6 Basic Human Needs

6 Basic Human Needs

According to Tony Robbins, we human beings have six basic needs in order to survive in this world. How happy are you in these areas?

1) Certainty: All human beings crave a certain level of safety, assurance and predictability in our lives, for this is the foundation of our most basic behaviour: survival. Long-term uncertainty can be rather trying…

2) Variety: We all need a change of scenery every now and then, watch a new movie, travel to a new country. Too much uncertainty generates fear, while not enough causes boredom.

Find a balance between certainty and variety that suits you.

3) Significance: We all need to feel important, unique, and special. That feeling of not mattering to anyone can be very damaging.

4) Connection: Relationships are an extremely important part of our lives, whether they are intimate, family, friends or business colleagues. However if we’re too busy being significant in this world, we may forget who our greatest supporters are.

Find a balance between significance and connection that suits your situation.

5) Growth: Tony suggests that everything is either growing or dying; one or the other. In order to stay in the growing stage we need something to strive for, a goal, something that’ll challenge us to grow and take our lives to the next level. All too often I’ve witnessed people retiring and dying not long afterwards – they lost their purpose.

6) Contribution: This can be summed up as giving back in some way, shape or form.

Martial Arts are such a good way to satisfy all of the basic human needs. Certainty comes from learning and knowing, variety comes from the teacher, classes and the students you train with, significance comes with learning, understanding, and grading. Connection (in some way, shape or form) is the brother / sisterhood you gain from class, growth is your continued advancement, learning and refining, and contribution comes with sharing what you’ve learned and teaching others.

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Make Me Smarter #12

Make Me Smarter #12: Human corpses can continue to move for more than a year after death.

The thought of a body moving after a person has died sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it may just be a natural phenomenon. According to a 2019 study published in the journal Forensic Science International: Synergy and led by Australian researcher Alyson Wilson, corpses can continue to move for more than a year after death.

“What we found was that the arms were significantly moving, so that arms that started off down beside the body ended up out to the side of the body,” she told ABC News. “One arm went out and then came back in to nearly touching the side of the body again.” The movement is believed to be the result of the decomposition process which causes the corpses’ ligaments to dry out and contract, pulling the limbs as they do.



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Emotional Intelligence (EI)

Emotional intelligence (EI) can be described as the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself and others. Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology showed that 85% of financial success is due to skills they label under “human engineering,” (which includes your personality, ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead), with only 15% of financial success being due to actual technical knowledge. The research also suggested that emotional intelligence alone has an impact on how successful people are in their careers, as reading emotional signals is an important part of building rapport and inter-personal communication. And what is one of the quickest and most effective ways of building emotional intelligence? The answer is to become proficient with reading micro expressions.

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Kung Fu Means “Hard Work”

“You cannot learn wing chun properly from watching someone else – it MUST come from within you! Your experience of success and failure (the latter especially) is essential for your development and progression; it will come from nothing else.

Reading the books and watching tv won’t change that; they can give you ideas but in the end, only participation in class and training with others will get you where you want to go. Remember the words, “kung fu” – translated from Chinese, means “hard work”.

It’s also like they say, if you want green grass, then water your own lawn!” – Sifu Dana Wong

I found Sifu’s quote today, which was written originally in 2012, means even more today. A combination of improved technology, Covid-19, and a slow bleeding shift to an “instant gratification” mindset (eg we complain the computer is too slow, phone too slow, won’t wait for information so will look it up… we need everything NOW) – we need to remind ourselves that learning a martial art is to do it. To know and not to do is not yet to know,” – get to class.

Participate. Ensure your cup isn’t already full (the most common term for someone whose cup is full; “I know”). Put in the “hard work” & don’t substitute for an online alternative.

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Prosopagnosia (from the Greek words: “prosopon” meaning face, and “agnosia” meaning not knowing) or face blindness, is extreme difficulty in recognising faces. This is caused usually by some kind of damage to the fusiform gyrus, which is a part of the brain that activates specifically to faces. As people with this condition are unable to utilize the static or slow facial signals for recognition, they tend to use secondary clues such as clothing style, the way they walk, hair colour and style, body shape, and voice.

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Make Me Smarter #11

Make Me Smarter #11: The oldest surviving banknotes are from 1375.

Trading goods and services for currency is a system that has existed around the world for thousands of years. However, the oldest surviving banknotes are the Da Ming Tongxing Baochao (Great Ming Circulating Treasure Note) from China, which were initially printed between 1368 and 1398. When the value of the money crashed, the banknotes were simply stashed away and forgotten, which is how some managed to survive, according to Guinness World Records.

Source: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/oldest-banknote

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Make Me Smarter #10

Make Me Smarter #10: There’s only one continent without grasslands.

Antarctica is an amazing place that boasts incredible frosty landscapes, unbelievably low temperatures, and volcanic activity. It’s also the “windiest, driest, and iciest place on Earth,” according to National Geographic. Another thing that sets it apart? It’s the only continent on Earth that can’t naturally support grasslands.

Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/Continent/

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Everything Has Beauty

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.” – Confucius

Meet Matilda the Alien Cat. Matilda has a genetic eye disorder that’s caused her enlarged eyes, and she’s now blind.

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/matilda-alien-eyed-cat-celestial-eyes/story?id=31725309

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Make Me Smarter #9

Make Me Smarter #9: There’s a bird that has “evolved” back into existence twice.

The Aldabra white-throated rail may not be a very well known bird, but it’s certainly a remarkable one. The flightless creature first found itself in trouble around 136,000 years ago when it went extinct—something it’s done twice. However, a 2019 study published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society explained that “the rail is an example of a rarely observed phenomenon called iterative evolution, in which the same ancestral lineage produces parallel offshoot species at different points in time.” Because of this, it’s been able to rally and “evolve” back into existence both times it was essentially wiped out.

Further source: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-evolution-brought-flightless-bird-back-extinction-180972166/

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Make Me Smarter #8

Make Me Smarter #8: Babies don’t blink nearly as much as adults.

Humans blink in order to keep our eyes clean and moisturized. However, it turns out that some of us blink much more than others. Specifically, adults tend to blink around 15 times per minute while babies only blink an average of two or three times in the same time span.

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