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30 Legit Reasons Why Grandparents Are The Cutest People On Earth

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 Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                              How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                              Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

                                                              I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

                                                              I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

                                                              Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                                                              How Communication Skills Help Your Success

                                                              Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

                                                              Create a Positive Experience

                                                              Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

                                                              When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

                                                              What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

                                                              Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

                                                              As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

                                                              Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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                                                              Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

                                                              Help Leadership Skills

                                                              It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

                                                              Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

                                                              As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

                                                              Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

                                                              If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

                                                              Build Better Teams

                                                              Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

                                                              In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

                                                              If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

                                                              When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

                                                              Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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                                                              How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

                                                              There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

                                                              Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

                                                              1. Listen

                                                              Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

                                                              Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

                                                              People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

                                                              Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

                                                              Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

                                                              2. Know Your Audience

                                                              Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

                                                              Here is a good way to think about it:

                                                              Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

                                                              You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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                                                              3. Minimize

                                                              I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

                                                              He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

                                                              Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

                                                              State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

                                                              The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

                                                              4. Over Communicate

                                                              So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

                                                              What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

                                                              Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

                                                              Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

                                                              Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

                                                              There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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                                                              5. Body Language

                                                              The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

                                                              When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

                                                              In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

                                                              When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

                                                              Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

                                                              There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

                                                              Now go communicate your way to success.

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