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( 988 ) 10 Important Mantras for Aging Gracefully

10 Important Mantras for Aging Gracefully

Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60 or 70 or 80 years of age, believing a diminishing importance is given to them and their opinions. But, it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them.

Here are ten mantras to help you age gracefully, to make life after retirement more pleasant, to enjoy and treasure the elder years of wisdom and intelligence.

  1. Never say ‘I am too old’


There are three ages, chronological, biological, and psychological.The first is calculated based on our date of birth; the second is determined by health conditions, and the third is how old you feel you are. While we don’t have control over the first, we can take care of our health with good diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and optimistic way of thinking can reverse the third age.

  1. Health is wealth


If you really love your kids and kin, taking care of yourself and your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them. Have an annual health check-up and take the prescribed medicines regularly. Take out health care insurance coverage.

  1. Money is important 


Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning family respect and security. Don’t spend beyond your means, even for your children. You have lived for them throughout, and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse. If your children are grateful they should take care of you. But never take that for granted.

  1. Relaxation and recreation 


The most relaxing and refreshing forces are a healthy and religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter. Have faith in your religion, learn to sleep well, love good music, and see the fun side of life.

  1. Time is precious


It’s almost like holding a horse’s reins. When they are in your hands, you can control them. Imagine that every day you are born again. Yesterday is a paid check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. “Today is ready cash; use it profitably. Live this moment”.

  1. Change is the only permanent thing 


We should accept change; it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of change is to join the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.

  1. Enlightened selfishness 


We are all basically self-interested. Whatever we do, we naturally expect something in return. We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and happiness we derive by doing good for others, without expecting anything in return but the warm glow we get, which in the end, is what we really want.

  1. Forgive, then Forget


Don’t be bothered too much by others’ mistakes. It is certainly hard in the heat of the moment to turn the other cheek. But, for the sake of our own health and happiness, let us forgive and forget as soon as we can. Otherwise, we will only be increasing our BP.

  1. Everything has a reason; a purpose 


Take life as it comes. Accept yourself as you are, and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and right in their own way.

  1. Overcome the fear of death 


We all know that one day we have to leave this world. Still, we are afraid of death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But the truth is that no one is able to to die for you; though they may painfully mourn for some time. Time heals everything and they will carry on. Remember, no one leaves this world alive.

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( 831 ) જીવનનમાં સુખ અને સ્વાસ્થ્યનું શું છે રહસ્ય ? .. એક પ્રેરક વિડીયો…..

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 13: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the Cinema for Peace Gala ceremony at the Konzerthaus Am Gendarmenmarkt during day five of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Cinema for Peace)

જીવનનમાં સુખ અને સ્વાસ્થ્ય શાને આભારી છે ?

માણસના જીવનનું મુખ્ય ધ્યેય શારીરિક અને માનસિક સુખની પ્રાપ્તિ કરવાનું હોય છે અને એ માટે એ એની જિંદગીના દરેક તબક્કામાં મથતો જ રહે છે.

આ સુખની પ્રાપ્તિ કઈ રીતે કરી શકાય ? જિંદગીમાં સુખ મેળવવું હોય તો એ માટે પાયાની જરૂરીઆત શું છે ? એ માટે તમારા સમય અને શક્તિનો કેવી રીતે મહત્તમ ઉપયોગ કરી એનાં પરિણામો મેળવી શકાય ? સુખ પ્રાપ્તિના પાયામાં સંબંધો કેટલો ભાગ ભજવે છે ?

આવા બધા અનેક અટપટા સવાલોનો જવાબ મેળવવા માટે Harvard Study of Adult Development એ ૧૯૩૮ માં શરુ કરેલ ૭૫ વર્ષ સુધી ચાલેલા અનેક ઈન્ટરવ્યુંના બારીક અભ્યાસ પછી એક અગત્યનું તારણ એ કાઢ્યું છે કે મનુષ્યના સુખ અને સ્વાસ્થ્ય માટે સ્ત્રી પુરુષ વચ્ચેના અન્યોન્ય સંબંધો મુખ્ય ભાગ ભજવે છે.

1. નજદીકી સંબંધો

2. સંબંધોની સંખ્યા નહી પણ એની ગુણવત્તા

3. સ્થિર અને સહકારમય આદર્શ લગ્ન સંબંધો .

