Food is an essential part of our daily life. One famous English saying goes ďWe are what we eatĒ, and itís true. The food we eat can influence our body and our mind. It contains nutrients, such as proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates. Different products contain different nutrients. The food we choose to eat depends on many factors. First and the most important is the taste. If we like the taste of the product, we often eat it. The second factor is its nutritional value. If the product is healthy and useful for our body, we should add it to our ration. Other factors include culture and religion. Advertising also influences our choices a lot. When we see colourful ads on TV, we decide to try the product. For some people food is just a fuel for energy or a pleasure.
From my point of view, food is a mixture of both.
On the one hand, food is energy for me. For example, I canít work or study, if I havenít a good meal before. In my opinion, not only food is fuel, do some sport is fuel too.
On the other hand, food should be a pleasure. There are people who have many problems with food. They are always trying all kind of diets which they watch on TV or read in a magazine. I think, this is a serious topic and they should go to the doctor.
As far as Iím concerned, food is a pleasure too. I always relate meals with something to celebrate like birthdays or anniversaries.
To sum up, I think, in Kazakhstan we are fortunate because we have a rich natural food. We only have to take care to quantities which we eat and do some sport.
Good manners are an important value to learn
No one is born with good manners. Manners are really practical applications of kindness have to be taught. We sometimes get overwhelmed by ,,rulesĒ of etiquette or manners and try very hard not to forget. Good manners are a set of behaviors which someone as a civilized and cultured member of a society. Manners are usually taught from a very young age, with some people receiving additional training in etiquette, formal rules of conduct apply to a variety of situations. Good manners can help you to have better relationships with people you know, and those you will meet. To my mind all students should be taught etiquette in schools. Good manners are very important, they also help students to establish care values and principles, according to A to Z of manners and etiquette. Itís also important to model good behavior and surround teens with good climates.
Family of the future
High rates of divorce, single-parenthood, and nonmarital cohabitation are forcing society to reexamine their definition of family. This evolving social reality requires public policy to evolve as well.
Families, it is generally agreed, are more complicated than they have ever been before. Long gone are the days of breadwinner dad, housewife mum, and the obligatory 2.4 children. The falling marriage rate and the high divorce rate, the declining fertility rate and the rising number of working mothers, the cultural tolerance of homosexuality, atheism, singledom, abortion, childlessness, artificial insemination, lone parenthood and what used to be called 'living in sin' all reflect a society in which, on the face of it, it no longer seems possible to take 'the family' for granted.
But have things really changed so dramatically? Despite the changing face of the family, it is still the way in which most people live. The family remains an institution that plays a key role in the way society is organised and controlled, and which adapts, not to the whims of individuals, but to the conflicting priorities placed upon it by the world at large. In fact, the major shift in modern Western society has been not in the family itself, but in the culture surrounding it. While it is accepted that the family does, and should, play a central role in nurturing individuals and raising children, there is a growing ambivalence about people's capacity to succeed at this task.
In policy circles, 'diversity', 'understanding' and 'supporting' are the buzzwords for discussions about the family, as though it is no longer possible to expect that, left to their own devices, families will be able to sustain themselves. In corporate and media circles, concerns about 'juggling' the conflicting priorities of the 'work-life balance' lead to versatile dilemma commentary on the business and parenting pages. In the book world, the 'mommy wars' pitches stay-home moms defensively fighting the domestic corner against guilt-tripped career mothers who want to feel better about their ambitions and their kids and less bad about themselves.
Modern life is impossible without travelling
Modern life is impossible without travelling. Thousands of people travel every day either on business or for pleasure. They can travel by air, by rail, by sea or by road.
Of course, travelling by air is the fastest and the most convenient way, but it is the most expensive too. Travelling by train is slower than by plane, but it has its advantages. You can see much more interesting places of the country you are travelling through.
Modern trains have very comfortable seats. There are also sleeping cars and dining cars which make even the longest journey enjoyable. Speed, comfort and safety are the main advantages of trains and planes. That is why many people prefer them to all other means.
Travelling by sea is very popular. Large ships and small river boats can visit foreign countries and different places of interest within their own country.
As for me, I prefer travelling by car. I think it's very convenient. You needn't reserve tour tickets. You needn't carry heavy suitcases. You can stop wherever you wish, and spend at any place as much time as you like.
Every year my family and I go somewhere to the South for holidays. There are many rest-homes, sanatoriums and tourist camps there.
But it is also possible to rent a room or a furnished house for a couple of weeks there. Sometimes, we can place ourselves in a tent on the sea shore enjoying fresh air and the sun all day long.
As a rule, I make new friends there. In the day-time we play volley-ball, tennis, swim in the warm water of the sea and sunbathe. In the evening.
I like to sit on the beach watching the river and enjoying the sunset. I'm fond of mountaineering. So I do a lot of climbing together with my friends. Time passes quickly and soon we have to make our way back. We return home sunburnt and full of impressions.
