ABOUT ME

Hi readers!

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Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive!!

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”

I’m Zara Ahmed, a normal teenager, a dreamer and a Proud Pakistani; currently studying in I.C.G, Islamabad. As a student my first priority is obviously; my studies. But I will not bore you to death by giving an account of academic life.

This blog is an insight to my small world; what I feel, think and contemplate. I believe that “Pen is mightier than the sword”, so my aim is to bring a change not by force but by writing.

I’m in love with Turkey though I’ve  never been there. So, I’ll be sharing much information about the beautiful country in my blogs. Also I’m a big fan of Turkish serials and celebrities.

Now, I thinks that’s enough of my Introduction.

I expect all of you to read my blogs; especially  if there are any fans of Turkey out there.

Until then Stay happy and be positive!!!

With Love

Zara  Ahmed

 

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Facts about Turkey

Hi Readers!!

Here is my collection of facts about Turkey! I hope these facts would be a source of  both fun and knowledge for you. So, grab your cup of tea or coffee and enjoy reading!😊

1.Santa Claus  is from Turkey.800px_COLOURBOX2934299

2.Turkey gifted tulips to the World.

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3.More than 130 peaks reach over 9,800 feet.

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4.Turkey is the world’s fastest TV series exporter and the second biggest exporter of TV series after the U.S.

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5.Oil Wrestling is the national sport of Turkey.

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6.Turkey’s film industry is booming.

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7.A new plant is discovered every ten days.

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8.Despite appearences,Turkish is surprisingly easy to learn.

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9.Istanbul’s Grand Bazar has 64 streets,4000 shops and 25,000 workers.

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10.Turkey is responsible for 80 percent of the World’s  hazelnuts.

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11.Turkey’s Istanbul Tunnel is the World’s second oldest underground Railway.

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12.’’Cekoslovakyalilastiramadiklarimizdanmissiniz”is the longest word in Turkish.

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13.Despite the appearance of camels at holiday resorts,there is no Desert in Turkey.

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14.An old Turkish tradition says”A stranger at one’s doorstep is God’s guest for at least three days”.

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15.The Turkish language does not include “X” AND “Q” ,but has other letters such as dotless i.

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16.Despite its traditional roots,almost no one in Turkey wears a Fez.They were banned in 1925.13381033_482716805264547_1546032452_n(1)

  1. Turkey has the third highest number of Facebook users in the world, with 14 million users, after the U.S. and U.K.page_00004630_1467751758
  2. Jelly beans began as an American version of the “Turkish Delight” (lokum) confection.turkish-delight-lokum
  3. Turkey is the 6th most popular tourist destination in the world and had 35 million foreign visitors in 2013 alone.bosphorusbridge_web-590x290
  4. Most Turks did not have surnames until a law was passed requiring it in 1934. The most common last names in Turkey are Yılmaz (never gives up, undaunted), Kaya (rock), Demir (iron), Şahin (falcon or hawk), and Çelik (steel).396306_379757722106055_1292979481_n
  5. Turkey has 82,693 mosques, more than any other country per capita in the world.Turkey-country-brand-image-strategy-800x445
  6. Turks introduced coffee to Europe, during the Ottoman raids into Central and Eastern Europe in the 16th century.DSC_1844
  7. Most Turks drink 10 or more cups of tea per day, and the country has the highest per-capita consumption of tea in the world at nearly 7 lbs. per person per year. Ninety-six percent of the population drinks tea every day. Turkey also ranks in the top 5 tea producers in the world. Tea in Turkey is called çay (pronounced “chai”).turkish-tea-02
  8. Gaziantep, Turkey, is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.4444
  9. About one-quarter of the roses grown in the world come from Turkey

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XOXO

Zara`

A little bit about Turkey

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The name of Turkey is based on the ethnonym Türk. The first recorded use of the term “Türk” or “Türük” as an autonym is contained in the Old Turkicinscriptions of the Göktürks (Celestial Turks) of Central Asia (8th century).The English name Turkey first appeared in the late 14th century and is derived from Medieval Latin Turchia.The Greek cognate of this name, Tourkia was used by the Byzantine  emperor and scholar Constantine VII Porphyrogenitu  in his book De Administrando Imperio,though in his use, “Turks” always referred to Magyars. Similarly, the medieval Khazar Empire, a Turkic state on the northern shores of the Black and Caspian seas, was referred to as Tourkia (Land of the Turks) in  Byzantine sources. The medieval Arabs referred to the Mamluk Sultanate as al-Dawla al Turkiyya (State of Turkey).The Ottoman Empire was sometimes referred to as Turkey or the Turkish Empire among its European contemporaries.

