How to talk to anyone

Listen attentively. Communicating with others is as much about listening as it is about talking. When you listen closely to another person, you learn about his needs and views on life. Learning about the person you are talking to allows him to feel understood and leads to more effective communication.

Gather information. When a person comes from a different culture or background, she may speak in a way that does not resonate with you. Even if you speak the same language, she may be from a different region that uses different terminology or speaks more rapidly. Learn more about her culture or background to improve your ability to converse with her.
Ask for clarification. If a person speaks rapidly, uses unfamiliar words or leaves out important information, ask him questions. He may be accustomed to people who speak just as quickly or technically and might be unaware of your confusion. Asking for clarification will also show him that you are listening.

Speak clearly. Use language that others will understand. Avoid mumbling or using unfamiliar lingo. This is especially important when speaking to people of different cultural backgrounds, ages, professions and personalities.

Confirm that your message is being understood. Watch your listener’s body language. Look for signs that she understands what you are saying. A furrowed brow and other body language indicating confusion or disinterest are reasons to slow down or speak more clearly.

Appreciate the differences. Being able to talk to anyone means sincerely appreciating diverse beliefs and cultures. For example, you might notice that the family near you at the park is dancing to music from a different culture. To break the ice, you might ask them for the name of the instrument, artist or song.629px-Talk-to-Anyone-Step-03

Things you should know about the sun.

As it is getting closer to summer and the temperature gets higher, people are happy to spend more time taking sunbathes and just be outside. But before doing that we all should be aware of some very important rules to follow while being in the sun. Sun can be nice for you, but at the same time can be very dangerous. It even can cause cancer!

One: Always use a sunscreen or moisturiser containing an SPF of at least 15. That way you will have advance protection, regardless of whether you are in or out of the sun.

Two: Tightly-woven clothing helps deflect UV rays better than thin cotton T-shirts, especially if they are wet. Look for labels that indicate UV protection.

Three: Wear a hat whenever you’re in the sun, especially if you are fair-skinned. A wide brim is best to shade the face.

Four: Apply plenty of sunscreen to all exposed skin. Don’t forget tops of feet and back of the neck.

Five: Re-apply sunscreen frequently. Even though many brands claim to be waterproof, swimming, rubbing, or even sweating, will still eventually wear them off.

Six: Protect young babies by keeping them out of the sun altogether. Sun pods and shade parasols for pushchairs are essential.

Seven: Keep children out of the midday sun, and encourage them to wear a T-shirt over their swimwear.

Eight: Wear sunglasses. UV radiation can damage the eyes long-term, leading to cataracts.

Nine: Never use sunscreen to increase the amount of time you spend in the sun.

10: Don’t use sunscreen instead of protective clothing on skin that is not usually exposed – such as thighs or bottom.


Getting ready for the summer

Girls from our House are getting ready for the summer. It is the time to get rid of all the fat we gained during this winter. Some of us go jogging every evening when they don’t have much homework to do. I think it is a very good thing to do because by partaking in a 30 minute daily jog, your heart will grow stronger and healthier. Running will help you increase your blood circulation and overall improves your health. In short, you’ll live longer and remain healthier throughout your life – especially if you continue your jogging habit on a regular basis throughout your life.

One of the biggest benefits of a daily jog is weight loss. Individuals who are looking to lose weight and get healthy would benefit from a daily jog. Jogging increases the body’s metabolism and helps burn fat.
Therefore, a daily jog will help you lose the weight in a healthy way when compared to taking a pill, having weight loss surgery, or using a crash diet to reach your fitness goals.

So I think we all should start this healthy activity and those who already started… just keep it up 😉

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Benefits of drinking water ;)

Your body is about 70% water, the majority of your blood and every cell in your body is composed of water. Therefore, you need water to function properly. I read in the magazine that for men roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of water are needed in a day. For women it is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of water a day. And here are the 9 benefits of drinking water:
1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
2. Promotes Weight Loss – Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
3. Flushes Out Toxins – Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones.
4. Improves Skin Complexion – Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!
5. Boosts Immune System – A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.
6. Natural Headache Remedy – Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.
7. Prevents Cramps & Sprains – Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.
8. Puts You in a Good Mood – When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!
9. Save Money! – Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

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Seventy years since the Siege of Leningrad

The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade,  was a prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army Group North against Leningrad—historically and currently known as Saint Petersburg —in the Eastern Front  theatre of World War II. The siege started on 8 September 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, the siege was finally lifted on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history and overwhelmingly the most costly in terms of casualties.

And today is the day when the blockade finally was over!  blokada+leningrada+vostochnij+front+vtoraya+mirovaya+vojna+55139062356 RIAN_archive_907_Leningradians_queueing_up_for_water tmp389B-65 Мобилизация_в_Ленинграде_летом_1941-го

Learn! Learn! Learn! ;)

We always have to memorize something and sometimes its very hard to do! So I decided to post some tips that will make your memorizing process easier and faster ! Good Luck 🙂

Sit in a peaceful environment. Go where there are no distractions, nothing that will visually catch your eye. Avoiding “shiny objects” will allow you to focus on what it is you need to memorize. That means no TV, open windows, or those cat clocks with eyes that move back and forth.

Color code your information by type. For example, if you’re memorizing history notes, then color code them by dates or key people. George Washington is blue, Ben Franklin is orange, anything about the Revolution is red, King George is green, etc.

Go through each color-coded section, writing and rewriting each item down until you can successfully memorize it all. Writing each item down on a matching-color Post-It note will not only help cement this association in your mind, it will help with the next step too.

Place a Post-It or index card on a location you frequently visit, such as your locker or your bedroom door. Read it every time you pass by. Align your notes by color, vertically, and horizontally, by time.

Frequently write and rewrite the notes. When you go to your note board, look at an item, rewrite it on a fresh Post-It or card, and replace the existing one. If you are having particular difficulty with one of the existing notes, take the old note and put it somewhere else, where you will see it more often. Replace that one occasionally, too.

Find a partner to study with. Draw diagrams/graphs, write out explanations, and teach concepts to each other to help each of you better remember them.

Highlight the high points. Look for important of key words depending on what you have to memorize, highlight them, remember them, then try to memorize the rest. If reading online PDFs, make use of the highlighting function for key points. This helps your memory, as well as fast recovery of information when searching through the document again.

Move around. Pace around the room while studying and repeating the information to yourself. By walking around, you will use both your right and left brain and memorizing the material will be much easier.

Stay healthy!!!

Winter is coming and it means that there is a big risk for us to get sick. A very easy way to keep yourself healthy is to eat fruits! Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, which are essential for our body and also strengthen our immunity towards diseases. Fruits like oranges, blueberries, strawberries  keep cancer, heart attack and other coronary diseases away. Vitamin C in these fruits keeps our blood pressure in check. Antioxidants in cherries, raspberries and blueberries fight free radicals and repair the damaged cells in our bodies. Enough reasons why fruits are good for health! So I strongly recommend you to eat fruits every day 😉 And as we girls always want to keep our weight in check, fruits help us with that!  They are very low in calories and are beneficial for those who want to lose weight. One can always substitute fruits for any regular food they eat and, as fruits consist mostly of water, they can make the stomach full and curb down the craving for more foods 😉 Stay healthy!!!