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30 Legit Reasons Why Grandparents Are The Cutest People On Earth

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30 Legit Reasons Why Grandparents Are The Cutest People On Earth

When we think of the words ‘cute’ and ‘adorable’, our minds likely flash to images of babies and small fuzzy animals.

But what about grandparents?

When we think of grandparents, we think of amazing home cooked food and presents, but also hearing difficulties, forgetfulness, clumsiness and many other aspects of old age. However, with old age comes a lifetime of humor and novelty.

Here are 30 reasons why, when you think of the word ‘adorable’, your thoughts should go straight to your grandparents:

1. They have a unique sense of humor.

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    It is no secret that grandparents can be a lot more fun to hang out with than your actual parents, however this is one cute and hilarious way to remember that. Their sense of humor often leaves you giggling all the way home.

    2. They never disappoint.

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      It is not unlike grandparents to think outside the box. And really, most of the time, it’s worth it and extremely adorable.

      3. They are a force to be reckoned with.

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        They might be old, but they are still a force to be reckoned with. Honestly, you wouldn’t want to be up against this guy.

        4. They know their limits.

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          You’re their grandchild. Of course they love you…but not that much. They know exactly what their limits are when it comes to spoiling you.

          So go bother your parents instead.

          5. They don’t really understand your jokes.

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            You might have to explain tech talk every once in a while. They aren’t ignorant, however words like ‘cookies’ meant something entirely different back in the day.

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            6. They know how to think outside the box.

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              This is not the general way to open a Gatorade, however your grandparents’ weird and wacky antics can leave any dull day just a little bit brighter.

              7. They are forever classy.

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                Their generation was classy, and some things never change. No matter how old they are, they sure know how to dress!

                8. They are smarter than you think.

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                  Don’t assume that you know better than your grandparents. When they hear you bragging, they initiate that smug “oh please…” laugh-over-the-shoulder.

                  9. They can do whatever you can.

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                    No matter how old they are or how young you are, they can surprise you with their idea of fun. You might have more in common than you realize.

                    10. They like to torture you online.

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                      They can be as evil as any young person out there. Kids with grandparents on social media better watch out!

                      11. They don’t get technology and they don’t even care.

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                        They need major help with technology sometimes, but when their technology misadventures are this hilarious, maybe you should just leave them the way they are.

                        12. They can create their own amusement.

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                          Lonely day? No worries! Grandparents don’t need other people to make a party.

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                          13. They know their marriage is special.

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                            People who have been married a long time have a brilliant sense of humor. You know you’ve  reached a milestone in your marriage when you can crack these kinds of jokes.

                            14. They can make fun of themselves.

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                              They’ve lived out the best years of their lives, so it comes as no surprise that your grandparents can wake up each morning and proudly announce they have survived another day.

                              Only a grandparent can make a text like this sound incredibly adorable.

                              15. They always look amusing, no matter what they’re doing.

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                                In terms of impressiveness, grandparents never fail to deliver. You don’t have to wonder how this is so entertaining to watch.

                                For some reason, they are extremely cute no matter what they happen to be doing.

                                16. They know they can do anything.

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                                  Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Contrary to popular belief, grandparents don’t have much of an issue with getting down with the youngsters.

                                  17. They don’t need to be ‘cool.’

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                                    Grandparents have that uncanny ability to ruin something that was supposed to be completely ‘cool’ or ‘hip’. But we love them for it anyway, and it’s kind of cute if you think about it.

                                    18. They might be more reckless than you.

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                                      Never assume your grandparents are boring. As far as you know, they could be so far above you on the awesome scale.

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                                      19. They have no idea how adorable they are.

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                                        Maybe this is what makes them seem so forgetful? Oh well, it is extremely cute regardless. Sometimes they just have no idea that everything they do leaves you saying “Aww.”

                                        20. They know how to have fun.

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                                          What do your grandparents do while you aren’t around? They tear it up of course! Who says only young people have fun?

                                          21. They are NOT boring.

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                                            Would you call yourself reckless? Chances are your grandparents can beat you in that department. Who has time for being old?

                                            22. They ruin the joke without knowing.

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                                              It was only meant to be a joke, but that’s okay, it’s only cute when you do it. Grandparents have the skill of ruining the joke without annoying anyone.

                                              23. They make video chats unforgettable.

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                                                Who doesn’t love seeing these ridiculous faces in video chats? I bet these are the most unforgettable Skype moments of your life.

                                                24. They know your favorite references.

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                                                  When grandparents understand those favorite references, it just makes you love them even more.

                                                  25. They can never be bored.

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                                                    Grandparents have the most fun of all. They have lived their working lives to the max, and now they just get to chill out and do whatever they want, including this.

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                                                    26. They prefer to remain old school.

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                                                      Some grandparents decide that moving with the changing times is boring. They like to stick to the old school methods.

                                                      27. They use technology like its 1999.

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                                                        You know all that expensive electronic equipment you would kill for? Well your grandparents have it and all they use them for is Solitaire.

                                                        They’re not stupid, they just know exactly what they want from technology, and it’s not Facebook.

                                                        28. They do what they want, regardless of what people think.

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                                                          Your grandparents have been around awhile and they know what really matters in life. They can pull the silliest antics in public and know that it doesn’t matter what other people say.

                                                          29. They know what’s important.

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                                                            Who says you can’t live without social media? Your grandparents, in most cases. At least they know what’s really important, and it’s adorable.

                                                            30. They can be the life of the party.

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                                                              Who cares about joint pain and social stigma? Grandparents love to let loose and when they do, it is the most adorable and amazing thing you will ever experience in your life.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Adorable Grandparents via storymixmedia.com

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                                                              How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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                                                              How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

                                                              You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

                                                              Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

                                                              Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

                                                              Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

                                                              1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

                                                              According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

                                                              “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

                                                              Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

                                                              Warming up

                                                              If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

                                                              If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

                                                              Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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                                                              1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
                                                              2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
                                                              3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

                                                              Stay hydrated

                                                              Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

                                                              To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

                                                              Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

                                                              Meditate

                                                              Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

                                                              Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

                                                              Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

                                                              Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

                                                              2. Focus on your goal

                                                              One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

                                                              Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

                                                              Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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                                                              Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

                                                              If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

                                                              3. Convert negativity to positivity

                                                              There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

                                                              ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

                                                              It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

                                                              Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

                                                              Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

                                                              Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

                                                              4. Understand your content

                                                              Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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                                                              However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

                                                              “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

                                                              Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

                                                              Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

                                                              One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

                                                              5. Practice makes perfect

                                                              Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

                                                              In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

                                                              Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

                                                              6. Be authentic

                                                              There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

                                                              Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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                                                              Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

                                                              To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

                                                              With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

                                                              Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

                                                              7. Post speech evaluation

                                                              Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

                                                              Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

                                                              We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

                                                              You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

                                                              Improve your next speech

                                                              As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

                                                              Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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                                                              • How did I do?
                                                              • Are there any areas for improvement?
                                                              • Did I sound or look stressed?
                                                              • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
                                                              • Was I saying “um” too often?
                                                              • How was the flow of the speech?

                                                              Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

                                                              If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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