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Stress As the pace of life continues to increase in the modern society, we are fast losing the art of relaxation. Once you are in the habit of rushing through life, being on the go from morning till night, it is very hard to slow down. But relaxation is essential for a healthy mind and body. Stress is a natural part of everyday life and there is no way to avoid it.In fact, it is not the bad thing it is often supposed to be. A certain amount of stress is vital to provide one with motivation and give purpose to life. It is only when the stress gets out of control that it can lead to poor performance and ill health. The amount of stress a person can withstand depends very much on the individual. Some people are not afraid of stress at all, and such characters are obviously prime material for managerial responsibilities. Others lose heart at the first signs of unusual difficulties. When exposed to stress, in whatever form, we react both chemically and physically. In fact we make a choice between “flight” or “fight”. In more primitive days the choices made the difference between life or death. The crises we meet today are unlikely to be so extreme, but however little the stress, it involves the same response. It is when such a reaction lasts long, through continued exposure to stress, that health becomes endangered. Such serious conditions as high blood pressure and heart disease have established links with stress. Since we can not remove stress from our
lives( it would be unwise to do so even if we could),we need to find ways to deal with it in order that we can stay healthy in mind and body.
Many people think that when they become rich and successful, happiness will naturally follow. Let me tell you that nothing is further from the truth. The world is full of very rich people who are as miserableas if they were living in hell. We have read stories about movie stars who committedsuicide or died from drugs. Quite clearly, money is not the only answer to all problems. Wealth obtained through dishonest means does not bring happiness. Lotterywinnings do not bring happiness. Gamblewinnings do not bring happiness.
To my mind, the secret to happiness lies in your successful work. There is no use saying in your contributiontowards others’ happiness and in your wealth you have earned through your own honest effort. If you obtainwealth through luck or dishonest means, you will know that it is ill earned money. If you get your money by taking advantageof others or by hurting others, you will not be happy with it. You will think you are a baseperson. Long-term happiness is based on honesty, productivework, contribution, and self－esteem.
Happiness is not an end; it is a process. It is a continuousprocess of honest, productive work which makes a real contribution to others and makes you feel you are a useful, worthy person. As Dr. Wayne wrote, “There is no
way to happiness. Happiness is the way.”“Some day when I achievethese goals, when I get a car, build a house and own my own business, then I will be really happy.”Life just does not work that way. If you wait for certainthings to happen and depend on external circumstances of life to make you happy, you will always feel unfulfilled. There will always be something missing.
The air we breathe is so freely available that we take it for granted. Yet without it we could not survive more than a few minutes. For the most part, the same air is available to everyone, and everyone needs it. Some people use the air to sustain them while they sit around and feel sorry for themselves. Others breathe in the air and use the energy it provides to make a magnificent life for themselves.
Opportunity is the same way. It is everywhere. Opportunity is so freely available that we take it for granted. Yet opportunity alone is not enough to create success. Opportunity must be seized and acted upon in order to have value. So many people are so anxious to "get in" on a "ground floor opportunity", as if the opportunity will do all the work. That's impossible.
Just as you need air to breathe, you need opportunity to succeed. It takes more than just breathing in the fresh air of opportunity, however. You must make use of that opportunity. That's not up to the opportunity. That's up to you.
It doesn't matter what "floor" the opportunity is on. What matters is what you do with it. Passage Two
Types of University Students
University students are different. They come from different parts of the country, speak various dialects, and follow their distinctive regional customs. However, a closer look at their purposes of learning at university will enable us to classify them roughly into three groups: those who learn out of instinct, those who learn for a promising future, and those who learn with no definite purposes.