly divide, allowing it to focus and attack the invader with some force which lets the body build strong immunity. The T cells also quickly divide and grow in numbers to protect people from, in this example, contracting severe Covid.

#3 Vaccines and travel

The general view is that the vaccines will mean that eventually travelling will return to normal. But only when the vast majority of the world’s population develop ‘herd immunity’, so that respective governments lift travel restrictions.

In addition, it is best that people do not travel until they received the second ‘shot’ for the reasons outlined in #2.

The good news is that, based upon current results, the vaccines in circulation, are very effective and better than predicted in stopping people getting sick.  So far though, we are still unsure if vaccinated people reduce the risk of transmitting the disease. The fact is that the medical fraternity still has a long way to go in fully understanding the virus and its mutations.

In order to travel abroad, travellers already need to have proof of vaccination in some form of documentation and several ‘pass’ documents are being marketed. But already ‘fake’ Covid test documents have been discovered. This has led to the international community agreeing to what is known as the ‘CommonPass’. This process was developed by the World Economic Forum and the nonprofit Common Project which is a digital health passport which is internationally accepted as a safe and secure way to prove that an individual is safe to travel.

#4 The Pandemic and Dating

Based upon the current pandemic crisis, you would think that dating is out of fashion. Far from it as people are finding ways to meet people and link up. Since March 2020, dating apps have exploded into action and have noted the changes in people’s attitude.

Meeting in person is obviously difficult in times of lockdown but it has not deterred people searching or dating online virtually. Video apps have increased in popularity and are used constantly from hearing someone’s voice to creating positive first impressions. The chemistry is still their via video chatting and some people are even falling in love.

According to the dating agency, OkCupid, search terms as kindness, caring, compassionate and empathetic have increased on their profiles as requirements when searching for a partner.

Dating agencies seem to concur that although the pandemic has halted the physical contact somewhat, it has been reported that video calls have increased in length in a single session whereas they used to stretch out many months in the past.  Due to length of the pandemic so far and the restrictions in movement, the trend appears to show that people are now looking for a more serious relationships than the casual one-night stand.

#5 How concerned should we be with the South African strain?

So far experts feel that whilst the South African strain may enable the coronavirus to spread faster from person to person, resulting in more people getting very sick, overall, there is no evidence so far to suggest that this new version of the virus will cause severe disease or death. 

A spokesperson for Oxford-AstraZeneca’s has confirmed that their vaccine offers “minimal protection” against mild disease from the South Africa variant, but they maintain that it is still effective for severe cases.

Currently the new variant is causing 90% of the new cases in South Africa, and concerns have been raised that the existing vaccine will not be effective. South African has currently placed the roll-out of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on hold. This has prompted Oxford-AstraZeneca to currently work on a ‘booster’ which they feel will be more effective and is anticipated to be rolled out later in the year.

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Is there an art to being lucky?

THE ART OF CREATIVE LUCK 

Have you ever considered that a friend you know well is really lucky? Or maybe it was someone that has been pointed out to you with the words, they “are always lucky” or “I don’t know how they do it!” or “That person always appears to be there at the right place and at the right time”, as if they have done something wrong being successful.

Well apart from winning the lottery or avoiding a passing car by centimetres, most people who appear lucky, probably have that skill set of seeing an opportunity out of a random event and turning it into something positive as it arrives. That is not being lucky that is an art. So, let’s call this the “art of being lucky”. Actually, It should be your mindset of life.

“I’m a great believer in luck. I’ve found that the harder I work, the more I have of it.”  Thomas Jefferson

Luck has less to do with what happens to you in any given situation but more on how you think and act at the crucial time. If cultivated, this process can change a person’s life for the better whether at home or at work. Here are 5 steps you can take to help you become one of the so called “lucky ones”.

#1 Changing your mindset-if your mind is closed, then nothing good can enter

If you think you are constantly unlucky and compare yourself to others that are unfortunate, then you need to change your mindset. You firstly need to change your perception of what luck is.

You need to move away from thinking that luck is merely a random event and consider it as the result of your hard work culminating in an opportunity coming along that you can take up. In other words, the art of being lucky is that you have paved the way for an opportune event to have occurred and now it is yours for the taking.

An example of this is when you have studied for something, passed the exam and then a job opportunity immediately falls into your lap just when you needed it. Someone may say “you were lucky to get that job”, but you know better. You see, this is an example of when you maximised a chance opportunity and shifted the balance into your favour. If you had not passed the exam, the job opportunity may have come your way but you could not have taken it up as you were unqualified.

If your mind is closed, then nothing good can enter. Stop feeling that what happens in life are out of your control. In order to give yourself the best chance of success, you need to think, feel and practise the art of being lucky, by creating chance opportunities and, above all else, stop thinking that you are always the unlucky one. Easier said than done, I can hear you say. Well developing the open mind is the first step. Think life is always bringing me opportunities. Think that things will turn out for the better. Expect good luck-pure optimism is a winner. The next step is:

#2 Keep your Eyes Wide Open and an Open Mind

Before you start on this road, you need a period of reflection. What do you want? In order to attain what you want; you have to firstly know what it is you are after.

I know that it sounds simple and it is. What do you want? A new job? More money? A new relationship? The process of achieving it remains the same in whatever objective or goal you set.

You keep your eyes wide open and wait for the opportunity to arise. Remember, you are not out to take advantage of someone, you are looking for opportunities but for the right reasons. It is not all about taking, it may also be about giving. Get into the habit of opening doors for other people. Genuinely provide encouragement and always listen.

