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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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May 2015

From the Editor (Mind is the Key for Change) From the Editor (Mind is the Key for Change)

Change is the only permanent thing in the world. Every second, the world is changing. We need new things; we face new tasks; we are surrounded by new circumstances. It may be a need felt within; or it may be a pressure from outside.

 
Beware: People Change When Their Realities Change Beware: People Change When Their Realities Change

"We know her as a shy and timid girl. She won't even talk aloud. It is very difficult to associate her with anything criminal." "He was known to be very friendly and soft natured. I could not believe that he committed a murder!". In her schooldays, she was a laughingstock because of her stage fright

 
Lunar Letter (Being Happy in an Unhappy World) Lunar Letter (Being Happy in an Unhappy World)

Though we all have, a seed of happiness inside, many of us forget to nourish it and cultivate it along the way. We have been educated to believe happiness comes from having a stable economic situation, a good salary, a nice house in a particular area and so many other things. While these things ca

 
7 More Reasons To Drink Coconut Water 7 More Reasons To Drink Coconut Water

Here are eight little-known coconut water nutrition facts and how they can benefit your health:
1. Coconut water is mostly just ... water. I'm sure you already know you need to drink enough fluids so you can keep your body healthy and properly hydrated. Just like its name suggests, coconut water c

 
Why You Should Sit On the Floor While Eating	Why You Should Sit On the Floor While Eating

In many Indian households, you will find that people sit on the floor and eat their meals. While most of us have embraced the table and chair as a place to eat, there are those of us who prefer to sit in front of the TV and/or sit on the bed and eat. While this might be very comfortable, it might no

 
Iranians Celebrate In Streets after Nuclear Agreement Iranians Celebrate In Streets after Nuclear Agreement

Iranians celebrated in the streets after negotiators reached a framework for a nuclear deal that could bring their country in from the cold, hailed by U.S. President Barack Obama as an "historic understanding" with an old adversary. The tentative agreement, struck on Thursday after eight days of tal

 
4 Super Easy Ways to Get What You Want 4 Super Easy Ways to Get What You Want

Do you ever wonder why some dreams come true faster than others? Why is it so hard to achieve that big goal, yet you make others happen quickly without much notice? Manifesting your desires is a process, and once you understand it, you can take steps to make what you want come to you faster. Much

 
5 Morning Rituals Happy, Healthy People Do Every Day 5 Morning Rituals Happy, Healthy People Do Every Day

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy where oil is swished or held in the mouth. Ayurvedic literature states oil pulling is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including a benefit in conditions such as headaches, migraines, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and acne, as well as whitening te

 
5 Ways to Make Your Well-Being a Priority 5 Ways to Make Your Well-Being a Priority

Your happiness is not about what other people want — it is about what YOU want. It is about exercising and eating healthy meals, kicking butt, and making your own well-being a priority. Let’s be honest — that’s challenging, especially if you’re used to juggling and taking care of everyone

 
7 Common Vibration Killers You Need to Avoid 7 Common Vibration Killers You Need to Avoid

If we’re working too hard we’re not going with the flow. If you feel like you are dragging yourself to get through your work and obligations, do yourself a favor, take some time off to rest, and relax! Life doesn’t have to be so hard, and when it isn’t our vibrations improve dramatically!.

 
11 Lifestyle Factors That Could Be Making You Anxious 11 Lifestyle Factors That Could Be Making You Anxious

In my coaching practice, I work with people who have difficulty managing their stress and anxiety. They find comfort in my experience and the fact that I, too, have suffered from this. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety and panic disorder, and was placed on medication. Within

 
Freeing Yourself from Fear	Freeing Yourself from Fear

Out of nowhere, my heart starts to speed up. I can’t get a deep breath; it feels like I’m slowly suffocating. My throat and chest start to hurt, I suddenly feel weak, and my thoughts race through my mind. A desperate feeling comes over me. I lose control, can’t think straight, and can’t sto

 
Give Yourself Permission to Follow the Path That Makes You Happy Give Yourself Permission to Follow the Path That Makes You Happy

