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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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                                                              When Should You Trust Your Gut and How?

                                                              When Should You Trust Your Gut and How?

                                                              Learning how to trust your gut, otherwise known as your intuition, can keep you safe. Your gut can guide you and help you build your confidence and resilience. My own gut instinct has saved me on more than one occasion. It has also guided me into making sound career choices and other exciting, big decisions. I’m also aware of the times when I’ve gone against my instincts and really regretted it later, wondering why I didn’t tune in to that valuable internal voice that we all have within us.

                                                              In this article, we’re going to explore why and how you should listen to your gut, as well as some concrete tips on how to make sure you’re making the most out of your gut instincts.

                                                              How to Listen to Your Gut

                                                              The key when making any big decision is to always take a minute to listen well to yourself and your inner compass. If you hear your actual voice saying yes while inside you’re silently screaming no, my advice is to ask for some time to think, or simply take a breath and pause before the yes or no escapes your mouth.

                                                              Use that moment to breathe, check in with yourself, and give the answer that feels congruent with who you are and what you want, not the one that always involves following the herd. Trusting your gut means having the courage to not simply go with the majority. It can be about holding your own. Here’s how to hone that skill for yourself and reap the rewards.

                                                              1. Tune Into Your Body

                                                              Your body gives you clues when you’re faced with a big decision. There are many visible and obvious symptoms that we feel in uncomfortable situations. Our body’s reaction is often something that we might try to hide, for example, blushing, being lost for words, or shaking. There are things we might do to try and hide that physical reaction, whether it’s wearing makeup, having a glass of wine or coffee to perk us up a bit, or learning to control our nerves.

                                                              However, paying attention to your body when you experience these feelings of anxiety can teach you so much and help you to make sound choices. Some people will experience an actual “gut” feeling of stomach ache or indigestion in an uncomfortable situation.

                                                              Ask yourself what’s really going on here, and explore what is happening behind your body’s response to the situation. What can your reaction or instinct teach you? Understanding that can be a clue and can help you either learn something about yourself, the situation, or other people. The answers are often within us.

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                                                              Sometimes we’ll get this “something’s not right here” feeling and cannot quite put our finger on it or explain it. That can still be incredibly useful and really guide us away from danger, even if we don’t know the reason.

                                                              In his book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell also argues this, making the point that sometimes our subconscious is better at processing the answer we need, and that we don’t necessarily need to take time to collect hours and hours of information to come to a reliable conclusion[1].

                                                              2. Ensure Your Head Is Clear Before Making a Decision

                                                              Energy, sleep, and good nutrition are so vital to nourishing our minds, as well as our bodies. There are times when your instinct could lead you astray, and one of these is when you are hungry, “hangry” (angry because you’re hungry!), tired, or anxious. If this is the case–and it may sound obvious–do consider sleeping or eating on it before making an important choice.

                                                              There is, in fact, a connection between our gut and our brain[2], which is where terms like “butterflies in the stomach” and “gut-wrenching” originate from. Stress and emotions can cause physical feelings, and ignoring them might do more harm than good.

                                                              3. Don’t Be Afraid to Say What You Think and Feel

                                                              Listening to your gut and really paying attention to it might involve standing up and being counted, calling something out, or taking a stand. As someone who works for myself, I’ve become used to following the less-travelled road, and that’s given me the chance to strike out on my own in other ways, too.

                                                              As they tell you in the planes, “put your own oxygen mask on first,” and part of that self-reliance is knowing what you really want and like and what is safe and good for you, including what resonates with your personal and business values. Making good decisions with this in mind means making choices that do not go against your own beliefs, even when it may mean taking a stand. This is part of trusting yourself and trusting your instincts.

                                                              This does not always mean taking the “safe” option, although keeping ourselves safe is an important part of the process. This is how we learn and grow, by following our own inner compass. When you do take risks, go outside of your comfort zone, or choose the less popular option, spending some time researching the facts can stand us in good stead, too.

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                                                              4. Do Your Research If Something Feels Off

                                                              As well as listening to our instincts, we can also back up the evidence for our chosen course of action before taking the leap. I had a gut feeling about the need for a learning and development network when I noticed my clients getting stuck with the same problems. I set up and now run such a network, but instead of simply going for it, without evidence, I followed up on my instinct with research.

