We all know that being grateful and appreciative is very beneficial. ①Gratitude belongs to the category of advanced life skills because it can completely transform your life.
Help others turn away from negativity. If some people you know persist in talking about negative things all the time, find a wise way to tell them that you really don’t appreciate it. ②
Look for reasons to say thank you. ③ They’ll be more likely to do nice things for you because you appreciate their efforts. In turn, you’ll have even more reasons to feel gratitude. When other people sense that you appreciate them, it changes your relationship with them.
④When you find yourself in a difficult situation, look for the beneficial aspects created by that situation. Ask yourself: “What have I learned here? Will it benefit me in the future? When I look back on this experience a year later, what will I be grateful for?”
Have a gratitude review. Do this as soon as you wake up in the morning and before you go to sleep at night. ⑤ Think of all the things you have to be grateful for in your life. If you start and end each day with gratitude, your whole life will shift in a more positive direction. It only takes a minute or two to allow gratitude fill your heart and mind.
Building healthy friendships is an important part of your social life. Your friends can have a major influence on how you think, feel, and behave. But how to choose right friends? Here are some useful ways.
1. Make sure your friends offer emotional support and guidance.
Good friends will be willing to support you, through your high points and your low points. Your friends should offer to support you during any difficult times. ①
2. Determine if you have a good balance of giving and taking.
Good friendships also have a good balance of giving and taking, where you feel mutually supported. ②You do not feel you are giving or taking more than the other person.
3. Decide if your friends bring out the best in you.
Your friends should also encourage you to develop into the best version of yourself you can be. They should help you focus on how you can be yourself and achieve your goals. For example, maybe you are determined to get into medical school. Your friends may encourage you by asking about your studies and by helping you prepare your applications. ③And celebrate you when you get into school.
4. Determine if you can communicate effectively with your friends.
④You can share your thoughts and feelings without limits. You should be able to be yourself around your friends and feel you can share your opinions with them.
Good friendships are built on mutual respect and mutual trust. You should feel you can trust your friends. Good friends will stand up for you and support you. You should also develop respect for your friends. Though you may not share all the same interests or preferences, you should still respect their choices.
A. Focus on making friends in person, rather than just online.
B. They may also help you relieve the stress of the applications.
C. They may also offer guidance and advice when you need it.
D. Consider if you trust and respect your friends.
E. You may volunteer with a group of people who are all supporting a cause.
F. You may develop friendships where there is a balance of giving and taking.
G. Another key aspect of a good friendship is positive communication.
Most people are nervous about public speaking. ① If you know that your topic is interesting, and that your material is well organized, you have already reduced a major worry.
② During your speech, try to change your facial expressions to convey the emotions that you feel. Throughout your speech you need to use expressive facial expressions.
When you speak, you should look your audience straight in the eye. The idea is to give the impression that you are talking to each individual in your audience. If you have a large audience, try to look at people in the middle of the room, and then slowly look to the right side of the room, then to the left side, then back to the center of the room. ③ Otherwise, this will give the audience the idea that you are not interested in your topic or in them.
Enthusiasm is being lively and showing your own personal concern for your subject and your audience. If you are truly interested in your topic, your delivery is certain to be enthusiastic and lively.
Varying speaking rate
Your words should not be too fast or too slow. If you speak too slowly you will bore your audience. If you speak too rapidly you will be difficult to understand. Adapt your rate to the content of your speech. For example, if you explain complex information, slow down. ⑤
A. Inspiring your audience
B. Speaking with enthusiasm
C. If you are happy or enthusiastic, you should speed up.
D. Don’t look at the floor, the ceiling or out the window.
E. The best way to cope with nervousness is to really well prepare.
F. Smiling before you start your speech shows so that you are not nervous.
G. If you are nervous, take a few steps to your right or left while speaking.
There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle (奇迹). The other is as though everything is a miracle. If you choose to be positive, these ideas can be helpful.
Who in your life seems filled with positivity? Who inspires and challenges you to up your game? Consciously build a network of people who motivate you to be your best, and then spend your time with them. Be that source of light for others, too.
♦ Feed yourself with positivity.
② Similarly, how you fuel yourself will determine your experience as well. Read inspiring books. Watch encouraging movies. Follow positive people on social media. You can also create a physical environment of positivity.
♦ Focus on what you can control.
