Only High IQs People Can Solve This Viral Math Puzzle! Can You?

Life is what you make it, and perhaps, it’s how you look at it, too. The same could be same for math puzzles–often there is more than one solution.   Of course, =when we’re young, we see the world as black and white.

And similar notions are often crammed down our throats, too, for such subjects as math and science.

But the truth is, the answer is only black and white if everyone agrees on the approach. And that doesn’t always happen.

It’s like the old elephant allegory. If a handful of people stand in a dark room with an elephant, and each describes what the elephant feels like, depending on where they stand, they will reach different conclusions. The person in front of the trunk says long, the person by the tail says thin, and the person by the side says flat and wrinkly.

So, on the topic of interpretation, how would you solve the following viral math problem?


Did you figure it out?  Which of the two solutions below did you find?

The first solution is:

1.Most agree that 1 + 4 = 5.

2. In the next line, add 2 + 5 to the sum of 5 in the equation above. That gives you the answer of 12.

3. Next,  apply the same formula:  3 + 6 = 9, then add the 9 to the sum in the equation above (12) to get the total of 21.

4. The last step is to  take the 8 + 11 in the last equation, which equals 19, and add it to the sum of the previous problem (21). This gives you a total of 40.

However, there is a popular second solution:



1. The obvious truth is:  1 + 4 = 5. But you could also reach 5 by adding 1 to 4 times 1.

2. In the same fashion, with the second line, 2 + 2(5) = 12.

3. And the next line:  3 + 3(6) = 21.

4. Using this method to solve the problem,  add 8 to 8 times 11 to get 96.

Which solution did you find? 40, or 96?

Or maybe you see the problem in a way different than the two mentioned above? What do you see? What is your interpretation?

Which Door Do You Think Leads to Happiness? This Is What It Tells About You


Opening the BLUE door means the following: 

◎ Choosing the blue door reveals that you are seen as is the helper, the rescuer, the friend always there for others. Your success is defined by the deep relationships you have with a few rather than many people you just know. You are a giver, not a taker. You like to build strong trusting relationships and feel deeply hurt if your trust is betrayed. 

 ◎ This door exhibits an inner security and confidence some may not know about. You are trustful, honest and loyal. You hates confrontation, and would rather make peace then fight. You tend to hide behind a tough exterior but often times get hurt by other people who don’t realize there is a soft side to to you that yearns to be surrounded by love and happiness. Once you find that happiness, you will truly feel peace.

 Opening the BLACK door means the following 

 ◎ Choosing this door reveals that glory and power are important to you. You are free, solid willed and decided and like being in control. You are a truly genuine person and tend to not sugar coat anything, which sometimes can be intimidating to others that are less knowledgeable than you. But you also have a kind heart and are very close to a few people in your life that you know are worth your time and love! 

 ◎ You are strong, mysterious and seductive… you’re pretty much the whole package! In life you are confident and good things are in your future because you’ve worked so hard and always played by the rules. When things get tough, you sometimes can’t help but laugh. 

No matter how tough things get, you need to reach deep inside and find the strength and courage to keep on going. Once you find that strength, you will truly feel peace.

 Opening the RED door means the following 

◎ Being drawn to this door signifies that you are a very animated and popular person with a lot of energy. You are someone who tends to be competitive and loves to be awarded for a job well done. Although you have that aggressive nature, you are very down to earth and understand that helping others is important too. Others are drawn to your positivity and fun-loving personality easily, so you always seem to be meeting a new friend. 

◎ You are a warm and positive person to friends and family, and are known to lovers as having a very sexy side! Red is empowering. It energizes the feelings and propels us to make a difference in the world… and you are doing just that! Though always being the "bigger person" or the one who makes the biggest sacrifices can be tiring for your soul. 

Opening the OWL door means the following 

◎ You are truly unique & curious - it proves itself by the fact that you weren’t attracted to a particular bold color, but to a pattern of a stoic owl. Everyone knows you for your beautiful energy, independence and the loving positivity you give off. You cherish family and friends and care for individuals you don’t know - you have a big heart and people love to have you around! 

