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HOW TO USE YOUR SMARTPHONE SMARTLY

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Want to know who invented pet rocks? Push a button on your phone and you’ll have the answer.

What song is this? Your phone will tell you.

What should I be doing today? Ask your phone.

How wonderful are smartphones?

With those little pockets of technology you can shop, speak, bank, pay bills, research, write, take photographs, make videos – is there anything they can’t do?

I don’t know how I’d live without one. Oh, wait, I did, for more than half my life.

 

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HOW TO INCREASE HEALTH AND HAPPINESS BY PLAYING IN MUD

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It has been used to build houses, make pottery, keep creatures cool, and is one of the oldest words in the English language. Mud.

The word dates back to at least 1400 and is derived from the original term “muddle”, meaning the lowest or worst of anything.

This ‘lowly’ material can also make you happier and healthier and possibly, more productive and smarter.

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HOW GROUP ART PROJECTS CAN MAKE CHILDREN BETTER ADULTS

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There is no doubt that creating art, in any form, can help children learn and become more self-confident and independent.

There is even evidence that enjoying creative activities can improve health.

It’s a wonderful feeling to be focused on a creation, in a world of your own, enjoying the solitude and immersed in your project.

When a group of people come together to create something, another kind of magic happens.

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HOW TO USE CREATIVITY TO INCREASE JOY AND LOSE ANXIETY

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Did you know that the same chemicals that are released during sex and eating are released when you are engaged in a creative activity?

The reward centre in your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine when you do something pleasurable.

Dopamine acts as a natural anti-depressant, which means getting creative can bring you more joy and lessen anxiety.

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HOW TO USE NATURE TO MAKE KIDS THRIVE 

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While technology is speeding ahead at breakneck speed, the human race is going backwards in some respects.

Think about it. The open spaces and natural foods and hobbies our ancestors enjoyed have been replaced with solid walls, preservative filled foods and hobbies that often include sitting in front of some kind of screen.

Sure, our lives are more comfortable. We are living longer and I daresay with less physical pain than our ancestors endured.

However, the incidence of mental health problems such as depression is skyrocketing, as are physical health issues such as obesity. And many of us are out of touch with the world that hosts us.

The very need to write an article about reconnecting kids with nature shows just how far we have slumped.

It’s not all bad news, though.

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HOW TO DISPLAY KIDS’ ART, AND WHY YOU SHOULD

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesdays project – how to display kids’ art.

I have some fun ideas for dealing with the mountains of art your little creators will give you.

But first, let me tell you why it is so important to display their artworks.

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HOW TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN MORE THROUGH CREATIVITY

 

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Our children are becoming less creative and it could be affecting their ability to learn.

Isn’t that a horrifying thought?

Studies have shown that children’s creativity tends to decrease with age. Most notably from kindergarten to grade three.

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FINDING A NICHE – SEARCHING FOR A CREATIVE SOLUTION

 

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What’s your niche? That appears to be the number one question for bloggers and writers in general.

It seems there is a simple formula to online writing that consists of finding your niche, identifying your audience, and then offering and promoting your writing to that group.

Seems pretty simple, yes?

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SECRETS TO PLANNING A STRESS-FREE CHILDREN’S PARTY  

 

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Planning a party for the little ones? What can possibly go wrong?

The comedian, W.C. Fields knew what he was talking about when he advised; “Never work with children or animals”.

Why? Because they’re unpredictable and you can never be certain of outcomes when they’re involved.

That being said, it is possible to host a stress-free children’s party and these tips will show you how.

 

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PLAYING WITH WORDS – ARE YOU READY TO FACE THE MUSIC?

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Well, I’m about to put a flea in your ear.

Not literally. It’s one of many strange expressions we use in the English language that can confound people who are learning the ropes (or even the language).

Many of these sayings go back to medieval times and some of the origins are quite extraordinary.

I’m about to let the cat out of the bag on these phrases. You’ll be getting it straight from the horse’s mouth. I just hope the cat doesn’t get my tongue before I’m finished or you could end up giving me the cold shoulder and then I’ll have to face the music.

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