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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

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Happiness when you have nothing African proverbs

Two things define you, your attitude when you have everything, your patience when you have nothing.

As the Igbo African elders say, One who gathers wealth and does not use it to do things does not have the profit from it.

One takes good care of the place where he lives - Igbo proverb

One takes good care of the place where he lives - Igbo proverb

Happiness when you have nothing.

When you wake up, get yourself out of bed. Lying there will only let the negative thoughts gather energy. Once you start moving, your frame of reference for the day will change. For many, it is a relentless journey, and the more you put in, the more you get out.

While this kind of attitude may work for some, the latest scientific research suggests that it can also seriously backfire for many people – leading, for instance, to feelings of stress, loneliness, and personal failure. According to this view, happiness is best seen as kind of timid bird: the harder you strive to catch it, the further it flies away.

People might set very high standards for their own happiness as a function of this – they may think they should be happy all the time, or extremely happy, and that can set people up to feel disappointed with themselves, that they fall short – and that could have these self-defeating effects.

Happiness when you have nothing African proverbs.

The pot presses the crown.

Anxious about the shoe, but careless about the foot.

Once you choose to enter a bush, do not fear the dew.

Those who are happy at home should remain at home.

The gazelle gives birth to its kind.

Alone in counsel, alone in sorrow.

The fool starts in his blood.

Dance even if the hump on your back does not allow you.

Who swims never sinks.

He who has not clapped what neighbor’s success that means he has a baboon's heart. - Democratic Republic of Congo proverb

The desire for and pursuit of happiness can also increase feelings of loneliness and disconnection, perhaps because it causes you to focus your attention on yourself and your own feelings rather than appreciating the people around you. 

Self-focus might make you engage with other people less, and I might judge other people more negatively if I perceive them to mess with my happiness.

It is easy enough to live on a diet of fast or frozen food and delivery, but it is not nurturing or healthy. Making yourself one good meal a day can seem daunting at first, but in time you will look forward to it because self-nurturing is still nurturing. 

And if you don’t cook, at least order good food for yourself. Take care of yourself on days when you have everything as well as days when the world is against you.

Take care of yourself on days when you have everything as well as days when the world is against you.

More African Proverbs from the motherland.

  1. Your Attitude African Proverbs
  2. What is an African Proverb
  3. Do not invite evil to sit at your table then cry
  4. Mean Coworkers African Proverbs
  5. Having Faith African Proverbs

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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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