History

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Antiquity and Byzantine period

Starting around 1200 BC, the coast of Anatolia was heavily settled by Aeolian and Ionian Greeks. Numerous important cities were founded by these colonists, such as Miletus, Ephesus, Smyrna (now İzmir) and Byzantium (now Istanbul), the latter founded by Greek colonists from Megara in 657 BC. The first state that was called Armenia by neighbouring peoples was the state of the Armenian Orontid dynasty  which included parts of eastern Turkey beginning in the 6th century BC. In Northwest Turkey, the most significant tribal group in Thrace was the Odyrisians  founded by Teres I.All of modern-day Turkey was conquered by the Persian Achaemenid Empire during the 6th century BC. The Greco-Persian Wars started when the Greek city states on the coast of Anatolia rebelled against Persian rule in 499 BC. The territory of Turkey later fell to Alexander the Great in 334 BC, which led to increasing cultural homogeneity and Hellenization in the area. The frequent Byzantine-Sassanid Wars, as part of the centuries long-lasting Roman-Persian Wars, fought between the neighbouring rivalling Byzantines and Sasanians, took place in various parts of present-day Turkey and decided much of the latter’s history from the fourth century up to the first half of the seventh century.

Seljuks and the Ottoman Empire

The House of Seljuk was a branch of the Kınık Oğuz Turks who resided on the periphery of the Muslim world, in the Yabgu Khaganate of the Oğuz confederacy, to the north of the Caspian and Aral Seas, in the 9th century.

The Ottoman Empire also fought many wars with the Russian Tsardom and Empire. These were initially about Ottoman territorial expansion and consolidation in southeastern and eastern Europe; but starting from the latter half of the 18th century, they became more about the survival of the Ottoman Empire, which had begun to lose its strategic territories on the northern Black Sea coast to the advancing Russians. Between the 18th and the early 20th centuries, the Ottoman, Persian and Russian empires were neighbouring rivals of each other. From the second half of the 18th century onwards, the Ottoman Empire began to decline.

Republic of Turkey

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The occupation of Istanbul and Izmir by the Allies in the aftermath of World War I prompted the establishment of the Turkish National Movement. Under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Pasha, a military commander who had distinguished himself during the Battle of Gallipoli, the Turkish War of Independence was waged with the aim of revoking the terms of the Treaty of Sèvres.

By 18 September 1922 the occupying armies were expelled, and the Ankara-based Turkish regime, which had declared itself the legitimate government of the country on 23 April 1920, started to formalise the legal transition from the old Ottoman into the new Republican political system. On 1 November 1922, the Turkish Parliament in Ankara formally abolished the Sultanate, thus ending 623 years of monarchical Ottoman rule. The Treaty of Lausanne of 24 July 1923 led to the international recognition of the sovereignty of the newly formed “Republic of Turkey” as the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, and the republic was officially proclaimed on 29 October 1923 in Ankara, the country’s new capital.The Lausanne Convention stipulated a population exchange between Greece and Turkey, whereby 1.1 million Greeks left Turkey for Greece in exchange for 380,000 Muslims transferred from Greece to Turkey.

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Mustafa Kemal became the republic’s first President and subsequently introduced many radical reforms with the aim of transforming the old religion-based and multi-communal Ottoman state system (constitutional monarchy) into an essentially Turkish nation state (parliamentary republic) with a secular constitution. With the Surname Law of 1934, the Turkish Parliament bestowed upon Mustafa Kemal the honorific surname “Atatürk” (Father of the Turks).