◎ You are lively, kind and others of the opposite sex are usually very attracted to you but may not reveal their true feelings because of your beauty & confidence. The owl also indicates that you are someone who enjoys being the hero, because of your selflessness, you will be blessed with fortune, riches and a lavish life. Though always being the provider or the one who makes the biggest sacrifices can be tiring for your soul. 

13 BUDDHA QUOTES THAT WILL PUT YOUR SOUL AT PEACE

Siddartha Gautama, otherwise known as Gautama Buddha, or Buddha, was a sage and the philosophical founder of Buddhism. He lived in northeastern India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.“Buddha” is a term meaning “the enlightened or awakened one.” Most accept that Siddartha Gautama was a real person who once walked this planet, but many hesitate to make claims about what exactly his life was like, aside from the stories passed down through the generations.
His words have had a profound impact on many. These are some of our favorites.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”
“You only lose what you cling to.”

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”


“It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one’s own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one’s own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.”

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”


“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

Losing A Parent Hurts Like Hell, So Stop Telling Me To ‘Get Over’ My Grief

As I held the phone to my ear, listening to the sounds of the ICU in my father’s hospital room as he lay dying, I thought, This is the hard part. This was the part that I’d prepared my heart for, the inevitable day that we all knew was coming after my father’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer nine months prior. Every chemotherapy setback, every hospital admission, every missed family gathering had led us here. We knew cancer was going to rob us of our father and my kids of their grandfather.

He was dying, and his cancer-ridden body would finally be at rest.
I was 1,600 miles away and helpless to do anything but whisper to my father through the phone I clutched in my hands as I sobbed.
When the nurse got on the phone and said, “It’s over. He’s gone,” I breathed a sigh of relief.
My father was at peace.
The worst was over, I told myself.
But my grief journey was just starting. And it’s been excruciating, painful, and wonderful, all in different stages.
Though it’s been five years since the day I said goodbye to my father, I still grieve him every day. Not a day goes by that my heart doesn’t feel the pang of sorrow when I want to share a professional success with him or when I catch a glimpse of his smile on my son’s face.
I am not over my grief, and I never will be.

And I’m grateful.
Grief is not an emotion that is fleeting like anger or sadness. Some say grief is a process, but I disagree. By calling grief a “process,” the implication is that there is an end. A final moment where you say, “Yup! I’m done now. I don’t miss my dad anymore.”
But that is simply not the case.
My grief is here to stay, and I’d appreciate it if you’d stop asking me to get over it.
In fact, if I’m being honest, I like who I’ve become since I’ve had to process my grief over my father’s death. Grief has made me a better friend when my friends have lost their parents. Through my experience, I know that doing a friend’s laundry during a crisis means more than any lasagna you can shove in their fridge. And I know that funeral flowers just wind up dying and in the garbage, so I show up with wine instead.
Grief has made me more empathetic to strangers. I don’t judge as quickly when a cashier is short with me or when someone cuts me off in traffic because I wonder if they are having a day like I did shortly after my father passed away. The day when I had an anxiety attack in the parking lot at the grocery store and had to abandon my cart because I was crying too hard to lift the bags.
The man who screamed at me that day for not replacing my cart can rot in hell as far as I’m concerned. People who are carrying the burden of grief aren’t wearing T-shirts that say, “Be nice to me, my sister just died.” I’ve learned to practice kindness more often, thanks to grief.
I know not to tilt my head at a PTA meeting and say “How are you doing?” to a friend who has just lost her mother. Because I know she is fucking falling apart, and and it’s all she can do not to break the school windows with the gavel in her hands. Rather, I say “Death fucking sucks” instead. Because it does, and I needed someone to say that to me in the early months. Grief has stripped away my social filter and has made me braver, bolder.
On the day my father died, I became part of a club that I didn’t know existed. The “I’ve Lost a Parent” club members quietly and bravely carry their pain as they go about the business of raising kids, chasing job promotions, and managing a household.
The members of this club wearily welcome new members by simply saying, “Me too,” and I’ve been welcomed with open arms. The friends who have shared their experiences and the ones who haven’t judged me for my anger as I’ve navigated my grief path are the people I try to emulate when I’m offering support.
You will never hear me say “He’s better off” or “It was God’s plan” to a friend who tells me she is hurting from grief that threatens to swallow her whole. My grief has taught me that sitting in silence with a friend as she cries or the simple act of saying “I see your pain” is what will really make a difference.
Simple gestures like showing up to take care of carpool when you know a friend is struggling or arranging to show up with a hot meal for her family says that you understand where she is in her grief. Grief has made me understand that actions really do speak louder than words.
I didn’t ask for grief to enter my world, and watching my father die was absolute hell. But for all the sadness and pain, the days when my heart hurts so bad that I think it might actually be breaking, I wouldn’t trade my grief for anything.
Grief has been a gift in my life because it causes me to feel deep, raw emotion. And those feelings remind me that cancer didn’t erase my father from my memories. Yes, death fucking sucks, but through the tapestry of memories and a whole lot of tears, my father feels closer to me than ever, thanks to the grieving process.
So stop asking me to get over it. I don’t want to get over it.

