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Category: Creative Living (Page 2 of 9)

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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HOW TO DEFINE A CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE

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It’s undoubtedly the most important expression in our language, yet we have crammed its many profound meanings into one little four letter word – LOVE.

Isn’t it amazing that such a complicated language as English would take such a simplistic approach to an emotion that has to power to send you into a state of complete euphoria, or to break your heart?

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WHY COMPLIMENTS ARE AS GOOD AS CASH

 

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They may not put food on your table, but compliments will put joy in your heart and can be just as beneficial to your brain as a cash reward.

The beauty of this psychological reward is that it gives as much to the giver as to the receiver.

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WHY I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY

 

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That’s the first verse to our national anthem. I remember when it was first introduced to replace God Save the Queen how we laughed and laughed at the word ‘girt’.

For some reason, just about everyone I know thought that word was hilarious. And this is one of the reasons I love being an Aussie.

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WHY TELLING TALL TALES IS GOOD FOR YOU

 

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Not the one about the fish that got away.

You know, the one that was so big it could have sunk the boat.

Tall tales are essentially stories and storytelling can help people solve problems, deal with stressful situations and increase inner harmony.

That’s why it is so important to encourage this creative use of imagination in children.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT BELIEVING IN MYTHS

 

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Do you believe in dragons, mermaids, unicorns and fairies?

Science has been unable to prove the existence of any of these, yet many of us hold onto the idea that they may exist.

The ability to accept the possibility of the unseen and unproved is what leads to scientific breakthroughs.

Embracing the world of fantasy, mythology and magic will open minds and doors to endless possibilities.

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN HAPPY ENDING

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I recently found myself in an embarrassing situation.

I was watching a movie, The Good Little Dinosaur, with one of the Goddesses when I felt my chest tighten and my eyes start to tear up.

It was a poignant part of the movie where the little dinosaur had to say goodbye to a special friend.

I was horrified to be having such a strong reaction to a kid’s movie, particularly since I had trained myself years before not to do this in order to avoid the inevitable jokes from my male dominated family.

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TERRIFIC TRIVIA TO TEASE YOUR BRAIN

 

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Do you ever wonder why we love trivia so much?

Sometimes it’s fun to fill your head with useless facts you can bring out, dust off, and share at appropriate moments.

There is more to it than that, though.

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HOW TO RUN A MARATHON – AND LIVE A LIFE

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Have you ever thought about what it takes to run a marathon?

I hadn’t – until recently when one of my sons entered one.

Brendan’s involvement made me curious and the consequent research led me to believe running a marathon is much like living a life.

You have to overcome fear, train yourself to focus, deal with physical pain, think positively, and show determination to make it to the finish line. And music always helps.

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HOW PLANNING AHEAD CAN SAVE YOU FROM DEPRESSION

 

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A constant theme among the grandmothers in my circle has been a feeling of contentment – a sense that their life has come full circle and is complete.

There is no argument this is a wonderful feeling, but what if I told you that the contentment you’re feeling now could lead to depression?

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