Politics

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Turkey is a parliamentary representative democracy. Since its foundation as a republic in 1923, Turkey has developed a strong tradition of secularism.Turkey’s constitution governs the legal framework of the country. It sets out the main principles of government and establishes Turkey as a unitary centralised state. The President of the Republic is the head of state and has a largely ceremonial role. The president is elected for a five-year term by direct elections and Tayyip Erdoğan is the first president elected by direct voting. The prime minister is elected by the parliament  through a vote of confidence in the government and is most often the head of the party having the most seats in parliament. The prime minister is Binali Yıldırım, who replaced Ahmet Davutoğlu on 24 May 2016. Turkey under Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP has been described as becoming increasingly authoritarian. Prior to the constitutional referendum in 2017 the Council of Europe saw Turkey drifting towards an autocracy, warning of a “dramatic regression of its democratic order”.

The constitutional referendum was held in April 2017 to change the parliamentary system to a presidential system. Many elements in this constitutional reform package have increased concerns in Europe regarding democracy and separation of powers.The referendum ended in favor of change.

Turkey’s current administration headed by president Tayyip Erdoğan  has reversed many of the country’s earlier reforms which had been in place since the founding of the modern republic of Turkey, such as Freedom of the Press, a Legislative System of Checks and Balances, and a set of standards for secularism in government, as first enacted by Atatürk.

Geography

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Turkey is a transcontinental Eurasian country. Asian Turkey, which includes 97 percent of the country, is separated from European Turkey by the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles. European Turkey comprises 3 percent of the country.[The territory of Turkey is more than 1,600 kilometres (990 miles) long and  800 kilometres (500 miles) wide, with a roughly rectangular shape. It lies between latitudes 35° and 43° N, and longitudes 25° and 45° E. Turkey’s land area, including lakes, occupies 783,562 square kilometres (302,535 square miles), of which 755,688 square kilometres (291,773 square miles) are in Southwest Asia and 23,764 square kilometres (9,175 square miles) in Europe.[Turkey is the world’s 37th-largest country in terms of area. the Aegean Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean to the south. Turkey also contains the Sea of Marmara in the northwest.

Languages

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The country’s official language is Turkish, which is spoken by 85.54 percent of the population a first language. 11.97 percent of the population speaks the Kurmanji dialect of Kurdish as mother tongue.Arabic and Zaza are the mother tongues of 2.39 percent of the population, and several other languages are the mother tongues of smaller parts of the population. Endangered languages in Turkey include Abaza, Abkhaz, Adyghe, Cappadocian Greek, Gagauz, Hértevin, Homshetsma, Kabard-Cherkes, Ladino (Judesmo), Laz, Mlahso, Pontic Greek, Romani, Suret, Turoyo, Ubykh, and Western Armenian.

Religion

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Religion in Turkey (2016)

Sunni Islam (65%)

Shia Islam (4%)

Unaffiliated Muslims (14%)

Christianity (2%)

Irreligion (7%)

Spiritual but not religious (6%)

Other religions (2%)

Cuisine

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Turkish cuisine is regarded as one of the most prominent in the world, its popularity is largely owed to the cultural influences of the Ottoman Empire  and partly because of its major tourism industry. It is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines.The country’s position between the East and the Mediterranean Sea helped the Turks gain complete control of major trade routes, and an ideal environment allowed plants and animals to flourish. Turkish cuisine was well established by the mid-1400s, the beginning of the Ottoman Empire’s six hundred-year reign. Yogurt salads, fish in olive oil, and stuffed and wrapped vegetables became Turkish staples.

Culture

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Turkey has a very diverse culture that is a blend of various elements of the Turkic, Anatolian, Ottoman (which was itself a continuation of both Greco-Roman and Islamic cultures) and Western culture and traditions, which started withthe Westernisation of the Ottoman Empire and still continues today.

Literature and theatre

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Turkish Literature,is a mix of cultural influences. Interaction between the Ottoman Empire and the Islamic world along with Europe contributed to a blend of Turkic, Islamic and European traditions in modern-day Turkish music and literary arts.[Turkish literature was heavily influenced by Persian and Arabic literature during most of the Ottoman era. Most of the roots of modern Turkish literature were formed between the years 1896 and 1923. Broadly, there were three primary literary movements during this period: the Edebiyat-ı Cedîde (New Literature) movement; the Fecr-i Âtî (Dawn of the Future) movement; and the Millî Edebiyat (National Literature) movement.

