May 2019

Expanding our Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves which is shaped by our thoughts, experiences, and relationships. When we have healthy self-esteem, we feel confident about ourselves, our abilities, and life in general. Yet, when our self-esteem is low, we tend to see things in a more negative or critical light. While everyone occasionally has doubts about themselves, low self-esteem can leave us feeling insecure and unmotivated. That’s why being aware of the way we see ourselves is an important indication of our self-esteem and level of confidence.

Maintaining a healthy, realistic view of ourselves and the world around us is all about learning to like and respect ourselves. A good place to start expanding our self-esteem is by learning how to become more compassionate. When we’re kind towards others in our lives, we tend to think about ourselves in a kinder, less judgmental way as well. And the more compassionate we are with ourselves, the easier it becomes to adapt to the many changes in life and bounce back quicker from adversities or hardships. Nothing is more important than how we feel and think about ourselves and others. When we like ourselves, our lives simply become easier and life feels a whole lot brighter.

"If you want others to be happy,
practice compassion. If you want
to be happy, practice compassion."

Dalai Lama

Why is the Sky Blue?

Thousands of parents are asked this question by their inquisitive children, though most people have no idea why the sky is blue. The answer to this age-old question can be summed up in one word: scattering. When sunlight passes through the earth's atmosphere, it’s scattered in all directions by the oxygen and nitrogen atoms in the air. Sunlight is made up of many different colors of light, each with its own corresponding wavelength. As sunlight passes through the atmosphere, the blue and violet wavelengths are scattered more efficiently than the longer wavelengths such as red, orange, and yellow.

A clear, daytime sky appears blue overhead since most of the blue wavelengths get scattered around the sky in every direction. Yet, when the sun is lower in the sky, its light has to travel a longer distance through the thick atmosphere. This means the sunlight encounters even more particles which scatter out most of its blue wavelengths and allows more of the red, orange, and yellow wavelengths to shine through. The result is the beautiful colors we see at sunrise and sunset.


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