Meet Pragya Prasun who built NGO for acid attack survivors like herself

Pragya Prasun Singh became an acid attack victim in 2006, just after marriage, while she was traveling on a train. But she refused to be victimized by the tragic incident. Pragya built an NGO that facilitates free-of-cost surgeries and provides avenues to help acid attack and burn survivors to earn a living.

You can read Pragya’s story in this article.

Pragya’s NGO called “Atijeevan Foundation” trains these acid attack victims to make handicraft products and provides them with skill and vocational training. It turns the victims into survivors and places them in the industry as per their capability.The NGO facilitates free-of-cost surgeries and provides avenues to help acid attack and burn survivors to earn a living.Pragya is a social worker with a heart of gold and the mother of two lovely girls.She organizes free surgery and non-surgical therapies for acid attack and burns patients through her NGO, Atijeevan Foundation. Pragya has supported critical surgeries for over 250 acid attack survivors.

Read more: https://www.storyofsouls.com/pragya-prasun-acid-attack-survivor/

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This Acid Attack Survivor Helped Rehabilitate Over 250 Acid And Burn Victims

Note: I also write for Story of Souls, which is the original source of this article. It is a website where you will find real life stories of people who have refused to remain victims of their circumstances just like Pragya Prasun.

Visit Story of Souls here: https://www.storyofsouls.com/

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How to use your smartphone to start a morning routine for a great day

Is your phone a source of sleeplessness or can you become a morning person with it? Learn to use your smartphone to start a morning routine for a great day.

Is there anything more dismal than waking up to the sound of your alarm clock? You’re not alone if you despise waking up. Many people have become reformed late-morning sleepers, and many more still struggle to get out of bed on time .Is your smartphone capable of assisting you in becoming a morning person?

Here’s how you can use your smartphone to start a morning routine for a great day.

Get to Bed on Time: It’s true—the greatest way to set yourself up for success the next morning is to get a head start the night before. An early start just means you have more time to shine.It seeks to wake you up during your lightest sleep in the morning by monitoring your sleep cycles throughout the night.

Activate Your Body: Morning exercise can be as simple as a stretching routine or as strenuous as a regular jog around the block. But you gotta do it, as activating your body early in the morning will not just keep your healthy but also competent to complete your daily task list.

Nourish Thyself: A good breakfast every morning is essential for providing you with the energy you need to perform at your best. Make your breakfast the night before to save time the next morning.

Begin a Daily Journaling Practice: Committing to writing a daily journal entry, either on paper or using one of the many journaling templates available online, is one of the most effective ways to grow yourself as a person.

An early-morning ritual is the ideal time to review your daily affirmations, go over your to-do list, or simply express thanks for everything great in your life. Start a morning routine in this way for a great day during which you will do your best.

Read more: https://timesapplaud.com/smartphone/

Source of article: https://towardsabettterlife.wordpress.com/2022/01/15/use-your-smartphone-for-morning-routine-for-a-great-day/

 

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Power of a book – Towards A Better Life

The power of a book lies in its ability to make you think beyond the surface and elevate you from ‘great to greater.’ The right book can open your mind to new ideas and motive you to live a better life.

A book is a medium to change lives for the better through the transmission of knowledge, wisdom, or ideas. This is the written word’s power, but many people underestimate the power of a book.

Unfortunately, I must inform you that one of the secrets of self-development is that whatever solution to a problem you seek is in a book somewhere that you have been unwilling to locate and read!A book, particularly a nonfiction book, exists to extract a single, contained collection of wisdom or ideas from the author’s head and share them with readers.

Simply described, a book is a medium for the transmission of knowledge, wisdom, or ideas.
It’s all in a book, which can fit in the palm of your hand or in your electronic library.

The power of a book enables it to open your mind to new ideas, motivate you to create something new, or cause you to become a winner in some aspect of your life, just like the author.

You can collaborate with an author to alter your life by using their keys to success through a book. The key is to understand the deep meaning behind the words in a book.

Read more: https://timesapplaud.com/power-of-a-book/

Source: Power of a book – Towards A Better Life

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What key life skills should kids learn in school?

Students learn a lot in high school like solving complex equations. But, there a lot of key life skills that kids should be taught in school to help them live happier lives.

High schools teach you how to properly study classic novels and understand the fundamentals of biology, among other things. While disciplines like mathematics and physics are vital, many kids would benefit from a high school curriculum that is more practical. While some of these abilities are best taught by parents, others can be included into classroom curricula.

