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How People Interpret Emojis Differently Will Amaze You

How People Interpret Emojis Differently Will Amaze You

We don’t need studies to report on our fixation with emojis. The loss of tone in texts has demanded further expression, even from the most prolific writers, and so we have created images of expression to assist us. They help us communicate and they are fun. Studies have reported, however, that there has been some confusion regarding what certain emojis mean. Have you ever gotten a nice message, only to find a crying face underneath? Confused? As the Emojipedia was designed in Japan, sometimes we aren’t familiar with the original meanings or intentions. Some say it is the different devices on which we are receiving the images (Android, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) that create conflicting ideas, though we must admit that sometimes it comes down to just plain old interpretation. Here are a few of those ambiguous emojis.

1. OK! Emoji

This is quite possibly the most ambiguous emoji ever made. Most think she is dancing or “raising the roof.” Some think it is just playful. Really, she is doing the full-body gesture of “OK.”

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    2. Person Bowing

    This emoji is often confused with a child being cute. It is actually a person bowing deeply.

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      3. Post Office Building

      Alongside the other little buildings, where mostly we aren’t sure what they are for or about, this building is a Japanese Post Office.

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        4. Sweet Treat? Flower?

        This emoji is actually a rice cake!

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          5. Hushed Face or Surprised Face?

          This face is meant to be the “hush” face, as in “You are in the Library, so hush.” We think it looks a little, um, astonished…

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            6. Rice Cracker or Cookie?

            This emoji is generally perceived to be a chocolate chip cookie or some cookie of the like. It is actually a Japanese rice cracker.

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              7. Prayer Hands or High Five?

              This seems angelic enough, but could easily be confused with two hands slapping together in a high five.

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                8. Crying Cat Face

                Cats are a big deal in Japan. In English-speaking countries, we generally aren’t sure why a cat is crying or what this means, but it is just much less serious than a crying human face.

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                  9. Pine Decoration

                  Thought this was some kind of freaky mushroom stalks? The emerald city in The Wizard of Oz? It is actually Kadomatsu, a Japanese pine decoration that is placed in front of new homes to welcome good things.

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                    10. It’s Not a Fart!

                    Believe it or not, this is not what you thought! It is not a symbol for a bottom-noise! It is the symbol for taking off quickly, cartoon-style.

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                      Featured photo credit: Kaboompics via kaboompics.com

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                      30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                      30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                      In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                      1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                      Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                      2. Focus on your breath

                      Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                      3. Get organized and purge old items

                      A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                      4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                      Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                      5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                      Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                      6. Smile more

                      Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                      7. Don’t worry about the future

                      As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                      8. Eat real food

                      The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                      9. Choose being happy over being right

                      Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                      10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                      Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                      11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                      You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                      12. Get comfortable with silence

                      When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                      13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                      So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                      14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                      Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                      15. Speak more slowly

                      Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                      16. Don’t procrastinate

                      Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                      17. Buy a coloring book

                      Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                      18. Prioritize yourself

                      You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                      19. Forgive others

                      Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                      20. Check your expectations

                      Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                      21. Engage in active play

                      Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                      22. Stop criticizing yourself

                      The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                      23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                      Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                      24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                      Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                      25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                      Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                      26. Manage your money

                      Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                      27. Stop trying to control everything

                      Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                      28. Practice affirmations

                      Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                      29. Get up before sunrise

                      Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                      30. Be yourself

                      Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

                      Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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