Change Your English, Change Your Life! These lessons are developed to inspire you to make changes in your life and help you enhance your English skills. In this lesson you will read a text about about building confidence.
A. Read the text out loud
If you are having a hard time getting some satisfaction, then you can endeavor to go to the root cause, which is to find true happiness. People who are happy tend to have better lives, in general; and if you want to change the course which your life is treading, here are some tips that you can use:
Stay away from stressful situations that will make you feel antsy. Stress can come from people, events and activities. If you know where you stress is coming from, it may be smart for you to stay away from it, so that you do not have to deal with it every day.
Choose to be happy. When given an opportunity to react about something, choose to be the better person and just be happy. Be happy for the small things. Be happy for the good and bad. Be happy for all that you have in your life. Have an attitude of gratitude, and endeavor to find something about your life that is worth being grateful for.
Surround yourself with happy people. Why should you waste your time on people who will only bring you down? Instead, choose to surround yourself with people who will, all the more, make you realize how great life is.
Do things that you love. If you do things that you are passionate about, you do not feel like you are working. When you love your work, you will perform better and you will find no reason to complain or feel pain. At the same time, it is nice to be able to do something you love, outside work. Do not exhaust all your energy on work because it will drain you. Take some time to relax, have fun and be reminded of the things that you love.
Life goes on and on. You can try as hard as you can but you will not be able to control what is going to happen to you. Hardships will come and discouragements will attack you, but when you are truly happy, it will be harder to for you to be put down. You can overcome adversity and learn to accept the things you cannot change. A happy person will have achieved true peace in himself, and he will not need to depend on the material things that he has. You choose to be happy because when you learn how, you will realize that things will just follow and your life will be so much better.
Match the word with the correct definition.
|1.Gratitude||A. try hard to do or achieve something|
|2.Adversity||B. difficulties; misfortune.|
|3.Endeavor||C. tire out; drain your physical or mental resources.|
|4.Exhaust||D. agitated, impatient, or restless.|
|5. Antsy||E. being thankful expressing gratefulness.|
C. Fill in the blanks
- There’s no need to _________ yourself cleaning up-we’ll do it.
- After waiting around for so long, Paul started to _________.
- She felt eternal _________to him for saving her life.
- We always _________ to please our customers.
- ___________ causes some men to break; others to break records.
D. Discussion/Journal Questions
- Are you a happy person?
- What is happiness for you?
- What do you think is the color for happiness?
- Do you think that happiness lies within you? Or does it depend upon other people and external things?
- Can money buy happiness?
- Is happiness a state of mind?
- What makes you feel happy?
- What are the three most important things for you to be happy?
- Is happiness relative, that is, does it have a different meaning for each person?