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The Free Treatment for All Troubles

There is an easy-to-administer, highly effective way to inculcate several positive traits in children as they grow up. In fact, this simple treatment, if administered regularly, can help children to grow up to be smarter, healthier, happier, and more resilient. It can develop self-confidence, reduce anxiety and stress, improve risk-taking ability, improve collaborative skills, and even build better immunity. By now, I am sure you are willing to pay serious money to get this treatment. Well, you don’t need to. I am talking of a simple hug. Many hugs actually. 

Yes, hugs, especially from the parent, can have remarkably positive effects on children.

It improves their cognitive development. Studies from orphanages show that children who aren’t touched or held much grow up with impaired cognitive abilities. On the other hand, children who received regular gentle hugs or touch developed better cognitive skills. 

It helps in growth. Hugs release a hormone called oxytocin. One of the effects of oxytocin is to enhance physical growth.

Reduces anxiety and stress. Cortisol is called the stress hormone. Hugs can actually combat cortisol and this in turn reduces stress and anxiety. 

Improves immunity. The reduction in stress has an additional benefit. Stress impacts the body’s immune function negatively. This opens up the body to more infections. Reduction of stress ensures that the immune system function isn’t impaired. This is why hugs can improve immunity.

Increases resilience and happiness. The same oxytocin can help improve optimism as well as self-belief. These are two essential ingredients of resilience and happiness. So the more you hug your children, the happier and more resilient they become. 

Hugs help in raising children who feel secure and supported. Paradoxically, it is people who feel secure who are willing to take risks in life, such as trying out new ways of doing things or treading an untrodden path. Thus hugs can improve risk-taking ability and innovation. 

So what are you waiting for?? Grab your kids and hug them. Be they 1 year old or 21 years old.

Be Boundless
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Be Boundless is a philosophy. A philosophy of life that I have been unearthing for the last eight years. One could say that fate violently shoved me (kicked my backside might be a more appropriate term) in the direction of this philosophy about a decade back. That is when I was completely paralysed by an autoimmune disorder. Even though medication and an expensive clinical trial in the US made my condition better, I had to give up my corporate dreams — that of becoming the global CEO of a Fortune 500 company by the age of 45. Not a ridiculous dream, I can assure you. With my blue-chip credentials from IIT Madras and XLRI and my phenomenal career growth that saw me become the youngest telecom circle head in India at 34, I could have been well on track for that. 

The sudden shattering of all my dreams meant I had to find coping mechanisms. So as not to be overwhelmed by disappointment, despair, and dread. Disappointment at having my dreams shattered, despair at the physical challenges I face every day (I have fallen about 50 times in the last 8 years and have had about 10 fractures) and dread at the thought of impending immobility that could happen any day.

‘Being Boundless’ emerged in part as a coping mechanism. After all, every dark cloud has a silver lining. Except that in my case, the silver lining expanded prodigiously and soon swallowed up the cloud and has gone on to fill my life with the brightest light. Following are the pillars of the Be Boundless philosophy that I practise…

I am completely happy with myself. I constantly think I am awesome. And I try to do whatever that makes me happy and avoid dwelling on thoughts that make me sad, anxious, worried, stressed, or angry. In fact, I find happiness in whatever circumstance I find myself in.

I try and make others around me happy. I go out of my way to make others happy. I invest time and effort in adding value to other people’s lives. By the way, this is also the best way to keep myself happy. Happiness is one commodity that the more you give, the more you get.

I try and do my best for the larger society by focusing on how I can leverage my strengths to help the larger society.

And last but not the least, I immerse myself in whatever I do and maximise every minute of my life, without wasting my life on anger, jealousy, anxiety, regret, or fear, as much as possible. 

So, how does one build these traits? How does one develop the mindset to be like this? And what are the benefits of being like this? These are some of the aspects I hope to cover in these blogs, so that you can also truly Be Boundless.