3 things you should do to live life fully

Smile first thing in the morning and last thing at night
Smiling is very powerful because it can help out in times of stress or tension [1], but smiling can also make us look attractive and improve our overall mood [2].
Does this show that being a smiley person helps us and others? Is smiling the secret to a happy self, family, country and world?
There are times whenever a smile would be inappropriate and faking too many smiles isn’t good either but smiling more often does help. Be attractive, improve your mood and smile a little more than you normally do.
Eat wholefoods, and lots of them
A healthy diet shows inside and outside. Our body loves wholefoods because they are fully packed of important nutrients and minerals. Wholefoods go hand-in-hand with body repair and growth. Our brain also loves these foods because our mood, concentration, memory and alertness improve with a rich wholefood diet [3].
Does a diet rich wholefood diet keep us fit, slim and generally healthy? Does this make us feel good, allowing us to smile more, naturally?
Reach out. Talk and listen to your friends and family. Maintain relationships through good communication.
Meet new people. Say “hi” and start a conversation with new people. Timing, of course, plays a large part in how and when you should do this but meeting new people means that life itself is more interesting.
Sometimes in life each day isn’t as positive as others, for example, having bad days or experiencing a loss. Life isn’t always plain sailing and easy. Communication at these times can be difficult. If you do find communication hard then listen to music. All types of music. A sad song followed by your favourite upbeat song really helps you to get over this communication blep. When you do get over it reach out again. Stay in touch.

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  1. Net Doctor.
  2. Longevity.
  3. Daily Mail.

Mobile power

Our friend …

Earlier today I couldn’t help but find myself looking at my mobile (cellular) phone when waiting on my lunch to heat up. It got me thinking about something completely different, so much so, the content I have been learning in preperation for my exams this week, almost, just almost went to the back burner: are our mobile phones our friends, our companions, or are they our enemy?

Mobile friendly

In technology terms, mobile friendly means that technology devices communicate effectively with our portable mobiles, so we can have (i) a longer battery life, (ii) a better view of a web site – such as a mobile version, for (iii) quicker access for 3G speed (the speed most mobile’s pick up today). But in everyday language, mobile friendly takes on a new role, a new meaning: it enables us to connect with people, the world and stop ourselves from feeling too alone.

Mobile companion

Rather than a friend, some people use their mobile’s to help them with their everyday situations. For example, using it to send a text message into a TV show’s competition. A mobile can easily become a part of a person. For some, it’s almost glued to their hands. For others, it enables people within (the Information) society to switch off, or at least play down what is actually going on in their real lives. This could be looking at a video, sending a message on Facebook, or using one of the latest apps, such as, DrawSomething. In a way, a mobile does allow us to switch off the reality lights in or lives, or at least make them dull for a few minutes. But where is the balance?

Mobile enemy

Our mobile’s are generally always with us, in our pocket, in our bag, in our laptop case …. But does this mean we always have a distraction around us? Does this mean that we can easily not tackle the real things in our lives, as easy as they once were? Let me explain:

Several decades ago, whenever mobiles were unheard of, I think it would be safe to say that jobs would have got done as and when they needed to be done, there were fewer distractions. If there were, it would have been a delay in obtaining the food, lighting the fire etc. Today, with a mobile, dinner at 5pm could be on the table for 6pm, if not later!

I’ll start dinner after I text …

Mobile perks

Like most things in life, there needs to be a balance on the user – the actual person using the technology, rather than the technology itself. So if we have this balance, what are the benefits of mobile phones?

  • mobile reminders
  • mobile calendar
  • available for family and friends, even emergencies
  • alarms
  • chance to express ourselves (albeit slight), so things like background images, a customised ringtone, or even our own apps!
  • increased online connectivity – current affairs, checking email etc.
  • quick communication – text message to a family member/friend
  • maps if you’re stuck somewhere
  • Quick responce (QR) scans – these are the little black and white boxes you see on posters, or other marketing materials, usually taking you to a website related to that content
  • Skype
  • Online shopping

There’s definately more than I could list, but whatever you use your mobile for, remember to have the balance of life. The balance of social situations. Why not call one of the people in your contacts and arrange to go for a coffee? Life really is short, and it does take someone to get the ball rolling.

Don’t become too engrossed with your mobile, it is full of great things, but it also cannot do (and shouldn’t do) some good old fashioned things (like meeting your friends and family). Meeting people physically is much, much better than virtual (Skype, Facebook) means.

Mobile and exams

In relation to distraction and revision, try to switch off your mobile. If you can’t do this, silent (no vibration) is close enough. Check it whenever you are having a revision break – it could be your mini reward for all that studying you’re doing! Last but not least, use it after you have completed an exam – communicate. Especially if you’ve been studying for a few days in a row, often a mobile allows us to easily communicate with our friends and family. So don’t forget to have fun, especially if you haven’t had a real break in a while.

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Languages as we all know it

Everyday, everywhere there are so many people getting on with their lives in their own language. When was the last time you actually thought about your language, and use of it?

Having the ability to talk (in whatever language) gives us human beings strength, power and beauty. Take the example of a person trying to brignten up someone else’s day, their sentence can lift a persons mood. Take another example of a young child, just finding their voice, they can echo one word “dad” and make another human being run from one end of the room to the other end.

The power of language

By having a discussion with other people in our own native language, we can communicate with one another on varying scales. One spoken sentence could:

  • allow another person to see your point of view
  • allow another person to share their story
  • alter the whole mood of a conversation
  • wrap up a conversation by summarising the points, and agreeing to disagree.

The most amazing thing about language is that people do not have to complete surgery on one another to share an idea into another’s head and mind.

Mood and language

I am sure that someone has used their language to complete a fascinating piece of research on the relationship between language and ones own mood. Even if this hasn’t been done, I really do feel there is a connection. For example, the universal language of music transmits different sounds allowing us to feel better, more relaxed, or, just feeling the way we were before, simply by listening to sound in a certain language!

So many languages

A few days ago, I read an article and watched a fantastic video about a 20 year old man who can speak 11 different languages. Thinking to myself, how lucky and privileged it must be to speak another (single) language, let alone eleven. Perhaps, I’ll get a disc over the summer to enhance my basic French.

So what’s the point of this?

Our language gives us a means to communicate with one another. Yet our language is sometimes not even used. So whatever your language is, use it. It really could make someone’s day to say hello.

Hello in different languages

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