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I love social media! The ability to connect with people from around the world at the click of a button fascinates me. Social media makes the world a smaller place- Despite living thousands of kilometers away from home, social media allows me to keep in touch with family and friends. Social media always provides me with unique stimulus as well as both motivation and inspiration. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep connected with my travels and adventures as a Stanford Student-Athlete and Runner!
Virtual Travel – Reading allows me to travel to places that I have never been and may never have the chance to go. Through reading Dan Brown's books alone, I feel familiar with the intricacies of Italy. I have an idea of how Venice looks, smells, tastes and sounds without ever being there. How cool is that!
Thought Provoking – Reading inspires new ways of thinking and help to affirm or contradict previously thought ideals and values. Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt books Freakenomics demonstrates how economic principles can be applied to everyday life and how these ideas can help shape the way we both think and act.
Action and Adventure:
Inferno by Dan Brown
Seven Ancient Wonders by Mathew Riley
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Autobiography and Sport:
The book recounts the odyssey of Louis Zamparini - a tale of a man who transcends life itself. From his juvenile delinquency while growing up in Torrance, California, through his nomadic travels through Japanese Prisoner of War camps, the story of Louis Zamparini is as inspiring as it is solemn.
In 407 pages, "Unbroken" will forever change your ideas on what you previously thought was impossible.
How many days do you think you could survive on a raft in the middle of the ocean, without food or water? Oo... and with sharks crashing into the raft day and night, hungry for you.
How many miles could you travel under forced labor, at less then half your current body weight?
How many days do you think you could bear on less then a golf ball sized portion of rice?
Personally... I don't think very many at all. But Louis Zamparini on the other hand.... well, I guess you will have to read the book and find out.
My latest reads
My latest reads
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The first season of Prison Break is one of the best drama's that I have ever seen. From the very first episode, I was hooked. And by the third episode, I was struggling with the fact that I had to wait a week for the next episode to air. If you are the type that loves twists and turns, I would highly recommend the show.
The series is based around the story of two brothers; one that has been sentenced to death for a crime he was framed for by a political conspiracy known as "The Company", and the other whom devises a detailed plan to break his brother out.
Click here for a link to the series trailer.
Suits is a legal drama set that will grab you from the first episode. Mike Ross, a college drop and drug user teams up with Harvey Spector; New York's hottest corporate lawyer and senior partner at Pearson-Hardman. The duo must hide Mike's true academic merits as Pearson-Hardman is a law firm that strictly hires Harvard graduates without exceptions. Mike quickly picks up the in's and out's of corporate law, aided by his eidetic memory. No drama would be complete without a myriad of relationship troubles, and Suits it no exception. Whilst Mike pursues his lust for Rachel, an paralegal working at Pearson-Hardman, Harvey attempts to flee from his fear of commitment and forge a romance with former Harvard student Scottie.
Suits is currently in its third season, and a trailer can be seen by clicking here.
I love watching movies. Movies take me places that I have never been before and into the lives of people very different to myself. Following the characters provides me with broadened perspectives on various situations and environments and I get to feel what it is like to live as somebody else.
Although I enjoy most movie genres, my favorites include:
Humanitarianism and philanthropy have been in my life from a very young age. Helping others is rewarding. Whether it is helping a friend with a math question, or helping a total stranger a world away - the feeling of giving is very rewarding.
It is interesting to look at the science behind giving and helping others. We have all done it before. But the intrinsic feelings of aiding someone else are hard to evoke in words. Research have shown that those who give more to others, not only in the material gifts, but also gifts of time, love and support - are happier and healthier individuals themselves.
A study of neuroscientist Jordan Grafman showed the the "pleasure centers" in the brain - i.e. the parts of our brains that are active when we experience pleasure (like eating chocolate, winning, recieving money, sex) are equally active when we 'give' to others as when we receive things ourselves. We stimulate higher activities in these "pleasure centers" when we spend on others than we do when spending on ourselves.
Studies by Harvard Business School graduate and Yale Professor Zoe Chance have shown that when we exercise compassion, our sense of time expands; and when we give money away, our sense of wealth increases. We all can attest to the point that the sense of satisfaction and fulfillment of helping someone in need is a happiness far beyond that of any material good.