How to Become a Morning Person

New year new you! Welcome 2015 and I wish you a magical start to a new year!

“Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.” ~ Michael Josephson

So, how is your new 2015 goes so far?

As old saying, the early bird catches the worm. Are you a morning person?

Due to many reasons, mornings have long been a struggle for many people. It just challenge for them to get out from their bed.

Great mornings don’t just simply happen, they’re planned and nurtured. You need to create a routine that works, that keeps you inspired and not just wired, it is about to make you happier and more satisfied.

If you are not a morning type of person but want to start making the most of your morning, now is the perfect time to make a change.

This infographic pulls together research from sleep experts and productivity thought leaders to help you not only take back your morning, but add hours to your week. Learn the dos and don’ts of maximizing your morning routine.

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb

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Courtesy: Entrepreneur

My Blissful and Memorable Trip to Malaysia

Malaysia Map

I have thought for while to go visit the neighboring country Malaysia, finally got time to go there and had an amazing blissful trip.

As diverse as its culture, Malaysia have 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. The country is on the Malay Peninsula in southeast Asia, the nation also includes Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo to the east.

The first impression I had about this country is its greenness, clean street and well-organized infrastructure. Of course, the food is fantastic as well (ate a lot).

On the way from airport to Putrajuya, my friends told us that most of Malaysia is covered by forest, with a mountain range running the length of the peninsula (no wonder I saw so many trees).

Here are some more information about this beautiful and cultural country:

The ancestors of the people who now inhabit the Malaysian peninsula first migrated to the area between 2500 and 1500 B.C. Those living in the coastal regions had early contact with the Chinese and Indians; seafaring traders from India brought with them Hinduism, which was blended with the local animist beliefs. As Muslims conquered India, they spread the religion of Islam to Malaysia. In the 15th century, Islam acquired a firm hold on the region when the Hindu ruler of the powerful city-state of Malacca, Parameswara Dewa Shah, converted to Islam.

British and Dutch interest in the region grew in the 1800s, with the British East India Company’s establishment of a trading settlement on the island of Singapore. Trade soared, with Singapore’s population growing from only 5,000 in 1820 to nearly 100,000 in just 50 years. In the 1880s, Britain formally established protectorates in Malaysia. At about the same time, rubber trees were introduced from Brazil. With the mass production of automobiles, rubber became a valuable export, and laborers were brought in from India to work the rubber plantations.

Following the Japanese occupation of Malaysia during World War II, a growing nationalist movement prompted the British to establish the semiautonomous Federation of Malaya in 1948. But Communist guerrillas took to the jungles to begin a war of national liberation against the British, who declared a state of emergency to quell the insurgency, which lasted until 1960.

The independent state of Malaysia came into existence on Sept. 16, 1963, as a federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah (North Borneo), and Sarawak. In 1965, Singapore withdrew from the federation to become a separate nation. Since 1966, the 11 states of former Malaya have been known as West Malaysia, and Sabah and Sarawak as East Malaysia .. Learn more

To shorten the story, I put together a video about my trip for you to watch (see below).

It was a very good and blissful holiday, got a chance to learn and experience different culture, ate many yummy local food, visited those historical places, museum and prayed at different mosques.

If you are thinking of where to go for your vacation, I highly recommended you go Malaysia, there are lots of awesome places to visit, it is the perfect place for holiday.

My Blissful Eid al-Fitr 2014

The Eid after Ramadan is one of the most awaited events among Muslims from across the global. Eid, is a day of spreading and sharing the joy and happiness. By itself, the festival of Eid-al-Fitr is a blessing from Allah Almighty.

This year, Eid al-Fitr festival was on Monday (28th July), which marking the end of Ramadan 2014.

Trace back, Eid existed since the time of Prophet (s.a.w), it is a blessing of Allah which He bestowed upon Muslims. Hazrat Anas (RA) narrates about Eid in the following way:

“Holy Prophet came to Madinah, the people had two days in which they used to entertain and amuse themselves. He asked: “What are these two days?” They said: “We used to amuse ourselves and take pleasure in these two days during the Days of Ignorance (jahiliyyah). The Messenger of Allah said, “Allah has substituted for you something better than these two; the Eid of Adha (sacrifice) and the Eid of Fitr.” [Sunan Abi Dawood]

Same as previous years, I got up very early, after Fajr prayer, heading out right way to join with friends and attend Eid prayer.

Although Eid-al-Fitr is an occasion of joy and happiness, however, the celebrations of Eid also come with certain constraints in the form of duties and obligations – offering Eid prayer is one of them, the other obligatory act is give Sadaqah to the needy people – the alms giving has to be offered before the offering of Eid-al-Fitr prayer (you can also be offered during the month of Ramadan)

In a nutshell, you can see from above video, I had a great and awesome Eid celebration with friends. By the way, I miss Ramadan already!

Video: Get Motivated, Get Inspired Part 8

How is your life going on after watched these get motivated, get inspired videos? Is there any new things happening at wherever you are? Have you start a new project, new life, or embrace the new changes?

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

Habit matters! If you could change one or two bad habits, you will see the big changes in your life. Often time, it goes side by side with positive thinking.

By itself, positive thinking won’t lead to success, but it certainly goes a long way to motivate you to do the other things required. Focus on this habit first, and you will have a much easier time with any of the others.

And always remember you can’t reach to anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk, so close the door to your past, open the door to your future, hold your pen and make your tomorrow an inspiration story.

How To Avoid The Stress

Stress, by its definition, is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. It is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences.

In the other words, anything that poses a challenge or a threat to your well-being is a stress.

There are different kinds of stress. If it is caused by physical danger but it has not reach to the level to threaten your physical health, it is good for you because it can give you more energy and strength.

Example, when you are afraid that someone or something may physically hurt you, your body will naturally responds with a burst of energy that will let you be able to survive the dangerous situation (fight) or escape it all together (flight).

However, if your stress is in response to something emotional and then it is not good for you, such as worry over your family or job etc.

Understanding your stress level is important. Like I mentioned, if nothing in your life causes you any stress or excitement, you may become bored or may not be living up to your potential. If everything in your life, or large portions of your life cause you stress, you may experience health or mental problems, which could make your life and behavior worse.

Whatever the situation you are in, the things that matter the most are the thoughts about the situations in which you find yourselves.

Below this infographic tells you how to avoid stress and live happily.

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Infographic via Happify