Conversation Questions April Fool’s Day

 

 

  • What are some tricks people play on April Fool’s Day?
  • What is the background of this day?
  • Do you have the same tradition in your country?
  • Do you play tricks on April 1st?
  • What sort of tricks do you play?
  • Have you ever tried fooling your family on April Fool’s Day?
  • Do you always look forward to April Fool’s Day?
  • Have you ever been tricked on April 1st?
  • Are you mad if someone play tricks on you?
  • Do you know anyone that got married on April Fool’s Day?
  • Did someone play a trick on you? What was it?
  • Have you ever been fooled on April Fool’s Day?
    • If yes, how did you feel then?
  • How would you feel if you were being fooled by your dearest friends

A Part of Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom.

http://iteslj.org/questions/aprilfools.html

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Finland: The Happiest Country On Earth!

By Aaditi P, Writer  for Youngzine

 

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City of Helsinki in Finland; Image Pixabay/tap5a

What better occasion to announce some happy news than these grim times that we are pushing through?

Just in time for the UN’s International Day of Happiness on March 20, the World Happiness Report announced a listing of the world’s happiest countries – with Finland emerging as the winner for the third year in a row!

The runner ups, which also happen to be European countries, are Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway.

Many Finns are confused at the idea that they could win the award for the happiest country when they are simply content with their lives. Let’s take a look at how the happiest country is determined…

How are the Rankings Determined?

Image DW/World Happiness ReportIt may seem strange to imagine happiness as something that can be measured.

When asked about how a country can be the “happiest,” John F. Helliwell, one of the editors of the report, explained that happiness does not depend on a counted number of smiles but on the trust and confidence that people have in each other.

The editors of the World Happiness Report used data from the Gallup World Poll to rank the countries. Additionally, they looked at six factors: levels of income, life expectancy, generosity, freedom, social support, and trust.

This poll that people in countries around the world answered includes a set of yes/no questions about their lifestyle and emotions. The survey also includes questions like one where the respondent was asked to rank their life as if they were on a ladder (0 on the bottom to 10 at the top) and the happiest life was at the top.

The results of the survey and an examination of the factors ranked the happiest countries in the world, along with the least happy. The countries that are at the bottom of the list in terms of happiness are Afghanistan, followed by the African countries of South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and the Central African Republic.

Finns and their Lifestyle

Cricau Festival; Image WikipediaSo what exactly in the lifestyle of Finns makes them stand out? As mentioned before, trust is a key part of a healthy and happy life. A common theme that many of the lower-ranking countries on the list shared is the people’s distrust and fear of their government.

However, according to the survey’s results, 91% of Finns are satisfied and trust their president, while 86% trust their police.

Not only does Finland have a smooth, trustworthy democracy, but also a progressive education system and almost perfect gender equality. One of the biggest factors of the Finns’ content lifestyles, however, is due to their universal healthcare system.

All in all, it is the community and trust that boosts Finland to the top of the happiest countries list. So, although it may be a time of stress and fear, experts say that this is also a time to increase our overall happiness if people come together to support each other.

https://youngzine.org/news/societyarts/finland-happiest-country-earth

Now that we have some time on our hands…

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Photo by Marcos Paulo Prado on unsplash.com

 

 

Have a quiet moment or two to think about life ?  You’re place in the universe ?  Why you’re here ?  Can you answer these questions with an eye toward a future that will provide you with a path, a framework for living life to its’ fullest ?  It all begins with realizing that we all have a unique destiny for greatness.  Read on !

 

Let´s talk about the MEANING of LIFE worksheet - Free ESL printable worksheets made by teachers

https://en.islcollective.com/english-esl-worksheets/grammar/questions-interrogative/lets-talk-about-meaning-life/4229

So What’s Your Color ?

 

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Photo by ReneeFisher.co

 

Got a favorite color? Well, what does your favorite color say about you? Check this artistic infographic for answers and fascinating color facts.

5 Fascinating Color Facts

Here are some random facts about color that might surprise you! From UCreative.

