Thinking kind thoughts and helping others is good for you because it can help you to gain a positive attitude towards life, as well as creating better relationships with people that you meet. You are also more likely to be optimistic in life, which is a great recipe for success both in school and/or later in your career and personal life.
If ‘you are what you think,’ then having kind thoughts can help you to become a kinder person that people will like being associated. Kind words are always thoughtful words and may change a person’s life. Kind words spoken to a person, who has lost faith in themselves or others, can help them gain new energy to face life and its challenges.
Following, are some of the main benefits of thinking kind thoughts and helping others.
Helps in conquering life’s challenges
We live in a world full of challenges. You may find them within your family or friendship circle, or both. When faced with a difficult situation, you may feel like it is the end of the world. But, with a kind thought or word, most situations will seem to change and life may have new meaning. By using a kind word to a friend or family member, you may improve their day, situation or life.
Enhances good communication
Good communication skills are important in everyday life. They are gained through experience, listening, speaking and . When you think kind thoughts, all the words that come out of your mouth will be kind and this will positively influence those people listening to you. This will help you to build good rapport with people at home, in school, at the work place and it will also earn you a lot of respect wherever you go.
Helps in preventing and/or solving conflicts
Being kind and helping others, is a way to avoid and/or dissolve conflicts. Using kind words is more polite even in a situation where there is tension or disagreement. Kind words may help in calming the people involved, enabling them to solve the conflict amicably. Even in a situation where someone has acted in a difficult or negative way, avoiding unkind words can help to avoid making the situation worse.
Creates a good impression
What we do, how we act and the way we present ourselves reflects our personality. First impressions may determine what opinion other people will form about you. By thinking kind thoughts and helping others, you are more likely to be seen as a good and caring person. This in return may boost your energy and a greater level of confidence, which may improve your self esteem.
Improves personal relationships with others
When you are kind and helpful to people, they are more likely to offer their assistance to others in need. Your relationship with others will improve, and may better equip you to face and overcome any challenges you face in life.
Learning how to write a children’s book does not have to be complicated. There are some basic tips you need to think about though. You do need some creativity in order to write a book that is marketable and enjoyable for a large range of people, or just for yourself and/or a few friends and family.
In order to write a book, you need an interesting story line and characters. The writing style should be clean and easy to follow. You need to decide whether the book is going to be Non-fiction; factual writing that discusses real people, places and events, or Fiction whichisnot true.
Some of the things you need to consider include the following:
This is an age of Book Clubs, Tablets and eReader’s. As such, fiction is no longer taking centre stage. You need a plot with a strong story line, regardless of how brilliantly it is written or how weighty it is. The rules of outlining the plot have changed, and you have to give your protagonist or main character a prominent position with a clear motivation.
When starting to write a book, make sure the goal(s) of the protagonist(s) is/are determined and jeopardy (risk of loss or injury; peril or danger) and/or excitement must increase as you progress. Ensure you do not deviate from the main storyline and always think of the structure in order to keep the reader engaged. Above all you need to have control over the characters. So, it is best not have too many main characters, as it is more difficult to thread the plot into a book.
Creating your characters is not an easy feat to achieve. Describing your characters should be done be vigorously, so as to create realism. In order to make your characters real to your readers, you need to understand them inside and out. With this knowledge, you will be able to project them well in writing. For instance, write everything there is to know about the central character. For example, where they came from, what makes them happy or sad, if they have any positive or negative relationships with people, aspects and/or features that effect them in general.
Creating a theme for your character will make it easy for you to describe them fully and without leaving any holes. Build their personality and looks as well as their relationships. Children have a vivid imagination and to convince them your characters are real, you need to describe them in a such a manner.
Once you have been writing and developing your characters, after 10,000 words go back to the start. This will help you establish whether you are developing them into real characters that readers can associate with easily. If this is not the case, go back to the beginning and make any necessary changes. There are different genres or writing styles. Whether your book is a comedy or a drama etc, either needs to have believable characters.