Harvard Study of Adult Development ના ડીરેક્ટર Robert Waldinger કે જેઓ એક મનોચિતીક્ષક હોવા ઉપરાંત એક ઝેન પ્રીસ્ટ પણ છે એમણે આ વિષયમાં એમની TED TALK માં સુંદર રીતે આ વિષે સમજાવ્યું છે .

એમના આ પ્રવચનનો નીચેનો વિડીયો ખુબ જ પ્રેરક અને મનનીય છે .

What makes a good life? – Robert Waldinger – 2015 -talk given at a TEDx event

આ વિષયમાં નીચેનો અંગ્રેજી લેખ પણ વાંચો .

A Harvard psychiatrist says 3 things are the secret to real happiness 

( 588 ) હસવા માટે સમય કાઢો,કેમ કે હાસ્ય એ આત્માનું સંગીત છે.

 Father of the Nation laughing with a laughing child

Father of the Nation laughing with a laughing child

If a busy man like Gandhiji can laugh heartily and share lighter moments, why not we ? Take Time to Laugh.

Take time to laugh –હસવા માટે સમય કાઢો.

નેટ ચર્યા કરતાં(વિક્રમ રાજા નગર ચર્યા કરતા એમ જ સ્તો !)એક પ્રેરક અંગ્રેજી કાવ્ય રચના વાંચવામાં આવી .એ ગમી જતાં એને આજની પોસ્ટમાં પ્રસ્તુત કરેલ છે .તમોને પણ ગમે એવી છે.

કેટલાક લોકો કહેતા હોય છે કે હું બહુ કામમાં છું, મને બિલકુલ સમય મળતો નથી વિગેરે .આવી ફરિયાદો છતાં એવી કેટલીક બાબતો છે જે માટે કોઇપણ રીતે સમય કાઢીને નીચેના અંગ્રેજી કાવ્યમાં કહ્યું છે એટલી બાબતો માટે જો સમય ફાળવશો તો એ તમારા જીવનને વધુ સમૃદ્ધ બનાવશે.

અંગ્રેજી ના જાણતા વાચકો માટે એનો ગુજરાતીમાં અનુવાદ કરીને અંગ્રેજી કાવ્ય નીચે મુક્યો છે.

 Take time to laugh 

Take time to laugh;it is the music of the soul.

Take time to think;it is the source of power. 

Take time to read;it is the foundation of wisdom. 

Take time to play;it is the secret of staying young. 

Take time to be quiet;it is the opportunity to seek God. 

Take time to be aware;it is the opportunity to help others. 

Take time to love and be loved;it is God’s greatest gift. 

Take time to be friendly;it is the road to happiness. 

Take time to dream;it is what the future is made of. 

Take time to pray;it is the greatest power on earth.”

(Source– Mother Teresa Prayer CardClick this link to read)

 અનુવાદ ……. 

હસવા માટે સમય કાઢો,

કેમ કે હાસ્ય એ આત્માનું સંગીત છે. 

વિચારવા માટે સમય કાઢો,

કેમકે વિચાર એ શક્તિનો સ્ત્રોત છે.


વાંચવા માટે સમય કાઢો,

કેમ કે વાચન એ વિદ્વતાનો પાયો છે.


રમવા માટે માટે સમય કાઢો,

કેમ કે રમત ગમત એ યુવાન રહેવાની ચાવી છે.


મૌન પાળવા માટે સમય કાઢો,

કેમ કે મૌન એ ભગવાન પ્રાપ્તિ માટેની તક છે.


સમજણ કેળવવા માટે સમય કાઢો,

કેમ કે સમજણથી જ બીજાને મદદ કરી શકાય છે..


લોકોને પ્રેમ આપવા અને પ્રેમ લેવા માટે સમય કાઢો,

કેમકે પ્રેમ એ જ પ્રભુની એક મોટી ભેટ છે.


મૈત્રીભાવ કેળવવા માટે સમય કાઢો,

કેમ કે મિત્રતા એ સુખી થવા માટેનો રાજમાર્ગ છે.


સ્વપ્નશીલ બનવાનો સમય કાઢો,

કેમકે સ્વપ્નોથી જ ભવિષ્ય બનાવી શકાય છે. 


