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Happiness

Positive Thinking: Is it something we all need to learn?

Why pessimists have a reason to be cheerful

Whatever explains Japan’s chart-topping life expectancy, it isn’t being really chipper all the time

For critics of positive thinking like me, as well as for plain old curmudgeons (also like me, to be fair), it’s an awkward truth that an optimistic outlook does seem to lead to a healthier life. Scientists, with their annoying fixation on facts, have published study after study suggesting that an upbeat attitude protects you from cancer, heart disease and stroke. In one big analysis of American women, the most optimistic were 29% less likely to die, during a six-year follow-up, than the least; in another, involving men too, people with positive views of ageing ended up living longer.

5 Things Successful People Never Do

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There are a million things that contribute to your success: your attitude, your people skills, and your ability to lead, listen, and take responsibility, to name a few.

Downshifting: a new way to become happier?

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Originally the term "downshifting" referred to changing down a gear, in a manual geared car, to slow the car in addition to using the brakes.
 
In recent usage, the term is used to mean the gradual process of changing your life so it is simpler, quieter, balanced, and much less stressful.  
 
What is a downshifter?  
 
Downshifters are people who adopt long-term voluntary simplicity in their life. They accept less money through fewer hours worked in order to have time for the important things in life. Downshifters also place emphasis on consuming less in order to reduce their ecological footprint.  

Questions that will change your life

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why don’t you do the things you know you should be doing? 
  2. What are your values in life? Are you being true to them? 
  3. What does success mean to you?
  4. If you achieved all of your life’s goals how would you feel? How can you feel that along the way?
  5. Do you prefer to be focused on today or tomorrow?

Thought Provoking Questions About Life

Questions for discussion:

  1. When was the last time you tried something new?
  2. What makes you want to do better?
  3. What do you love to do? Do you do it often? If the answer is no, why not?
  4. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
  5. What can you do today that you could not do a year ago?

Middlelife Crisis (Revisited)

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the definition of midlife crisis?
  2. Di you have your midlife crisis?
  3. Do you think everyone has a midlife crisis?
  4. What can you do to minimize midlife crisis?

Weddings

Questions for discussion:

  1. How do you feel about attending weddings? Are they boring, interesting, a waste of time?
  2. When was the last time you attended a wedding? Who was getting married?
  3. When you've been invited to a wedding, do you go out and buy a suit/dress and/or a pair of shoes for the occasion? Why do some people feel that they have to do this?
  4. After the wedding ceremony itself, in some countries there are wedding feasts or banquets. What happens after the wedding in your country?

Childhood. Is it always happy?

1.Did you have a happy childhood?

2.What did you like to do when you were a child? What did you look like?

3.Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

4. What was your favorite subject? Why?

5. What was your favorite game? Who did you play it with? Who gave it
to you? When did you like to play it?

6. Do you remember anything about your personality when a child?

7. Were you good at making friends? How did you make friends? Did you
have a lot of friends? What did you enjoy doing with your friends?

Love actually!

1. Do you believe in "love at first sight"?

2. At what age do people usually get married in your country?

3. At what age do you plan to get married? (Or at what age did you get married?)

4. Do you want a spouse (husband or wife) who is exactly the same age as you, or a bit younger or older? Why?

5. What qualities are important in a spouse?

6. Do you think it's possible to find love on the Internet?

7. What kind of wedding do you want? (Describe it in detail.)

Dating, Part II

Questions for discussion:

1.​ What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘dating’?

2.​ What are the good things and bad things about dating?

3.​ What can you remember about your first date?

4.​ How do you feel before you go on a first date with someone?

5.​ What is your idea of a great first date?

6.​ What is the most disastrous date you’ve been on?

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