Opportunities arrive every day in your life even when it is you that is giving-you just need to see them as that, opportunities. Also do not be afraid to ask. You may consider luck being down to the right person saying yes to your question. But no-one can say ‘yes’ to you until you ask the question. Want the job? Want the sale? Ask for it. Don’t be afraid to ask.

True luck is down to things outside our control and is rare. What we can control is how we respond to circumstances and also how often we put ourselves into situations that can prove beneficial to us. And don’t believe that it was lucky if you get it despite what anyone says. It was because you were bold enough to ask. Be brave!

#3 Networking and Encounters

Obviously, your loved ones and your close friends are your strongest ties and will mean the most to you and are extremely important. But do not discount the casual acquaintance as a ‘weak tie’ or unworthy of your attention.

One of the reasons for this is that the person you are not familiar with, probably operates in a totally different social circle and has a wealth of untapped experience and connections you have not considered before. Doors open and the possibilities are endless. Information and luck spreads. The key here is to share information, give as well as receive.

Meet up with likewise people who have the same interest or the same goals. Do not worry about asking questions you may think are stupid. Most people like talking about themselves and their experiences, so you will benefit from it. Establish networks. Join social networks such as Facebook. Share your ideas. Ask for their advice. The more people you meet increases your chances of success, whether it is on the internet or in person. You will find joining networks propel you into another world that you may not have considered before.

#4 Avoid Negativity

Excited about this new thought process? Watch out! Not everyone is going to share your enthusiasm and you can bet that they will throw in some negative views for good measure. This is where you respectfully disagree with them, point out it is your view and ignore their statements completely.

There are some among us that thrive on disinformation, negative thoughts and manipulation and they cannot enjoy other people’s positive views and success. In their mind, you have ‘all the luck’ and they may resent you for it. You have better things to do like getting on with being positive and being successful.

Also, negative thoughts are not always within the domain of other people, it may be with you. Avoid your own negative thoughts and feelings as they no longer have a place in the ‘new you’. If you experience bad luck, try and find some element in the event that was positive. If not, try not to dwell on the bad event for too long. You have to move on.

It is natural to feel cautious but avoid thinking that there is evil and wrongdoing everywhere. If you are honest to yourself, honest with others, work hard to get what you want and try to help others, you are following the right path. And there are many people like you doing the same thing. You have just got to meet up with them. The joining of like-minded people can have remarkable effects on the outcome.

#5 Don’t Give Up

This is going to be the hardest part. The art of being lucky is not gained instantly like turning a switch. You also need to understand that It is important to fail because we all learn from our mistakes. Look at it as a chance to reset and start again.

Try getting yourself in the mindset that the art of being lucky is an ongoing process and, most importantly, do not be afraid to fail as you will not always succeed, mostly you will, but not every time.

It will take time to master this process and get all the elements right. You will probably experience a few ‘false dawns’ on the way. As already explained, there is no magic switch in the ‘art of being lucky’ and results may not always be instant. But they will come, that is inevitable as long as you stick with it and the best part of all is that you will be aware when it occurs. You will realise that if you had not taken that action then that good thing would not have happened!

So, you see, that “lucky” person may not have been lucky after all, they just appeared to be, but in reality, they followed the above steps. What do you think? Do you agree? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Bonus 1 Dr Steve G Jones teaches you how to gain a life built on happiness and success. Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual but his course is probably the next best thing. Remember, if you have a closed mind, nothing can get in.To learn more on ‘Dream Life Mastery’, click on the image for details.

Bonus 2 See our video on “Habits that make you Successful In Life”. Click on the image link:

What are we cloning now?

In July 1996, the world was greeted with Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. The rest, as they say, is history.

The world of cloning has come a long way since Dolly, but whilst the ethical issues still remain, this process of cloning and its implications become complicated. So, what is the world of cloning like now? Here are some areas where cloning is no longer science fiction but science fact. It may surprise you.

Endangered animals

The financial viability of cloning endangered species is under debate and therefore not widespread as you may imagine.

You see you could spend billions on cloning endangered animals but that does not mean that they will survive. Where do you put them? Probably in a zoo as the reason they are becoming extinct in the first place is because their natural habitat is at threat or they have been hunted down.  So, putting them straight back where they came from is a non-starter. Yes, some environments considered safe have allowed re-introduced animals to the wild, but at the moment it is down to the question ‘is it worth it?’.

There are also compassionate grounds to deal with as cloned animals suffer miscarriages, have birth defects, develop serious illnesses, and die prematurely. Currently it is not about saving individual endangered species but more about conserving areas of the planet in order to preserve habitats that are crucial for the preservation of the species at risk of extinction.

However, cloning of endangered species has happened. Groups that have successfully been cloned include cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats. Scientists have also cloned mice, rats, rabbits, cats, mules, horses and dogs.

Extinct animals

“De-extinction (also known as resurrection biology, or species revivalism) is the process of generating an organism that is either an extinct species or resembles an extinct species”. Wikipedia

Most people have seen the 1993 movie “Jurassic Park,” but that was the thoughts of fiction as it is not currently possible to bring a dinosaur back to life because the DNA is too old. However, that may not be the case in the future.

There are some more animals of the last Ice Age that could be restored through cloning because their DNA were preserved in permafrost and can still be extracted. These animals include the Woolly Mammoth and Sabre Toothed Cats. (For a list of “14 Extinct Animals That Could Be Resurrected” see Bonus below at the end of this post.

The argument for de-extinction is that supporters feel that we, as the human race, should be obliged to bring these animals back, as we are directly responsible for them being extinct in the first place. De-extinction supporters have ‘dubbed’ some extinct animals as ‘keystone’ species. A keystone species is an organism that helps define an entire ecosystem, and without them, the eco system of our planet would be dramatically different to what it is now. Examples of living keystone species are the Beaver, the Shark and the African Elephant. They all play a critical role in maintaining ecosystems.

