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It makes your mind active instead of passive

It makes your mind observant of new ideas

Curious people always ask questions and search for answers in their minds. Their minds are always active. Since the mind is like a muscle which becomes stronger through continual exercise, the mental exercise caused by curiosity makes your mind stronger and stronger.

When you are curious about something, your mind expects and anticipates new ideas related to it. When the ideas come they will soon be recognized. Without curiosity, the ideas may pass right in front of you and yet you miss them because your mind is not prepared to recognize them. Just think, how many great ideas may have lost due to lack of curiosity?

It opens up new worlds and possibilities

It brings excitement into your life

By being curious you will be able to see new worlds and possibilities which are normally not visible. They are hidden behind the surface of normal life, and it takes a curious mind to look beneath the surface and discover these new worlds and possibilities.

The life of curious people is far from boring. It’s neither dull nor routine. There are always new things that attract their attention, there are always new ‘toys’ to play with. Instead of being bored, curious people have an adventurous life.


Loneliness by Rebecca Drollinger It is cold today Indeed the rain is falling and I am alone. Thoughts of life and love, meaningless to anyone but myself. I am alone. They watch me, their eyes not knowing, knowing nothing of what they see. I am but another creature, alone. They scurry on the surface, unaware, unaware of the life below when you are alone. Loneliness, not a burden nor a sorrow, but a time of solace, of deepness never to be shared, never to be understood. They can never reach the place where I am And I know I will never reach the place where they are. I know I don’t want to reach that place. True happiness is here, unmisted. Unmisted by smiles or laughter, unmisted by the joys of company. To find true happiness, to know if one is truly happy, he must be happy alone.


Tips To Become A Check for learning challenges. There can be a raft of reasons causing learning challenges that impede your ability to learn quickly. In this case, heeding the need to address the challenge and seeking remedial measures or professional assistance can help you to overcome such learning barriers and increase your chances of being a fast learner. Avoid feeling anxious. The most common barrier to learning quickly is anxiety. When we tell ourselves that something is hard and that we are not clever enough/able enough to learn it, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and we become anxious. Anxiety causes our thinking processes to slow down and we react with our emotions and desire to run or hide, rather than sitting down to calmly think through the task at hand. If you feel panicked, anxious, short of breath, scared, etc., when learning something new, look at dealing with your anxiety first. Break down the information and tasks into small lots. Avoid trying to learn all of the information at once, as that will only overwhelm you and cause you to feel that it’s too difficult. Find your learning style. There are many different learning styles, based on your personal strengths. Some people are more reliant on visual comprehension, others on aural comprehension, and still others need tactile sensations. Many of us are a combination of learning styles and it is only through trial and error that we find out what works for us. Once you have identified your preferred learning style, rely on that to help you make sense of new information. If that means taking a complex university level textbook and drawing images of the concepts in a comic strip, then by all means do it. You’ll be one ahead of the person who hasn’t a clue how to make that information stick!

Ask questions. This is absolutely the key to quick learning. As soon as those questions pop into your head, listen to them! They are there because your mind is attempting to get across the complexity of the new information before you and this is one means of breaking down the information into digestible pieces. And remember, even if the instructor is of the “ask no stupid questions” type, there is no such thing as a stupid question.


Gluttony is good for you Eat up. The fatter you are, the less likely you are to get depressed and commit suicide By Zoe Williams from The Guardian

Cliches only turn into cliches because they are true. Otherwise, they just become a weird thing that someone in a bank once said to you. So I’m assuming that this will cheer you up, because I’m assuming that, at precisely this time of year, you’re probably quite fat. Or maybe just fat for you. No, no, don’t go and change - you’ll be fine going out looking like that. Scientists in Bristol have discovered that fat people are more cheerful than their thin peers. I thought this was just a revivification of the ancient wisdom that says you should not go on a totally fat-free diet because your brain needs its fat surround to keep from crashing against your skull. That makes you depressed, apparently. But you don’t have to be obese to maintain this fatty covering; you just have to not be anorexic. Nor is this a reworking of the slightly less ancient study that found that people with notable self-control, people who weren’t “appetitive”, were more likely to be depressed. The usefulness of this survey was opaque. It appeared to demonstrate that hedonists were happier than puritans. Nobody needs a scientist to tell them that. They just need to study the works of Chaucer. Or Dickens. Or watch EastEnders. The people enjoying themselves are the fat, jolly ones. The people who worry about how they look, and what people think of them, and what God might think, and whether drinking too much mead will turn out to be a signal that they are bound for hell - those people don’t enjoy themselves so much. In fact, the new research is quite new. It merely asked whether fat people kill themselves. Are they prone to depression or anxiety? The answers were all no. Not only are you less depressed when overweight, it