My Home Is My Castle
House is essential for man's life. A house serves as a shelter and a place to satisfy all our needs: we sleep, eat, hide ourselves from bad weather, store personal property, work and rest there. So we want not just a house but a home. So what is the difference between a house and a home? It is considered that the place where you live is your home whatever type of house it is. Kazakhs often say that your home is the place where you belong and feel comfortable, so it is more than just a house. Some people think of home in terms of where they grew up or where they lived. For them it is a place that brings back old memories or feelings. The state of a person's home can physiologically influence his or her behavior, emotions, and mental health. Some people may become homesick when they are separated from their home environment.
There are a lot of proverbs and sayings supporting the importance of home to a person: East or West, home is best; There is no place like home; My house is my fortress; Home, sweet home; Home is where the heart is; Home is home, though it be never so homely; Dry bread at home is better than roast meat abroad and many others. Such sayings exist in any language and in any culture. Houses differ from one culture to another, depending on the world outlook of a certain community, which has its roots in the religion of a nation, its traditions and historic heritage. That is why there are so many types of houses and ways of life in the world. There are certain cultures in which members lack permanent homes, such as with nomadic people.
A person's home can tell us what culture he belongs to, because consciously or unconsciously, one usually keeps to one's native traditions, though it is rather difficult to do so in the modern world, especially in the city.
An Englishman's motto is 'My home is my castle.' A house doesn't only ensure privacy or give a sense of stability and security, but it is also a status symbol. A big and expensive house means that its owner is a very successful person.
A house can say much about its inhabitants: their way of life, tastes, financial position, etc. No matter what type of house a person has, he should feel comfortable there. As a rule one's house is associated with one's family. Living under one roof people become closer and begin to understand each other better. So we can say that a house unites and for every person his house is a small Universe, a sacred place where love, friendship, mutual understanding and mutual respect reign.
What are friends for?
Friends are very important in our life. I think one cannot live without friends. The most important thing for being good friends, to my mind, is to be ready to help one another in any situation, nevertheless how difficult it is, to support one another and to solve all the problems together. And never mind, that the friends may have different interests and hobbies, different likes and dislikes. They say that the friend in need is a friend indeed. I think it is really so.
My friend and I always do our best to help one another. We discuss all our troubles and try to find the best decision in any situation. My friend is a very good, kind and clever boy (girl). We often spend our free time together. It is not very easy now, because both of us are very busy ó we are going to enter institutes and have a lot of work to do.
My friend is going to become a doctor (a teacher, an engineer, a lawyer). Our future professions are different (the same) and the subjects we have to study are different (the same) too, but (and) we like to work together and to help one another in our study.
When we have some free time, we go for walks, read and discuss books, watch films, go to discos or play computer games. Playing computer games is our hobby. Both of us are fond of sport. We go in for swimming (tennis) and often go to the swimming pool (tennis court) together. We are football fans and we like to watch and discuss football matches on TV or to go to the stadium. I love my friend very much. I think he (she) is a true friend. Our friendship is very dear to me and I try to do my best to be a good friend too.
If at first you don't succeed, never give up.
If at first you don't succeed, try and try again". Our life consists of the high and lows. I believe that people should try, try again even if they haven't succeeded at first. There are three reasons why we should never give up.
Firstly, while you are alive everything is possible. The only valid reason why you can give up is a death. As long as you live (healthy and free), you have a choice to make a final attempt to succeed.
Secondly, be realistic. Possibility to master something from the first try is very small. Everything requires time. In order to learn it you will make mistakes. Be strong. You are stronger than you think. One failure is not enough to stop from pursuing our dreams. Even 10, and 1000 failures are not enough.
Thirdly,By refusing to give up, you encourage people. Who knows what somebody could achieve by looking at you as a role model. Frequently, when ready to give up, you are very close to make a huge breakthrough. At any moment you're on the verge of success. Do not give up even if the first attempt wasn't fortunate.
Can money make a person happy?
Money doesnít buy happiness but it helps. Money has become one of the main things in our modern life. Some people live their lives to earn money. They work hard, trying to earn as much money as they can. Some of them become crazy about it and lose their dignity hunting money. They donít appreciate such important things as family, friendship, love and other feelings. Such people become greedy, they spend their lives in loneliness. I donít deny that money influences our life a lot.
As W.S. Maugham said ď Money is like the sixth feeling without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.Ē I quite agree. A person canít be happy if he has no money to satisfy his natural needs. But I think that money should have a limit. A person shouldnít have too much money. It begins destroying him and becomes his curse.
It is said in the Kuran that ďThe love of money is the root of all evil.Ē Yes, big sums of money really bring different problems because people feel very envious and jealous of otherís fortune. The majority of all the crimes are made because of money. Iím among the people who consider that money is not all-powerful. Humanity, dignity, intelligence, kindness and other good qualities of a person canít be bought for money. Weíll never be able to buy pure love, real friendship and loving and caring family. But life isnít worth living without these things. Itís not worth living if money has become the point of it either.