However, there are people who oppose such an idea as they feel that not only would it be extremely expensive to bringing back extinct species but it would also cause a biodiversity loss. The definition of Biodiversity loss describes the decline in the number, genetic variability, and variety of species, and the biological communities in a given area. Biodiversity underpins the health of the planet and has a direct impact on all our lives.

Pets

Pets form an important addition to households all over the world and most people agree and accept that a pet is a member of the family. It is always a heart wrenching experience when they pass on, but what happens if the thought of cloning them comes into the equation?

There is a growing industry for cloning pets but which is still in its infancy. Contrary to the movies, animals so far cannot be cloned from blood, DNA, hair, or teeth. It is only possible with live tissue.  Cloning a pet undergoes the following procedures and its implications are not without controversy:

  • Extract DNA from the pet to be cloned through a biopsy of tissue. The tissue is then cryogenically preserved using temperatures below 130 degrees C.
  • Designated ‘Surrogate’ animals to generate fertilized eggs.
  • The DNA is erased from the fertilized eggs and the pet’s preserved DNA is inserted.
  • The altered eggs are implanted back into the ‘Surrogate’ animal which may or may not get pregnant.

Whatever the animal, it is currently a particularly inefficient process and here are some unpleasant facts to consider before you want to consider cloning your beloved pet. For example, if someone wanted to clone their dog:

  • It would take many dog surrogates to achieve a single successful pregnancy.
  • A lot of cloned embryos would be required to create a single healthy puppy.
  • Many dogs die as cells in the culture dish or as embryos in the womb and a few puppies die.
  • The ‘Surrogate’ dogs undergo multiple pregnancies who basically have no say in the process.
  • Unneeded clones have an undetermined fate.
  • Getting a cloned copy does not mean that you will get an identical looking pet with the same personality.
  • There is also the potential of birth defects and possible illness.

Small wonder that there is an argument for going down to the local animal welfare shelter and adopt a new cat or dog.

Sniffer dogs at airports

As well as pets being cloned, working animals are being cloned and one working animal that is increasing its presence, is the airport sniffer dog.  For example, there are cloned sniffer dogs roaming South Korea’s Incheon Airport in Seoul searching for explosives or contraband luggage.

These animals have had some success. The pack of cloned Golden Labrador Retrievers, genetically identical, have been working at the airport for over 10 years and no-one would be the wiser that these canines are cloned.

The consensus is that cloned dogs are easier to train the arts of locating illegal imports and drugs than their naturally born co-workers. Indeed, the analysis shows that cloned dogs were constantly outperforming their counterparts. The costs of training the cloned dogs are markedly cheaper and minimises failures to hit the required standard to become a sniffer dog.

In 2019 it was announced the cloning of working dogs extended to the Chinese police hoping to cut training times and costs for China’s police dogs.

Food

A cloned animal is a genetic copy of its parent, so it is safe to say that is composition (milk and flesh) is the same as the DNA extracted that is used to create it. 

Livestock have been cloned for human consumption since 1998. Various authorities around the world have approved the use of meat and milk from cloned cattle, pigs, and goats and from the offspring of clones of any species traditionally used as food, following the usual safety standard checks. However, this is still in its infancy as cloned cattle are mainly used for breeding and then the offspring are used to feed the population. However, this is about to change.

China’s development of cloning livestock has been particularly active in this field mainly due to its demand for beef. It is anticipated that the nation of 1.4 billion people will soon be feasting on cloned cows and a Chinese genetics company is set to produce cattle on an industrial scale. This is Boyalife Genomics, a cloning facility in the coastal city of Tianjin who reputedly are to start producing 100,000 cloned cattle annually and them ramping up to a million a year.

The positive notion used by pro-cloning experts is that the cloning of livestock for food can lead to the end of world hunger. What do you think? I would love to hear your views on this controversial subject.

Sport

Cloning has entered into the world of sport, namely polo and potentially some horse competitions.

The polo player, Adolfo Cambiaso, the sport’s greatest player, made history when he rode out on a cloned horse in the Argentine Open Championship of 2016. In fact, during the tournament he rode on 6 cloned horses. He gathered a state of the art team of scientists who revolutionised the field of horse breeding as he went on to be the best player of all time in the world of Polo.

In 2003, the first ever clone of a champion racehorse was unveiled at a press conference in Italy. The horse named ‘Prometea’ was created by fusing the nucleus of a skin cell taken from the mother with an empty egg from another horse. The resulting embryo was returned to the mother’s womb after being cultured in the lab.

Others sports involved with cloning include dressage, showjumping, three-day-eventing, and carriage horse racing. There is also no official objection to date for cloned horses to complete in the next Olympic Games, although nothing has been announced as yet.

Humans

This is still in the world of science fiction and is the most controversial. Scientists in China have successfully cloned two monkeys but despite several scientific claims in South Korea, there is no scientific evidence of any country cloning a human being as the process is extremely difficult, more so than in other mammals.

It is true that we have been able to clone human embryos for several years now. However, the ethical implications of such a project to create a human being are immense as there are question marks on the cost, the number of embryos needed, the total of failed attempts that will occur, to the completed clone suffering untold health problems. The question about the possibility of cloning a human has changed from ‘could we?’ to ‘should we?’ What do you think? Leave a comment as we would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Bonus “14 Extinct Animals That Could Be Resurrected” Click on link if this interests you.

Your relationship with your partner-is it worth keeping?

“The first way to know if your relationship is worth saving is that you are both committed to growth, individually and together.” Google

When considering your relationship, your partner should be the first person you trust or feel comfortable with. So why the doubt?