The writing style you adopt, whether for fiction or non-fiction matters. You need to capture the attention of your audience from the start, not glance at the first page of your book and dismiss it as boring.
Consider the following:
Avoid clichés: This is often overused by new writers, and can make your content dull. You need to give your characters a life of their own and ensure they are new to readers. This cannot be achieved through the use of clichés.
There are of course times when a specific character type, such as a villain or hero, may be used. The difference is, the situations and experiences of the characters you create can make them seem fresh and new.
Information: Ensure the information you provide is factual. If you are not certain about something, reconsider adding it to your book.
These simple guidelines should help you through the process of learning how to write a children’s book.
Good luck and enjoy the writing process!
It wasn’t really too long ago when the alphabet you learnt somehow got all muddled up with vowels and spelling. The dictionary and the thesaurus bore down on you with the weight of the astronomical number of words. Sentences became a long and weary road cramped with more words, and you were left quite confused. Not so long ago the same language unit was simply the way you spoke, or used for writing out secret little notes to friends. It was also used for etching words into the sand until it suddenly seemed to pose a rather unpleasant challenge. So, where did all the fun go?
Well, the fun really resides rather quietly in those words, which over a period of time have become a great tool for improving your expression, and may help you in creating the most amazing pieces of writing. They are what we simply call- ‘the corpus of vocabulary’ that you can tap into in the future.
Writing opens the doors and windows of our mind, taking our imagination to the farthest, highest and the most unknown of places. It is the license for us to write about the most impossible dream coming true and our wildest plans taking off on a flight of fancy. It is what is more commonly termed, “thinking out of the box.”
How many of us had wanted to swim in the river of chocolate in a chocolate factory or wanted to wield the same magic that mesmerized the world in a certain wizards series?
All of these stories are a simple play on words and imagination. You need to dig deep into your creative ideas and create this ‘alternative world,’ where these fictional characters live. Each character comes alive in this alternative space, doing things that you make them do, and saying what you want them to say. You become a wizard who can make this world come alive with the wizardry of your words.
What can make this venture of writing exciting and fun? Is it really that simple, and can anyone be creative? Well, all of us are inherently creative, but only few of us really go anywhere with our instinctive talent. Creative writing, apart from being fun can be something you learn and improve upon with time. You don’t became a writer overnight.
What you need to do foremost is to begin with the smallest experiment in writing. Dig into your most graphic vocabulary. Write the description of a funny or serious person you know, or write a short life description. Don’t hold back your emotions because creative writing requires the ability to express the most subtle, to the most exaggerated feelings. Creative writing is inseparable from what you strongly feel about. It can spring from what impacted you as an unforgettable experience. The mind springs a thousand surprises, once you open the lock of your imaginative potential.
So, what are the fun things that you can do during a creative writing venture? From making inanimate objects come alive, to making the wickedest things look tame, or the tamest look vile; from soaring in the skies to swimming with dolphins that talk to you in human language; from science fiction to magical fairy tale, there is never a dearth of ideas that can trigger your writing.
With words as your colours and imagination as your paint brush, let the magic begin! Choose a main character and give him or her a name. Create his/her home, friends, obstacles, victories or challenges. There can never be a greater inspiration than life itself. Put a little of yourself in every story and feel the triumph, defeat, joy, sorrow, elation and other complex feelings as your story comes alive. Creative writing is a fun way to interpret and discuss life itself. Give your creative juices some space to flow.
Children have great imaginations, which come with great responsibilities for parents. Some children’s imaginations are positive, while others are not. As children grow, their wishes and dreams change with experience. The creation of a supposed perfect world, may be called ‘fantasizing.’ The truth is that as we grow older, our wishes change. The only difference is that our wishes and dreams become more realistic.
Wishes are desires brought to life through longing. There are things a child may want to see or hope for. The myth ‘wishing upon a well’, came from the desire to make dreams come true. Children need to be dealt with carefully when it comes to these two. You will need to be careful when discussing whether whether Santa is real or not with a child. Exposure to reality could damage their creative development, telling them the truth about all issues. Sometimes it is better for children to outgrow some of these fantasies at their own pace.
