ART – C FRIDAY
By Denisia Adams
WORD OF THE DAY
Eg. Stop that man," Tom yelled in a stentorian voice as he pushed his way
through the crowd after the pickpocket.
Answer: T is for Tokollo; K is for Kabelo; Zee is for Zwai.
TKZee: the band that has rewritten the South African musical history books by becoming the biggest selling Kwaito music group ever.
DID YOU KNOW (www.didyouknow.org)
How to Cheer Up
Isn't it annoying when you're feeling down, and people nonchalantly tell you to cheer up? It's easier said than done. While you can't improve your mood with the snap of your fingers, the following steps might help you climb out of a rut. Try them!
o If you're worried about looking silly or crazy, do it privately.
o Doing this while looking in the mirror might be more effective.
2. Sing and dance. You know how when you stand up straight, you seem to feel a little more confident? Although it hasn't been proven, there might be a "body feedback hypothesis". Take that to the extreme. Hide out in your room, put on a happy song, and dance and sing along like you mean it. If you don't know the words to a song, look up the lyrics and read them as you sing, or make up your own lyrics as you go along (they don't have to make sense!). As far as dancing is concerned, it doesn't really matter what you do, especially since nobody's watching. Do the robot, the chicken dance, the moonwalk etc. The key with this step is to let loose. The wackier, the better. Even if you feel awful, just pretend you're an obnoxiously happy person and you'll improve your mood by several notches.
3. Take a power nap. Although tiredness or exhaustion might not be what put you in a rut, it can certainly push you further down. Plus, sometimes a nap can function like a "second morning", similar to pushing the reset button on electronics. Once you get up, take a shower or at least wash your face. Do whatever you can to make it feel like a fresh start.
7. Forgive. In addition to being thankful, it is also good practice to forgive those who have hurt you in the past. Sit in a quiet place with your eyes closed and concentrate on the people you want to forgive. Imagine you are sitting in a circle with those who have done you harm. See their faces in your mind, and take turns concentrating on each one of them individually. When you really feel connected to one of them, say out loud, "I forgive you". Ideally this routine is ended by forgiving yourself for things in your life that you regret or cannot control. The purpose of this exercise is to create serenity with feelings of peace and renewal. Note that you don't forgive others for their benefit (or because they deserve it); it's for your benefit, so you can put the past behind you and move on.