40% of people worldwide say their favorite color is blue, by far the most popular color.

Red is the first color a baby sees, at around 2 weeks of age.

Pink is the most calming color, and is used in some prisons and mental health institutions to calm worked-up prisoners and patients.

White is considered the safest color for a car. I’ve seen studies on this – it’s the color that’s most visible both day and night.

Red and yellow together are the most appetizing colors. That’s why they’re used in a lot of fast food signs.

Color Preference by Gender

Color insights from Live Science.

Blue: Male 42%, Female 29%

Green: Male 25%, Female 19%

Purple: Male 12%, Female 27%

Red: Male 8%, Female 9%

Yellow: Male 5%, Female 6%

Orange: Male 7%, Female 3%

Pink: Male 1%, Female 7%

It’s surprising to me that purple is cited as the third most-liked color for both males and females. But they didn’t include brown, white, gray and black in this study. I’m guessing a lot of men prefer those neutrals over purple!

There’s much more to this story. This article can be found in its’ entirety at:

https://louisem.com/

Becoming More Polite

Co-authored by Tasha Rube, LMSW 

Politeness is an important social skill that can help you make friends, succeed professionally, and show respect. You may have good manners already but are looking to expand them for an upcoming dinner party, work event, or just for life in general. You can be polite by offering a proper greeting and showing good manners with words and actions.

Greeting People Politely

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    Smile when greeting someone. When first meeting or greeting someone, offer them up a warm smile. Smiling indicates that you are in good spirits and are happy to see them. It helps to establish friendliness from the get-go as the smile is the first impression that people usually make when meeting someone.  In some cultures, such as Russia, smiling is not necessary.
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    Say hello. Instead of just walking by someone you know or ignoring someone you are supposed to be meeting, greet them with a warm ‘hello.’ You do not need to wait for them to say it to you first; it’s okay to be the initiator.

    • For example, “Hello, Mr. Sanderson. It’s great to meet you! My name is Emma Payne and I work in cybersecurity.”
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    Shake hands firmly and assertively. When meeting someone, take their hand into your right hand and grasp it firmly, shaking it up and down once. Respect the other person by not squeezing their hand too hard in an attempt to “dominate” them. If you know them well, you might hug instead.

    • There are many different ways people around the world greet each other, and these greetings may not always involve handshaking. Be sure you’re aware what’s appropriate in the country you’re living in. You can go online to find out if you’re unsure.
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    Make eye contact if it is culturally appropriate. When in conversation with someone, look them in the eyes a little over half the time you’re speaking. Maintaining eye contact shows that you are paying attention. Staring at them, however, can be perceived as creepy and rude. Break eye contact every so often to avoid staring.

    • Eye contact is usually seen as a sign of respect in Western culture. In some Eastern cultures, it can be seen as a sign of aggression. Don’t make eye contact if the other person considers it rude.
    • People with certain conditions such as autism and social anxiety may find eye contact unnerving or distracting. If eye contact is hard for you, you can fake it by looking at someone’s nose or chin. (They usually can’t tell the difference.) If your conversation partner avoids eye contact, keep in mind that they may be shy or they may have a disability, and let it go.

     

Being Polite with Words

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    Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ When asking someone to do something for you, always say ‘please.’ After someone has done something for you, always say ‘thank you.’ Let others know that you appreciate and value their contributions.

    • You might say “Honey, can you pick my dry cleaning up today, please?”
    • Or you can say “Thank you for getting that memo to me about the job assignment so quickly.”
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    Make small talk. Instead of jumping right into business or serious discussion with someone, make small talk first. Discuss their day, their kids, or the awesome Thai food they have for lunch. Talk about the movies or shows you’re watching lately or books that you’re reading. This will help break the ice.

