Self Improvement


Paradoxically, envy can be educational, inspiring or instructive.

Coupled with awareness, envy can make the person observe and reflect on their emotions and understand what core message is being conveyed.

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To make envy an inspiring, gratifying and instructive experience, we can document three things on a notepad whenever we feel the emotion: Trigger, Action and Insight.

  • Trigger: This is a crucial first step, where we note down what triggered the envy. It can be a facebook post about a new yacht an old friend bought, or a rejection, or maybe somebody’s accomplishment. We need to note down and label the emotions we experience.
  • Action: We need to decouple the person from the quality or attribute that made us envious. This can make the feeling of envy less personal. We can then ask ourselves what can we do in our lives to have that quality too?
  • Insight: We can then ask ourselves: “Would I switch places with the person I am envious of?” and mentally find out if the answer is yes or no. We sometimes value a single attribute of a person, not their entire existence.

Envy is defined as resenting an advantage enjoyed by others, craving something that you don’t have but someone else does. It is a kind of admiration, an unspoken compliment.

Envy is often targeted at our peers, people in similar positions having more than we do, or enjoying life better than us. Example: A college classmate having a motorbike that you cannot afford, but would love to have.


“Of things, some are in our power, and others are not.”

Legend has it that Rome was founded by the twin brothers, Romulus and Remus, the sons of the god Mars.

The twins wanted to start a new city but couldn't agree on where to build it. This caused a fight where Romulus killed Remus. Romulus then named the new city 'Roma' after himself.

At the start of the 5th century, the Roman Empire started to crumble. Barbarian tribes from northern Europe often attacked Rome. In AD410, the Visigoths tribe stormed into Rome, killed people and destroyed many buildings in their wake.

Romulus Augustus was the last Roman Emperor. He lost power in AD476 and was replaced by Odovacar, a prince from Germany.

The ancient city of Rome

About 2,000 years ago, the city of Rome was central to the empire that stretched from Scotland to Syria.

Rome ruled over 45 million people across Europe, North Africa and Asia.

  • The first king of Rome was Romulus, and the last was Tarquin the Proud in 509BC.
  • Rome then became a republic, and a group of men called senators shared power.
  • The army grew more powerful, and the senators could not always control the army. By 49BC, Julius Caesar, a great general, ruled Rome like a king again, but some senators didn't like it and killed him in 44BC.
  • A few years later, Caesar's adopted son Octavius took power and became the first Emperor of Rome.

The Romans believed in many gods and goddesses, such as the god of thunder, love, war, and wisdom. Romans always collected more gods from the people they conquered, like the goddess Isis from Egypt. Some emperors were declared gods too.

Christians refused to worship the emperor as a god and were arrested and put to death. Later on, the Romans became Christians. Under Emperor Constantine, Christianity became the official religion in the 4th century AD.

The fight or flight response

The fight or flight response is a powerful survival reaction. Once we perceive danger, adrenalin increases our heart rate and move our attention toward fighting off or fleeing from the threat.

We may become so focused on that goal that we may not process any extra details and may have no clear memory of how we got away from or fought off the danger.

  • People who are more "approach motivated", such as extroverts and risk-takers, tend to perceive the reward in situations. They tend to approach a threat with a "fight" response.
  • People who are "avoidant motivated" tend to see the risks/negatives in situations and are inclined to flee a threat.
  • A third possible response is a freeze response and is often an extension of a surprise response. All energy is devoted to deciding whether the scene is a threat, a joke, or a harmless incident.

A freeze response is thought to happen when neither fight nor flight is available to you. When a tiger has the better of you, you feel so overwhelmed or trapped that there is no option to flee or fight.

In a real freeze response, our primitive brain takes over and immobilise us. Many people who "freeze," say they have almost no memory of the trauma. It is speculated that intense emotions prevent you from encoding information about the trauma you're facing.

The Evolution of TV Dinners from 1960s - 2020
  • 1960- The number of households with television sets rose to 87% and frozen dinner companies set out advertisements that depicted elegant and modern women
  • 1970- More platter choices were created and found a new niche of audience - the dieters - for the built in portion control
  • 1980- Microwavable trays were invented. This made meal preparation easier than ever
  • 2020- Frozen dinners were regaining the popularity it once had. Americans are spending nearly 50% more than the previous year.
The Evolution of TV Dinners from 1920-1950s
  • 1925 - A freezing machine has been invented. This revolutionized the storage and preparation of food
  • 1945 - Frozen dinners were first sold to airlines by Maxson Food Systems
  • 1953- Gerry Thomas contemplated on the leftovers after Thanksgiving. He came upon partitioning leftover frozen Turkey with holiday stables in aluminum trays that were to be heated up in the oven
  • 1955- The Swanson company sold over 10 million trays because more white women entered the workforce and competitors rose.
Laughter As A Medicine

According to a variety of studies published in established journals right from the 70s, laughing is extremely good for body health. Even ten minutes of a good laugh is enough for an anaesthetic effect on our bodies and also for pain-free sleep.

Laughter is associated with stronger immunity, reduced depression systems and reduced pain for people having diseases like cancer.

  1. It relaxed muscles.
  2. Enhances blood circulation.
  3. Releases endorphins in the brain.
  4. Gives the lungs a good exercise.
  5. Toxins are exhaled.

Medicine is more than just science and the human body can work wonders using its own positivity and the will to be healthy.

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