During the Middle Ages, the Chinese enjoyed a higher standard of living than almost any other contemporary nation. This high standard of living was made possible by their stable civilization, which for the most part had remained unbroken for centuries. While Europe was amid dark times, poverty, war and disease, China was flourishing, producing new art, science, and literary works.
Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with flory.
The Mesopotamians were the first people to keep records of lunar eclipses, beginning in 2200 B.C.