How A Password Changed My Life

Password Frustration

“How could she do something like this to me?” said a voice in my head. All the time. Every day.

Back in 2011, when everything had gradients, iOS icons made sense, and people used deodorants, I was stuck in middle of a pretty bad depression due to my divorce.

Thankfully, I think I was smart enough (and had great people around me) so I found ways to stay afloat. One day I walk into the office, and my day begins at my computer screen. It was all great, until I saw this message:

Your password has expired. Click ‘Change password’ to change your password.

I’m breathing heavily. I’m staring at the mouse arrow.I read this dumb message in my mind with angry grandpa voice: The password has expired. At my workplace, the Microsoft Exchange server is configured to ask thousands of employees around the planet to change their passwords. Every 30 days. Here is what’s annoying: The server forces us to use at least oneUPPERCASE character, at least one lowercase alphabetic character, at least one symbol and at least one number. Oh, and the whole thing can’t be less than 8 characters. And I can’t use any of the same passwords I’ve used in the last 3 months.

I was furious that morning. Tuesday, 9:40 a.m. -It was so hot that my torso was already sweaty even though I just got to work. I was late. I was still wearing my helmet. I think I forgot breakfast. Something tastes like cigarette in my mouth. I need to get stuff done before my 10 a.m. meeting and all I have in front of me is a huge waste of my time.
So there it was… This input field with a pulsating cursor, waiting for me to type a password that I’ll have to re-enter for the next 30 days. Many times during the day.

Then, letting all the frustration go, I remembered a tip I heard from my former boss, Rasmus. Somehow he combined to-do lists with passwords, and I thought to use an augmented variation of that.

I’m gonna use a password to change my life.

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everyBODY is Beautiful!

We are all human beings. Imperfect human beings. Beautiful human beings. Yet the modern notion of beauty puts a terrible burden on us.Instead of valuing and loving our body we hate it as shown in this short video.

We have to take care of our bodies and be healthy. Beyond this everything else is an unnecessary burden. The Body Image movement is a step in the right direction that seeks to change our cultural values.

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God And Adam

God And Adam

God said, ‘Adam, I want you to do something for me.’

Adam said, ‘Gladly, Lord, what do you want me to do?’

God said, ‘Go down into that valley.’

Adam said, ‘What’s a valley?’

God explained it to him. Then God said, ‘Cross the river.’

Adam said, ‘What’s a river?’

God explained that To him, and then said, ‘Go over to the hill…’

Adam said, ‘What is a hill?’

So, God explained to Adam what a hill was. He told Adam, ‘On the other side of the hill you will find a cave.’

Adam said, ‘What’s a cave?’

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I lost 16.5 inches!

Kelly lost 16.5 inches in 30 days of yoga! She found mental clarity, improved food choices, and many other benefits in addition. Wonderful short video on the power of yoga.

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Seven Surprising Things To Know About Laughter

Seven Laughter Insights

Knowing more about laughter can be important for our health and wellbeing. There have been accounts of people who have literally laughed themselves to good health. Scientific research into laughter is only just beginning. Here are seven surprising facts about laughter:

1. Laughter is not just human –This is a common misconception. In fact all mammals laugh. From apes to rats, most mammals have been observed laughing.

2. Most laughter is not about humor – There are two types of laughter. One is the “social laughter” and the other is the “involuntary laughter”. Most adult laughter happens in a social context and this laughter is more about communication than humor. We communicate things like “I understand”, “I know”, “I like you”, “this is difficult!” with our laughter.

3. We learn more about laughter as we age– As we grow older we get better in distinguishing between social laughter and involuntary laughter. We also get better in being able to tell the difference between fake laughter and real laughter.

4. Fake and social laughter can turn real– It is easy to “catch” laughter and what may start as a fake or social laughter can easily turn into involuntary real laughter.

5. Laughter can make you successful – Laughter is a key skill for success. When confronted with difficult situations, successful people are able to use laughter to convey, “We can get through this together”. When done right this helps diffuse tension and raise confidence of the people involved.

“There is little success where there is little laughter.” -Andrew Carnegie

6. Laughter helps relationships – Studies have found that couples that use laughter in stressful situations are the ones who are more successful in keeping the relationship going.

7. Laughter is healthy– When we laugh our stress levels plummet. Our BP goes down, and our mood improves. Our body does not care if the laughter is fake or real. The key is to get it going in the company of friends and fake laughter quickly turns real. This is the operating principle of laughter yoga.

So in summary- laughter is important for our relationships, it can be useful for our success, and it can improve our mood and health. Time to tune in the comedy shows and join a laughter yoga club?

Related: The Benefits Of Laughter Yoga

Credits: This has been written by Raj Shah and edited by Ketna Shah. This is based on a TED talk given by Sophie Scott. Watch the talk here.

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