Saturday, April 29

7 Ways to Develop or Display Good Manners in the Society

In a simple form, good manners mean acting in a way that is socially acceptable. It is a display of respect, care and consideration for others. It is also a show of excellent character that helps you to relate better with people whom you have just met.

7 Ways to Develop or Display Good Manners in the Society

Good manners make you shine as light for others to see your good character not just in words but in your actions.

The following are the seven (7) ways by which one can develop or display good manners in the society:

#1. Practice Basic Courtesy
Courtesy is simply defined as “polite behaviour” that shows respect for other people. Learn to say ‘thank you’, ‘please’, ‘sorry’, ‘take care’, ‘excuse me’, to people even if they do not seem to care about it. Do not shout but always speak with low voice when speaking to others.

Some people will definitely notice when you are courteous and respectful to them. Such good manners will grant you favour with people.

#2. Show Preference for Others
It is good to prefer others above yourself. If someone wants to push his/her way through, you make way for the person to pass instead of struggling with him. Give up your seat especially for elderly people, if there is nowhere for him/her to sit.

You can also hold the door open for someone coming closely behind you to pass instead of leaving it to slam in his/her face.

#3. Speak Politely
Do not use abusive or harsh words on people. Avoid discussing rude or dirty topics like sensitive parts of your body, gossips, dirty jokes or words that you will not want your parents to hear.

Keep the volume of your voice as low as possible, yet loud enough for your hearers. Do not shout on or at people. Remember that God takes records of every word that we speak.

#4. Lend a Hand
Always try as much as possible to assist people when there is a need for you to do so. When you meet your teacher or an elderly person (whom you know well and those you do not know well) on your way and you are going to the same place assist to carry his/her bag.

When you go to a friend’s house to call him/her for school or to play, assist with the house chores so that he/she can finish in good time.

#5. Congratulate People
Rejoice with and congratulate people who hace recently achieved success or something very great.

For example, congratulate and welcome a new student into your class, a boy/girl who passes his/her examination, a family who has just had a new baby, bought a new car or moved into their house. Even when you are defeated in a sporting event or academic competition, congratulate the winner.

#6. Greetings
Acknowledge the presence of people around you and greet them appropriately. Appreciate people and say “thank you” for every kind word or deed.

Have self-control and don’t be a talkative in the midst of others. Do not be proud. Be humble, warm and loving.

#7. Groom Yourself Appropriately
Whether you are going to school or office, place of worship, or any other outing, your good manners will go unnoticed if you are not well groomed. Take a shower regularly, put on clean clothes, and keep your hair neat and your nail short.

Finally, always have it at the back of your mind that ‘respect is reciprocal’ and “you will be addressed the way you dress or present yourself”. So, it is very important to start developing and displaying good manners to other people at various levels or areas such as family, group, community and organisation in order to live together peacefully.

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Wednesday, April 19

Short Definitions of Commonly-Used Government Terms

Government simply means the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed. This act of governing the activities by which government policies are made and implemented has different forms of governance.

Thus, the governance of nations differs significantly based on who has power. And power takes on different forms in different societies.

Below is a collection of the commonly-used terms of government, with concise definitions:
1.        Democracy: This is the government of the people, for the people and by the people.
2.        Autocracy: This is the government ruled by sovereign (i.e. a single individual) with uncontrolled authority.
3.        Aristocracy: This is the government controlled by the nobles (i.e. the most powerful members of a society).
4.        Bureaucracy: This is the government ruled by department of state. It is also known as red-tapism.
5.        Oligarchy: This is the government ruled by the few for the interest of the few.
6.        Plutocracy: This the government ruled by wealthy people in the society.
7.        Hierarchy: This is the government ruled by a ranked body; by priests or religion leaders.
8.        Theocracy: This is the government ruled through divine guidance.
9.        Episcopacy: This is the government of the church ruled by bishop.
10.  Stratocracy: This is the government ruled by the military officers.
11.  Kakistocracy: This is the government ruled by worse citizen(s).
12.  Monarchy: This is the government ruled by one individual (i.e. an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority).
13.  Anarchy: This is the government ruled by none (i.e. a state of lawlessness and disorder which is usually resulting from a failure of government).
14.  Kleptocracy: This is the government ruled by the thieves.
15.  Meritocracy: This is the government ruled by the meritorious (i.e. a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects).
16.  Technocracy: This is the government ruled by the technical experts or scientists.

