Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

A recent study set out to determine the affects of gratitude. After making initial observations and compiling all the previous research on gratitude, they conducted the Research Project on Gratitude and Thanksgiving. The study required several hundred people in three different groups to keep daily diaries. The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day, while the second group recorded their unpleasant experiences. The last group made a daily list of things for which they were grateful.

The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. Additionally, the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress. They were more likely to help others, exercised more frequently and made more progress toward personal goals. According to the findings, people who feel grateful are also more likely to feel loved. Researchers noted that gratitude encouraged a positive cycle of reciprocal kindness among people because one act of gratitude encourages another.
These results also seem to show that gratitude works independently of faith. Although gratitude is a substantial part of most religions, it appears the benefits extend to the general population, regardless of faith or lack thereof.
This suggests that anyone can increase their sense of well-being and create positive social effects just from counting their blessings. What are you thankful for?

Here are sixty things to be grateful for in our lives:

1. Your parents - for giving birth to you. Because if there is no them, there will not be you.
2. Your family – for being your closest kin in the world.
3. Your friends – for being your companions in life.
4. Sense of sight – for letting you see the colors of life.
5. Sense of hearing - for letting you hear trickle of rain, the voices of your loved ones, and the harmonious chords of music.
6. Sense of touch - for letting you feel the texture of your clothes, the breeze of the wind, the hands of your loved ones.
7. Sense of smell – for letting you smell scented candles, perfumes, and beautiful flowers in your garden.
8. Sense of taste – for letting you savor the sweetness of fruits, the saltiness of seawater, the sourness of pickles, the bitterness of bitter gourd, and the spiciness of chili.
9. Your speech – for giving you the outlet to express yourself.
10. Your heart – for pumping blood to all the parts of your body every second since you were born; for giving you the ability to feel.
11. Your lungs – for letting you breathe so you can live.
12. Your immune system – for fighting viruses that enter your body. For keeping you in the pink of your health so you can do the things you love.
13. Your hands – so you can type on your computer, flip the pages of books, and hold the hands of your loved ones.
14. Your legs - for letting you walk, run, swim, play the sports you love, and curl up in the comfort of your seat.
15. Your mind - for the ability to think, to store memories, and to create new solutions.
16. Your good health – for enabling you to do what you want to do and for what you’re about to do in the future.
17. Your school - for providing a environment conducive to learning and growing.
18. Your teachers – for their dedication and for passing down knowledge to you.
19. Tears – for helping you express your deepest emotions.
20. Disappointment - so you know the things that matter to you most.
21. Fears – so you know your opportunities for growth.
22. Pain – for you to become a stronger person.
23. Sadness – for you to appreciate the spectrum of human emotions.
24. Happiness – for you to soak in the beauty of life.
25. The Sun - for bringing in light and beauty to this world.
26. Sunset – for a beautiful sight to end the day.
27. Moon and Stars - for brightening up our night sky.
28. Sunrise - for a beautiful sight to start the morning.
29. Rain – for cooling you when it gets too warm and for making it comfy to sleep in on weekends.
30. Snow – for making winter even more beautiful.
31. Rainbows – for a beautiful sight to look forward to after rain.
32. Oxygen - for making life possible.
33. The earth – for creating the environment for life to begin.
34. Mother nature - for covering our world in beauty.
35. Animals – for adding to the diversity of life.
36. Internet - for connecting you and others despite the physical space between you.
37. Transport - for making it easier to commute from one place to another.
38. Mobile phones – for making it easy to stay in touch with others.
39. Computers – for making our lives more effective and efficient.
40. Technology – for making impossible things possible.
41. Movies – for providing a source of entertainment.
42. Books – for adding wisdom into your life.
43. Blogs – for connecting you with other like-minded people.
44. Shoes – for protecting your feet when you are out.
45. Time – for a system to organize yourself and keep track of activities.
46. Your job – for giving you a source of living and for being a medium where you can add value to the world.
47. Music - for lifting your spirits when you’re down and for filling your life with more love.
48. Your bed - for you to sleep comfortably in every night.
49. Your home - for a place you can call home.
50. Your soul mate – for being the one who understands everything you’re going through.
51. Your best friends – for being there for you whenever you need them.
52. Your enemies – for helping you uncover your blind spots so you can become a better person.
53. Kind strangers – for brightening up your days when you least expect it.
54. Your mistakes - for helping you to improve and become better.
55. Heartbreaks - for helping you mature and become a better person.
56. Laughter - for serenading your life with joy.
57. Love - for letting you feel what it means to truly be alive.
58. Life’s challenges - for helping you grow and become who you are.
59. Life - for giving you the chance to experience all that you’re experiencing, and will be experiencing in time to come.
And last but not least… #60:
You.  For being who you are and touching the world with your presence.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Raj Time and Cycle Review and Forecast November 7 2014

Forecast from my last public post on 10/24: “There is one 360 cycle that was similar to the current market 7/16/07H=9/19/14H and 8/16/07L=10/15L. If we continue to follow this cycle, we will see a sharp rally to all time Highs (#3 on chart).”

Actual: The markets unfolded as the above 360 Cycle predicted. From the 10/15L, which found 8/16/07L green parallel channel support, we rallied a whopping 210+ SP’s to fresh All time Highs into 11/7 right at the 10/11/07H green parallel channel resistance.

Forecast 10/24 Raj T&C Report: We should rally into 10/24H, decline 1-2 day into 10/27-28L, before we rally into 10/29-31 major Time and Cycle (T&C) Cluster High.”

Actual: We made an 10/24 High, saw a 1 day pullback into Monday 10/27 Low (Forecast #1 on chart) and rallied 73.09 SP’s to Monday 11/3 High (Forecast #2), 1 TD later.

Forecast 10/31 Raj T&C Weekend Report: “We have been straight up (SU) since the 10/15 Lows into the 10/29-11/3 T&C Cluster, suggesting a 10/31-11/3H, but in rare occasions, such as these Straight Up markets these CIT clusters are ignored. The bias now is we see a brief pullback into Monday 11/3L and then chop around next week and make another 11/7-10 major higher All time High.”

Actual: We made a 11/3H, 1 TD later, saw a brief pullback into 11/4L, 1 TD later,  (Forecast #3), and rallied another 30+ SP’s to fresh All time Highs into 11/7H so far. (Forecast #4).

We have a 11/7 Solar Time CIT (Change in Trend) and a 11/7 and 11/11 geometric CIT supporting this. There is a fixed 1336-37 CD Cycle due on 11/11+/- as well. Furthermore, there are 2 important mathematical Time Squares due on 11/7 and the other is on 11/11.

The mathematical Time Square CIT (Change in Trend) due on 11/11+/-
3/06/09L + 668 TD (25.85^2) = 10/27/11H (668 Trading Days =  25.85 Squared).
For the next CIT, you add +2 to 25.85 = 27.85 and you re-square it to get the following:
3/06/09L + 775 TD (27.84^2) = 04/02/12H
3/06/09L + 890 TD (29.83^2) = 09/14/12H
3/06/09L +1013 TD (31.83^2)= 03/18/13L
3/06/09L +1144 TD (33.83^2)= 09/19/13H
3/06/09L +1284 TD (35.83^2)= 4/14/14 Low
3/06/09L +1431TD (37.83^2)= 11/11/14 High+/-

Conclusion and What’s next: We make a 11/7-10 major High and start a decline.

Update 11/21: 11/13 was a minor Low. I was expecting a brief decline, before the rally resumed higher. We have been in a "Stuck Up" since 10/15 major Low. As long as this is the case, we should be buying on pullbacks.