Here are some life skills that kids should be taught in school to help you live a better and happier life

Time Management: Teachers and parents can assist high school students in developing strong time management skills. This includes educating children on the importance of prioritizing activities and making difficult decisions about what is most essential. It’s not a big problem if kids forget about a homework assignment or require an extra day to do one.

Simple Household Chores: How many high school students are required to change a light bulb? A chore as easy as changing a light bulb may not seem like a huge deal, but high school students should have the opportunity to do it. They should also acquire other skills, such as how to hang a picture, switch off the power, and unclog a drain.

How to Take Care of Yourself: To minimise burnout, teachers and parents can urge kids to listen to their bodies. High school is an excellent age to begin educating pupils about self-care. Many folks could benefit from learning good stress management techniques.

The Fundamentals of Saving and Investing: Saving for retirement or even a rainy day isn’t at the top of most teenagers’ priority lists, but it should be. Some high schools provide lessons in which students engage in a virtual stock market, but the investing should go beyond that. Teach teenagers about mutual funds, 401ks, and the importance of having some money set aside for emergencies.

Read more: https://timesapplaud.com/life-skills/

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Why you should launch your startup in 2022 – Towards A Better Life

Is launching a startup in 2022 your New Year resolution, but you are hesitant? This article contains several reasons for you to start your own business next year. You may desire to establish your own business for a variety of reasons, such as capitalising on an opportunity or meeting a need in your community.

Towards A Better Life is committed to motivating entrepreneurs and providing you with the resources and know-how you need to succeed. And so we’ve created a list of reasons why you should start your own business below.

Here’s why you should launch your startup in 2022.

Make More Money: There’s no denying the fact that money is important. Unless you work on commission, your full-time income is most certainly limited. When you establish your own business, you have complete control over how much money you make. As a business owner, there is no pay ceiling. You can always make more money and grow your company.

Discover Your Purpose: Have you ever felt like you don’t have a purpose at work? Starting a business can provide wonderful meaning and purpose to your life—this is not the same as becoming a workaholic. When you discover your mission and create a business around it, you are no longer working; instead, you are fulfilling a dream. Meaning is created when freedom, pride, enthusiasm, and commitment come together to form a sense of purpose, motivation, and overwhelming worth. We can all agree that living a meaningful life is a good conclusion. And it doesn’t have to be confined to a daydream.

Control Your Schedule: When you start your own business, you may be as flexible as you want with your schedule. It’s up to you whether you want to sleep in, stay up late, work half days, or take off every Friday. The early stages of your firm will be hectic, but as you grow and learn to delegate, you’ll find yourself with more free time. You may like to immerse yourself in your work and pour your heart and soul into it; this is also possible.You have complete control over your schedule.

I pray to the One Almighty God to bless all my readers and followers with Peace, Health (no more Covid-19 or Omicron), Wealth and all the other good things of life in 2022 and beyond.

Read more: https://timesapplaud.com/startup/

If after reading this post you would want to How to Start a Business in 2022. Watch this video

Source: Why you should launch your startup in 2022 – Towards A Better Life

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How to become highly confident with 14 tips

An organisation is never more confident than its leader, emphasising the necessity of leaders demonstrating unwavering confidence in themselves, their vision, strategy, and people. You will find 14 tips in this article that can help you become a highly confident person.

Leading with confidence entails subtleties such as avoiding the reverse (leading from a place of fear) and knowing how to deal with criticism.

It also entails understanding not only what features to project but also which actions to avoid.

Having seen a multitude of leaders over a 30-plus-year career, from über-confident to the point of arrogance down to timid and unsure, I’ve developed an eye for what constitutes highly (but not unjustifiably) confident leaders and the behavioral traps they avoid.

Here are 3 of the 14 behaviors that can make you a highly confident person:

  1. They are not looking for attention or praise. In fact, very confident people seek for opportunities to praise the accomplishments of others.
  1. They refuse to make excuses. Excuses are an attempt to dodge accountability and blame.
    Confident people embrace accountability and don’t worry about being blamed.
    They own their mistakes and command respect accordingly.
  2. They aren’t defensive. In fact, confident people are open-minded about their mistakes and what they could have done better, thus avoiding the need to redirect anything to anyone.

Read more: https://www.inc.com/scott-mautz/highly-confident-people-avoid-these-14-behaviors.html

Here are 7 Habits of Highly Self Confident People

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What to do if you are a packrat

In one of my posts earlier I had talked about using comments on your post to create a new one. Well, I am just doing just that in this article.

