There is a yearning for beauty in each of us. Our eyes seek it wherever we go. We find ourselves attracted to beautiful things: cars, houses, clothes, furniture, dishes, etc. Yet surrounding ourselves with attractive objects is not enough, for what we truly want in our hearts is to be beautiful ourselves.
Exercise has many impressive benefits such as a younger-looking stronger body, improved memory, higher IQ, increased balance and agility, healthier self-esteem, stronger bones, reduced risk of cancer and heart disease, etc. Indeed, physical activity has many well-known positive effects, but did you know that exercise can actually make you feel happier?
There are multitudes of useful, life-enriching books to read, but what about fiction? Some people frown on reading for entertainment, as though reading Call of The Wild or Fahrenheit 451 would be a less valuable pastime than reading a more scientific book. I have to argue that reading fiction is no less important than reading nonfiction.
From an early age we are encouraged to be as modest as possible by teachers, parents, and Disney movies, and told never, under any circumstances to be selfish. The fact that this type of education is dangerously unbalanced is often ignored, and modesty is continuously touted as a wonderful quality and a sign of noble character, but what is modesty really?
There are many antidepressant drugs out on the market these days. Many of them have a slew of undesirable side effects. Some common side effects of antidepressants include nausea, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, dizziness, weight gain, tremors, sweating, sleepiness or fatigue, dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation, and headaches (helpguide.org).