Happiness is the ultimate goal of our lives. It gives comfort to the body and brings peace to the mind. But happiness is not found outside the body or mind, it resides within. Recognise the happiness lying deep inside you and feel it. Do not search for it in worldly possessions. Do good deeds. Wealth and fame cannot bring lifelong happiness. Happiness is a state of mind. Happiness also gives you the desire to live. But remember, happiness depends upon wisdom. Before doing anything, ask yourself whether this act will give you happiness. You have to be happy before you can spread happiness.
Inner serenity, contentment and happiness remove fear of ageing, illness and death, leading to better health and longevity. There is clear evidence of the mind influencing the body. Happiness and positive thinking release helpful chemical substances which strengthen the immune system and ward off diseases and help in anti-ageing.
If the conscious mind produces negative thoughts or depression, misery and confusion, they will be imprinted on the subconscious mind. If the conscious mind draws a picture of happiness, peace and harmony, the subconscious mind takes it as the truth and follows it blindly. The subconscious mind conveys the effect to various vital organs of your body to create that picture of peace, harmony and happiness. Happiness helps to improve health. If both partners are happy, then both have good health. Recent research shows that one happy partner enhances the other’s health due to happiness.
I observe in my surgical practice that when a person who has to undergo surgery is trained beforehand in deep abdominal breathing exercises along with meditation, his or her oxygen saturation of the blood increases by two to three per cent. This may seem small but is very helpful, both during and after surgery in the recovery period in relation to complications and healing. Such people require less painkillers in the post
operative period. Dr Alice Domar, psychologist at Harvard University, has observed that patients who did two minutes of deep breathing and meditation in the operation theatre before going in for surgery had lower blood pressure, bled less during surgery and it took less time. Meditation helps to prepare patients for surgery and may improve the outcome and lead to speedy and uneventful recovery. It relaxes the mind and body, reduces anxiety, brings peace and strengthens the immune system, thereby inducing an improved immune response from the body for healing after surgery. Start practising meditation daily a few days before surgery.
Nathan Schmulewitz from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA, studied the effect of “Healing Touch” therapy. He reported in Science Daily that a light touch of the face, neck and head along with a mild sedative relaxes patients and prepares them well for surgical procedures. The healing touch harmonises the energies in the person’s body and mind. It has been proved by many studies that those who do regular meditation have 40 per cent to 50 per cent lower brain response to pain than others who never did meditation. I have observed that while doing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, if the patient feels nauseated, just rub the tip of the nose with a finger and request the patient to feel the touch and concentrate on it. It stops nausea or retching.
I am 60 years old and my face and neck have started sprouting small flat spots. What are these and how can I deal with the problem?
First, it is advisable to get yourself checked with a dermatologist to rule out any serious condition. Prima facie is what you are suffering from sun spots, common in the elderly, and occurs due to exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Try the following tips: Use vitamin E directly taken from a capsule. Simply break it open and use the contents, and apply on the spots. This will lighten the spots gradually.
You can also use OTC creams which contain Tretinoin, Azelaic acid among other such special ingredients specially made for treating spots and stains on skin.
If you wish, you can opt for cryotherapy which uses liquid nitrogen to remove the spots. But this could leave some redness and bruising.
The easiest option is, of course, to use a concealer and foundation to camouflage the spots. Ask your beautician to teach you the correct technique for this.
I have a pretty face which is marred by a broad nose! Please help. I am an 18-year-old college girl.
Stop obsessing over this small aberration. Surely no one really will notice the width of your nose when the rest of your face is pretty.
Anyway, the only permanent solution is to resort to plastic surgery where in a procedure called rhinoplasty, the nose is reshaped according to the client’s wishes. This is a very common cosmetic surgery but hard on the purse!.
You can try clever make-up tricks to make your nose look slimmer. Shade the sides of the nose in a darker shade of make-up but keep the centre lighter. This will give you the illusion of a slim slender nose. With a little practice you can use this method every day when you fix your face to start your day.
You can also massage the sides of your nose, using a little pressure with coconut or olive oil. It could make a little difference if done daily and diligently.
I have a dusky complexion. Please tell me which kind of lipstick and make- up will suit me? I am a 19- year- old from Kolkota.
Dusky complexions look fabulous with the right makeup routines. First, wash your face to remove oiliness; you can exfoliate too with a good scrub.
Find a foundation which is closest to your skin colour. Never ever buy one which is lighter..it will make your face look grey and ghostly!! You can even mix two shades to get the perfect match.
For an oily skin, use a water-based foundation; for dry complexions, a cream based one is perfect.
Highlight your eyes with mascara and eye-liner...this looks great on darker faces.
For lipsticks opt for dark shades like burgundy, berry, plum, mauve..or just use a natural shade.
For bronzers choose coral, rose and deep orange shades. To add a touch of glamour for night time outings, use a little golden shimmer on your eyelids.
Is there any permanent way of removing the slight sagging of my chin and cheeks? I am a 55-year-old woman, good-looking and well-maintained, except for this small issue. Please advise.
If you want a permanent solution, you will have to consult a cosmetic surgeon...but even then, the procedure will need to be repeated after a passage of time.
There are some facial exercises which a good beautician will be able to teach you...these will tighten the sagging skin to a certain extent. Massage your face with creams containing retinol and other such collagen- enhancing products.
You can go in for face lifting with injections of fillers. Hyaluronic acid filler is injected into the corners of the mouth to give it a gentle lift. These can be used also on the cheeks and chin. But do always go to a reliable, experienced and qualified skin specialist.
I have fat thighs and cannot wear jeans and shorts like other girls my age! Please tell me how to get rid of my thunder thighs...i am not otherwise fat.
The easiest way to lose fat on the thighs is by losing weight... although you claim that you are not fat, even lessening your weight by a few kilos will make your legs slimmer. Try it... with the right diet and exercise, it will not be difficult.
Go for walks, use a treadmill with an incline, skip or jog. Lunges and squats are perfect for toning hips and upper legs. Join a gym and do cardio under the instructions of a trainer.
Liposuction is of course the last resort for removing fat but this is not recommended for you at your age.
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