If there is uncertainty about your partner in your life? Being in a relationship demands sacrifices from both parties and the following may help when considering whether you are right or wrong about the relationship.

“I Only Have Eyes for You”

Ok, first of all we assume that the sex is ok, as if that is your only concern, this post may not be of any help to you.

We assume that there is nothing wrong in that department and you are not interested or do not want anyone else.

Look this one needs to be clarified before guilt creeps in. There is nothing wrong in giving a fleeting look at a man or woman that passes you by and who you thought were attractive. You cannot fight what is in every ones’ DNA and it is only natural. -Darwinesque perpetuation of the species and all that.

Of course, if you want try and take it up further, you have already answered the question but in an inverted way. You are not worth your partner’s time! Faithfulness and loyalty are the foundation of a stable relationship-without it your relationship is doomed. If you are failing in that area, you should walk away to stop inevitable heartbreak.

“A tingle in your stomach”

You feel a tingle in your stomach, sometimes known as ‘butterflies’ or you feel happiness when your partner enters the room.

The ‘butterflies’ thing normally happens at the start of a relationship which is a sign of excitement and expectation. It is a good sign. If you still get it after a long while then you are lucky. Feeling happiness being with your partner is a very good sign as long as they reciprocate the feelings.

Don’t worry too much if the ‘butterflies’ have ended, as long as you are happy with your partner. If you are both apart for some time, it is quite likely that the ‘butterflies’ will come back when your partner returns. What is certain is that if you are happy on their return, by virtue of just their presence, then that box it ticked ‘ok’.

“You are nice to have around”

In other words, he or she is your best friend and you prefer their company to others. Yes, you have friends and you really enjoy seeing them when you can but they too have their own lives to lead which suits you very well.

In the end, your partner is the one you want to be with regularly as you enjoy being with them more than without them and you hate the thought of being apart from them. You are confident that this is not insecurity on your part and, as you trust your partner, you just don’t want to be away from him or her for too long. It is a preference thing that you feel comfortable with.

A very good sign that you have something good going is when you say that whether you are out with your partner or at home; you have fun together.

“It’s good to talk”

Communication is one of the most important facets of keeping a good relationship going whether it is in business or with a personal relationship. So, if you are unsure where you stand in this relationship, now is the time to speak up.

The danger is that once you ‘get used to’ your partner, you stop communicating. If you suspect there is something wrong in your relationship, then talking it through is key. If you still talk to each other, even if it is about the most trivial occurrence in the day, then you are in a positive place.

These are key factors when communicating with your partner:

  • You feel you can bring up any subject without offence
  • Do not keep secrets from your partner
  • Be open and honest with your partner
  • You can cry in front of your partner and he/she is there for you
  • You feel that your partner is being honest with you
  • You can both vent your anger at something your partner has done – you resolve it and the anger is soon forgotten

“We can work it out”

This goes on from the last one. At some point in your relationship, you will have an event or a difference of opinion that is significant. It is how you deal with it that counts and a strong indication whether the relationship is staying on track or worth keeping.

There is no productive sense in shouting at each other but you will have to communicate. Here are some indicators that your relationship is strong and worth keeping:

  • Something bothers you in the relationship and you raise it in a conversation. Your partner listens and is receptive and makes an effort to make a change that is acceptable to you. This of course works both ways.
  • You have other commitments that he or she have an issue with. For example, your job dictates that you work long hours or you have a regular evening with your friends socially. You explain why you have these commitments and your partner accepts them.
  • You have a habit of forgetting to get things in your daily activities. You need a favour from your partner to run an errand you forgot to complete, such as something you forgot to get from the supermarket. Whatever it is, your partner finds the time without complaining to complete the task.
  • You are out in public, a function for example, and one of you has annoyed the other with some action during the event. I appreciate that if alcohol is involved that this could be difficult! But you manage to avoid the explosive confrontation and agree to discuss it when you get home. Upon returning to your abode, you talk it out and resolve it.

“I am my own person”

You can be yourself around your partner and don’t just feel you are an appendage. You have your own interests and opinions and your partner understands and accepts your position.

Here are some strong indicators that you have a good thing going with your partner:

  • Your relationship has lasted a long-distance relationship at the beginning with the goal that you wanted to build a life together. You were both faithful to each other whilst you were apart and you feel that you coming together was the right thing.
  • Your partner has a healthy interest about your relationship with your friends. He or she does not try and plant a wedge between you and your friends and is happy to discuss your friends with you. Moreover, your partner understands when you go out with your friends (within moderation!) as he or she understands that social bonding is a necessary part in human behavior. If your friend is experiencing a ‘crisis’ and you need to go and comfort them, your partner accepts this and supports your position.
  • As with all of these pointers above, it should work both ways to be successful.

“We are planning for the future”

Marriage may or may not be in the equation but you both see the same about the future. You see a future together.

This includes both of your individual interests and commitments and your plans for your relationship.

This is the great part of being in a relationship. Sharing your ideas, dreams and goals together and planning how you are going to turn them into reality. You have discussed this and you feel confident in setting your goals together.

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How to reduce your “Doomscrolling” time

Doomscrolling” or sometimes known as “Doomsurfing”, are terms used when an individual constantly scrolls through the internet looking for news that whilst may be informative, normally is of a negative nature, and could have a harmful effect on the individual.

Multicultural group of young people men and women looking shocked at mobile phone

From the media point of view, one obvious example is Covid-19, where we have been bombarded with so much doom and gloom, The news and has been relentless since we first heard of the pandemic around March 2020. Spending time on the internet has greatly increased since ‘lockdown’ to avoid boredom and to endure the isolation.

