9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier

These minor changes in your daily routine will make a major difference in your life and career.

Happiness is the only true measure of personal success. Making other people happy is the highest expression of success, but it's almost impossible to make others happy if you're not happy yourself.
With that in mind, here are nine small changes that you can make to your daily routine that, if you're like most people, will immediately increase the amount of happiness in your life:

1. Start each day with expectation.

If there's any big truth about life, it's that it usually lives up to (or down to) your expectations. Therefore, when you rise from bed, make your first thought: "something wonderful is going to happen today." Guess what? You're probably right.

2. Take time to plan and prioritize.

The most common source of stress is the perception that you've got too much work to do.  Rather than obsess about it, pick one thing that, if you get it done today, will move you closer to your highest goal and purpose in life. Then do that first.

3. Give a gift to everyone you meet.

I'm not talking about a formal, wrapped-up present. Your gift can be your smile, a word of thanks or encouragement, a gesture of politeness, even a friendly nod. And never pass beggars without leaving them something. Peace of mind is worth the spare change.

4. Deflect partisan conversations.

Arguments about politics and religion never have a "right" answer but they definitely get people all riled up over things they can't control. When such topics surface, bow out by saying something like: "Thinking about that stuff makes my head hurt."

5. Assume people have good intentions.

Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the "what" that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people's weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.

6. Eat high quality food slowly.

Sometimes we can't avoid scarfing something quick to keep us up and running. Even so, at least once a day try to eat something really delicious, like a small chunk of fine cheese or an imported chocolate. Focus on it; taste it; savor it.

7. Let go of your results.

The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control. Once you've taken action, there's usually nothing more you can do. Focus on the job at hand rather than some weird fantasy of what might happen.

8. Turn off "background" TV.

Many households leave their TVs on as "background noise" while they're doing other things. The entire point of broadcast TV is to make you dissatisfied with your life so that you'll buy more stuff. Why subliminally program yourself to be a mindless consumer?

9. End each day with gratitude.

Just before you go to bed, write down at least one wonderful thing that happened. It might be something as small as a making a child laugh or something as huge as a million dollar deal. Whatever it is, be grateful for that day because it will never come again.

Barack Obama's Victory Speech Full - Election 2012

Barack Obama's victory speech – full text

US president addresses supporters in Chicago after decisively winning a second termThank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. (Sustained cheers, applause.)

Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. (Cheers, applause.)

It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family, and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people. (Cheers, applause.)

Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.

(Cheers, applause.) I want to thank every American who participated in this election. (Cheers, applause.) Whether you voted for the very first time (cheers) or waited in line for a very long time (cheers) – by the way, we have to fix that – (cheers, applause) – whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone (cheers, applause), whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard and you made a difference. (Cheers, applause.)

I just spoke with Governor Romney and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-fought campaign. (Cheers, applause.) We may have battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future. From George to Lenore to their son Mitt, the Romney family has chosen to give back to America through public service. And that is a legacy that we honour and applaud tonight. (Cheers, applause.) In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.

(Cheers, applause.)

I want to thank my friend and partner of the last four years, America's happy warrior, the best vice-president anybody could ever hope for, Joe Biden. (Cheers, applause.)

And I wouldn't be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago. (Cheers, applause.) Let me say this publicly. Michelle, I have never loved you more. (Cheers, applause.) I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation's first lady. (Cheers, applause.)

Sasha and Malia – (cheers, applause) – before our very eyes, you're growing up to become two strong, smart, beautiful young women, just like your mom. (Cheers, applause.) And I am so proud of you guys. But I will say that, for now, one dog's probably enough. (Laughter.)

To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics – (cheers, applause) – the best – the best ever – (cheers, applause) – some of you were new this time around, and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning.

(Cheers, applause.) But all of you are family. No matter what you do or where you go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together. (Cheers, applause.) And you will have the lifelong appreciation of a grateful president. Thank you for believing all the way – (cheers, applause) – to every hill, to every valley. (Cheers, applause.) You lifted me up the whole day, and I will always be grateful for everything that you've done and all the incredible work that you've put in. (Cheers, applause.)

