Here’s your weekly dose of “5-Bullet Tuesday”, list of things I’m enjoying or pondering.
What I’m reading —
It’s pretty evident that your brain can impact your body language. For example, if you’re irritated, chances are that you would frown or yell.
But did you know, the other way round is true too – your body language can instantly change your brain? Haven’t you seen movies (especially Bollywood ones) where after an immoral act or sin, the protagonist takes a long shower? Well, that makes them significantly less guilty instantly.
Well, I’m sure you are not too much into sins, so here are a few other ideas for you:
If you’re dieting: Eat with your non-dominant hand. It prevents mindless eating.
Want to boost your willpower: Tense up. Next time, you need to avoid that cigarette or sweet, make a fist, and contract your bicep, press your thumb and finger together, or simply grip a pen in your hand.
Increase your confidence: Power pose. Place your feet flat on the floor, push your shoulders back and chest forward, and hold out your hands in front of you. Works especially well for public speakers. (In the picture, you see Allen Pease, the Body language expert in a power pose.)
This book called “Rip it up” by Richard Wiseman is all about the simple idea that changes everything.
What I’m watching —
Leave the politics aside and watch Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020 by Prime Minister Modi. He answers children’s questions with simplicity and warmth. Some of the takeaways for me were having a Tech Free room at home, use a hack that works for you to bust your stress in the examination hall. This is what cricketers and table tennis players also use before starting the game. Basically, do something familiar which gets you comfortable when you get the exam paper. It could be something as simple as spinning your pencil around.
For the parent’s his message is: Pursue, do not pressure your children.
Purchase I’m enjoying—
Hey Siri, switch on the light.
Hey Siri, switch on Christmas lights.
Hey Siri, switch off the lights.
Well, this week, I took a small step toward a smart home. I bought this Philips Smart Wi-Fi Bulb which I’m completely loving. I don’t have to get out of bed to switch the light on or off. The entire color panel is available for you. There are settings for Romance, Party, Christmas, and on goes the list.
It comes with a 10 year warrantee Works with Android, Alexa and Apple. Go for it. It’s INR 799 and worth every paisa.
What I’ve learnt —
Sohana, my seven year old daughter recently won her first ever prize at a Speech contest. She was second runner’s up and this win was really special for her as it was her first taste of success. There are four elements to a great speech – Head: something that gets the audience thinking, Heart: something which connects with the audience emotionally, Hand: A call to action for the audience, Humor: something that makes the audience smile. Here’s Sohana’s speech, which I believe has all these four elements. No wonder then that she won.
Quote I’m pondering —
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson
This implies that each one of us has what it takes to be extraordinary. All we need to do is try a little harder.
Well, that’s all for this Tuesday, see you next week… and since it’s time to hit the bed, Hey Siri… switch on the night light! 🙂
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