If you are suffering from the fatigue of ‘Doomscrolling’, all is not lost. There are certain steps you can take to try to alleviate this if you feel it is a problem and reclaim your life! Here are 9 things to consider:

#1 Record your activity on the internet for a day

Research has shown a link between heavy internet usage and increased health risks such as internet addiction, anxiety, depression, obesity, and social isolation.

Whilst social isolation under ‘lockdown’ restrictions are inevitable, do you know how long you are scrolling the internet daily? In 2020, the average an individual spent surfing the internet was 2 hours 20 minutes a day.

Awareness of your own usage is important, so you need to know how long you are scrolling the internet. Do just that, record the times you access the internet in one day. Also, record the way you are accessing the information-is it by phone, PC, tablet?

#2 Assess your activity

Especially at the present time with the pandemic, more people are working at home and so are students.

Now you have a fair idea how much time you spend on the internet. Using a computer in your everyday working or student life are inevitable and essential. But you also need to consider the times you are online and are you spending more time surfing than you need to? Are you surprised at the time you are on the internet, social media platforms etc? Are you easily distracted from your work? Does this worry you?

If that is a yes, you can learn how to manage your time you spend on the internet. Ask yourself, each time you go onto the internet, is this absolutely necessary at this time? If it is no, then take a step back and try and find an alternative activity.

#3 Try a time management app

If you are having difficulty assessing the amount of time you are on the internet, try a time management app such as RescueTime for example.

This app will let you know where you’re spending your time on that computer as it provides details on how much active time you spend on various websites and applications.

It also has a “Focus mode” feature (Premium only feature) which gives you the option of ‘barring’ youself from visiting selected websites. It works by blocking distracting websites so you can focus on productive activities. RescueTime is available for Mac and PC.

Another similar app is Digital Wellbeing available on Android. Android’s Digital Wellbeing tools give you a daily view of how often you check your phone and how frequently you use different apps. You can then set limits with daily app timers, and unplug at night with features like Bedtime mode.

#4 Allocate certain times of the day for surfing the internet

If you prefer not to get an app to do the work, allocate a certain time in the day to accessing the internet for your personal use and keep your work time completely separate.

Also set a time limit for surfing. Set aside certain times of the day to read the news, and set a 10-minute timer to remind you to stop scrolling. The importance of planning your day in the morning or on the night before is crucial here. Start by making calendar appointments for everything from mundane activities, like taking a walk outside, to business matters, like videoconferencing meetings.

Dedicate one of your computers or a laptop for your work or your studies and do not surf the web unless it is for this purpose. Don’t just scroll around Facebook or YouTube in the midst of your work whenever you feel compelled to do so, because you could easily get distracted from your work schedule and you’ll end up wasting too much time.

#5 Take Your Breaks Away from the internet

Don’t pick up your phone to surf the internet or look at the news on tv first thing in the morning. Do something else.

Turn off your phone’s push notifications. A push notification is a message that pops up on a mobile device. App publishers can send them at any time; users don’t have to be in the app or using their devices to receive them

Working long hours at anything will lead to fatigue. Regular breaks from work throughout the day can be beneficial as it raises your alertness and attention levels.

It is generally considered better if you take regular short breaks rather than a long one. Taking a 5 to 10 minute break, for example, is better than a 20 minute one. If in a work environment, then ideally you should be in a position to be able to choose when you take your break and walk away from your computer.

Try to resist that opportunity to access the web via your mobile phone or tablet during your break. Take a walk, drink a beverage or give a thought to how your day is going instead.

6# Use the Internet to improve your life

The internet has probably affected our lives more than anything else that came before.

With the coming of the internet, the human race has a tremendous opportunity to explore this vast and wonderful universe that we exist in. Never before have we had the opportunity to explore, educate and enhance our individual lives at a touch of button and to help others with the information that is on offer.

The internet does not have to be a tool solely to access doom and gloom. It is an incredibly powerful tool for connecting people and collating easily-accessible information. If used properly, it can connect with people, allow you to enhance your life, provide you with positive information, a problem solver, learn about the world, link you to real life interests, entertain and much more besides.

#7 Go a Whole Day Without the Internet

The tough one! Take a day off from it all. This is another way to assess if the internet is controlling you! Use your phone only as a phone.

You can even inform your friends or contacts that you will not be available on a particular day.

This exercise is not going to be easy and it is important that you review your feelings of what happened that day. Did it feel good or did you panic? Did you yearn for Facebook? What is certain is that you will learn a lot about the effects the internet has on you. Remember it was an exercise and not the end of the world.

#8 Connect with people

Especially if you are experiencing a strict “lockdown” or a period of isolation, try and spend 15 minutes a day connecting with the people you care the most outside your ‘bubble’.

This can make you feel less alone and help you avoid “doomscrolling”.

At the beginning of the pandemic, many people took to video conferencing to virtually connecting to their friends and loved ones. This is especially important if you are experiencing the common phenomena of not knowing which day it is because your regular routine has been curtailed due to a full “lockdown”.

This is also a good time to reconnect with your family that live with you. If you have been living together in “lockdown” this one maybe a strain as you are so closely knit together at this time. But it is always a good thing to remind yourself and them that you are in this together and you appreciate their presence.

#9 Find a hobby

Schools, gyms, yoga studios and local attractions such as zoos and museums are getting creative, offering opportunities to enjoy what they offer digitally.

What is even better is that the services, classes and attractions are for free.  

Here is a list of 40 hobbies you may like to consider and to choose from. click on the link here.

If you have regular worries about what the future will bring, you may wish to check out our video “5 tips to stop worrying about the future (stop overthinking)” on our YouTube channel. Click the image to view the video:

What is the keto diet?