20 Rules That Will Change Your Life For The Better, World’s Leading Psychiatrist Reveals!

Mikhail Litvak, one of the leading scientists in the field of popular and practical psychology, an author of more than 30 books on the topic and more than 5 million books sold around the globe, shares some insightful advices on how to live life to the fullest and take advantage of everything it has to give. He’s a Russian psychotherapist and psychologist, and author and a doctor of sciences.

Here’s what he has to say on how to improve your life, become more successful and have a fulfilling relationship:
1. Don’t chase happiness because you won’t find it in other people and material things – it’s in YOU. Learn to develop your abilities and reflect back on your achievements because that’s the only road to happiness.
2. If you’re satisfied with yourself and you know you’re good, smart, and worthy, you won’t find it necessary that other people think or say the same things about you.
3. If you want something really bad, don’t wait around and don’t ask for someone’s permission to have or do it. Make sure you’re the one who have control over that.
4. A mature person possesses knowledge and knows how to put it in action. An immature one often has knowledge but doesn’t know how to wisely and effectively use it so as to achieve what they want and better themselves. That’s why, immature people criticize others and the mature ones don’t.
5. Make sure you plan your actions and organize your life well and happiness will follow as a result.
6. Nobody throws away another person from their life. They only move forward faster than others and those that are left behind consider themselves rejected.
7. It’s impossible to please every single person. Trying to do so will only make you feel uncomfortable and emotionally drained.
8. If someone did you a favor and helped you and they’re trying to make you feel guilty or grateful for that, make sure you pay off their services and let go of them.
9. Someone who doesn’t have any good qualities and accomplishments of their own will inevitably start criticizing and speaking bad things about others.
10. Depression is horrible, harmful, and hard, no doubt. Yet, it enables you to look into the depths of your soul, think about yourself, and realize the things that are pushing you forward or pulling you back.
11. Talking to your friends and all the people you hold dear is nice and fun. On the other hand, talking to your enemies is useful. It makes you more aware of your flaws and bad habits. It helps you learn things about yourself.
12. If you enjoy daydreaming, then make sure you only fantasize about goals and dreams that can be achieved. Keep your dreams real because otherwise, you’ll lose your focus and get frustrated if you fail to achieve an unrealistic goal.
13. Spending your time reading a good book is always better and more beneficial for you than talking with a shallow person.
14. Don’t dig into other people’s lives. Instead, dig into something you’ll benefit from, such as science and philosophy.
15. If you want to find out who your greatest enemy is, just look in the mirror. Once you face him/her, all the other enemies will be defeated as well.
16. There will always be those who will criticize and insult you. Yet, you shouldn’t pay attention to it. Remember that the day you finally accomplish your goals, all the criticisms and insults won’t mean anything to you. They’ll simply vanish.
17. There’s only one reason why you should quit your job and end your relationships, be that emotional or otherwise, – the inability to grow personally and professionally.
18. Don’t be afraid to talk with people, especially when you meet someone for the first time. They might actually think favorably of you.
19. If you experience loneliness after a break – up, don’t take this as a negative thing. It means you’re growing emotionally and spiritually. Moreover, it enhances your productivity.
20. Last but not least, learn to live for yourself by not feeling the need to constantly prove yourself to other people. Otherwise, you’ll spend your life living for others.

