The Meaning of Happiness Changes Over Your Lifetime

Staying happy and enjoying life appear to be the key to staying healthy in old age. Love and affection from partner, children, grand children are necessary in old age. This is a very good post for every one to read, especially for the young who do not take care of the old, but put them in old age homes.

Center for Advanced Hindsight

Swinging Happiness for BlogThe following is a scientific and personal article written by CAH member Troy Campbell about happiness.

One lovely afternoon, I began chatting to my grandpa. I was completely unaware he was about to say something that would change my view of happiness forever.

In the middle of our conversation, I felt a lull so I pulled out the classic question. “If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be?” I couldn’t wait to talk about my long list of dead presidents, dead Beatles, dead scientists, and a really cute living movie star. But I was also really eager to hear what he’d say.

Then he simply answered, “My wife.”

I immediately assured him it’s not necessary for him to answer like that. We all knew he loves his wife, whom he eats dinner with every night and was currently over in the other room…

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Who is Jesus Christ in your life ?

Who is Jesus Christ to you?

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full “(John 10:10)

Why is Jesus Christ important to you? Jesus is the only way for us to live an abundant life here on earth, or receive eternal life in fellowship with God. Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin:

“There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

How has Jesus influenced your life? Are you ready to accept Jesus as saviour ?

How are you at receiving criticism?

It is human nature to get angry, make criticism for silly matters. We never like to receive criticism, but we are always ready to make criticism. I prefer that others treat me well, but many times I am unable to do that with others.  Some people can successfully lead a happy life without receiving a single piece of constructive criticism or brutal honesty. Some people become brutally honest as a defense mechanism to deflect criticism of their own deficiencies or shortcomings.

Below are a few Bible quotes about criticism.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. (Proverbs 15:1-2)
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:29-32)

How are you at receiving criticism? Do you prefer that others treat you with kid gloves, or go for brutal honesty? Daily Prompt

You are welcome to share your answer in comment.

Beautiful Church, Aruvithura – Photo

One of the oldest churches in Kerala, it is believed that St. George’s Church at Aruvithura in Kottayam, was accustomed by St. Thomas in the first century A.D. I have taken photos during my visit to this church.

Front View - Aruvithura Church

Front View – Aruvithura Church

Side View - Aruvithura Church

Side View – Aruvithura Church

St. George - Aruvithura Church

St. George – Aruvithura Church

Holy Mary - Aruvithura Church

Holy Mary – Aruvithura Church

Altar - Aruvithura Church

Altar – Aruvithura Church

Altar - St. George - Aruvithura Church

Altar – St. George – Aruvithura Church

Aruvithura Church

Aruvithura Church

Architectural wonder – circular shape Cathedral – Tiruvalla – Photo

I have taken a few photos of the beautiful St. John’s Cathedral, Tiruvalla, Kerala State, India. Its surprising circular shape seems to tell us that our life reaches a full circle the moment we step into it. This massive structure is a typical example of architectural wonder.

 

St. John's Metropolitan Cathedral - Tiruvalla

St. John’s Metropolitan Cathedral – Tiruvalla

 

Entrance - St. John's Metropolitan Cathedral - Tiruvalla

Entrance – St. John’s Metropolitan Cathedral – Tiruvalla

 

Side View - St. John's Metropolitan Cathedral - Tiruvalla

Side View – St. John’s Metropolitan Cathedral – Tiruvalla

 

Altar - St. John's Metropolitan Cathedral - Tiruvalla

Altar – St. John’s Metropolitan Cathedral – Tiruvalla

 

Bell Tower - St. John's Metropolitan Cathedral - Tiruvalla

Bell Tower – St. John’s Metropolitan Cathedral – Tiruvalla

 

Grotto Mother Mary - St. John's Metropolitan Cathedral - Tiruvalla

Grotto Mother Mary – St. John’s Metropolitan Cathedral – Tiruvalla

World renowned pilgrim centre – Athirampuzha Church – Photo

The St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church at Athirampuzha is one of the oldest in Kerala, was constructed around 835 AD. I have captured photos of this world renowned pilgrim centre.

Two routes from Kottayam,  M.C. Road  Ettumanoor route and Medical College route.  Circuitous Paths

 

Athirampuzha Old Church

Old Church – View from Forane Church

St. Mary's Forane Church - Athirampuzha

St. Mary’s Forane Church – Athirampuzha – side view

Athirampuzha Church

Athirampuzha Church – Back view

Athirampuzha Church - Altar

Athirampuzha Church – Altar

Athirampuzha Church - Altar

Athirampuzha Church – Altar

Athirampuzha Church - Chuttu vilakku

Athirampuzha Church – Chuttu vilakku (row of lamps)

People pour oil in the row of lamps (specially on friday) and pray here.

Click below links for more photos/videos of Athirampuzha Church – world renowned pilgrim centre.

St. Mary’s Forane Church                         Photo Rosary And Litany Garden

Photo – St. Sebastian’s feast                     Dazzling display of fireworks

Chenda Melam                                            Shinkari Melam – Kerala Women

School Girls Band Set                                 St. Sebastian’s Feast

Beautiful Piyata Tableau                           St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.24

St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.25-Part I     St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.25-Part II

For more information about this church visit the official website.

Weekly Photo Challenge: ENDURANCE

piyata

This is not a statue, but two boys were sitting in this Tableau in a jeep van for more than 2 hrs during Church procession on the street.

school band set

These young girls played well without tiring during church procession for more than 2 hrs.

Do you like to participate in Weekly Photo Challenge – ENDURANCE

Click below links for more photos/videos of Athirampuzha Church – world renowned pilgrim centre.

St. Mary’s Forane Church                Photo Rosary And Litany Garden

Photo – St. Sebastian’s feast            Dazzling display of fireworks

Chenda Melam                                   Shinkari Melam – Kerala Women

School Girls Band Set                        St. Sebastian’s Feast Beautiful

Piyata Tableau                                   St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.24 St.

Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.25-Part I   St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.25-Part II