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Collecting Smiles, Inspiring Happiness
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New! Wishing, Wanting, Hoping #travel: “Travel is the healthiest addiction” I admit to being a little envious of my friend who will be attending a conference at Four Points by Sheraton in Jaipur. Rajasthan has been in my travel wish list for months now. Somehow, every time we plan a trip, something happens and we have to shelve it. Take last October, for instance. We were all set to go, and had made an itinerary. In the last minute, we had to cancel, as we had to be at home for police verification of my son’s passport renewal. Actually, my first ever chance to visit Jaipur was when I was in my twenties—and my colleagues at work were planning a trip. I had to miss it because of some family events during that time. Years later, I made a business trip to Delhi and two from our group were planning to visit Jaipur after the seminar ended. I had to rush back home as my son’s term exams were around the corner. Then there was another opportunity last year, when my friend suggested I hop over when the Jaipur Lit Festival was on. That didn’t work out either. And to let me know how annoyed she was […] The post Wishing, Wanting, Hoping #travel appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #IncredibleIndia #travel #art

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New! Is Meditation Good for Your Kids?: Yes! Right off the bat, the answer is yes. Parents make every effort to teach their children good hygiene and healthy habits; for example, brushing teeth twice a day, eating vegetables, drinking lots of water, sleeping early, and wearing sunscreen. We also teach children how play nice, and to have good manners, but usually with the subtle connotation that it is the right thing to do for the sake of the other, and not for themselves. If we are so eager to teach the young how to live well and behave properly, why do we never seem to place any importance on their spiritual and psychological well-being? We have all been there. Being a child can be confusing and scary, and often, children are not particularly good at expressing just how confused and afraid they are. Childhood is supposed to be a happy time, and keeping our emotions locked up (which children are certainly capable of doing) is an unhealthy habit that most of us carry into adulthood. The sooner your child learns to center him/herself, the more balanced they will become as they grow. Meditation is not just a means to relax. It’s a lifestyle that teaches us crucial […] The post Is Meditation Good for Your Kids? appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #MindfulLiving #healthykids #mindfulness

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New! 4 Tips to Stress Less When You Travel On Business: I love travel. In fact, my job as a sales manager involved a lot of business travel. While many of my colleagues cribbed about having to make intercity client visits at short notice, I looked forward to it. In fact, I always had a bag packed and ready to go. The truth is, traveling alone can be quite stressful, and business travel can add extra layers of stress that build up over time. For one thing, a business trip involves being in a new environment; then, you also deal with the stress of presentations, deadlines, and even how to court clients into collaborating with your company. In short, it is not just about you or your relaxation, but getting the job done, often at the expense of your health! I did find ways to deal with business travel stress, though. Four strategies that help me tremendously are: Stick to the Same Schedules This one’s a gem. It’s really easy to deviate from a plan during the business trip. Being disorganized leads to chaos and then, before you know it, you are spiraling down the stress abyss. There’s an easy fix. Stick to the same routine you normally have on a […] The post 4 Tips to Stress Less When You Travel On Business appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #travel #businesstravel #gettingorganized

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New! Can one month of joy change your entire life? #thejoyplan @kaiaroman: If you found that question a little difficult to answer spontaneously, Kaia Roman’ book “The Joy Plan: How I Took 30 Days to Stop Worrying, Quit Complaining, and Find Ridiculous Happiness” is here to steer you towards a resounding “YES” Yes, we are talking about long-term happiness here. The Joy Plan chronicles the author’s deliberate plan to cultivate joy in thirty days—a plan she grabbed onto like a life raft when she faced a devastating failure and didn’t know how to move forward. It’s different from other books about happiness. Rather than aim at enjoying life more, she focused on turning her life around—fast! So while The Joy Plan is her story, it isn’t just about her. A few years ago, when the author’s business crashed and her self-esteem took a nosedive, it seemed like the last straw. Of course there are worse things in life than the failure of a business, yet, but it seemed to highlight her inability to do anything right. As depression enveloped her, her friend suggested that if she focused on making joy her top priority for a month, it would transform her life. For want of a better idea, and considering she had no job, and […] The post Can one month of joy change your entire life? #thejoyplan @kaiaroman appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #BookReview #Bookreview #giveaway

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A Nudge #lifehacksforhappiness

Here’s a nudge: if you could create a perfect life for yourself, what would it look like? Think about it.

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Prepare #lifehacksforhappiness

Get that outfit ready the night before to avoid stressing over what to wear in the morning. How much time can you save like this? Can you get 5 more minutes sleep? How about that second cup of coffee with your loved one?

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New! 14 cherished gifts from 14 years of blogging: Fourteen years ago, 8 July marked the birth of this blog. Today, I am ecstatic about still being here. Oh yes, “consistency” has always been my middle name…among others. As any blogger will attest, blogging is pure joy. Lots to learn, enjoy, and experience. Thing is, I haven’t always written anniversary posts. Somehow, this year felt like a big milestone. So, as I pondered exactly what to focus on for this anniversary post, I brainstormed inside my head. I also asked my folks, a couple of friends, and…never mind! I tried to zero in on: 14 things I’ve learned from 14 years of blogging…and found that too meh. Of course I learn on a continuous basis, but what could I list that others haven’t? 14 things I’ve not learned from blogging. Too much thinking to do and will not be ready in time. Not that the post you are about to read is going to be…just saying! 14 things I love about blogging. Now, 14 is too small a number. But I am making a note in my ideas book for a post someday. . . . and so on and so forth I even considered writing about a specific […] The post 14 cherished gifts from 14 years of blogging appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #Reflections #bloganniversary #blogger

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Friends #lifehacksforhappiness

Today, spend some time with friends. Have coffee or lunch together or take a long walk. How do you feel after sharing thoughts and laughter with others?

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Self talk #lifehacksforhappiness

If there’s an area in your life where your self-talk is not supporting your well-being, replace that thought with a message of self-love. Let that thought be your affirmation for today.

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Accept #lifehacksforhappiness

Today, accept all people and circumstances in your life, exactly as they are. Take responsibility for your life without blaming yourself, or anyone, knowing that everything is as it should be.
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