In response to my latest article How to stop your house looking like a trash bin, one of my blogging community members Time Traveler of Life had written : “What are you to do, if you are a packrat? We try to keep it up, but occasionally it gets away from us. We are always working on getting rid of stuff at yard sales.”

Well here’s the answer to my friend’s question: “What are you to do, if you are a packrat?”:

Google says a packrat is a person who collects or hoards especially unneeded items. Downsizing is a wise decision whether your children have finally moved out, you’ve decided you don’t need as much space as you have, or you simply want to save money.
It might significantly reduce your rent or mortgage payments as well as your electricity expenditures.

Even if you don’t want to downsize, getting rid of “things” you no longer need can help reduce clutter and potentially earn you some extra money.

Furthermore, because yard sale season is in full force throughout the summer, it is a perfect time to sell used stuff.

Downsizing, on the other hand, can be intimidating if you’re a pack rat.
We frequently collect enough stuff to fill the places where we dwell, just like a gold fish expands to meet the size of its bowl.

Some of these items, such as sentimental gifts, may be tough to let go of.
Feeling as if you “wasted money” if you get rid of something you scarcely used, or believing an item may be beneficial eventually, can add to the stress.

Here are some simple actions to follow to get rid of unwanted items:

“When was the last time I used this?” and “When am I going to use it again?”
Toss anything you haven’t used in the last year and can’t see yourself using it again.

Maintain a “get rid of” bin. Make it easy to say goodbye to belongings by designating a bin for getting rid of things.

This way, when you come across something you no longer require, you won’t think to yourself, “I need to remember I have that when I host my next yard sale,” and you won’t forget the item.”

Read more: https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2013/06/25/how-to-stop-being-a-pack-rat-and-save-money-in-the-process

Source: What to do if you are a packrat – Towards A Better Life

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How to stop your house looking like a trash bin

Clutter and mess are an unavoidable part of life, no matter how hard you try to prevent them.
And, while there are ways to cope with it – or even include it into your interior design aesthetic, as is trending on Instagram right now — there comes a point when it all becomes too much.

Living with possessions you don’t need or want is probably influencing you in ways you aren’t even aware of.
A research from the University of California, for example, discovered that women who lived in dirty homes had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Clutter can also interfere with attention — Princeton University researchers revealed that when a person’s visual cortex is overburdened by objects unrelated to a certain job, it becomes difficult to focus.
Clutter has also been connected to sleep disorders and dietary problems.

Keeping your space as organised and clutter-free as feasible is thus a vital element of taking care of oneself. The ultimate goal is to have a strong routine in place to keep things neat all of the time, but even with that, establishing a quiet, tidy atmosphere frequently necessitates regular decluttering as well. All this has become more necessary now, if you had started working from home after the Covid-19 pandemic and want to continue doing it.

Reorganizing your house halfway through the year, or even near the end, will refresh the place where you live. It will also help you maintain things neat in the long run.
I am a lazy bone myself. And I have to thank my wife honestly for doing all the work around our home and even outside of it. That includes daily chores like buying the grocery and even calling a plumber or electrician whenever if the house needs one. So the best tip I found in the article in the link given below is to

Re-organise your space to make keeping tidy easier

Often mess accumulates when you’re looking for something and you have to displace other things in the process. It’s therefore crucial that you’re putting things away in the right order. This applies to storage in every room but it’s particularly useful in bedrooms and kitchens, as you’re probably reaching for different things in these rooms every day.

“Anything you use occasionally – less than once a month – should live high up,” Vicky says, whether this is in a top cupboard or on top of a wardrobe. “Never block something in a cupboard that you want to use daily,” she adds.

Another tip Vicky recommends is storing your most-used items in a way that allows you to see them at all times. “If you can see it, you’ll use it,” she says. “The opposite applies to things you don’t use regularly – distraction can weigh us down so keep them out of your eye-line.”

For more tips on how to stop your house looking like a trash bin:

Read more: https://www.stylist.co.uk/home/how-to-declutter-mid-year-organisation/545205

 

Source: How to stop your house looking like a trash bin – Towards A Better Life

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How to be your money’s boss

Money is King and so many people are interested in investing. But, it’s hard to decide when you should start with investing. Here’s a guide help you manage your money.

The activity of managing your own money is known as personal finance. It is about how much you spend, save, borrow, and invest.

The way you manage your money is influenced by a variety of factors. Your personal finance plan is influenced by your age, education, ambition, family, and country of residency.

Personal finance is divided into stages.