So much is out of our hands, isn’t it? ③ Determine what you can control and put your energy there. For example, you can control your responses, actions, words, and thoughts]; you can be the change you wish to see in the world. You have more power than you realize. ④
♦ Watch your vocabulary.
Mother Teresa declined participation in an anti-war meet. When asked why, she replied that she did not want to give any attention to war, but she’d gladly participate in a pro-peace meet. ⑤ They can help you mend broken hearts and reach amazing goals.
Continue to feed that positive world—like Einstein said, living as though everything is a miracle—and watch life change accordingly.
A. Pay attention to your words.
B. Seek advice from positive and active people.
C. Surround yourself with positive people.
D. Focusing on that, however, can leave you feeling helpless.
E. And when you keep your focus there, that power expands.
F. Putting poor quality gas in your car will not help it run at best performance.
G. If you focus on that change, and then everything will change for the better.
The adobe dwellings(土坯房) ① (build) by the Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest are admired by even ② most modern of architects and engineers. In addition to their simple beauty,what makes the adobe dwellings admirable is their ③ (able) to “air condition” a house without ④ (use)electric equipment. Walls made of adobe take in the heat from the sun on hot days and give out that heat ⑤ (slow)during cool nights,thus warming the house. When a new day breaks,the walls have given up their heat and are now cold enough ⑥ (cool) the house during the hot day: ⑦ the same time,they warm up again for the night. This cycle ⑧ (go) day after day: The walls warm up during the day and cool off during the night and are thus always a timely offset(抵消)for the outside temperatures. As ⑨(nature) architects,the Pueblo Indians figured out exactly ⑩ thick the adobe walls needed to be to make the cycle work on most days.
A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy came and ① (lie) under it every day. He would climb to the tree top, eat the apples, and take a nap in the shade. He loved the tree and the tree loved to play ②him.
In the ③ (follow) years, the boy came and cut the branches to build a house, used the trunk on ④ he used to climb to make a boat and then never showed up for a long time.
Finally, the boy returned. “Sorry, my boy,⑤ I don’t have anything for you anymore. No more ⑥ (apple) for you...” The tree said. “I don’t have teeth ⑦ (bite),” the boy replied.“No more trunk for you to climb on. “I am too old for that now,” the boy said. “I really can’t give you anything... the only thing ⑧(leave) is my dying roots,” the tree said with tears. “I don’t need much now,just a place to rest. I’m ⑨ (tire) after all these years,” the boy replied. “Good! Old tree roots are ⑩ best place to lean on and rest. Come, come, sit down with me and rest.” The boy sat down and the tree was glad,smiling with tears.
Two businessmen ① (fly) to Australia to play in a weekend golf match. Their team won and they both received green jackets.② their last night in Australia, they stayed up late drinking beer. They were still drunk in the morning,③ they drove their rented car to the airport. The road was empty. Suddenly, something jumped in front of the car. The driver couldn’t stop in time and the car hit it.
The men got out of the car and found a large kangaroo ④ (lie) on the road. The drunken men began to laugh and decided to take some ⑤ (photo) with the “dead” kangaroo. One of the men decided to put the jacket on the kangaroo. So they dressed the poor kangaroo in a green jacket. Then they posed with it for some photos. Suddenly, something ⑥ (amaze) happened. The kangaroo opened its eyes. It was not dead. But it was very ⑦ (anger). The kangaroo hit the two men and knocked them out. Then it ran ⑧ In the kangaroo’s new green jacket ⑨ (be) the car keys,a passport,and the air tickets.
Later that day, a motorist phoned the police. “You’re not going to believe this,” he said. “But a kangaroo in a green golf jacket is ⑩ (run) along the road to the airport.” The police finally found out the whole story, and they punished the two drunken men.
When young F.W. Woolworth was a store clerk, he tried to convince his boss to have a ten-cent sale to reduce inventory (存货). The boss agreed, and the idea was ① great success. This inspired Woolworth ② (open) his own store and price the items at a nickel and a dime (角). He needed capital for such a venture,③ he asked his boss to supply the capital for part interest in the store. His boss turned him ④directly.“The idea is too risky,” he told Woolworth. “⑤are not enough items to sell for five and ten cents.”
Woolworth went ahead ⑥ his boss’ support. But he not only was ⑦ (success) in his first store, but ⑧ (eventual) owned a chain of F.W. Woolworth stores across the nation. Later, his former boss ⑨ (hear) to remark,“As far as I can figure out, every word I used to turn Woolworth down ⑩(cost) me about a million dollars.”