અને છેલ્લે,

પ્રભુ પ્રાર્થના માટે તો સમય કાઢો જ કાઢો,

કેમકે, પ્રભુ એ જ આ જગત ઉપરની એક મહાસત્તા છે.

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( 586 ) Lessons for Seniors, from a 97 year old Japanese doctor


મુંબાઈ નિવાસી મારા મિત્ર શ્રી યોગેશભાઈ કાણકિયાએ એમના ઈ-મેલમાં બે પ્રેરક અંગ્રેજી લેખ Lessons for Seniors, from a 97 year old Japanese doctor અને 8 Things Happy People Do But Rarely Talk About મોકલ્યા એ ગમી જતાં એમના આભાર સાથે આજની પોસ્ટમાં પ્રસ્તુત છે.તેઓ ખુબ અભ્યાસી જીવ છે અને એમને ગમેલી વાંચવી અને વિચારવી ગમે એવી સાહિત્ય સામગ્રી મને મોકલતા રહે છે. 

શ્રી યોગેશભાઈ વિનોદ વિહાર ના માધ્યમથી એક નજીકના મિત્ર થઇ ગયા છે.ગત વરસે એમણે મારી પસંદગીના ભજનો,ક્લાસિકલ ગીત અને સંગીતની ૯૦ કલાક ચાલે એવું ભરપુર મનોરંજનની ત્રણ સી.ડી. પોસ્ટથી મારા માટે પ્રેમથી મોકલી આપી હતી જેના માટે હું એમનો ખુબ આભારી છું. 

દરેક મહિનાની શરૂઆતમાં તેઓ સુંદર તસવીરોમાં મનન કરવા જેવાં મોતી-સુવાક્યો ની PPS મોકલે છે જે ખુબ જ પ્રેરક હોય છે.

મને આશા છે આજની પોસ્ટમાં પ્રસ્તુત શ્રી યોગેશભાઈ એ મોકલેલ પ્રેરક અને ઉપયોગી અંગ્રેજી -સાહિત્ય સામગ્રી ગમશે. 

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Lessons for Seniors, from a 97 year old Japanese doctor ! Interesting…… 

Doctor-99 yrs

   97 year old Doctor Hinohara Shigeaki

At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators.

Hinohara’s magic touch is legendary:

Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke’s College of Nursing.

After World War II, he envisioned a world-class hospital and college springing from the ruins of Tokyo ,thanks to his pioneering spirit and business savvy, the doctor turned these institutions into the nation’s top medical facility and nursing school. 

Today he serves as chairman of the board of trustees at both organizations. Always willing to try new things, he has published around 150 books since his 75th birthday, including one “Living Long, Living Good” that has sold more than 1.2 million copies. 

As the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life,a quest in which no role model is better than the doctor himself. 

A 97 year old Doctor Shigeaki Hinohara has this to say ….. 

Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot. We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too.

It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime. 

All people who live long regardless of nationality, race or gender share one thing in common: 

None are overweight… 

For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy. 

Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. 

Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean  meat..

Always plan ahead. My schedule book is already full until 2014, with lectures and my usual hospital work. 

In 2016 I’ll have some fun, though: I plan to attend the Tokyo Olympics! 

There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65. 

The current retirement age was set at 65 half a century ago, when the average life-expectancy in Japan was 68 years and only 125 Japanese were over 100 years old. Today, Japanese women live to be around 86 and men 80, and we have 36,000 centenarians in our country. In 20 years we will have about 50,000 people over the age of 100. 

Share what you know.I give 150 lectures a year, some for 100 elementary-school children, others for 4,500 business people. I usually speak for 60 to 90 minutes, standing, to stay strong. 

When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure.suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure.

Contrary to popular belief,doctors can’t cure everyone. So why cause unnecessary pain with surgery I think music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors imagine. 

To stay healthy, always take the stairs and carry your own stuff. I take two stairs at a time, to get my muscles moving. 

My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem “Abt Vogler. “

My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.

Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it. If a child has a toothache, and you start playing a game together, he or she immediately forgets the pain. 

Hospitals must cater to the basic need of patients: We all want to have fun. At St. Luke’s we have music and animal therapies, and art classes.

Don’t be crazy about amassing material things. Remember: You don’t know when your number is up,and you can’t take it with you to the next place.

Hospitals must be designed and prepared for major disasters, and they must accept every patient who appears at their doors. We designed St…. Luke’s so we can operate anywhere: in the basement, in the  corridors, in the chapel.