Music and dance

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Music of Turkey includes mainly Turkic elements as well as partial influences ranging from Central Asian folk music, Arabic music, Greek music, Ottoman music, Persian music and Balkan music, as well as references to more modern European and American popular music.

 

A point to ponder!

 

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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Every night before sleeping I analyze my self ; my whole day, how it went and how I reacted to different situations. And what I realized is that my life is very monotonous and robotic. Not only my life; In fact, we all are leading a hollow and colorless life; we’re selfish and egocentric, just thinking about only our “self”.

The sad truth is that we also don’t have proper time for ourselves. In this hustle and bustle of our daily life, we’re interested in important things only like our professions, career, education, business etc. We have become materialistic. 😢😢😢

My purpose of writing this blog is to divert the attention of my readers to the things that pass unnoticed  before their eyes. I mean “NATURAL BEAUTY”🌙🌹🌥 and spending quality time with people we love!

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We are so busy in our life that we hardly give time to our self to relax. After completing our daily tasks we get ” busy” (ufff!) with our cell phones and laptops. I THINK WE ARE RUINING OUR FAMILY TIME DUE TO OUR CELL PHONES! We are so busy in chatting with our friends on social media that we forget about people sitting with us.😒

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How many times have you said to either of your parents who are asking you to sit with them and chat that your are rather busy  and you were busy with your cell?

Remember! your relationships are more important than your friends on Facebook or your followers on Instagram. Ignoring your near and dear ones can create a gap between you and them. So, GIVE TIME TO YOUR LOVED ONES!❤

Secondly, we have:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

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I  can understand that we are to busy in weekdays but why do we miss the chance of  connecting with nature on weekends?

Most of us spend our weekend sleeping, shopping or lazying around the house. Personally, I prefer visiting places of natural beauty over spending time in shopping malls. For me, MALLS  are the most boring places on earth!

I WOULD ADVISE MY READERS TO SPEND THEIR WEEKENDS ON BEAUTIFUL SPOTS. For enjoying natural beauty, it is not necessary to visit mountains,valleys, lakes, islands or seashores. You can also enjoying beauty while staying at home.

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You can begin by watching sunrise or sunset, counting the stars at night, glancing at the patterns of clouds on the sky, watering the flowers in your garden, listening to the twittering of birds in morning and enjoying in rain.

Believe me you would love the experience!😍💕👌

I think I have already taken  a lot of your time so, let me wind-up my blog on the following note:

Enjoy the little thing in your life! Life is toooo short  so, spend the most of your time with your loved ones; family and friends. Relish and cherish the beauty of nature. Spend your time at places of breath taking beauty, scenic views and serene and tranquil  environment!

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

P.S.  Sorry for posting this blog very late. Actually I was going through so much lately so, I had no time to work on this.

With love,

~Zara ~

 

 

Looking alike Celebrities

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Today, I’m going to present a list of looking alike celebrities from all over the world. So, lets start!

Beren Saat and Gülşah Uçan

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Both are Turkish actresses. Beren Saat born (26 February,1984) in Ankara,Turkey is currently 34 years old. Her looking alike Gülşah Uçan (who is commonly known as GULSAH SAHIN, her name before marriage. She was born on 6th October,1991 in DiyarBakir, Turkey. She is 26 years old.

They resemble a lot! Their smile, their nose shape. Just have a look!!

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  Tarkan Tevetoğlu and  Onur Tuna

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Tarkan Tevetoğlu, known as Tarkan, is a Turkish pop singer. He was born on October 17, 1972 (age 45 years) in West Germany.  Whereas, Onur Tuna is a Turkish actor born on July 2, 1985 (age 33 years), in Çanakkale Province,Turkey.

They both have same eye color, same nose shape as well as same smile.

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Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley

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Natalie Portman is an actress, film producer and director born on June 9, 1981 (age 37 years), Jerusalem,Israel. Keira Christina Knightley, is a British actress born on March 26, 1985 (age 33 years), Teddington,United KIngdom.

Both actresses have such a close resemblance that I, sometimes cannot differentiate between them. They  confuse me a lot.

