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Sunlight, vitamin D and depression

VEN the darkest night will end and the sun will rise” (Victor Hugo). After two typhoons, who does not have a renewed appreciation of sunlight? The over-all atmosphere becomes bright, thus affecting our mood. Exposure to sunlight reportedly helps the brain produce more serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. Sunlight, as we were all taught, is a source of Vitamin D which is needed for development of bones and muscles.

THERE’S a beautiful story of a businessman who gave each of his executives a special seed. He told them to plant it, water it, and bring it to him after a year. Based on the output, the businessman would choose the next CEO. All the executives returned with plants and trees, except for a man. He said he watered the seed every day, but still, it would not grow. The businessman told him that he passed the test. The man who could not grow his seed was chosen as the next CEO. All the seeds that the businessman gave the executives really would not grow because he boiled them! There are blessings for honest people.

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Live in the now

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AN official died after retirement and a talent manager died while building a house where he intended to live once he retired. This column is not about death and retirement. It’s about living in the now. Who knows if we will still be alive this Christmas 2017, next year… or after a decade? Even the most optimistic and healthy persons can never tell.

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ALTHOUGH Facebook (FB) provides entertainment, news, and social updates, it has admittedly eaten a big chunk of our time that abstaining from it for certain periods of the day – if not week, will prove to be beneficial.

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Sweet lemons

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WHEN you missed a bus or taxi ride, did you ever tell yourself that it was probably the universe’s way of sparing you from an accident or anything tragic? Did you tell yourself that everything happens for a reason – and that as far as you’re concerned, the world is at its best?

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CHANCES are you know someone who has been taken for a ride – showered with attention, “affection”, sweet words and promises – and then devalued and discarded just like a used object. Who knows, maybe it’s your own experience – but of course, the other party knows too well how to make it appear to everyone you know that it’s your fault; that you are solely to blame for the unhappy ending.

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