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Global Youth Development is understandably a vast concept. It deals with a significant section of the world’s population that is not monolithic. It stands divided not only by natural divisions but also by man-made religious, cultural and environmental differences. The overall view of life, understanding of the world, innate urges and ambitions are not the same for all of them.

While we have to bear these differences in mind, this heterogeneity is becoming weaker by the modern forces, which bring the peoples of the world together. The world is growing into a global village and the rigid compartments of nationalism, religion etc., have started giving way to the universal harmony of the humankind.

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December 2014

Editor Editor's Letter (Health Consciousness)

Many of us do not understand that being health-conscious is a primary duty for all. It is not only in our own interests but in the interest of all of those who care for us, it becomes an obligation. Even though this is a simple, obvious fact, surprisingly many people think that being health-consciou

 
Look Beyond Winning Look Beyond Winning

All of us want to win always. We cannot also sometimes avoid defeat or failure. We have, therefore, to understand the life as an admixture of chances of success and failure. And, learn to take them in our stride. Accepting both in stride is no doubt philosophically right; as only this helps us maint

 
Lunar Letter (My Message for You) Lunar Letter (My Message for You)

For many years, I have written for many reasons. I have written to make money and to try to gain fame; I have written many times for pleasure and others when I was under quite a lot of pressure. But now, in this instant when you and I are closely connected by this means through time and distance, I

 
The Full Reach of Addiction The Full Reach of Addiction

We know addiction can wreak havoc on the body and unravel the very fabric of an individual’s life, but the damage extends beyond the individual lives. The cultivation of many of the world’s most addictive substances, combined with a growing global population and demand, is damaging the environme

 
6 High-Fat Foods You Should Be Eating 6 High-Fat Foods You Should Be Eating

Whether we're trying to lose weight or just avoid gaining it, many of us think steering clear of dietary fat is the first step. Rather than cut out all fat, however, we'd be better served if we focused on what types of fat we're getting. The body needs some fat -- just not too much. Fat gives y

 
Walking Is the Superfood of Fitness Walking Is the Superfood of Fitness

Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star. For author and scientist Katy Bowman, walking is a

 
The Importance of Humor in the Toughest of Times The Importance of Humor in the Toughest of Times

Yet Alex Niles has managed to do just that as he battles stage IV gastric cancer. He joined HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd today to discuss how using his sense of humor helped him through his diagnosis as well as find the energy to create CureWare, a clothing line designed for other patients going th

 
The Cold War and the Cold Shoulder The Cold War and the Cold Shoulder

The Ukraine crisis has shattered key Western assumptions about Russia, and many analysts and policymakers have fallen back on the belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be acting irrationally. But it is Western assumptions that need to be questioned. In particular, what has made Russia so

 
3 Things That Keep You from an Abundant Life 3 Things That Keep You from an Abundant Life

I've worked with hundreds of clients who blocked their path to an abundant life without realizing it. Does this sound like you?. If you want more out of your life but can't quite seem to get there, here are three ways that you might be misusing the law of attraction and blocking yourself from abun

 
5 Ways to Live a Bolder, Happier Life 5 Ways to Live a Bolder, Happier Life

Comfort zones are, well, comfortable. They're the cozy nooks of life — predictable and easy and snug. Like a cushy hotel room, hiding out in one can prove pretty tempting. But staying stuck will keep your life stagnant and your growth stunted. Straying outside your comfort zone isn't easy, but ri

 
6 Mistakes We Make When Depressed or Having a Panic Attack 6 Mistakes We Make When Depressed or Having a Panic Attack

When I was eighteen I went through a very stressful period, which led to the onset of panic attacks. I often remember how in bed one night I was suddenly overwhelmed by a feeling of terror. I’d never experienced such fear before. Sure, I was scared of lots of things, but this new feeling was uniqu

 
6 Reasons Good Posture Can Make Your Whole Day Better 6 Reasons Good Posture Can Make Your Whole Day Better

Want to have more confidence, increased motivation, lower stress and the ability to basically rule the world? Sit up straight. Yep, just like your mother always told you. But there really are benefits to practicing good posture -- and they extend far beyond how much better you look in the mirror.

 
7 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning 7 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning

My alarm is set to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. It’s impossible to not smile when this song plays. This, combined with the other habits below, set the tone for a productive, happy and healthy day.

 
7 Things I Learned from Living in a Forest in India 7 Things I Learned from Living in a Forest in India

These days, I spend a lot of my time in a forest off a small village in the south of India. This is where I do my spiritual practice for months at a time, so I can bring that grounded and peaceful energy into the teachings I share with you.

 
9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think 9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think

“This morning, nearly five years after my husband’s passing, a beautiful couple and their three kids knocked on my front door. The man smiled and said, “Your husband was my heart donor. He saved my life. Not a single day has gone by that I don’t pray for him and think of you. Thank you!