                                                              Having confidence in your gut instinct through these kinds of tests can help to minimize your risks, as well as spur you on. It will encourage you to trust your gut again in the future and trust that you are an expert with foresight and experience. You are!

                                                              5. Challenge Your Assumptions

                                                              When you look at the assumptions your making, this could be the clue to mistakes you are making.

                                                              In order to check that our instincts are wise, we need to ask ourselves what blanks we might be filling in, either consciously or unconsciously. This is true not just when it comes to our own decision-making. It’s also true when we are listening to someone explain a problem or situation, and we’re about to jump in and give some advice. If we can learn to be aware of our own assumptions, we can become better listeners and better decision makers, too.

                                                              A useful tool to become more aware of your assumptions before making a final decision is simply to ask yourself, “What assumptions am I making about this situation or person?”

                                                              6. Educate Yourself on Unconscious Bias

                                                              Unconscious bias is something we all have, and it can trip us up big time!

                                                              There is a vital caveat to bear in mind when wondering about whether you can trust your gut and the feelings your body gives you, and that’s having an awareness of your unconscious bias. Understanding your own bias–which is hard to do because it literally does happen in our subconscious–can help you to make stronger, better, decisions instead of re-confirming your view of the world over and over again.

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                                                              Bias exists, and it’s part of the human condition. All of us have it, and it colors our decisions and can impact on our performance without us realizing.

                                                              Unconscious bias happens at a subconscious level in our brains. Our subconscious brain processes information so much faster than our conscious brain. Quick decisions we make in our subconscious are based on both our societal conditioning and how our families raised us.

                                                              Our brains process hundreds of thousands of pieces of information daily. We unconsciously categorize and format that information into patterns that feel familiar to us. Aspects such as gender, disability, class, sexuality, body shape and size, ethnicity, and what someone does for a job can all quickly influence decisions we make about people and the relationships we choose to form. Our unconscious bias can be very subtle and go unnoticed..

                                                              We naturally tend to gravitate towards people similar to ourselves, favoring people who we see as belonging to the same “group” as us. Being able to make a quick decision about whether someone is part of your group and distinguish friend from foe was what helped early humans to survive. Conversely, we don’t automatically favor people who we don’t immediately relate to or easily connect with.

                                                              The downside of that human instinct to seek out similar people is the potential for prejudice, which seems to be hard-wired into human cognition, no matter how open-minded we believe ourselves to be. And these stereotypes we create can be wrong. If we only spend our time with and employ people similar to ourselves, it can create prejudices, as well as stifle fresh thinking and innovation.

                                                              We may feel more natural or comfortable working with other people who share our own background and/or opinions than collaborating with people who don’t look, talk, or think like us. However, diversity is not just morally right; having a mix of different people and perspectives that can be genuinely heard is also a valuable way to counter groupthink. Diversity stretches us to think more critically and creatively.

                                                              7. Trust Yourself

                                                              It is possible to learn how to truly trust yourself[3]. Like any talent or skill, practicing trusting your gut is the best way to get really good at it. When people talk about having great intuition or being good decision-makers, it’s because they’ve worked at honing those skills, made mistakes, learned from them, and tried again.

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                                                              Looking back at decisions you’ve made, what you did, what the outcome was, and what you’ve learned can help you become a stronger decision maker and develop solid self-trust and resilience. Making a mistake does not mean you are not great at decision-making; it’s a chance to grow and learn, and the only mistake is to ignore the lesson in that experience.

                                                              If you are in the habit of asking others for their input, then the trick here is to choose your inner circle wisely. Having a sounding board of people who have your best interests at heart is a valuable asset, and, combined with your own excellent instincts, can make you a champion decision maker.

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              The above tips are all actionable and easy to start immediately. It’s simply about switching your thinking around, slowing down, and taking great care of this amazing machine that is your body and mind!

                                                              Learning how to trust your gut is one of the most fundamental ways to make decisions that will help you lead the life you want and need. Tune into what your body is telling you and start making good decisions today.

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                                                              Reference

                                                              [1] Science of People: Learn to Trust Your Gut Instincts: The Science Behind Thin-slicing
                                                              [2] Harvard Health Publishing: The gut-brain connection
                                                              [3] Psych Central: 3 Ways to Develop Self-Trust

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