Saturday, December 15, 2012

How To Instantly Stop Yourself From Crying

Don't let yourself burst into tears

Thanks to Joanna Goddard and WikiHow!

For years, I would feel my chin start to wobble when my scary former boss yelled at me, and, all through my childhood, when in arguments with my parents, I would have to say, "I'm really serious about this, even though I'm crying! Ignore the tears!"

But then, my dears, I discovered the BEST trick that literally stops you from bursting into tears during those ill-timed moments. This is all you have to do: When you feel like you're going to lose it, pinch that little bit of skin between your thumb and pointer finger. Pinch it hard.

That's it. Seriously.

It will magically stop you from crying.

Pinch. Pinch the skin between your index finger and thumb. Or anywhere else that works for you. Easy as pie, right? But don't pinch yourself to hard.

Does it help you?

Here are some other methods to stop crying:

  • Swallow saliva. and then bite your tongue.

  • Take a really deep breath, during any occasion on which you feel that you might cry, and let it out calmly and coolly.

  • Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

  • Blink a few times and look into the light; this makes your pupils constrict and keep tears from falling.

  • Cross your eyes. This is also another way to prevent tears from forming. Rolling your eyes works the same way.

  • Do math problems in your head. Emotion comes from the right side of the brain. Doing even simple addition and subtraction activates the left side of your brain and can circumvent the emotional response you're having. Times tables also help.

  • Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth (or tickle the roof of your mouth with it).

  • Laugh. Laughing is a common impulse when there is something funny. Though this is not a fun situation, laughing stimulates chemicals in your brain that causes crying and calms it.

  • Yawn. Yawning helps to loosen the tight feeling in your throat that comes along with crying. Yawning may result in slight redness/tears so use it as a last result.

  • Puff up your cheeks and hold your breath

Hope it helps! <3

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Distant Place

Pukapuka is a coral atoll in the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most remote islands of the Cook Islands. It is a triangular atoll with three islets with three small islets threaded on a reef, which encloses a beautifully clear lagoon. Together, the 3 islets comprise little more than 3 square kilometers of land area, yet on this small island an ancient culture and distinct language developed over many centuries.

The entire population is said to be descended from just 15 adults and an unknown number of children who survived a catastrophic storm and tidal wave (tsunami) over 300 years ago. 664 people inhabited the island as of the 2001 census.

Pukapuka is a place beyond the reach of the faintest echo from the noisy clamour of the civilised world. To this day Pukapuka is one of the most untouched and secluded places in the Cook Islands.

Couple of Pukapukan phrases:
  • PEWEA: Hello, how are you? 
  • KO LELEI WUA: I'm fine 
  • ATA WAI WOLO: Hello/Thank you  

Mountain Troll Cabins

Norwegians have their own way of going green, and quite literally. For hundreds of years houses in Norway have been covered with turf. And they come in different varieties. Some are bright green and almost velvety. Others are golden and look like they’re growing wheat or oats. A number of turf roofs have flowers mixed in with the grass, and a few have small trees.
A smooth surface like a lawn or a green roof tend to absorb noise rather than reflect them as do other materials or construction.Also studies by German professor, Gernot Minke have shown that green roofs can reduce the effects of electromagnetic radiation.

The advantages of turf roofs (also called sod roofs) are many. They are very heavy, so they help to stabilize the house; they provide good insulation; and they are long-lasting.

Green Roofs in Norway have become a long-standing tradition, and it’s not common to see them dotting the country’s landscape – or in this case, essentially melding with the landscape. During the Viking and Middle Ages most houses had sod roofs, and in rural areas sod roofs were almost universal until the beginning of the 18th century. Tile roofs, which appeared much earlier in towns and on rural manors, gradually superseded sod roofs except in remote inland areas during the 19th century. While the tradition declined and almost became extinct with the introduction of corrugated iron and other industrial materials, steadfast national romantics revived the vernacular tradition. The renaissance of green roofs was also boosted by a growing interest in open air museums, mountain retreats, vacation homes and the preservation movement, and in turn many cultural and commercial institutions have integrated these roofs into the core of their design as an alternative to modern materials.

Every year, since 2000, an award has been given to the best green roof project in Scandinavia.