The efforts and courage of a few strong women has brought about a ban on the ages old gender-biased practice of triple-talaq in India which allowed Muslim men to instantly and unilaterally divorce their wives by just repeating the word ‘talaq’ three times. The ruling was made after five women petitioned the court. Read the full BBC story HERE
Is Luck for Real? Or is it only ‘Hard Work’ that matters?
Ankesh Kothari of Zen Strategies has these two stories to add a lucky spin to your day.
1. The Lucky Dog Statue
Derren Brown the famous illusionist conducted an experiment once. He partnered with Dawn Porter – a journalist to go to Todmorden in Yorkshire, UK – for this experiment.
There was a small nondescript dog statue in a park in Todmorden. Brown enlisted the help of Dawn Porter to spread rumours that the dog statue was lucky. Todmorden is a gossipy town with just about 15,000 residents. So when Porter started asking a lot of people if they’ve heard about the lucky dog, news started spreading a bit.
And then, the local radio station picked the story and soon everyone in the town had a story about how they had found luck after patting the lucky dog statue. Everything from people finding their dream jobs, to getting new business opportunities, to getting well from a disease.
After 3 months of this, Derren Brown held a town hall meeting in Todmorden and revealed how the story of the lucky dog had started.
Did an ordinary dog statue make people feel luckier just because they believed in it?
Derren Brown had followed a few people who had patted the dog statue. And so, on closer inspection, he finds something extraordinary.
People who had patted the lucky dog statue started taking more risks. Started pushing themselves. Started putting in more effort and sticking with tasks longer. They started paying more attention to random cues from the environment. And that’s how they became luckier.
(The dog statue has indeed been lucky for the town because now it’s become a tourist attraction and brings more tourists in every year!)
2. A Simple Newspaper Experiment
Richard Wiseman is the head of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in UK. He once conducts an experiment. He runs an ad in newspapers looking out for people who feel they are exceptionally lucky or exceptionally unlucky. 400 people answer that ad.
To all these people, Wiseman gives a task: to count the number of photos there are in a particular newspaper.
But here is the twist: on the 3rd page of the newspaper, Wiseman had put up a huge text ad next to a photo. The ad said: “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.”
People who claimed they were lucky would usually spot this ad. Unlucky people would miss it.
- Lucky totems are important. Believing in luck is important. Because being open to luck changes your psyche. You become more open to the cues of the environment. You take more chances and risks.
- The funny thing is luck works like ‘the placebo effect’. It works even when you know about it.
- One email per week.
- With one or two stories.
- And an action summary.
- That will help you live a happy meaningful life.
A team of researchers led by Professor Hagan Bayley, Professor of Chemical Biology in Oxford’s Department of Chemistry recently devised a way to 3D print living human tissues in self-contained cells at extremely high resolution using the above featured printer. The method developed by the team is superior to older 3D tissue printing technologies as it prevents cells from moving about once printed out.
Advanced 3D tissue printing technology could be of immense help in regenerative medicine enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage to repair or replace diseased and damaged areas of the body. This technology can also help reproduce human tissue models that could take away the need for clinical animal testing.
Earlier technologies for 3D printing of living cells and organs can be viewed in this video.
You do not necessarily need to rush to an eco-friendly store and buy a lot of ‘eco-friendly’ products in order to start living a more eco-friendly life. Sometimes simplification can be the easy way to natural living. Living a healthier life on a healthy planet is possible right now with these simple daily initiatives that each of us can adopt without much ado.
- Always carry a large foldable bag or a smart looking big bag when you go shopping. Not only will you save money in buying new bags at last minute, you will also do nature a favour by reducing the demand and usage of plastic which indirectly helps a LOT in reducing overall plastic manufacturing. Say no to the cashier when he or she offers you a plastic bag. You will certainly look much smarter without those ugly plastic bags in both your hands.
- Is your shopping list full of processed foods that are packed in boxes, bottles, cartons, cans and plastic covers? If you are interested in a quick meal and used to buying ready packaged foods, you will find that in the same or lesser amount of cash you can enjoy delicious fruits and salad vegetables that can simply be washed and eaten without much cooking or spicing. Not everyone is lucky to have a garden or allotment space to grow your own foods as often as you can. Why not try to buy more fresh and healthy raw foods from your local grocers and give your body as well as the planet a health boost? Ditch your processed foods section in your supermarket and head to the fresh food store instead.
- Go easy on your makeup and personal care products. The natural look is not only much more attractive, it is also a life-saver for our eco-system simply because all these chemical based products we use on our body and skin can damage our environment and not just our health. We can reduce the risks of various cancers and allergies while enjoying the fresh feeling of beautiful and healthy skin, no matter what our colour. Allow your inner radiance to shine through.
- Get your news online and the lesser and more positive, the better. Huge amounts of trees are cut to manufacture papers even to this day. We still find people reading papers while commuting and at home when all they are filling their mind with is news about violence, accidents and murders that are of no personal relevance most of the time. The only people benefitting from these papers are advertisers who draw attention to purchase whatever we do not really require. The more negativity we read, the more we attract because what goes into our head also projects out as our reality. Instead, try being more choosy and get your news only as and when really needed online, and go easy on your ad exposure.
- Keep separate bins for separate types of trash for recycling and composting. Many families have just one large bin at home for all kinds of trash that cannot be recycled even though their local government allows recycling and waste segregation. You can have a much cleaner environment both at home and outside and save the planet which you live on, simply by using differently coloured and labelled bins for different types of trash. Your home will look and feel better as a result too. If your local authorities have not introduced recycling you can form a group and encourage people to create a movement and motivate the relevant authorities through people power.
In the spirit of religious harmony and inter-faith understanding, prominent Mormon leader Elder D. Todd Christofferson was presented the 2017 Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize at the at the MIT World Peace University at Pune, India
According to this report Michael Nobel, a great-grandnephew of the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize, joined the World Peace Prize Committee and the president of World Peace University at Pune as they conferred the award. Earlier recipients have included Mata Amritanandmayi, Sri Sri Ravishankar and Mahayogi Mumtaz Ali Khan.
The Mormon community comprises members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They believe that God has not stopped giving us messages after the New Testament of the Bible. The Book of Mormon was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of revelation and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. Mormons also believe in living prophets who continue to receive revelations by God. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, experienced personal visions and dreams himself that he believed to be communications from God. In in 1823 he claimed to be visited by an angel named Moroni who revealed the location of a buried book hidden in a hill at Manchester near his home and therefore published the Book of Mormon.
More about the Mormon philosophy at https://www.lds.org/