    • Say something like “Hi Ms. Richardson! How’s your day going so far?” When she responds, you can say something like “Oh you just had your lunch break? What did you have?”
    • Try to remember details about the person you’re speaking with, such as their partner or children’s names, their birthday, or their anniversary. Be mindful of other issues and difficult life events.
    • Listen attentively and pay attention to what they are saying to you. Do not interrupt them when they are speaking, but show them you’re interested by asking questions.
    • Avoid jargon and any vocabulary that others may not know. If you’re discussing a complex topic, be careful not to speak arrogantly.
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    Address elders with respect. In many communities, addressing elders by their first name can be seen as disrespectful. Instead, use “Mr.” and “Ms.” if you don’t know their professional title or marital status.

    • If they ask you to call them by their first name, you should do so.
    • Use these terms for anyone 15 years or more older than you.
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    Congratulate other people on their successes. When others do well, offer them your praise. If you see someone you know in the grocery store who has recently graduated, gotten married, or gotten a promotion, congratulate them. Failing to do so can be perceived as rude.

    • Acknowledge sad times, as well. If you know someone in their family has recently died, express your condolences.
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    Avoid swear words in polite company. Some people use curse words at home or with friends. If you are in a church, school, professional setting, or around people you don’t know well, keep your language tame.
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    Avoid gossiping. Though it can be tempting to talk about people you know, avoid doing so. A polite person does not spread demeaning information about others, whether it’s true or not. If others are gossiping around you, change the subject or walk away.
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    Recognize inappropriate topics. Some conversation topics can make people upset or uncomfortable, and you can risk hurting other people’s feelings if you accidentally make an insensitive comment. While they are sometimes okay to discuss with close friends, they’re often inappropriate in polite conversation or when getting to know someone. Try to steer your the conversation towards pleasant or at least decent areas, and avoid causing friction in a polite setting.

    • Sex, violence, death, medical details, and politics usually make people uncomfortable. Avoid these topics in polite conversation, especially if you don’t know your conversation partner very well.
    • Don’t point out things about a person that they might perceive as a flaw. For example, if someone is overweight, don’t mention it. Avoid commenting on people’s body size, body parts, habits, disabilities, or other potentially sensitive topics.
    • Avoid intrusive questions towards someone who is different from you. For example, it’s not appropriate to ask a wheelchair user “What happened to your legs?” or to ask a person of color “No, where are you REALLY from?”
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    Avoid pressuring other people. Never push anyone to do anything that they’ve expressed discomfort with, from romantic pursuits to ordinary activities. If their body language involves signs of discomfort, slow down or stop. If they express a boundary, respect it immediately.

    • If you think someone might be feeling pressured, say “There’s no pressure” or “Please feel free not to take my advice if it doesn’t suit you.”
    • If you think you might have crossed a boundary, you can say “I’m sorry. Have I made you uncomfortable?” or “Would you like me to stop?”
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    Apologize when you do wrong. Everyone makes social mistakes from time to time, no matter how hard they may try. When you do mess up, apologize genuinely and immediately. Express that you’re sorry and make plans to avoid the behavior in the future.

    • For instance, perhaps you flaked on your friend this weekend on a party you two had planned to go to for weeks. Say “I’m so sorry about this Friday. I got really tired after work and just wanted to sleep. That doesn’t make it okay though, so I apologize. Let’s go out this weekend.”

     

    Being Polite with Actions

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      Be early. Be respectful of other’s time. If you have a meeting or appointment with someone, try to arrive at least five minutes early as being late in some cultures is considered very offensive. You never know what kind of traffic you’ll run into, so leave early to be prepared.
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      Dress appropriately for the occasion. When invited to events, check the invite to see the dress code. If you don’t know what the dress code means, use your favorite search engine to look up what term your host used and find examples of suitable outfits.

      • For instance, if an event is business casual, then you should wear a nice shirt and slacks or a skirt. You can wear a blazer or cardigan as well.
      • Make sure your clothes are ironed and clean.
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      Maintain your hygiene. In addition to your clothing, be sure to keep up your hygiene. Shower daily and wear deodorant and lotion. Keep your hair clean, neat, and out of your face.
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      Know proper dinner party manners. For silverware, go from the outside, in. Place your napkin on your lap, and do not add anything to the table that was not there when you got there (cell phone, glasses, jewelry). Put your purse between your feet and under your chair. You should not apply makeup at the table, so if you want to fix your makeup or check if something is in your teeth, go to the restroom.