It’s important to understand where you are right now because each step necessitates a different strategy.

Personal finance comprises four stages.

Phase One: Go from naught to something

This is when you are living paycheck to paycheck with no savings. I wouldn’t worry about anything else than having a financial buffer at this point. Simply save as much as you can. When you’re in this stage, it’s okay to be frugal. Your future self will thank you for it. However, you’re only getting started.

Phase 2: Gain traction in the second phase.

After you’ve saved at least one month’s worth of costs, aim for six months. You can relax more and spend more money on yourself during this time. However, never save less than 30% of your income during this phase. It’s critical to get to a comfortable cushion as soon as possible.

Step 3: Enjoy peace of mind in this phase

So you’ve saved enough money for at least six months’ worth of expenses. Put it in a savings account and don’t touch it for a while. Everything you save from now on will be invested.

Remember that you don’t need to consider about investing your money until you’ve covered your expenses for the next six months. Begin by dipping your toes into certain investments. When your net monthly financial growth is positive, you’re on your way to more financial freedom.

Phase 4: Gain financial freedom finally

You have enough cash and investments to support your living expenses at this point. If you start from nothing and work your way up, you can make great strides. When people are at ease, they tend to accept the status quo.

It’s not an awful spot. You have enough money to buy modest items or take vacations.

However, you must continue to work. There is nothing you need to do in phase 4. However, if you’re in Phases 1-3, your priority is to lay the groundwork for your personal finance foundation.

The way I look at it, you want to start with managing your money. You want to make sure you’re the boss of your money, not the other way around.

It’s never too late to start with investing! Don’t get lured in by certain opportunities. Remember, there have always been big winners in the market. And they will come again.

So take your time. Read the full personal finance guide here:

Personal Finance Guide: Manage Your Money Like A Boss

Source: How to be your money’s boss – Towards A Better Life

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Actively choose Joy to master the art of Positivity 

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Being optimistic is a skill. True positivity artists master their obstacles and make life appear pleasant, upbeat, and even wonderful. However, positivity is a game that anybody can play.

The entire world serves as a canvas for the art of positivity, and you must master it in order to live happily.

A dash of goodwill and another of self-esteem. Add to that a big dose of thanks to the One Almighty God.

You just make one serving – food for you and you alone, when you cook up Positivity. Savor it and you having a dish that can make you really happy. You must actively choose joy and remaining grateful to the Lord even in times of difficulties.

Positivity’s first component is “a pinch of compassion.”Without a sprinkle of kindness, it is impossible to have a truly happy view.

Your restaurant service may appear nasty, slow, or unskilled, but a pinch of politeness will keep a positive person positive.Kindness may drive you to wonder whether or not the server has eaten yet.

You may be wondering if she’s having a horrible day. She may continue to be unpleasant, slow, or inept at her job, but a pinch of kindness changes YOU, not her. There is no room for negativity when there is no room for judgement or nasty ideas. Positivity is still present.

And, if you’re lucky, your optimistic attitude in the face of adversity might just persuade that server to alter its mind after all.

The third component is “a dash of self-love.” If self-love is not included in the Positivity mix, outer circumstances will always get the best of you and negativity will emerge. “A dollop of fun” should be included.

The third component is fun, because positivity cannot take root if you are not having fun. Positivity artists understand this; practically everything is enjoyable to them. Life is not something to be tolerated; it is something to be savoured. Sometimes all we have to do is look for it.

Joy is found on the inside, not on the outer. Negative situations can force us to do one of three things: shut down, be caught up in the negativity, or seek refuge within ourselves.

Only those who are well-versed in positive will choose to go within, thus positivity is an art that can save lives — yours first and possibly that of others later.

Tomorrow may bring you heartache, but it will not take away your delight. The next element is “a drop of acceptance,” which cannot be substituted. Surprisingly, it complements the “dollop of delight,” resulting in an unrivaled combination.

In principle, living a joyful and enjoyable life is excellent, but it’s easier said than done unless acceptance also plays a role.

You must understand that you cannot control the storms that may come your way if you want to live with zest, joy, and true happiness. But how you feel about your challenges can turn the game in your favor.

You should be able to thank the One Almighty God for the good and the bad things. When you thank Him for the good things, it shows that you are grateful towards the Lord. But, remaining grateful on your bad days will show you are patient even in times of difficulties.

Read more: https://liberomagazine.com/mentalhealth/recipe-for-positivity/

Source: Master the art of Positivity; Actively choose Joy – Towards A Better Life

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