No matter what you do, there will always be someone, who thinks differently. So concentrate on doing what you know in your heart is right. What most people think and say about you isn’t all that important. What is important is how you feel about yourself. You have control over your life. Don’

 
How to Quiet Your Mind When You Feel Intense Anxiety How to Quiet Your Mind When You Feel Intense Anxiety

Nothing squashes our ability to "go with the flow" like worry and anxiety. For me, when anxiety creeps in, it takes up residence inside my head and makes itself totally comfy there. It tells me that I am likely to fail, that something bad will happen, that others don't like me. I remind myself of th

 
Release Stress through Mindfulness Release Stress through Mindfulness

I’ve been meditating for many years, but there are still days when I feel like it’s something I need to tick off my to-do list. On some days, particularly when I’m in the middle of a big project, it can feel hard to put even ten minutes aside for meditating. The driven voice in my head tries t

 
Sowing and Reaping Sowing and Reaping

Almost everyone understands the biblical concept of sowing and reaping because we can grasp the simplicity of the logic. If we were to plant corn in our backyard garden we wouldn't expect spinach to come up. But even though we can grasp the logic, we don't always act as if we understand the powe

 
Stop Fearing Uncertainty Stop Fearing Uncertainty

Once, during an AmeriCoprs leadership retreat, I was asked to create a motto for my life, a mission statement for my future. I was handed a blank piece of paper and I was terrified. At the time, my life was filled with uncertainty. My year of national community service was coming to an end. I didn

 
You Deserve to Be Happy Now You Deserve to Be Happy Now

I was a binge eater. At night. Every night. No one would ever have guessed it because I was at a healthy weight. I believed that my weight was too high a number, so I would try to fix it. Each morning I would start afresh and eat like a svelte, sexy mouse. I vowed that this time would be different.

 
Your First Choice is Rarely the Optimal Choice Your First Choice is Rarely the Optimal Choice

If our first five relationships end with a break up, we think we are destined to be alone forever. If we go to school, get a degree, and spend years training for a job that we end up hating, we feel like a failure for not having it all figured out. If we have a dream of writing a book or starting a

 
Islamic Terrorism: Why There Is None in Japan?	Islamic Terrorism: Why There Is None in Japan?

In 2011, Sunni Muslims accounted for the greatest number of terrorist attacks and fatalities for the third year in a row. Over 5,700 incidents were committed by Sunni Muslims, responsible for nearly 56 percent of all attacks and about 70 percent of 12,533 fatalities.* Another 24 percent of the fatal

 
India India's Youth Needs Well Paying Jobs, Not Dreams

However, the harsh ground reality is that the accelerated economic growth in recent years has not been able to create enough jobs for the fast growing workforce. Only a small fraction of the country’s workers are employed in modern high-productive sectors of the economy such as auto, steel, teleco

 
Coexisting in a Sea of Competition Coexisting in a Sea of Competition

Diversity of life abounds on Earth, and there is no need to look any farther than the ocean's surface for proof. There are over 200,000 species of phytoplankton alone, and all of those species of microscopic marine plants that form the base of the marine food web need the same basic resources to gro

 
The Life Force of African Rivers The Life Force of African Rivers

The common hippopotamus can spend up to 16 hours a day immersed in rivers and lakes. Lumbering out of the water at night, these herbivores graze on tropical grasses and consume 80 to 100 pounds in one meal.

 
In Nigerian Election Muhammadu Buhari Sweeps to Victory In Nigerian Election Muhammadu Buhari Sweeps to Victory

72-year-old former military ruler defeats incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, marking only eighth time in sub-Saharan Africa challenger unseats incumbent at the polls. The Nigerian opposition leader, Muhammadu Buhari, has swept to victory in the country’s presidential election, a political earthquake th

 
PM Modi Asks Judiciary to Avoid PM Modi Asks Judiciary to Avoid 'Perception-Driven' Verdicts

Advising judiciary to avoid "perception-driven" verdicts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it should have an internal mechanism of "self-assessment" as judges are considered "divine" and seldom face any criticism unlike the political class. Addressing a conference of top judges from across t

