The Bible says in the book of Genesis that God created the rainbow as a sign to Noah that he would never destroy the world in such a way until the very end. But even if you don’t believe is such things, rainbows are pretty amazing. For example, did you know that rainbows can only be viewed at a 40 to 42 degree angle? It takes just the right conditions for a rainbow to appear. Here is some further reading if you’re interested. So next time you see one, stop. Take a moment and enjoy it. That is exactly the kind of thing that makes life amazing, so don’t miss it.
This might be a long shot, but if you’re ever having a dull moment during your conversation, try looking for something little to talk about. You’d be surprised how good you look for your date when he or she sees that you can appreciate the little things that make where you are special. For an added bonus, mention something small about the other person that you appreciate. As long as it’s clear that you really like that little thing, and it’s not rude, it could make a real impression.
Or it could totally weird them out.
Either way, you managed to fill a few more minutes of your date. Good job!
You ever wonder who invented your favorite foods? Think about it. Who was the guy that thought it would be a good idea to take a cow, grind up it’s meat into a little patty, cook it, put it between two strangely shaped things of bread with a bunch of random plants and call it a hamburger? Or let’s make it even more simple. Who was the person that decided to take rocks and grind them up into little bits called salt and sugar? Why did they even put those rocks in their mouths in the first place? How about cheese? “I have a good idea, let’s take mold and see if we can make it taste good.” Seriously. And imagine how many people died trying to figure out what was edible and what wasn’t.
So next time you’re enjoying a nice meal, take a minute to thank the thousands of culinary explorers throughout the ages that brought you your meal.
You’d be surprised just how much damage worrying can do to your body. I won’t go through everything here, but suffice to say that regular worrying and elevated anxiety levels can literally take years off of your lifespan. Here is a great article about the subject from Active.com, as well as some extra reading if you’re interested in how else worrying can affect you.
Also, Bobby McFerrin. 🙂
… then you are part of a very exclusive social elite among the world’s population.
You have internet access.
Studies show that roughly 30 percent of the world’s population have access to the world wide web, and even fewer have such access regularly. An even smaller portion of that pie piece have what is called open access to the web, free of any governmental censorship.
So take a moment to appreciate this incredible tool you have.
Then you can go back to watching cute cat videos…
We’ve all had moments in our lives that really sucked. Those times when everything seems to be coming to an end and all that you dreamed of seems lost. During those times it’s almost impossible to find the good in life. And yet, those are the times that change us the most.
I know it’s not fun, but stick with me for a second, and think about one of those times. What was it that was lost? What was the one thing that you wanted so badly, but were losing? It could have been a boyfriend or girlfriend, a job, a thing, or even a close family member.
I remember my first crush. All I wanted was to talk to her, to get to know her, to have someone like her that would care about me. Well of course time goes on, and things didn’t go the way I wanted. I was heartbroken. But after some time my heart healed, and I moved on. Today I have a stunningly beautiful girlfriend who cares more about me then I even understand, and that first crush is actually still a friend of mine, one that feel totally comfortable talking to. I look back now and see just how silly I was, and how much I’ve learned about myself and what I wanted in a life partner since then. I’ve come to realize that if I would have gotten everything I wanted at the time, I wouldn’t have liked it much now, and in fact, I got everything I really wanted, only better. I’m with a girl who is everything that I knew I wanted that my crush didn’t really have. And I now I have another really cool friend too. It’s a win win.
No I know that this isn’t the usual case for relationships, and that with other things in life it’s just not the same. Losing a close family member is probably that hardest of all. But even in these things, there is a light of hope in the fact that life goes on. The problem comes when we fail to move past those loses.
So don’t revel in the past. Take heart in the fact that losing old things makes room for new ones. What doesn’t kill you can make you stronger, if you let it.
“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindboggingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
So says the fictional Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Though this is a silly and overly simplistic examination of the universe beyond our atmosphere, the basic point still rings true. You would not believe just how incredibly big Space is. Now, consider just how perfectly Earth has been set within that huge expanse.
Consider the following: Each one of those stars is another sun. The sun is HUGE, and yet it is so far away that it takes several minutes for light to travel from the sun to Earth. That is really really big. So what do I mean when I talk about the placement of the Earth? Well, let’s look at the seasons.
The change in season is relative to the distance of your particular portion of the planet to the sun. During the warm seasons, your continent is only a few degrees closer in latitude, and yet it has dramatic effects on the area. Similarly, Earth’s orbit is slightly closer to the sun at one point then at the others. If the planet were moved only a few miles closer or farther from the sun, serious changes would be felt.
To this day, no comparable planet has been discovered that fits within the narrow parameters to support human life. Now that’s not to say it isn’t possible. There are a LOT of stars out there. But scientists haven’t even found a planet currently capable of supporting water in it’s liquid state. Everything else is either too hot or too cold.
So next time you look up at the stars, remember just how incredible it is to be right where you are in all of that.