Custom Keto Diet

The ketogenic diet involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. The process creates a metabolic state called ‘ketosis‘.

The diet works by depleting the body of its sugar reserves which in turn means that your body burns fat for energy. A Keto diet can cause significant reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. As with any change to your regular diet, a Keto diet comes with a warning.

This diet is not for everyone. Medical experts have stated that Keto is not safe for those with any medical conditions involving:

  • Thyroid or gallbladder
  • people with diabetes who are insulin-dependent
  • people who have eating disorders
  • those with kidney disease or pancreatitis
  • women during pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you suffer with any of these conditions-avoid this diet!

If you not suffer with any of the above conditions, it is still best to discuss your intended diet plan with your doctor, dietician or health coach.

What can I eat?

Before we get onto the benefits of a Keto diet, what can you eat? Well, the following:

  • Avocados
  • Cheese
  • Coconut oil
  • Eggs
  • Low-carb vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus,
  • Meat and poultry
  • Plain Cottage Cheese
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Seafood, fish and shellfish

Here are seven potential benefits of taking up a Keto diet for the short term:

1. Lose weight

This form of diet can be, to say the least, one of the most ‘drastic’ diets. Research has so far shown that a ketogenic diet produces weight loss rapidly due to the reduction of fat, calorie intake and water in the body.

This is down to boosting metabolism and reducing the stimulation of hunger. This causes your body to enter into “ketosis” which is a state where the body switches from using fat to carbs as its primary fuel source. Ketones are produced in the liver.

If a keto diet is combined with vigorous exercise, the results of being on a keto diet can be quite spectacular. On a “normal” diet with regular exercise regime, most people can expect to lose one to two lbs a week, whilst those following a keto diet, experts believe that typically you can expect to see a drop of anywhere from two to ten pounds.

2. Protect the heart

“Research from Saint Louis University finds that high fat or “ketogenic” diets could completely prevent, or even reverse heart failure caused by a metabolic process” News Medical.

Even losing a moderate amount of weight on a Keto diet, should help protect against heart disease, by reducing your cholesterol levels, but the diet itself should only be taken up for the short term, the maximum being a year according to most experts.

As with all diets, you should discuss the situation with your doctor, dietician or health coach, before embarking on a Keto diet.

3. May reduce the risk of developing cancer

Researchers have examined the effects of the ketogenic diet in helping prevent or even treat various types of cancer.

It is thought that cancer feeds on the daily sugar intake we consume. However, partaking in a high-fat diet, starves the cancer cells forming tumours. It is thought that taking up the Keto diet, helps reduce the risk or potentially prevents cancer taking hold.

One study has suggested that taking up a Keto diet can be beneficial to cancer patients on chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Another recent study also concluded that a Keto diet lowers the risk of insulin complications with diabetics.

However more research is needed before a definitive statement can be released by the medical profession.

4. May protect the brain

Whilst the medical results are not definitive, and certainly more research is required, there is a thought amongst the medical fraternity that a Keto diet can be beneficial to the functionality of the brain. For example, taking up this diet may mitigate the risk of dementia.

Alzheimer’s is sometimes referred to as “Type 3 diabetes” because of the role glucose plays in the disease. A ketogenic/lower-carb diet reduces the levels of glucose and insulin in the body, which help insulin resistance but may also prevent brain deterioration. There is some indication that a Keto diet may reduce the chances of developing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.

Other sets of research with Keto diets, include Parkinson’s disease, memory loss and epilepsy.

5. Potentially reduces seizures

Taking a Keto diet reduces the amount of glutamate in the brain making it less likely for a seizure to occur. A recent study showed that a Keto diet was used to treat epileptic seizures in children by stabilizing the functions of neurons in the brain.

It was also noted that a Keto diet also reduced inflammation of the brain for sufferers of meningitis, encephalitis, or autoimmune disorders which can trigger seizures.

  • Over half of children who go on the diet have at least a 50% reduction in the number of their seizures.
  • Some children, usually 10-15%, even become seizure-free. 

Taken from details published by the Epilepsy Foundation

6. Improves acne

“Acne is a skin condition characterized by red pimples on the skin, especially on the face, due to inflamed or infected sebaceous glands and prevalent chiefly among adolescents”. Google

Acne has several different causes and may have links to carbohydrate consumption and blood sugar in some people. By avoiding carbohydrates in a Keto diet, you may be able to improve the quality of your skin and prevent future flare-ups.

7. Improves PCOS symptoms?

The jury is still out on this one. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that can lead to excess male hormones, ovulatory dysfunction, and polycystic ovaries.

A high-carbohydrate diet can cause adverse effects in people with PCOS, such as skin problems and weight gain.

A recent study in 2019 found that a keto diet had beneficial effects for people with hormonal disorders, including PCOS and type 2 diabetes.

However, the research is still at the early stage so there is no medical consensus to recommend a Keto diet for improving PCOS symptoms.

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Covid-19 (January 2021) News

It looks like we are in for a long haul with Covid-19 and everyday there is new information coming out relating to this pandemic. Inzspire has searched for the latest information on the virus and here are 5 items of recent news-the first of many posts for 2021:

#1 New Variant of the virus

It is generally accepted amongst the medical fraternity that viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time.

This is the case as a mutation of Covid-19 or variant was discovered in late September 2020 in London and Kent, England. Medical experts in the UK evaluated the relationship between transmission and frequency of the new variant. Their alarming discovery brought the conclusion that the variant is growing rapidly, is more transmissible than other variants, and affecting a greater proportion of under 20s. Currently, there is no evidence that it causes more severe illness or increased risk of death. They were quickly to confirm that the new vaccines should still prove to be effective against this new variation of the virus.