      • Don’t begin eating until everyone else is served.
      • Chew with your mouth closed and don’t talk if your mouth is full.
      • Avoid foods with foul odors that will linger on your breath.
      • Don’t slurp your food.
      • Don’t put your elbows on the table and don’t reach over people for another helping. Ask if they can pass it to you.
      • Don’t play excessively with your hair.
      • Avoid habits that other people might see as disgusting. Don’t chew your fingernails or fingers. Avoid picking at your ears or nose. Instead, excuse yourself if you need to blow your nose or use the restroom to clean up.
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      Observe others when in doubt. How are they greeting and addressing each other? What are they doing with their coats? What kinds of topics are they discussing? Different settings require different standards of formality, and those standards often define what is polite and what is not. So when you don’t know, look to the host or other guests for guidance.

 

https://www.wikihow.com/Be-Polite

Shelter Takes In The Chubbiest Cat They’ve Ever Seen

When shelter staffers first saw Bazooka Joe, they had to do a double take. Pictures of the gentle giant just didn’t do him justice.

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Tipping the scales at over 36 pounds, Bazooka Joe couldn’t even fit in a normal cat carrier. In fact, when he tried to squeeze into one, he got stuck.

He can barely fit in someone’s arms. a man holding a cat© SPCA of Wake County“It’s jaw-dropping how large he is — and how long he is, too,” Darci VanderSlik, director of communications for the SPCA of Wake County, told The Dodo. “He’s 34 inches long, so he’s a very square cat.”

Bazooka Joe entered the North Carolina shelter system when his former owner, an elderly man with dementia, passed away. The large cat arrived at the shelter matted and dirty. His girth prevents him from caring for his coat adequately — and, boy, is there a lot of coat to care for.

“He’s struggling to groom himself properly, he’s struggling to play with toys, to do what normal cats do,” VanderSlik said. “But he’s still very agile for the state that he’s in — he’ll jump up on the bed and climb up the stairs.” a cat lying on top of a table© SPCA of Wake CountyAt only 5 years old, Bazooka Joe is still a young cat with a long life ahead of him, noted VanderSlik: “He’s got this kitten personality in this oversized body.”

And while he looks imposing, his personality couldn’t be sweeter. “This cat is the coolest cat ever. He’s so mellow and chill,” VanderSlik added. “He’s just happy all the time.” a person holding a cat© SPCA of Wake CountyRobin Anderson was scrolling through the Maine Coon Rescue Community on Facebook when the tabby’s sweet face popped up on her screen. After losing her Maine coon in August, she had finally found a cat large enough to fill the hole in her heart.

Anderson immediately called the shelter, hoping that the cat hadn’t already been adopted. a person holding a cat© SPCA of Wake CountyWhen shelter staffers heard her personal story, they knew they had found the perfect home for Bazooka.

“She herself had lost over 120 pounds and now runs marathons,” VanderSlik said. “So she was super excited to step in and help him and document his weight loss journey. She even wants to harness train him so he can get some cardio.”

Bazooka Joe went home Monday, less than a week after arriving at the shelter, and has since been renamed King Augustus.  For now, the chunky kitty is taking a few days to get acclimated to his new surroundings, but soon he’ll be meeting his “little” brother, a 10-pound dog named Rufus.

With a new name and a family, it’s clear that King Augustus will have many happy — and slimming — years ahead.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/shelter-takes-in-the-chubbiest-cat-theyve-ever-seen/ar-BBZgu2n?ocid=spartanntp

Law of Attraction Exercises

Part 2 of a series on The Law of Attraction

While affirmations and visualizations are two of the most important tools at your disposal when working with the Law of Attraction, they are far from the only techniques that you can use to create the life you desire. For example, there are Law of Attraction exercises that specifically target negative feelings and help you work on dismissing them, and ways of stopping self-undermining thoughts before they can emerge and take hold. Meanwhile, there are ways to transform your living space to better reflect your goals and to inspire an optimistic mind set, and social methods that enhance your communication and help you to spread positivity wherever you go.