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Thursday, February 2

63 Cool Facts You Need to Know

The following is a collection of sixty three (63) cool facts you ought to know:

1.        Strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges.
2.        Clocks made before 1660 had only one hand – an hour hand.
3.        Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
4.        In Alaska, it is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting.
5.        In ancient Egypt, the only person who was allowed to wear cotton was the high priest.
6.        In America, you’ll see an average of 500 advertisements a day.
7.        In Singapore, it is illegal to sell or own chewing gum.
8.        In 1989, the space shuttle discovery carried 32 fertilized chicken eggs into orbit.
9.        China was the first country to use paper money.
10.  There is only one word in English language with three consecutive sets of double letters – “bookkeeper”.
11.  There are more telephones than people in Washington DC.
12.  It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.
13.  The state of Florida in the U.S. is bigger than England.
14.  The average woman produces twenty five thousand quarts of spit in a lifetime enough to fill two swimming pools.
15.  The average person can live about a month without eating any food but can only live about a week without water.
16.  You burn more calories sleeping than watching TV.
17.  You forget 80% of what you learn each day.
18.  70% of poor people in the world are females.
19.  The most pushups ever performed in one day were forty six thousand and one.
20.  Over seven billion dollars a year is spent on chocolate by consumers worldwide.
21.  4.5 pounds of sunlight strikes the earth each day.
22.  Monopoly is the bestselling board game in the world.
23.  In deep space, most lubricants will disappear.
24.  In one grain of soil, about ten million bacteria live in it.
25.  In post adverts, the time displayed on a watch or clock is usually 10:10.
26.  The average cow produces forty glasses of milk each day.
27.  One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.
28.  Each year, 50000 earthquakes take place on this planet.
29.  You can lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.
30.  Golfers use an estimated eight hundred million dollars’ worth of golf balls annually.
31.  A word or sentence that is the same front and back e.g. racecar, kayak, etc. is called a palindrome.
32.  The plastic things on the hand of shoe laces are called aglets.
33.  The smallest breed of dogs is the Chihuahuas.
34.  The word “Karate” means ‘empty hand’.
35.  Of the 206 bones in the human body, 52 are in the feet.
36.  The number of atoms in a pound of iron is nearly 5 trillion trillion i.e. 4,891,500,000,000,000,000,000,000.
37.  The number 2520 can be divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 without having a fractional leftover.
38.  There are an equivalent number of cows and people in Friesland, motherlands.
39.  A whole library floor of books can be stored on fifty gigabytes.
40.  A marine catfish can taste with any part of its body.
41.  A father sea catfish keeps the eggs of his young in his mouth until they are ready to hatch; he will not eat until his young are born which may take several weeks.
42.  If you keep a gold fish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.
43.  Lake Malawi has the largest number of fish species in the world.
44.  Two hundred and fifteen jeans can be made with one bale of curtain.
45.  A snail can sleep for three years.
46.  Panama is the only place in the whole world where someone can see the sun rise on the Pacific Ocean, and set on the Atlantic.
47.  Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
48.  The total number of steps in the Eiffel tower is 1,600.
49.  Absolutely pure gold is son soft that it can be molded with the hands.
50.  Ducks will only lay eggs early in the morning.
51.  Butterflies smell with their feet.
52.  Giraffes are unable to cough.
53.  A monkey was over tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Beud, Indiana.
54.  A rattle snake fangs fold inward when it’s mouth fold inward when its mouth is closed so it doesn’t bite itself.
55.  Over two hundred varieties of watermelon are grown in the USA.
56.  Barbie’s full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.
57.  Paul Hunns holds the record for the loudest burp which was 118.1 decibels, which is as loud as a chain saw.
58.  Coca-Cola was the first soft drink to be consumed in outer space.
59.  The reason flamingos are pink is that they eat shrimps which have a red pigment.
60.  During your life time, you will eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that’s the weight of about 6 elephants.
61.  Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch TV for three hours.
62.  Wearing yellow makes you look bigger on camera while green makes you look smaller.
63.  The giant squid is the largest creature without a backbone. It weighs up to 2.5 tons and grows up to 55 feet long. Its eye is a foot or more in diameter.

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Thursday, January 12

Walking with God to Become Fruitful

Text: Genesis 17:1 & 2

For every Christian to become fruitful in life, it’s a must that we all walk with God. Noah walked with God and his life was fruitful.


How One Can Walk with God to Become Fruitful
Fruitfulness has a tagged price that must be paid by anyone that is aiming to become fruitful in life which include but not limited to the following:
1.     Sacrifice your time for God (Lev. 26:2)
2.     Be a sheep for God (Psalm 23:1)
3.     Let your salvation be genuine
4.     By obeying His command (Lev. 26:3-7)
5.     You must be a witness for Him (Acts 1:8)
6.     Live your life to please God always

To live a fruitful life is not what you wish for yourself but it is what God expects from every man as a Christian or Christian to be.

It is a mandate by God to every Christian on earth to become fruitful and multiply (Gen. 1:22; 8:17).

When you walk in His ways, He will make you fruitful and prosper you (Col. 1:10).

Conclusively, walking with God to become fruitful is not a matter of choice but it is the right thing to do for as long as you are called to be fruitful, your life must reflect fruitfulness.

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