#2 Mutations cropping up everywhere

The new strain is called SARS-CoV-2 VUI 202012/01 or “B.1.1.7.” The new spike in cases in the UK due to this new strain, as the initial analysis has shown that it is anything between 56% to 70% more infectious than other Covid-2 strains in circulation.

As the new spike has emerged, the suspicion lies firmly with increased family and social mixing due to the festive season.

The virus is also not exclusive to the UK, as cases not only have now been identified in many countries in Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Lebanon and South Korea. Also,there is a new variant in South Africa, known as 501.V2, which has driven a surge in infections there, according to country health officials.

#3 Asymptomatic COVID infections

Asymptomatic is where a person is infected with, for example, Covid-19, who does not develop symptoms but can pass the virus onto others.

It is currently considered that there is a lower risk of transmission from asymptomatic people but they are more likely to be out in the community than isolated at home thus making them a potentially significant risk to vulnerable people. It would appear that a full lockdown would be the only course of action for respective governments in an attempt to control the virus.

Due to the lack of concrete data, the medical fraternity are unable to determine the level of risk asymptomatic people pose to the general public. This is because the medical experts are having trouble distinguishing between people who are asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic. A person with pre-symptomatic is somebody who has mild symptoms before they do go on to develop symptoms.

#4 Increase in relationship break-ups

Sadly, one of the results of the pandemic is that we are seeing more relationships breaking up and divorce rates amongst couples have increased according to relationship councillors.

The main reason has been blamed to “lockdown” whereby couples are in constant close proximity of each other thus spending increased amounts of time together.

Breakdown in communication amongst partners, the financial impact of “lockdown” and the increase of individuals suffering with mental illness brought on by isolation are all factors contributing to the breakdown in relationships.

Even long-standing strong relationships that did not have problems before the pandemic have been detrimentally affected. Therapists and psychologists have put this down to “well-established routines that offered comfort, stability and rhythm” being broken thus putting untold stress on relationships.

#5 Will a vaccine get us back to normal?

The general view is that impact of a vaccine will have a positive effect on our lives by the summer and life should return to some form closer to normaility by winter. That is if the vaccine reaches enough of the world population. Of course, the timeframes will differ from country to country.

The initial hope of the first part of 2021 is to inoculate the front-line health workers and the most vulnerable, that is, the elderly with pre-existing health conditions.

But the realistic practicalities of inoculating the world’s population may mean that we have to wait years for the world to recover and return to the normality we used to enjoy. The best we can hope for is that the vaccines end the pandemic as they will not eradicate the virus altogether. So, don’t get rid of your facemask just yet!

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What is stopping you from achieving your dream?

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” Walt Disney

Before we start, this post is about achieving a realistic dream. If you want to be the best footballer whoever lived or the greatest writer of all time, that maybe impossible. You see I did use the word ‘maybe’.

Everything begins in the heart and mind. You have a dream. Your heart is set on it and it is realistic but you keep finding reasons why you cannot achieve it. Well that simply won’t do! Attaining your dream is like going on a journey but with the added element being that it is up to you how long it is going to take.

In order to achieve your dream, you will have to remove the doubt that you will not be able to accomplish it. Here are three things that doubt thrives on and you need to remove them from the process:

#1 Lack of belief

Here are some pointers for you to consider that just may alter your conditioned perspective of lack of belief.

Stop being a dream doubter. You don’t believe that you have what it takes to turn your dream into reality. Whilst you watch on tv or in the newspaper, someone who is living your dream, you do not believe that you too can do it.

Own the dream-it is yours. You have to believe that you can achieve it even if other people disagree. You are probably going to have your critics who think your dream is “unachievable” or “you don’t have what it takes”. Ignore them. Don’t let them create your world or make you think too small.

Believe it can happen to you. Sometimes the line between success and failure is very thin and mainly comes down to believing in yourself. If you don’t believe it can be done, how can others believe that you can do it? Everything that you ever achieved so far, had one small but vital ingredient. You believed that you could do it. So why do you not adopt this attitude when thinking about your dream?

#2 No faith in the course of action

This is known as not trusting the process. You believe in your dream but have lack of faith in the method of getting there

You feel that the process is too long or too hard so you never pursue it. Never let being a realist get in the way of your dream. Do not think “it’s not for me” or “it’s too hard”. Just think of the joy you will feel when you accomplish your dream.

Do not let the detractors make you doubt the process by feeding you negative thoughts. They could give you many reasons why you will fail but do not listen to them.

You may have an idea what the process is to achieve your dream. It maybe tough, it maybe a long drawn out progression or procedure but nothing that is worthwhile is intended to be easy. “Never give up”. It you stick with it, everything will fall into place and you will have the satisfaction of accomplishment and the knowledge that your convictions were justified. The result will be a new form of confidence in yourself that can result in you looking out for your next goal. We are never the finished article as there is always something else to pursue on our journey of achievement.

#3 You do not trust yourself

This means that you must stop getting into the habit of being self-critical and beating yourself up when you fail. We all fail. So, don’t be afraid of rejection-all successful people have experienced it from time to time. The secret is “Never give up”.

If you feel that whatever you do is not good enough, then you do not trust yourself. This means that you do not trust your own judgement and your dream is just that-a dream. You will not go onto the next steps of turning your dream into reality.

The classic example of this is not going for that promotion. Other people are applying for the position but you have already convinced yourself that you are not good enough. How do you know unless you apply? Yes, you maybe unsuccessful but even if you fail in getting the job, experiencing the process is invaluable. If you glean anything from the process, you have learnt something.

