When the Japanese team left for the winter Olympics, 21-year-old snowboarder Kokubo Kazuhiro arrived at the airport wearing his uniform in an unusual way.
The Japanese media pack then lost all interest in the sporting event and started baying for his blood.
American singer and fashion commentator General Larry Platt says that people who wear their pants on the ground think they are cool cats, but they look like fools.
Kokubo has come under further fire for his responses to media questions about his scruffy attire. 冬季オリンピックへ向けて出発した日本代表の国母和宏選手（21）、バンクーバー空港に到着の際、服装に乱れがあった模様です。 日本メディアはスポーツイベントそっちのけで国母選手を叩き始めました。 アメリカの歌手でファッション・コメンテーターのラリー・プラット将軍は「ズボンずり下げ、カッコいいと思ってるんだろうけど、アホっぽい」と発言。 国母選手はこの服装の乱れにより日本のメディアからの批判的な質問に答える羽目になりました。
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 18th of February. Kia ora.
In one of the videos we’re studying today, Gretchen says:
The thing about happiness is that it can feel like a very transcendent, vague, goal.
What does transcendent mean?
adj (formal) going beyond the usual limits; extremely great
And the example here is:a writer of transcendent genius.
conversations with sarah
Where do you go?
Alex What do you do for exercise? どんな運動していますか？
Sarah At the moment, just jogging. 今はジョギングだけです。
Alex Where do you go? どこを走りますか？
Sarah Down by the waterfront. I usually go in the morning. 普段は早朝にウォーターフロントで。
Alex Do you see many other people jogging? 他にジョギングする人はいますか？
Sarah Yeah, quite a few. Some people walking, some running. And there are lots of people exercising in a park. はい、結構います。歩く人、走る人。そして公園では大勢で運動していました。
Alex Doing aerobics? エアロビクス？
Sarah No, not with music. Lot of strange exercises like dragging tyres or dragging ropes. 音楽はありません。多くの奇妙な運動で例えばタイヤを引きずったり縄を引きずったりしていたんです。
The Happiness Challenge Week One - Transcript
Month one is the month of energy. And I picked energy as the first thing to tackle because I think if you feel energetic, everything else in your life is easier. And if you’re feeling energetic you’re more likely to feel happy. So what are some easy, simple, manageable things that you can do to have more energy?
The first one … is very obvious. And that is: get more sleep.
Now, the thing about happiness is that it can feel like a very transcendent, vague, goal. But a good place to start with happiness, is with your body. And sleep is something that you really, really need to have if you’re going to feel energetic and healthy.
They’ve done studies on what makes people have bad moods at work. And not having enough sleep is one of the top two things that make people have a bad mood at work. The other one is tight work deadlines. You can’t control tight work deadlines, but you can get more sleep.
One of the things about sleep is that it’s just tempting to stay up late. It’s not that you’re having trouble falling asleep, it’s just that you’re having trouble turning off the light. And it’s hard, especially if you have little kids, it’s fun to stay up late and have all the, to have all the fun adult activities that you want to have. But you really have to just turn off the light.
One thing that I do that helps me turn off the light is I take out my contact lenses well before I want to go to sleep. Because I think, sometimes you put off going to bed because it just seems like too much trouble to get ready for bed, like, brushing your teeth, and washing your face, and putting away your clothes, all that stuff. If you can do those things a little bit before you want to go to sleep, sometimes that helps you move your bedtime earlier.
Another benefit of getting more sleep is that it improves memory, it increases your immune system, it helps with your metabolism. And some people think that it even helps you lose weight. There’s a lot of health reasons to want to be getting more sleep.
Now, another thing that you can do, to have more energy – and I’m going to talk about that in another week - is to exercise. And one of the benefits of exercising is that it helps you sleep. It helps you fall asleep faster and helps you stay asleep. And that is especially true of people who have problems with their sleeping. So if you’re having problems with your sleeping, you might want to think about getting a little bit more exercise during your day. Do things like always wake up at the same time. Try to keep it very dark in your room. Keep your bedroom maybe a bit chilly. Um, if your, if any part of your body’s cold, try to put on socks or put on whatever you need to be warm, that helps you fall asleep. Do whatever it is that you need to do to try to get that sleep.
And one more thing, when you wake up in the morning after having a good night’s sleep. Something to think about is to make your bed. Of all the resolutions that I’ve talked about, and that I write about on my blog and that I talk about in my book and that I talk about with people whenever I talk about with happiness, I’ve been really surprised, the one thing that people mention to me over and over and over that has really helped with their happiness, is to make their bed. It just sort of starts your day on a nice note. It makes you feel like you’ve gotten something small accomplished, but something real. It makes your bedroom look neat. It’s more fun to come back to, it’s more inviting to go to sleep at night when your bed is made.
So, try to go to sleep on time, make your bed in the morning and do whatever you have to do to get more sleep and you will see a real increase in your energy.
So the resolution for this week is get more sleep. And the thought for this week is: the days are long, but the years are short.
The Happiness Challenge Week Two - Transcript
This is month of energy. And the resolution for the first week was to get more sleep. And the resolution for this week is to get more exercise.
Exercise is a great way to boost your mood. Studies show that if you exercise, you get a mood boost, one that lasts for several hours. And you’re also going to make yourself feel more energetic. Some people assume that you’re going to feel tired out if you, if you exercise. But for most people if you exercise moderately, you’re going to get actually feeling more energy after you exercise.
Now, sometimes when people think about happiness, they think that they need to start with something very big, something very vague, something transcendent. But your body matters and things like getting a little bit of exercise every day is really going to add up over the long term.
And don’t feel like you need to train for a marathon, or go running for, you know, ah, five miles a day, or, or really exert yourself like that. Just start slow. If, if you can’t go for a run, just go for a walk around the block.
Some things to think about if you’re trying to change yourself to exercise more regularly, is to always exercise on Monday because that sets the tone for the rest of the week, so if you start on Monday, you’re more likely to keep it up for the rest of the week. Also if you exercise first thing in the morning, that helps you stick to an exercise routine too. Because as the day goes on, more things start to interfere with your exercise, and also you start to think of more excuses about why you shouldn’t have to exercise. If you just do it first thing in the morning, just roll out of bed and go, that’s good.
Another thing is to give yourself credit for the least effort. When I started exercising in high school - I’m a complete couch potato and I was converted by my father - my father told me, all you have to do is put on your running shoes and close the door behind you, if you do that much, then it counts as exercising. And that’s really true. If you can just get out the door, pretty soon you’re going to go around the block and pretty soon you’re going to be able to go for regular exercise.
It’s especially beneficial if you go … if you take your exercise outside. Because people really get a benefit from being outside in the sunlight. So if you’re going to take your exercise, ah, if you’re going to go for a walk around the block at lunch time with a friend, that’s going to make you, it’s going to make you feel more energetic, you’re going to have a nice time talking to a friend, you’re going to get the alertness and the energy that comes from being outside. So you’re going to get a real mood boost from something like that.
The resolution for this week was to get more exercise. And the thought for this week is: your body matters.