5 Signs That You Need To Know About If Your Soul Is Tired

We often tend to focus on the more controllable life challenges. It is only natural since we feel confident about our ability to solve what we can see and properly perceive. For example, when we are sick, the doctors provide a remedy for the symptoms that they observe. We have designated providers of solutions when it comes to mind and body. What about the spirit?
Spiritual exhaustion is more common than we like to think. Even more is the effect of not knowing when one is spiritually exhausted. This fatigue is not just limited to one’s body or the mind, but even their higher being is disturbed and feeling out of juice. It is also a sign that we have disconnected from our inner self.
Spiritual exhaustion happens when one’s soul is fatigued due to constant giving and almost no receiving of care and essential spiritual energy from their purpose and the people they are helping. Many healers go through this, but it is not limited to only them.
So how can one know that they are going through spiritual exhaustion or if one is suffering from a burnout due to too much chronic stress?

1. You Feel That You Are Not Being Valued At Your Work

It is true that spiritual fatigue can creep up on anyone, however, this sign is more observable in individuals who are in a service profession. For example, if you are a caregiver or in professions that have a high spiritual demand, you are more prone to this – you give and give to make other better, but do not get any appreciation for it or any spiritual compensation (like positive expressions of gratitude).
For people who work in areas such as healthcare, teaching, healing, social work in the justice system, spiritual exhaustion may be more frequent and prominently seen. Since these people often put others’ needs before their own, the chances of feeling spiritual emptiness are higher. Moreover, the absence of that matter that would refill your spiritual cup, it is only natural that they may lose their ability to give spiritually and holistically. This may not be a full-blown fatigue, it is surely a trigger for the same.

2. Difficulty Getting Out Of Bed In The Morning, Insomnia

One’s irregular patterns of sleeping are at play here. One may hardly remember a time when they are not tired. By the end of the day, one may just crash into the bed, but not be able to sleep – due to too much fatigue and restlessness. Many of them can’t actively fall asleep, and neither can they move.
Not being able to wake up in the morning shows that the body is too tired to even process rest in its full form. These are symptoms of greater energy shifts that one is going through. One may find their energy levels to be inexplicably erratic. Such unusual fluxes only happen when they are struggling to keep up their energy levels – a major sign of spiritual exhaustion.

3. You Want To Avoid People

Have you ever felt like going away from a social gathering and being all by yourself to feel okay? Often times, being around too many people can tire us out. Out of our awareness, there are constant energy exchanges happening when people come together. When they share grief or happiness, it has an impact on one’s energy.
When too many people are demanding too much from us, it is natural to feel empty and tired after you have given it all. But when you are already running on fumes, there is little that can motivate a person to be with people and keep giving.

4. You Feel A Strange Heaviness In The Chest

In any case, it is advisable to approach your doctor at the soonest when you feel heaviness in your chest. However, a ‘heavy’ chest can also mean that there is an imbalance in your Heart Chakra or if it is closing up, or if it is going through an energy overload.
This heaviness is also seen when one is unable to process their emotions and are still holding their emotions in, without expression or a release. Moreover, if one denies that they also need someone to care for them and are very much lacking in nurturing bonds, we are more likely to suffer from an empty heart.

5. You Cry Too Much For No Reason

Tears are surprisingly versatile when it comes to dealing with a lot of emotional mess and fractures. How often do you let out a few tears when you face totally strange and messed up scenarios? It is safe to say that tears are our valves to let out stress and pent-up emotions.
If you end up crying too often for almost no reason at all, it may be a way that your soul is trying to cleanse itself, trying to remove the blocked up baggage to avoid your body from bearing the brunt of it. When one is spiritually too tired, tears are more than frequent.

What Happens When We Die? This is What Buddhism Says!

