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A Person Who Never Made a Mistake Never Tried Anything New

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“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

Researchers believe that what makes mistakes conducive to learning is the element of surprise upon finding out we are wrong. The brain does so sensitively that it manages to learn from mistakes in less than a second! But here’s the disclaimer: the ability to learn from mistakes varies between people. According to a study at Goldsmiths, University of London, some people will never learn.

It’s been said again and again that experience is the best teacher, but it turns out that it also depends on our mindset. A study published in Psychological Science finds that our perception on intelligence affects how our brain reacts to mistakes. People who think intelligence is malleable are better at learning from their mistakes compared to people who think intelligence is fixed! It holds true that “whether you think you can or think you can’t—you’re right,” a quote by Henry Ford.

The study showed that people who think they can learn from their mistakes successfully bounced back after an error. Their brains reacted positively to mistakes by sending a signal that says “I should pay more attention next time to avoid making the same error.” On the other hand, people with a different perception responded negatively by feeling stupid or mentally inadequate.

Here’s the thing: we avoid trying new things for the fear of being wrong. Infallible as we are, mistakes are often the most effective way in which we learn and improve, so why avoid them? Being open to mistakes is being open to improvement.

To Keep The Body In Good Health Is A Duty

To keep the body in good health is a duty
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“To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.” – Buddha

The lotus flower may be one of the most mentioned and praised flower in ancient and religious literature. It has been a symbol of beauty and purity in cultures and religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. Its significance does not lie solely on its beauty but also on its ability to thrive in muddy water and bloom unstained by its surroundings. Buddha considered it as the full embodiment of the essence of detachment and purity.

Lotus or Nelumbo Nucifera is an aquatic perennial plant commonly cultivated in water gardens. The seeds or roots of lotus are planted deep in the soil of the pond or river bottom. It normally grows up to 150 cm in height and spreads up to 3 meters. The leaves float on top and may be as large as 60 cm in diameter, while the flowers which are usually found on thick stems can be up to 20 cm in diameter.

The lotus flower displays its elegance above mud and muck that are sometimes even foul. It starts its journey under mud and makes it way towards the surface. It comes out from below as a stem with few small leaves and closed flower pod. In time, it opens its large beautiful petals where not even a speck of mud is present.

To quote Sai Baba: “You must be a lotus unfolding its petals when the sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it.”

Life is Full of Choices

Life Is Full Of Choices
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Life is full of choices… and I choose happiness!

Although partially influenced by “nature” and “nurture,” 40% of our happiness is within our control, says positive psychology, thus proving that happiness truly is a state of mind! Even the mere act of trying to be happy could reap you benefits by alleviating your mood and well-being.

Author of “You Can Choose to Be Happy,” Dr. Tom G. Stevens stated that happy people make an effort to be happy by making happiness among their top goals in life. They take advantage of opportunities to learn how to be happy by reprogramming their beliefs and values and learning good self-management skills, good interpersonal skills, and good career-related skills. He also added that choosing the kind of environment and the people we spend time with could increase our probability of happiness. “The persons who become the happiest and grow the most are those who also make truth and their own personal growth primary values.”

How we view the world also contributes to our happiness. Dr Daniel Friedland said that happy people have learned to approach difficult situations with questions like, “What may I learn from this?” Unpleasant situations are inevitable but they choose to control and focus their thoughts on what should really matter most to achieve the outcome they want. They avoid pessimism by seeking out the positive side of a problem or dire circumstance.

As the wise Dalai Lama has been quoted as saying, “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”