 
10 Ways to Master Self-Control 10 Ways to Master Self-Control

From staying up too late, to checking emails obsessively, to eating too many carbs, self-control is something we all struggle with on a daily basis. Although some of us may fail to believe it, we all possess the ability to develop self-control. It is a quality that separates us from the animal king

 
24 Ways To Be Mindful All Day, Every Day 24 Ways To Be Mindful All Day, Every Day

All too often, we think that being mindful requires engaging in a special activity likemeditation or yoga. Sure, those activities in our day are awesome and really important, but there are also lots of other simple things you can do to be mindful all day long. Here are 24 of them — think of

 
How to Make Peace with Your Past and Heal Your Life How to Make Peace with Your Past and Heal Your Life

There are many things most of us try to keep hidden from ourselves and from those around us, things that caused us so much pain and suffering; things that are perceived by our minds as being dark, ugly and painful;things that we would rather forget they once happened;things we would rather keep buri

 
How to Turn Your Negative Mind into a Positive One How to Turn Your Negative Mind into a Positive One

Have you ever wondered how amazing it is that a water lily doesn't grow in a pure mountain lake but in murky, muddy and dank pond water thick with weeds, and yet its beautiful flower appears on the surface totally pristine? All life starts in the dark, either in the earth, mud, or in the womb: T

 
Life Is Like a Garden		Life Is Like a Garden

Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend … when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present—love, health

 
Open Your Heart with These 3 Yoga Poses Open Your Heart with These 3 Yoga Poses

Self-love — it’s easier said than done. Instead criticism, neglect and self-doubt are things that we tend to practice more often.Often self-love easily falls through the cracks of our daily routine. Not only do we let go of our physical maintenance — eating well and exercising — but our

 
The Art of Reflection: Feel Your Way to a Happier Life	The Art of Reflection: Feel Your Way to a Happier Life

One of the best ways I’ve found to develop wisdom is through reflection. While reflection might look like a quiet session of daydreaming, it’s actually an active process during which you enrich your life and encourage personal growth by reviewing parts of your day or your life.

 
To Make Big Gains, Avoid Tiny Losses To Make Big Gains, Avoid Tiny Losses

In many cases, improvement is not about doing more things right, but about doing less things wrong. To understand what I mean, we need to take a trip to Japan. The Curious Case of Japanese Television Sets

 
Why It Is Never Too Late to Change Your Career Why It Is Never Too Late to Change Your Career

Maybe you’ve found yourself in this situation – getting up in the morning gets harder and harder to do because you don’t love your job anymore. Even the thought of finding a new job at a different company does not really appeal to you.

 
Ebola A Stark Reminder of Link between Humans, Animals, Environment Ebola A Stark Reminder of Link between Humans, Animals, Environment

Though no one would call the Ebola pandemic a good thing, it has presented an opportunity for scientists to alert the public about the dire need to halt the spread of infectious diseases, especially in developing and densely populated areas of the world.

 
Modi Will Recover Black Money from Abroad Modi Will Recover Black Money from Abroad

When the Narendra Modi government informed the Supreme Court that it could not disclose certain details about black money because of the double taxation avoidance agreement India had with certain countries, it angered lawyer Ram Jethmalani, on whose plea the Supreme Court had constituted a Special I

 
The Effects of Negative Thoughts and Emotions on Your Body The Effects of Negative Thoughts and Emotions on Your Body

Humans experience an array of emotions, anything from happiness, to sadness to extreme joy and depression. Each one of these emotions creates a different feeling within the body. After all, our body releases different chemicals when we experience various things that make us happy and each chemi

 
10 Steps to Conquer Your Public Speaking Fear 10 Steps to Conquer Your Public Speaking Fear

Avneet Kohli shares her expert opinion on how to conquer public speaking fear. This is the often-terrifying reality of public speaking -- something many of us avoid at all costs. Here are some constructive ways to calm those nerves and prepare you for the stage that has your name!

 
Why You Should Stand on Your Head Every Day Why You Should Stand on Your Head Every Day

Of all the yoga poses, the great teachers recommend sirsasana, or headstand, as the one pose you should perform every day. Why? Inverted poses (of which the headstand is the king), allow for a change in orientation both physically and emotionally.

 
Kobani Youth Kidnapped by Islamic State Tells His Story Kobani Youth Kidnapped by Islamic State Tells His Story

During their offensive across northern Syria, Islamic State militants in June kidnapped more than 150 mostly Kurdish students from the city of Kobani. The group released most of them several months later but kept about 20.

 
UN Depicts UN Depicts 'Relentless Assault' On Civilians inside ISIL-Controlled Syria

Shocking accounts of the use of terror by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to subjugate Syrians living under its control were revealed by United Nations human rights investigators today who said the group's "calculated use of public brutality" to spread fear routinely includes public

 
UN Calls for More Investment in Youths UN Calls for More Investment in Youths

Nations could greatly improve their development prospects by investing in their young, this year’s State of the World Population report argues. Conversely, it says countries that dismiss their young as unimportant do so at their peril.

 
Wit and Wisdom Dec 2014 Wit and Wisdom Dec 2014

After giving birth to her first child, cartoonist Sage Stossel had a new source of creative inspiration -- the unceasing adventures of parenthood. In this brilliant, laugh-inducing cartoon essay, she has perfectly summed up what life is like with a new baby.

 
AwakIND Website AwakIND Website

AwakIND is India's first socio-political network for people who want to raise their voices on a common platform. It is a web-based portal that has been designed to initiate a change in the society and existing systems.

 
Pearls of Wisdom (Moving On)	Pearls of Wisdom (Moving On)

The only thing we should be doing together is moving on.
Forgiveness means letting go of a hurtful situation and moving on with your own happiness.” ~AF

 
Conquer Your World  Conquer Your World

It may be a problem upsetting your mind or blocking your career or depriving you of the normal happiness or spoiling good opportunities. Feel free to write to Kathy Munoz. Kathy would answer your questions in her monthly special column ‘Conquer Your World’.

 
Share your thoughts Dec 2014 Share your thoughts Dec 2014

Thoughts are valuable. This column is specially meant for ‘sharing your thoughts’. Very often a thought crosses our mind; and, we are cocksure that it was a wonderful thought that could be helpful to many persons, if not to the whole world.

 
November 2014 Potpourri November 2014 Potpourri

Fifty - Something? Survey Says Life Actually Begins At 52
African Lion Deserves 'Endangered Species' Protection: US
Pneumonia and Diarrhea: The Biggest Killers among Children in India

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