A child’s imagination, will affect their ability for innovation and creativity. There are wishes that are realistic and others that are out of this world. Parents’ are encouraged to participate positively in these, encouraging the child through affirmations. The child will always act on the reflections of the surrounding environment. They have a knack to combine reality with fantasy. This is often seen in the case of’ imaginary friends that are created to suit their play time needs.
If a child wishes for a Unicorn, our translation could be delusion. As they grow, reality is experienced differently. Wishes or wants may be brought on by the media, books, situations and encounters with the world. The child could either wish for something in their imagination or something realistic. The realistic things could be both material or personal. Talking to them children diligently about the possibilities of these things coming to pass, or not, may ease them into reality.
Dreams vary, depending on the child. They are affected by the child’s background, societal change and exposure to the world. What they see develops their desire and curiosity. Dreams need to be taken into account. Children’s dreams about their future can be amazingly consistent and sometimes erratic depending on day to day interactions. The chances of a child turning what is consistent to them into a career, are high. The child might not directly tell you what their dreams or ambitions are. A parent however, needs to be interested enough to see what direction the child is leaning towards.
A child may like playing doctor, nurse or office assistant. The child could also be interested in certain things concerning a particular profession or career, that seems to intrigue them. It is wise to inquire from the child what they would like to be in future. This can be coupled with what they would like to see change in the future.
The role of the parent is to make wishes and dreams come true. Physically aiding them by providing the resources necessary to fan their desires or talking to them about it. What are ‘Wishes’ and ‘dreams’? These are the character building factors in a child’s min, which determines their drive in the future.
The world is filled with fascinating temples, buildings and many more ancient structures that are still standing to this day. Some of these structures were built hundreds or even thousands of years ago. The elegance of these edifices (large prominent buildings or structures), are mind boggling.
You end up asking yourself,
‘How were our ancestors able to build such complex designed buildings or structures, using only their bare hands and some crude tools?’
Today, you will learn about The Seven Wonders of The World. These magical places will bring you back to a time when the internet had not been discovered. To a world where discourse, poem reading and discovering the wonders of nature were the past time. This following list refers to the Seven Wonders of the World, that was compiled during the Middle Ages (the period in European history between antiquity and the Renaissance, often dated from a.d. 476 to 1453).
1. Cairo, Egypt: The Great Pyramid of Giza
This is one of the three surviving members of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. The grandest Pyramid among the three pyramids built at Giza, an ancient city in Egypt. The construction of this pyramid started in 2560 BC. Historians believe that it was a temple for the late Pharaoh Khufu, and took around 20 years to construct. It was the highest building for 4 millennia after its constructions. It has 480 feet high and 755 feet long on each side.
2. Al-Hillah, Iraq: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
In 600 BC, historical accounts states that the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar II, built the majestic place called ‘The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.’ As the name suggests, the garden was believed to be made of pillars vaulted together. The pillars piled together to create a mountain of flora and fauna that is kept alive by a complex water system. Many people argue its existence because of the complexity of the mountain and the fact that no physical proof or ruin was found to establish its existence.
3. Selcuk, Turkey: The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Do you know the name of the Greek Goddess of Nature and Hunting? It is Artemis, and in 550 BC, the temple that was built for her was completed. It was created in Ancient Persia during the Achaemenid Dynasty. Before it was destroyed by arson in 356, it was described as a place of worship and marketplace. It also housed artworks and sculptures.
4. Olympia, Greece: The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Did you know that Zeus, the father of Artemis, was the King of All Gods and Goddesses? That is the reason why ancient Greeks built a statue to honour his existence. It was built around 450 BC and was designed by Pheidias, a Greek sculptor. Ancient accounts describe that the statue depicts Zeus seated on a cedar throne made of jewels, while holding an eagle scepter in his left hand, and a statue of Nike in his right hand. Its majestic feature is the reason why it was declared one of ‘The Seven Wonders of The World.’