I know that political campaigns can sometimes seem small, even silly. And that provides plenty of fodder for the cynics who tell us that politics is nothing more than a contest of egos or the domain of special interests. But if you ever get the chance to talk to folks who turned out at our rallies and crowded along a rope line in a high school gym or – or saw folks working late at a campaign office in some tiny county far away from home, you'll discover something else.

You'll hear the determination in the voice of a young field organiser who's working his way through college and wants to make sure every child has that same opportunity. (Cheers, applause.) You'll hear the pride in the voice of a volunteer who's going door to door because her brother was finally hired when the local auto plant added another shift. (Cheers, applause.)

You'll hear the deep patriotism in the voice of a military spouse who's working the phones late at night to make sure that no one who fights for this country ever has to fight for a job or a roof over their head when they come home. (Cheers, applause.)

That's why we do this. That's what politics can be. That's why elections matter. It's not small, it's big. It's important. Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy. That won't change after tonight. And it shouldn't. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty, and we can never forget that as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter – (cheers, applause) – the chance to cast their ballots like we did today.

But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America's future.

We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers – (cheers, applause) – a country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation – (scattered cheers, applause) – with all of the good jobs and new businesses that follow.

We want our children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened up by inequality, that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. (Cheers, applause.)

We want to pass on a country that's safe and respected and admired around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest military on Earth and the best troops this – this world has ever known – (cheers, applause) – but also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time of war to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being.

We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America open to the dreams of an immigrant's daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag – (cheers, applause) – to the young boy on the south side of Chicago who sees a life beyond the nearest street corner – (cheers, applause) – to the furniture worker's child in North Carolina who wants to become a doctor or a scientist, an engineer or an entrepreneur, a diplomat or even a president.

That's the – (cheers, applause) – that's the future we hope for.

(Cheers, applause.) That's the vision we share. That's where we need to go – forward. (Cheers, applause.) That's where we need to go. (Cheers, applause.)

Now, we will disagree, sometimes fiercely, about how to get there. As it has for more than two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts. It's not always a straight line. It's not always a smooth path. By itself, the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock, resolve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward.

But that common bond is where we must begin. Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. (Cheers, applause.) A long campaign is now over. (Cheers, applause.) And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you. I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead. (Cheers, applause.)

Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. (Cheers, applause.) You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.

And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together – reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We've got more work to do. (Cheers, applause.)

But that doesn't mean your work is done. The role of citizens in our democracy does not end with your vote. America's never been about what can be done for us; it's about what can be done by us together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. (Cheers, applause.) That's the principle we were founded on.

This country has more wealth than any nation, but that's not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history, but that's not what makes us strong. Our university, our culture are all the envy of the world, but that's not what keeps the world coming to our shores. What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth, the belief that our destiny is shared – (cheers, applause) – that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations, so that the freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights, and among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That's what makes America great. (Cheers, applause.)

I am hopeful tonight because I have seen this spirit at work in America. I've seen it in the family business whose owners would rather cut their own pay than lay off their neighbours and in the workers who would rather cut back their hours than see a friend lose a job. I've seen it in the soldiers who re-enlist after losing a limb and in those Seals who charged up the stairs into darkness and danger because they knew there was a buddy behind them watching their back. (Cheers, applause.) I've seen it on the shores of New Jersey and New York, where leaders from every party and level of government have swept aside their differences to help a community rebuild from the wreckage of a terrible storm. (Cheers, applause.)

And I saw it just the other day in Mentor, Ohio, where a father told the story of his eight-year-old daughter whose long battle with leukaemia nearly cost their family everything had it not been for healthcare reform passing just a few months before the insurance company was about to stop paying for her care. (Cheers, applause.) I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father but meet this incredible daughter of his. And when he spoke to the crowd, listening to that father's story, every parent in that room had tears in their eyes because we knew that little girl could be our own.

And I know that every American wants her future to be just as bright. That's who we are. That's the country I'm so proud to lead as your president. (Cheers, applause.)