works in proportion. The fatter you get, the less likely you are to commit suicide. Of course it’s possible that you could be getting morbidly obese as an incremental form of suicide. Research doesn’t relate. Doctors hazarded a guess that thin people made themselves depressed with the effort of keeping thin. It’s feasible, I suppose, but there are plenty of fat people on diets who are making all that effort and failing, and they seem pretty cheerful. Lacking an explanation, we have to fall back on “comfort eating”. This is far from being a sarcastic catchphrase, like “panic buying” and “binge drinking”.You do actually gain comfort from eating. As Kirstie Alley, the Fat Actress (I capitalise because that’s the name of her show, not because she’s really, really fat), once said, “ain’t nothing as lovin’ as something from the oven”. As a rhyme, it works better in an American accent; as a concept, dammit, it’s true in any language. Consider the pleasure that can be derived from food. There is: a) the comforting taste of something nice, generally with a heap of fat and let’s hope some brandy (sorry, it’s still close to Christmas); b) the more arcane pleasures of the gourmet, which are prissier and rarer; and c) the warped pleasure of self-denial. Naturally, people who go for the last band will be the most miserable. They have misery written into their DNA. What makes this fat/happy curve so surprising is that fat people have a horrible time at the hands of society. This year it was revealed that they were less likely to land jobs, and doctors made moves to stop treating them for joint replacements. Next year it’ll probably be even worse. And still they smile.


“Some persons are so frivolous and fickle that they are as far removed from

real defects as from substantial qualities.” ­–François de la Rochefoucauld


Thebalanced importance of havi n g a lifestyle By Brian No

Some­times we may be peo­ple who have lots of dreams and big goals that we want to accom­plish in our lives and we spend lots of our times work­ing on achiev­ing these goals. The prob­lem that most peo­ple have when they go after their dreams is that they go after their dreams and they achieve it only to realise that it wasn’t worth it.Now what do I mean by that? These peo­ple achieved their dreams and now it isn’t worth it? Some peo­ple climb up the lad­der of suc­cess only to realise that in their pur­suit of their goals they lost their health, or their mar­riage or their rela­tion­ship with their son or daughter in the process. Now that is a very sad thing. While we may have big goals and dreams we need to be care­ful how we go about achiev­ing those things. Imag­ine if you are a par­ent and you decide that you are gonna work hard to make lots of money so that your chil­dren can be taken care off for the rest of their lives. Guess what hap­pens. You work very hard, in fact when the boss is telling you to get some rest, you refuse to do so cause you want to show him just how great a worker you are. You do this con­stantly every year for 5 years then your body begins to shut down on you because it has not had a rest for ages. You begin to suf­fer from seri­ous pains in your neck and across your body due to stress. You are now con­stantly hav­ing to see a doc­tor cause you don’t have the strength to work. Do you see what is going on there. We need to be care­ful how we go after these dreams of ours.….Make sure that in your pur­suit of your dream, you do not lose the things that are most impor­tant to you and as one of my men­tors said — The things we have got­ten freely are really the most valu­able things we have and these are our minds, our health, our fam­ily, our friends etc.So set great and mighty goals but remem­ber that you want to make sure that when you have achieved such goals you have not wasted your life on pur­su­ing some­thing that wasn’t worth it in the final run. Learn to have a bal­anced life cause when there is a leak in one area of your life, it affects the other areas!


Jabberwocky BY LEWIS CARROLL

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand; Long time the manxome foe he sought— So rested he by the Tumtum tree And stood awhile in thought. And, as in uffish thought he stood, The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame, Came whiffling through the tulgey wood, And burbled as it came!


Being weird is good. It means you are out of the ordinary– extraordinary.

One, two! One, two! And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back. “And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” He chortled in his joy. ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.


SANDY SANDZ Sandy Sandz is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Singapore. Her favorite animal is alpaca and she likes eggs, very much.


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