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Alex Heartman  and Kendall Schmidt

 

Alex Heartman is an American actor born on  February 26, 1990 (age 28 years),California,USA. Kendall Francis Schmidt is an American actor, singer-songwriter and music producer. Born on  November 2, 1990 (age 27 years) in Kansas,USA.  Both actors are very popular among kids.

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Mehwish Hayat and Nargis Fakhri

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Mehwish Hayat is a Pakistani actress, model and singer born on January 6, 1983 (age 35 years), Karachi,Pakistan. Nargis Mohammed Fakhri is an American actress and model, who mainly appears in Hindi films. She was born on October 20, 1979 (age 38 years),New york,USA.

 

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          Nargis Fakhri and Mehwish Hayat

Adeel Hussain and John Abraham

 

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Adeel Hussain is a Pakistani actor and director. He was born on June 30, 1978 (age 40 years),Karachi,Pakistan. John Abraham is an Indian film actor, producer and a former model who appears in Hindi films. Born on December 17, 1972 (age 45 years) in Aluva.

They have a close affinity!!!

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Gözde Türkpençe and Elçin Sangu

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Gözde Türkpençe is a Turkish actress born on October 28, 1984 (age 33 years),Istanbul,Turkey. Elçin Sangu is a Turkish actress and model,born on August 13, 1985 (age 32 years),Izmir,Turkey.

They both have same hair color and their expressions are quite similar. Have a look:

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Well, that’s my opinion. I would like to know your opinion also!

I will be posting a new blog soon!!!

Till then,

*Be positive, Stay happy and Live free*                        

  Regards,

~Zara Ahmed~

 

MY WAYS TO STAY HAPPY

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Merhaba  readers!!!

Last night I couldn’t  sleep. I was thinking about the life nowadays. Despite having everything in there lives, people are not happy. We are so busy in our lives that we hardly care about others.

What is happiness? How can we find happiness in our life? What is the meaning of happiness?

You will never be happy if you continue to search for  what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life”.

                                                                                                     ALBERT  CAMUS

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In this article ,I will tell you some of my ways to stay happy.

So, lets start: right away:

Be  optimistic: My first step is to stay positive. No matter how much  the circumstances are against you; just try to have a positive approach. Always see the brighter side of things. Have faith in Allah Almighty(God) and hope for the best! Just believe that every cloud has a silver lining and after every storm, the sun shines again. Trust me it works!!

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Don’t bother about people: One of the main reasons that keeps us from staying happy is thinking about  people. This thing infuriates and irritates me the most. “What would people think”?or  “What will X.Y.Z say”?For God sake! We should  care about people but not beyond a limit. Its high time for us to learn that people are very selfish. You can never satisfy everyone. So its better to ignore them.

You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life you are excited about. Don’t let others make you forget that”.

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Repression: According to Psychology, Repression is the psychological attempt to direct one’s own desires and impulses toward pleasurable instincts by excluding them from one’s consciousness and holding or subduing them in the unconscious. Repression means to forget  the painful events of past and move on. Think about the future. If thinking about past only hurts, then why not to forget about everything and move on? I know it is not easy to forget the agonies of past. It takes time. But nothing is impossible. You will need willpower  to eradicate harsh past memories, as its for your own betterment.

 

Never regret your decisions: Many people repent on their past decision. But I think its like crying over spilt milk. Time cannot be reversed. So, I never regret my decisions and  I would advice my readers to do the same because first of all; you made those decisions, secondly “the past is in the past”(Let it go from Frozen)

Forgive others:  Forgiving  someone is not at all  an easy act. But we can also not stay happy if we have grudge for someone in our heart.

To advance in life; forgive everyone and make your life easy and happy.

Always be  thankful:

If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more”.

                                                                                                      –ROY T.BENNETT

“My friend has an I phone and I own this cheap X.Y.Z cell phone only”

“She wears branded clothes  and I cannot even afford a branded shirt piece only”

We all compare ourselves will others like in the above mentioned examples. We would never me happy  if we see people who are better then us. My simple solution to this problem is to “Always look down “You will be more happy, blessed and contented to your life if you compare yourself  with people who are more deprived than you.

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So, that’s all. I  hope you’ll like this blog. Don’t forget to share your views in the comments section.

TEŞEKKÜR EDERIM!!!

With much, much love

~Zara Ahmed~

 

 

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