And tonight, despite all the hardship we've been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I've never been more hopeful about our future. (Cheers, applause.) I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope.

[Audience member: "We got your back, Mr President!"]

I'm not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the road blocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting. (Cheers, applause.)

America, I believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunities and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founding, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight. (Cheers, applause.) You can make it here in America if you're willing to try.

(Cheers, applause.)

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We're not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America. (Cheers, applause.)

And together, with your help and God's grace, we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on earth. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you, America. (Cheers, applause.) God bless you. God bless these United States. (Cheers, applause.)

How to describe busy?

How to describe busy? 

 1)I am not available. 

 2)My hands are full now. 

3)I've got so much to do.

 4)I'm tied up at the moment.

 5)I'm in the middle of something.

How to use 'Pay'?

How to use 'Pay'? 

1. Education pays in higher earnings 

2. His new job offers good pay and lots of benefits. 

3. Pay v.
pay somebody 
I they do not pay you, you can find another job. 

4. pay something

Don't forget to pay your rent and bills this weekend. 

5. pay for something. 
I do not have enough money to pay for that dress. 

6. get paid -- 
I haven't got paid yet, and I am completely broke now. 

7. pay 
It pays to be honest. 

8. pay off 
Your hard work will pay off if you just continue to strive to be 
the best

Ways to get your first credit card easier

When you are studying or working in Canada and the US., it is extremely important to have a credit card. On-line shopping and hotel reservation are all bounded with your credit.
 However, many credit card companies aren't so eager to give you one.
Here are a few ways to get your first credit card easier.

Credit cards for students

The sad truth is, credit card companies are more than willing to dole out credit cards to college students. If you're enrolled in college, you have a very good chance of getting approved for a student credit card. Be wary, credit card companies are notorious for preying on college students. Start with only one credit card, no matter how many other offers you get.

Look closely at student credit card offers. Some of them are awful deals – high interest rates, annual fees – with a student label attached to make you think the credit card is just for you. That’s not necessarily true. A great first credit card has a lower APR, no annual fee, and may not have student in the title.

Secured credit cards

Secured credit cards have few or no restrictions on who qualifies. Capital One and Orchard Bank, for instance, will lend you a secured credit card right out of bankruptcy, regardless of your credit score. Other lenders might have a waiting period after bankruptcy, or consider your FICO score. One thing to keep in mind: you’ll have to post collateral upfront. The Capital One Secured requires you to give a deposit of $49 to $200, while the Orchard Bank card’s minimum deposit is $200.

Easy credit cards

Easy credit cards include the Orchard Bank unsecured MasterCard, which has higher fees than its secured counterpart but doesn’t require you to post an upfront deposit.

Prepaid debit cards

Prepaid debit cards will not help your credit score at all. Since you’re not being extended a line of credit, Fair Isaac won’t factor them in. Plus, they’re often riddled with hidden fees, so be very, very careful if you get one.

Shopping Mall Credit cards

Some big shopping malls have their own credit card departments, and they are usually willing to issue credit cards to their customs as membership cards. You can always get extra points earned.
For example, you can apply for Amazon credit card, which could be approved online. That's really amazing since other credit companies always need weeks to evaluate you. Amazon will also give you 15$ gift certificate once your application is approved, and you can use the gift certificate right away for shopping.
For the experience of my family as immigrants, my wife got her first credit card from a shopping mall and I got my first one from Capital one with 300 secure fund (after a few months of using capital one credit card, I got another one from Amazon with 2000 credit. )

Good Luck, folks.

11 keys to learn oral/Spoken English

How to read / present math in English?

How to read / present math, equation, formula in English? 

