5 Positive Changes You Can Make to Become a Happier Being

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5 Positive Changes you can make today to become a happier person

2020 was a difficult year in many ways. But when I look back in retrospect, I see it as a year of learning.

It was the year I learnt I could live away from the city. It was the year I learnt to adapt. It was the year I learnt to let go. But most importantly, it was the year I learnt to incorporate positive changes into my life that led me to become a happier being.

I can’t specifically say what spurred these changes. Maybe because I was in isolation for so long that it gave me an un-interrupted introspective view of my own life. Or maybe because when so much bad happens in the world that it gives you perspective on the important things, that the unnecessary burdens just melt away. OR maybe I was just tired with the monotony of my own existence – that change was inevitable. I don’t know.

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15 Last Minute Christmas Gifts For Men

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15 Awesome Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Men.

Jesus! Christmas is literally 4 days away! If you count Christmas eve, then 3 days.

How did time fly?

In any case, if you’re freaking over the fact that you haven’t bought the perfect Christmas gift for your man yet – and worst still don’t know what to get – then this list of 15 last minute Christmas gifts for men should help you find something.

Shopping for men is so hard, especially if the man in question is impossibly choosy. So, to save time, I took gift suggestions from actual men about what they’d really like at any age as a Christmas gift and drew up this list.

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Ivory Mist’s Ultimate Guide of Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

It’s December already.

While this time is usually marked by cheer and excitement – this year though, the collective sentiment of the world population is not leaning too freely towards celebratory. It’s not just the fear, but perhaps even the uncertainty.

I get it, because I feel it too.

But if there is one reason to revive the merriment within you – even for just a minute – it is to show your gratitude towards those who stood by you through these tough times. And what better way to show your appreciation than through a Christmas gift?

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Seeing the Unseen Beauty of Monsoon

The raw beauty of monsoon as seen through this black and white picture of A black and white picture of Bombay's rain soaked city skyline.
The beauty of Monsoon as seen through this cloudy skyline of Bombay city.

Come monsoon – every year while city dwellers wait in rapt impatience for the rains to dissipate the summer heat and farmers wait in fertile lands for a richer crop – I alone, wait in silent prayer for autumn’s dryness to disperse monsoon’s dampness.

Against popular opinion – I hate the rains.  I know everyone else has a different perception about the rainy season; one that is equated to the romanticized beauty of monsoon: lush greenery, stormy skies, occasional cloud bursts, precipitated mists, blowing winds etc. But the monsoon I see is a far cry from any of that.

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Monsoon Book Recommendations: 5 Books to Read During the Rains

An open book on the bed for monsoon book recommendations.Much like the ground squirrel of the American mid-west who – during the colder months – embarks on a sleep of a lifetime; come monsoon I prepare for a similar trajectory. Only instead of regulating my blood concentration and stacking up bodily glucose elsewhere as my pre-hibernation ritual, I start stacking up on my book reading recommendations.

Because honestly there is no other time in the whole year when I yearn for good books to read, like I do during the rains.

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