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How Does Colour Affect Our Childhood’s?

How Does Colour Affect Our Childhood’s?

As babies and young children when we all vaguely look like potatoes with eyes, our genders are usually signified via which colour toys we are given: blue or pink. Pink is seen as significantly more feminine within society, whereas blue is associated with various different qualities and is used in logos for big businesses and in uniforms: representing success, trust, authority.

As well as gender-coordinated colours, the different types of toys may also be solidifying harmful gender roles in children’s minds. In a photo series named ‘The Pink and Blue Project‘ inspired by these ideas, South Korean photographer JeongMee Yoon took photos of children from the around the world with their possessions.

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Now only do these children own about five thousand more things than I have in my entire life, there is also the undeniable fact that boys own blue stuff, and girls get pink but it’s the type of toys that is worrying. ‘Toys for girls are pink, purple, or red, and are related to dress up, cooking, and domestic affairs,’ says Yoon. ‘Most toys for boys are made from the different shades of blue and are related to robots, industry, science, & dinosaurs.’

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                          Having once been a child myself, I know that I played with whatever I was given and didn’t really have a preference between playing with trains, lego, dolls (be they Barbie or Spiderman) or teddies. In fact, my brother and I shared all of our toys. Why is it that in modern society we still buy little girls toys that will help them within a domestic environment, but do not buy little boys the same? Is there an assumption that boys will not need to cook or clean as adults? And why are little boys bought science related toys whilst girls are bought slightly creepy baby dolls, other than the fact one of the sexes is born with a womb? Let us know your opinions!

                          Featured photo credit: The Pink and Blue Project via amazon.com

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                          Last Updated on September 17, 2019

                          10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                          10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

                          Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

                          But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

                          Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

                          1. Spend Time with Positive People

                          If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

                          Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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                          2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

                          When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

                          Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

                          3. Contribute to the Community

                          One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

                          Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

                          4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

                          Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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                          5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

                          You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

                          If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

                          There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

                          6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

                          It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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                          Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

                          7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

                          Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

                          For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

                          Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

                          8. Offer Compliments to Others

                          Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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                          9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

                          If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

                          Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

                          10. Practice Self-Care

                          Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

                          Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

                          Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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