1. Logic

∃ there exist
∀ for all
pp implies q / if p, then q
pp if and only if q /p is equivalent to q / p and q are equivalent


xx belongs to A / x is an element (or a member) of A
xx does not belong to A / x is not an element (or a member) of A
AA is contained in B / A is a subset of B
AA contains B / B is a subset of A
AA cap B / A meet B / A intersection B
AA cup B / A join B / A union B
A\B A minus B / the difference between A and B
A×B A cross B / the Cartesian product of A and B

3. Real numbers

x+1 x plus one
x-1 x minus one
x±1 x plus or minus one
xy xy / x multiplied by y
(x-y)(x+y) x minus y, x plus y
the equals sign
x=5 x equals 5 / x is equal to 5
x≠5 x (is) not equal to 5
xx is equivalent to (or identical with) y
x>y x is greater than y
x≥y x is greater than or equal to y
x<y x is less than y
x≤y x is less than or equal to y
0<x<1 zero is less than x is less than 1
0≤x≤1 zero is less than or equal to x is less than or equal to 1
|x| mod x / modulus x
x2  x squared / x (raised) to the power 2
x3  x cubed
x4  x to the fourth / x to the power 4
xn  x to the nth / x to the power n
x (−n) x to the (power) minus n
x^2 (square) root x / the square root of x
x^3 cube root (of) x
x^4 fourth root (of) x
x^n nth root (of) x
(x+y)2 x plus y all squared
n! n factorial
x^x hat
x¯ x bar
x˜ x tilde
xi xi / x subscript i / x suffix i / x sub i
∑(i=1~n) ai the sum from i equals one to n ai / the sum as i runs from 1 to n of the ai
xthe norm (or modulus) of x
OAOA / vector OA
OA¯ OA / the length of the segment OA
AT A transpose / the transpose of A
A−1 A inverse / the inverse of A

5. Functions

f(x) fx / f of x / the function f of x
f:Sa function f from S to T
xx maps to y / x is sent (or mapped) to y
f’(x) f prime x / f dash x / the (first) derivative of f with respect to x
f”(x) f double-prime x / f double-dash x / the second derivative of f with respect to x
f”’(x) triple-prime x / f triple-dash x / the third derivative of f with respect to x
f (4) (x) f four x / the fourth derivative of f with respect to x
∂f/∂x1 the partial (derivative) of f with respect to x1
2f/∂x12 the second partial (derivative) of f with respect to x1
0 the integral from zero to infinity
limx0the limit as x approaches zero
limx0+the limit as x approaches zero from above
limx0−the limit as x approaches zero from below
logelog y to the base e / log to the base e of y / natural log (of) y
lnlog y to the base e / log to the base e of y / natural log (of) y
how can i read math set in English?
how to read math formulas in English? 

Useful template sentences for English writing test of essay

Useful template sentences of English writing test of essay


1. with the booming of economy

2. with the remarkable improvement of people's living standard

3. advanced science and technology

4. add much spice/ flavor to our daily life.

5. It is commonly believed that

6. I give my vote to the former / latter opinion

7. Sth. has aroused wide public concern./ Sth has drawn great public attention.

8. It is undeniable that ...

9. a heated discussion /debate

10. a controversial issue

11. As far as I am concerned, / Personally

12. be supported by sound reasons

13. argument on both sides

14. play an increasingly important role in ...

15. be indispensable to

16. As the proverb goes:

17. exert positive / negative effects on ...

18. lead to / give rise to /contribute to / result in

19. The advantages far outweight the disadvantages.

20. a complicated social phenomenon

21. sense of responsibility/ achivenment

22. sense of competition and cooperation

23. widen one's horizon / broaden one's vision

24. acquire knowledge and skills

25. financial burden / psychological burden

26. take many factors into consideration

27. from another perspective

28. make joint efforts.

29. be beneficial to / be conducive to ...

30. make contributions to the society

31. lay a solid foundation for ...

32. comprehensive quality

33. be committed / devoted to ...

34. Admittedly

35. unshakable duty

36. satisfy / meet the needs of ...

37. a reliable source of information

38. valuable natural resources

39. the Internet (note to have 'the', and 'i' should be captilized)

40. convenient and efficient

41. in all aspects of human life

42. environmentally friendly materials

43. a symbol of society progress

44. Sth has greatly facilitated people's lives.

45. hold different attitudes towards this issue

46. to some extent

47. integrate theory with practice

48. an irresistible trend of ...