As well as offering practical guides to using a wide range of generally applicable exercises that enable you to use the Law of Attraction in your quest to get what you want, we will provide details of more specific exercises that target specific domains. After all, the exercise you might use in a search for prosperity differ from those that lead you towards romance, and from ones that focus on career goals. We’ll also give you suggestions for ways to create your own exercises based on some of the affirmations and visualizations you’ve already developed.

The Law of Attraction is no scary science or heavy philosophy – it is all about turning good intentions into positive action. It really is as simple as that. Simple exercises like filling your thoughts, words, and energies with positivity and possibility, knowing exactly what it is that you want and then simply ‘allowing’ the universe to flow.

It doesn’t matter if you are new to the Law of Attraction, a number one fan of the universal laws or the world’s biggest skeptic; if you would love nothing more than to master the Law of Attraction and add a little positivity to your day, or find out what it could do for you – here are a few simple exercises to get you started.

1. Treat The Universe Like Your Personal Supermarket

law of attraction exercisesMake your very own ‘manifesting shopping list’. Every day, no matter where you  go, scribble out lists of what you want from the universe.

Write them on your phone, on scraps of paper or in a beautiful notebook bought specifically for the task. Writing lists like this will help you to get really clear on what it is that you want.

However, the biggest advantage of this exercise is that the more you lose and forget about your lists, the easier it will become for these things to manifest in your life.

When we focus really hard on waiting for something to show up in our lives, our energies can become ones of worry and ‘lack’ – creating resistance.

So, once we have got clear on what it is that we want and forget about our lists, we let our dreams go. This takes all pressure off of the manifesting process, leaving our dreams in the hands of the universe.

Other exercises that embrace your creative visualizations also include using a vision board, creating a focus wheel or even writing a dream journal.

2. Play Make Believe

Taking some time out to play in the realms of your imagination with creative visualization exercises, can prove a fun and simple exercise for raising your feel-good vibrations.

Plus, it helps to tell the universe exactly what it is you wish to manifest in your life.

Try spending 10-15 minutes imagining how your perfect day would go. What would you be doing? What would you look like? Who would you spend your time with? Enjoy exploring the life that you know you are in the process of creating.

3. Manifest Something

Practice manifesting something small, to give yourself confidence and help hone your creating capabilities.

law of attraction exercises

Begin by trying to manifest something small and even insignificant – it could be anything from a distinctive flower to a book.

You want to start small as you need something that you have no resistance to, something you feel no pressure to manifest.

You can try out some of the very simple 10 minute manifestation exercises.

Now, spend a couple of minutes thinking about this item. How will you feel when you have it? How will it feel in your hand? Just relax and let it fill your thoughts for a few moments.

Last but not least, forget about it. Let it go, and rather than worry about whether this thing will show up or not, look forward to it unexpectedly popping up in your life.

Simple beginners’ practices such as these can help to raise your frequency and bring your mind to a place of positivity and better alignment with your goals.

Further still, as evidence of the Law of Attraction begins to crop up in your day-to-day life your confidence will begin to grow, until you are able to begin manifesting even bigger and greater things.

For more in-depth exercises and worksheets to help you manifest more of what you want and less of what you do not, why not claim yourself a copy of the Law of Attraction toolkit?

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https://www.thelawofattraction.com/law-of-attraction-exercises/

 

Note:  I’ve never tried this myself, maybe I will someday.   I don’t endorse something I don’t know much about, or never tried.  Besides, there is an offer to purchase more materials about Attraction on this website.  OK, it’s a business selling a product that maybe you’ll love, or maybe not.  I present this information to you because it’s what I do as a tutor.  I can’t vouch for the content, but it is intriguing enough to pass it along to you