5. Southwestern Turkey: The Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
This mausoleum was built in 351 BC by the Persians and Greeks. It stands at 135 feet tall and adorned with sculptures, columns and has reliefs on each of the four sides. It was built to house the bodies of the then King Mausollos and Queen Artemisia. As one of The Seven Wonders of the World, it was designed by Satyrus and Pythius who were both Greek architects. It was, however, destroyed in the 14th century because of multiple earthquakes.
6. Rhodes, Greece: The Colossus of Rhodes
In 280 B.C., a statue to Honor the Greek God of the Sun, Helios, was built on Rhodes Island. Helios was the patron god of the island. The ancient Rhodes residents believe that it was Helios who helped them ward off invaders in 304 B.C. The statue has the same size as the Statue of Liberty in New York. Sadly, 54 years after one of The Seven Wonders of The World was completed, it was destroyed because of an earthquake.
7. Pharos Island, Alexandria, Egypt: The Lighthouse of Alexandria
This ancient lighthouse was built in the 3rd Century B.C. to mark the small island of Pharos; in Alexandria, Egypt. It stood at around 380 to 450 feet. The lighthouse was one of the tallest structures made by man over the centuries. It was destroyed by an earthquake in the 14th century.
The brain* is basically the tool that tells the body what to do. A powerful brain means that the cognitive factors (mental process of knowing), work at their best capacity. This is a delicate part of your child’s development. If brain stimulation is neglected, it may not develop to function productively.
The brain is responsible for various functions in a child or adult. It directly affects the mobility and coordination of the motor parts, including the arms and legs. It also affects the learning ability of the child. The brain can retain more information than we can possibly learn. It is influenced by hormonal control and also perception of the environment we live in.
The brain is responsible for both the short and long term memories. It helps to control the development of maturity in children. There are simple ways to improve brain functionalities and power. All these are recommended within their time frames, corresponding to the developmental level of a child. Certain diets will improve the multiplication of brain cells. Activities engaged in or experienced by children, will affect how the brain determines old and familiar, or new tasks.
So what’s in a puzzle that gives it the ability to power the brain? Puzzles are amongst the best activities to improve brain ability, as well as the dexterity of the body. Puzzles will challenge the brain to make sense of things presented out of the normal context. The brain, just like any other organ in the body, needs exercise. The more the brain is put to use, the more it will adapt to different tasks.
Activities that do not challenge the brain, only make it dull. It responds to what is fed and processed through it. The processes are affected by what is stored in the brain. The ability to analyze the data makes the brain improve its reasoning capacity.
Puzzles are designed for children with this in mind. They may help to improve reasoning ability. While working out how to piece puzzles together, children have to think out of the normal situations they experience. They have to preempt an outcome, which is a function the brain does not come with, and needs to be learned. The child will grow with an uncanny ability to think about issues in a different light. Puzzles are great trainers in learning problem solving skills. Puzzles are actually problems with a solution.
Puzzles provide different ways of arriving at an answer. This gives the brain the ability to solve issues in more ways than one. A child trained in a single system may have problems with learning. This is because learning sometimes involves unlearning, through alternatives being provided, and therefore finding better and faster ways to do things.
Puzzles will equip help the brain to gain innovation and creativity. They bring the desire to do more. This factor allows the brain to create more functions, that will allow it to combine ideas that can bring together a different usable result. Puzzles challenge the brain, expand the mind, improve problem solving, as well as provide an interesting alternative to video games, DVD’s and television.
Remember the old saying, ‘Use your brain?’ Do it everyday, and it will serve youwell! An easy way to exercise it is, you guessed it, through reading Puzzles!
* The Brain: is part of the central nervous system, within the cranium of humans and other vertebrates. It is soft, and has a mass of lots of overlapping coils or folds of grey and white matter. The brain controls and coordinates the mental and physical actions of the body.