The Buddha’s teachings offers the most satisfactory explanation of where man came from and where he is going. When we die, the mind, with all the tendencies, preferences, abilities and characteristics that have been developed and conditioned in this life, re-establishes itself in a new being. Thus the new individual grows and develops a personality conditioned both by the mental characteristics that have been carried over from the previous life and by the new environment. The personality will change and be modified by conscious effort and conditioning factors like education, parental influence and society but once again at death, it will re-establish itself as life in a new being. This process of dying and being reborn will continue until the conditions that cause it, the mental factors of craving and ignorance, cease. When they do, instead of being reborn, the mind attains a state called Nirvana.

How does the mind go from one body to another?

When a person is dying, he begins to lose conscious control of his mental processes. There comes a time when his actions and habits locked away in his memories are released. In many instances, there arises in his mind a mental image. This image is totally involuntarily and is produced by his karma or past actions. Thus depending upon the nature of the particular karma that produces this image, the person may see dark shadowy figures, frightening images, or he may see his relatives or perhaps visions of scenic beauty. Quite often, he will cry out at these visions or remark about them to his visitors. Even though the physical body may be weak these thought units are very strong as death approaches. When the body finally breaks down at the point of death these energies are released as mental energy. As energy cannot be destroyed they have to re-establish themselves in a new body thus causing the phenomenon of rebirth.
Think of it being like radio waves which are not made up of words and music but energy at different frequencies, which are transmitted, travel instantaneously through space, are picked up by the receiver from where the radio produces them as words and music. It is the same with the mind. At death, mental energy travels through space, is picked up by the fertilized egg of the future mother, is reborn as a new being and manifests as a new personality.
Thus it is important that a dying person is comforted and reminded of his good deeds. He should not be made confused and visitors should not overtly grieve in his presence. Neither should unfamiliar ideas like a new religion be introduced to him. The Buddha advises that when one is fearful, he should recall to mind the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha.

Is one always reborn as a human being?

No, there are several realms into which one can be reborn. Some people are reborn in heavenly planes, some are reborn in hell planes, some may be reborn as ghosts and as animals. Heaven is not a place but a state of existence where one has a subtle body and where the mind experiences mainly pleasure. Some religions strive very hard to be reborn in a heavenly existence mistakenly believing it to be a permanent state. But it is not. Like all conditioned states, heaven is impermanent and when one’s life span there is finished, one could well be reborn again as a human. Hell, likewise, is not a place but a state of existence where one has a subtle body and where the mind experiences mainly anxiety and distress. Being a ghost, again, is a state of existence where the body is subtle and where the mind is continually plagued by longing and dissatisfaction. So heavenly beings experience mainly pleasure, hell beings and ghosts experience mainly pain and human beings experience usually a mixture of both. So the main difference between the human realm and other realms is the body type and the quality of experience.
“Those who imagine evil where there is none, and do not see evil where it is — upholding false views, they go to states of woe. Those who discern the wrong as wrong and the right as right — upholding right views, they go to realms of bliss. ~ Dhammapada 318, 319”

What decides where we will be reborn?

The most important factor, but not the only one, influencing where we will be reborn and what sort of life we shall have, is karma. The word karma means ‘action’ and refers to our intentional mental actions. In other words, what we are is determined very much by how we have thought and acted in the past. Likewise, how we think and act now will influence how we will be in the future. Just as radio waves will be picked up by a radio tuned to its particular frequency, the mental energies released at the time of death will naturally be re-established in a new material body that most suits it. Thus, the gentle, loving type of person shall be reborn in a heavenly realm or as a human being in a comfortable environment. The anxious, worried or extremely cruel type of person is reborn in a hell realm, or as an animal, or as a human being born in extremely difficult environment.
Not only is there scientific evidence to support the phenomena of rebirth, it is the only after-life theory that has any evidence to support it. During the last 30 years parapsychologists have been studying reports that some people have vivid memories of their former lives. Professor Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia’s Department of Psychology has described dozens of cases of this type in his books. He is an accredited scientist whose 25 year study of people who remember former lives is very strong evidence for rebirth.

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