Most people thought I was crazy to prepare for a catastrophe, but on March 20,1995, I was unfortunately proven right when members of the Aum Shinrikyu religious cult launched a terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway. We accepted 740 victims and in two hours figured out that it was

 sarin gas that had hit them. Sadly we lost one person, but we saved 739 lives. 

Science alone can’t cure or help people. Science lumps us all together, but illness is individual. Each person is unique, and diseases are connected to their hearts. 

To know the illness and help people, we need liberal and visual arts, not just medical ones. 

Life is filled with incidents. On March 31, 1970, when I was 59 years old, I boarded the Yodogo, a flight  from Tokyo to Fukuoka. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and as Mount Fuji came into sight, the plane was hijacked by the Japanese Communist League-Red Army Faction. I spent the next four days handcuffed to my seat in 40-degree heat.As a doctor, I looked at it all as an experiment and was amazed at how the body slowed down in a crisis.

Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do. 

My father went to the United States in 1900 to study at Duke University in North Carolina. He was a pioneer and one of my heroes.

Later I found a few more life guides, and when I am stuck, I ask myself how they would deal with the  problem. 

It’s wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one’s family and to achieve one’s goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society at large. Since the age of 65,I have worked as a volunteer. I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love every minute of it.  

8 Things Happy People Do

But Rarely Talk About

Most of us like to think we are fairly happy people, but deep down we might not necessarily believe it or feel happy.

When you look around and see people you grew up with making the most out of life while you keep going to a job you don’t like, repeating the same routine day in and day out, it is easy to feel less than grateful for the life you have.

So what are the secrets of all those happy people? What are they doing to get the most out of life while the rest of us watch it pass by?  

1. They give

Focusing on money is a sure fire way to end up unhappy. In fact, in studies of happiness, researchers have found that once you have enough money to satisfy your basic needs there are only two ways money can help you. One is by improving your social standing and the other is to give it away. By using their money to help others rather than needlessly hoarding it, happy people feel like they are making a positive contribution to the world.

2. They avoid drama

Happy people also tend to mind their own business. While other people get caught up in other people’s relationships or stress out about who said what to whom, happy people choose to focus on the things they have more control over. Paying attention to your own life and letting other people live theirs is a simple way to maximize happiness.

3. They are grateful

While they may not make a point of rubbing your nose in it, happy people are grateful for the things they have. They don’t spend all their time wanting what other people possess or daydreaming about a better life. Instead, they take a few moments each day to think about all the things that they appreciate and make a point of being grateful for them.

4. They look on the bright side

When the going gets tough, the truly happy are often unshaken. Dwelling on failures and imagining the worst case scenario may be the default option for most people, but if you truly want to be happy, you need to make a point of having faith that things will turn out alright. Maintain your perspective and know that, no matter what happens, you can bounce back.

5. They value relationships

Instead of focusing on money and relentlessly pursuing career advancement by working long hours, the happiest people focus more of their time on personal relationships. At the end of your life, you won’t remember a lot of the time you spent at work. Rather, you will value family meals and time shared with friends. Putting people before money is a powerful tool in achieving happiness.

6. They cultivate many different parts of their lives

While they may place a lot of value on relationships, happy people do not define themselves by one aspect of their lives. They maintain careers they enjoy, they have hobbies, and they love learning and growing as individuals. By paying attention to many aspects of their lives, happy people don’t get overwhelmed when one element of their day-to-day life goes off the tracks. If they get dumped, they still have a rewarding career. If they get injured and can’t play their favorite sport for a while, they still have friends to hang out with. Not putting all your eggs in one basket is a key to being a happy person.

7. They don’t focus on material things

While some of us may think shopping is a great way to relieve stress and that having things will make us happier in the long run, others choose to value experiences over material goods. New clothes are great, but it is hard to get as much enjoyment out of a sweater as you get out of scuba diving the Great Barrier reef and the stories you can tell about it afterwards.

8. They follow their passion

Finally, happy people follow their passions. If they wake up and realize that they are unhappy with their job, they aren’t afraid to leave it to pursue something they really care about. It might involve taking a risk. It might lead to a huge failure. But happy people aren’t afraid to stick their neck out and chase what everyone else is afraid to. 

With Best Regards,