Also don’t be afraid to ask the person that interviewed you for the reasons you were unsuccessful and what you could do to improve. People hardly ever ask these questions following a rejection. So be original-ask! The person who interviewed you or put you forward will have the reasons why you were not successful and will be surprised that you asked. This shows your initiative and will likely make you memorable for the right reasons-and you will get valuable information to take with you on the next part of the journey to success. Remember-it is a journey.

If you would like to hear of a famous person not giving up and keeping his dream alive, click on the Bonus 1 link below to hear his view on achieving his goal and not giving up.

What to do next?

Everyone has dreams but not everyone possesses the power, knowledge and ability to make their dreams a reality. Here are some tips to adopt on the journey to achieving your dream:

  1. Mindset-Step into the feeling that your dream is already a reality. If you have set your mind into believing that it can be done-the transition will be natural and easier. Write your dream down on a piece of paper and hang it on the wall, fridge or wherever you can see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Visualisation is a powerful thing.
  2. Research-You now know what your dream is. Now surf the net on the subject and make notes on what you need to do to make it a reality. Make notes from people who have already been successful. This is where you will realize the scope of the undertaking and what you will have to do to attain your goal. Do not feel that it is impossible, what you want was never going to be easy.
  3. Record-Write your goals down. Start with a monthly plan for what you want to focus on. Then create a weekly and daily snapshot of what you will work on — make sure your plan is realistic and attainable.
  4. Off you go-Take simple small steps on the journey and treat every step as a success.
  5. Share-Discuss your dream with likeminded people or friends/family. Whilst it is a good to talk, If your dream is realistic and attainable, they should support you or at least understand what you about to embark on giving you encouragement on the way.
  6. Awareness-Your journey will not be easy as the road will be uneven at times and there maybe barriers or blocks in the road. Be aware of this and accept it as part of the ride. You can smile later when you have accomplished your goal.
  7. Never give up!

Bonus 1-See our video on “Believe in your dreams. (Dreams cost nothing)”. Sylvester Stallone, one of the all-time great iconic hero actors talks here about his dreams when he started out trying to make it in Hollywood. It is inspirational. No one can take your dreams away from you if you don’t let them. Click on the image link below:

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Why it is good to exercise?

The benefits of regular exercise are readily apparent but not all people are aware of how good it is for you or feel the need to take a little time out of their day to exercise. Here are 5 reasons why regular exercise is beneficial to your wellbeing:

#1 Good for weight control

When you engage in physical exercise, you burn calories which increases your metabolism. This is in turn helps you lose weight. Consistency is the key.

Regular exercise is beneficial in maintaining weight loss. You do not have to be at a gym every day. Take the stairs instead of the lift or, if reasonable, walk to your destination instead of using the car or bus.

Just two points to make here. Firstly, exercising is not the only tool you need to lose weight. Eating a sensible diet is crucial as well.

Secondly, if you have not exercised for a little while, and then you start, you may find that initially you put weight on! You may notice that you look thinner but weigh more. This is because you are increasing muscle tone. As long as you eat sensibly and regularly exercise, you will lose weight and maintain the weight you feel comfortable with.

#2 Good for your health

Regular exercise is good for your heart and blood circulation. Studies have found that regular workouts resulted in improvements in heart function and blood-sugar control.

It also helps prevent adverse health conditions such a stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood press, various types of cancer and a cholesterol which causes heart disease,to name but a few.

It is not only good for your body but also for your mind. With regular exercise, you are stimulating the chemicals that affect the growth of brains cells particularly in part of your brain known as the hippocampus. The Hippocampus is mainly responsible for memory which declines in older age thus raising the danger of dementia.

Regular exercise improves the neural connections in your brain which enhances, learning, thinking, reasoning, problem solving and memory retention.

#3 Good for your emotional health

It is medically believed that any form of exercise has the potential to increase mental alertness and provide an emotional lift.

Well maybe not as much as that! But it is true to say that physical exercise stimulates the chemicals in the brain. In particular, the brain releases ‘feel-good’ chemicals known as endorphins throughout the body. Physical activity can reduce your feeling of anxiety, lift a depressed mood, and build your self-esteem.

Alternatively, if you are adverse or unable to run, walking provides benefits to your emotional health. It is recommended, that if you could possibly manage the time, (see our link below for our video on finding time to exercise) you should strive to include a brisk walk in your everyday routine for at least 30 minutes most days of the week, or if you have the inclination, to run for at least 20 minutes three or more days each week.

#4 Good for an energy boost

The amount of energy you produce is a direct result of your diet and the amount of what is known as mitochondria your body produces.

Mitochondria makes most of the molecule, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which your cells use as a source of energy. Quite simply, the more active you are, the more mitochondria your body makes.

Exercising improves cardiovascular health and fitness through the body’s ability to circulate oxygen. What you will find is that you will initially experience fatigue after high intensity training for example, but then a few hours later you will find that your energy levels pick up. 

If performing regular exercise, you will steadily experience being less tired and in better physical condition. It also improves your muscle strength and endurance.

#5 Good for a better night’s sleep

Having trouble sleeping? Try regular exercise over a period of 4 to 24 weeks. The results of medical studies over this timeframe showed that people with insomnia, slept better and fell asleep faster than normal. The benefit is that you awake in the morning feeling refreshed.

As we have already covered above, exercise requires you to use up energy, which in turn helps you feel more tired at the end of the day. In addition to improving the quality of sleep, exercise also can help you increase the duration of your regular nightly sleep cycle.

One word of warning though, do not exercise just before you go to sleep as you maybe too stimulated to get to sleep.

(see our link below (Bonus 3) to our video on having trouble with sleeping-‘10 ways to fight insomnia)

#Bonus 1

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#Bonus 2

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#Bonus 3

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