Thursday, 9 August 2012

We are as happy as we choose to be!

 What is happiness? We all have asked ourselves this question at least once in our lives. Mostly we like to contemplate and philosophize about happiness and how to find it. Happiness is different for everyone. For some to be happy is to have a lot of money and to live in a luxurious house somewhere in a heavenly beautiful place. Others find happiness in their job which they adore. Many people are happy to spend time with their nearest and dearest and make their lives brighter. We are all different.  But what is common for all of us is that we all can be happy, if we choose to be. 

It dawned upon me recently how much we miss in our lives. We all rush through life forgetting to pay attention to important things. We all go to work, spend the usual office hours there (or even more), hurry home to take care of our families, go back to work and basically that is it. Some lucky ones find time for hobbies, others don’t. I have always been amazed how my American friends from Oregon treat their lives. They are grateful for every single day they spend on this planet, for every minor thing. 

I woke up early one of these days and noticed how beautiful is the beginning of  the day. I felt an itch to go outside and to enjoy it. I did not fight the impulse and went outside. It was peaceful and silent. Not many people around, no fuss. The sun was rising, lighting the tops of the trees. The air was crisp and fresh even though later during the day it will be scorching hot. I went to the small pond there is nearby and observed the little ducks playing in the water. It was a beautiful morning! I usually am not outside at such an hour- I am either going to work, or sleeping or taking care of household chores. It was a rare moment for me to enjoy. Then I remembered a wonderful poem we learned at school and the whole meaning of it opened to me anew.

W. H. Davies
WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

I realized how important it is in our busy lives to take a moment in time, to pause and forget about our everyday fuss and just enjoy – the gorgeous nature and amazing landscapes, the beautiful music, the heart-warming people around us. Life is worth living J I heard someone said: “Love life and it will love you back”. So let’s be happy, I know we can. 

Many people subconsciously or not, with or without admitting it still want to live as long as they can for the chance to realize their dreams and to follow their ambitious plans or just to live and enjoy. So here are some rules to help us realize our secret wishes. Give it a read and I hope you will have a laugh because smiling and laughing make out life happier J But as you know I always want you to learn something from every extract I present here. This time I would like you to use the comparative and superlative expressions given below to complete this humorous article.

a-g  by far the lowest      compared with        even worse      little safer        
 a lot more                much better                      world’s highest

h-n  10%  longer      as famous as       half as many         a little more     
  one of the best          significantly happier       twice as likely 

How to live forever: 8 golden rules
Rule 1 Don’t live in Iceland. With long dark winters, sub-zero temperatures and active volcanoes, it has the (a)____________ suicide rate. Move to Palm Beach, Florida, where you have a (b)______________ chance of living to be over a 100 – like the rest of the residents.
Rule 2 Don’t go to Johannesburg. It is the murder capital of the world. Statistically, it is (c)_____________  dangerous than Sao Paolo or New York. Milan’s  a (d)_____________  but try not to breathe. The pollution’s (e) _______ than in Mexico City.
Rule 3 Don’t get sick in Equatorial Guinea. There’s only one doctor to every 70,000 patients and no anaesthetic. If you have to be ill, be ill in Kuwait. It has (f) )____________ death rate in the world. Only 3.1 people per thousand dies annually, (g) ______________ 11.2 in Britain.
Rule 4   If you’re a man, think of becoming a woman. On average, women live (h)___________ than men. If you are a woman, stay single. Crime figures show women are (i)____________  by their partners than anyone else.
Rule 5 Smoke one cigarette a day. It won’t do you much harm and, according to some doctors, it’s (j)______________ ways of avoiding senility (слабоумие) in old age.
Rule 6 Drink red wine – in moderation. (k) ___________ red wine drinkers suffer from heart attack conditions as white wine and beer drinkers. Drinking all three is not an option!
Rule 7 Become a “chocoholic. Chocolate isn’t good for you, but it releases chemicals in the brain that make you (l)_____________ . And it’s a medical fact that happiness prolongs life.
Rule 8 Die young and famous – like Elvis, James Dean and John Lennon. People will keep believing  you are still alive. Even if you can’t be (m) ___________ Marilyn Monroe or Kurt Cobain, you can (n) ____________ careful than they were. No sex, no drugs, no rock’n’roll. You won’t actually live longer. It will just seem like it!

            I hope you enjoyed the article and won’t take it seriously. Let’s live and be happy, learn and get to know something new and amazing. I have a song to share as well J Just listen and enjoy – no tasks. 

 From In Company  Intermediate (second edition) by Mark Powell


Anonymous said...

ace of can feel a breath of the 90s in the air...

Elena Matveeva said...


Unknown said...

I should have become a doctor. I would be a very rich man in Guinea ))) Hi Elena

Andrew said...

Thanks, it was very useful for me.

Elena Matveeva said...

I am glad you liked it, thank you for the comment. I hope you will become a frequent guest here from now on :P

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