 
10 Ways to Get a Good Night 10 Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Many of us don't get enough sleep. In the morning, we are up early getting the kids ready for school, or we are at the gym, squeezing in a workout before heading to the office. In the evening, we have commitments after work, such as attending corporate functions, or we are catching up with persona

 
Earlier War on Islam by America Earlier War on Islam by America

Here is a little history. Including how the term 'Leatherneck' came to be. Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago, the United States had declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge!. At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terro

 
Sania Mirza Seals Historic World No. 1 Rank Sania Mirza Seals Historic World No. 1 Rank

Sania Mirza created history on Sunday by achieving the feat of becoming world No.1 in WTA tennis rankings. She is the first woman tennis player from India to do so after winning the Family Circle Cup final partnering with Martina Hingis. The top-seeded pair overwhelmed Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jur

 
Kenya Attack Survivors Say Campus Bloodbath Was Planned, Targeted Christians Kenya Attack Survivors Say Campus Bloodbath Was Planned, Targeted Christians

The Islamic extremists who slaughtered 147 people at a college in Kenya as they shouted "God is great" appeared to have planned extensively, even targeting a site where Christians had gone to pray, survivors said Friday. Police on Friday were at the campus of Garissa University College, taking finge

 
Schools Can Prepare Kids to Report Sexual Abuse Schools Can Prepare Kids to Report Sexual Abuse

Teaching children in schools about sexual abuse give them courage to report abuse, finds a study, suggesting that such kids are more likely than others to tell an adult if they had, or were actually experiencing sexual abuse. It is estimated that worldwide at least one in 10 girls and one in 20 boys

 
Taking Kids from `Can I? Taking Kids from `Can I?' To `I Can'

Educationist Kiran Bir Sethi believes there is no one-size-fits-all solution to problems in our education system. She has devised methods to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, which will make them aware of their ability to shape the world. The first thing that strike

 
The Rise and Rise of India The Rise and Rise of India's Tennis Queen Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza became the first Indian to climb to the top of the WTA doubles ranking after she teamed up with Swiss great Martina Hingis to claim the Family Circle Cup title on Sunday. The 28-year-old won her third successive doubles title with Hingis, following triumphs in Indian Wells and Miami, to

 
Want to Become World Number One: Kidambi Srikanth Want to Become World Number One: Kidambi Srikanth

India ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth feels the Swiss Open win has put him on course for a first-ever Olympic qualification but says he still needs to be more consistent to actually make the cut for the 2016 Rio Games and achieve a ‘dream’ ranking of World No. 1 in future. At 22, Srikanth is the b

 
What a Rickshaw Puller Did for Youth Development What a Rickshaw Puller Did for Youth Development

In 1987, a 74-year old rickshaw puller by the name of Bai Fangli came back to his hometown planning to retire from his backbreaking job. There, he saw children working in the fields, because they were too poor to afford school fees. Bai returned to Tianjin and went back to work as a rickshaw puller,

 
AwakIND Website AwakIND Website

AwakIND is India's first socio-political network for people who want to raise their voices on a common platform.

 
Wit and Wisdom May 15 Wit and Wisdom May 15

The strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of one of the older workmen. After several minutes, the older worker had had enough. "Why don't you put your money where your mouth is," he said. "I will

 
Pearls of Wisdom (9 Golden Words of Swami Vivekananda) Pearls of Wisdom (9 Golden Words of Swami Vivekananda)

Swami Vivekananda’s life is full of lessons for all of us. No wonder, he continues to be a youth icon even today…let us revisit 10 of the greatest words spoken by Swamiji. “Anything that makes you weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually - reject it as poison!”. “Talk to yourself

 
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 Share Your Thoughts

Share Your Thoughts

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. When we feel like looking at it back, it is not

 
April 2015 Potpourri April 2015 Potpourri

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he and his Cabinet are united in “strongly opposing” an emerging framework agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program and demanded that any final deal contain Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist. Iran and six world powers announced a

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