49. the increasingly keen social competition

50. immediate interest / short-term interest

51. long-term interest

52. has its own merits and demerits / pros and cons

53. do harm to / be harmful to / be detrimental to

54. exchange ideas / emotions / information

55. keep pace with /keep abreast with the latest development of ...

56. the healthy development of ...

57. attach great importance to ...

58. social status

59. focus one's time and energy on ...

60. expand one's scope of knowledge

61. both physically and mentally

62. be directly / indirectly related to ...

63. give rise to / lead to / spell various problems

64. the words to replace 'think' : believe, claim, maintain, argue, insist, hold the opinion / belief / view that

65. relieve stress / burden

66. give (top) priority to sth

67. compared with .../ in comparison with

68. degradable / decomposable material

69. replace / substitute / take the place of

70. offer job opportunities

71. mirror the social progress / advance

72. enhance / promote mutual understanding

73. make full use of / take advantage of

74. suffer from heavier work pressure

75. guarantee the stability and prosperity of our society

76. realize one's dream

77. adapt oneself to the social development

78. put more emphasis on ...

79. the main / leading reasons are list as follows:

80. we still have a long way to go

6 ways to make your day more than 24-hour

1. Check  email  less

2.  Plan the next day the night before

3. Don't fight against your body clock.
    if you get used to stay up late and get up late, just do it. It's good as long as it is regular.
    You can be efficient either way.

4.  eat less eat well, but eat more frequently

5. stay hydrated

6. Do the hard work up front 

Cool English

How to book flight ticket

Frequently used sentences on booking a flight ticket.

1. I want a package deal including airfare and hotel.
2. I'd like to change this ticket to the first class.
3. I'd like to reserve a sleeper to Chicago.
4. I'd like to sit in the front of the plane.
5. I'd like two seats on today's Northwest Flight 8 to Toronto, please
6. I'd like to buy an excursion pass instead.
7. I'd like a refund on this ticket.
8. I'd like to have a seat by the window.
9. we have only one a day for New York.
10. The flight number is CA1024 on Sep 5th.
11. There's a ten thirty flight in the morning.
12. I'd like to reconfirm my flight from London to Tokyo.
13. My reservation number is 3425.
14. Do you have any tickets available for that date?
15. Would you please make my reservation to Chicago for tomorrow?
16. What is the fare to New York, Economy Class?
17. Where do I pick up the ticket?
18. Can I have a second - class one way ticket to Chicago, please?
19. Can I stop over on the way?
20. What time does the plane take off ?

How to face the past, the present and future

Face the past with the least regrets, face the present with the least waste and face the future with the most dreams.

40 classical romantic sentences In English

1. No matter the ending is perfect or not, you cannot disappear from my world. 2. Love is a carefully designed lie. 

3. Promises are often like the butterfly, which disappear after beautiful hover. 

4. Fading is true while flowering is past 

5. Why I have never catched the happiness? Whenever I want you ,I will be accompanyed by the memory of... 

6.  Love ,promised between the fingers Finger rift,twisted in the love 

7. If you weeped for the missing sunset,you would miss all the shining stars 

8. to feel the flame of dreaming and to feel the moment of dancing,when all the romance is far away,the eternity is always there 

9. If we can only encounter each other rather than stay with each other,then I wish we had never encountered . 

10. I would like weeping with the smile rather than repenting with the cry,when my heart is broken ,is it needed to fix? 

11. There are no trails of the wings in the sky, while the birds has flied away. 

12. When keeping the ambiguity with you ,I fear I will fall in love with you, and I fear I will cry after your leaving. 

13. When alive ,we may probably offend some people.However, we must think about whether they are deserved offended. 

14. I am looking for the missing glass-shoes who has picked it up 

15. You will have it if it belongs to you,whereas you don't kveth for it if it doesn't appear in your life

16. No one indebted for others,while many people don't know how to cherish others. 

17. Eternity is not a distance but a decision. 

18. Dreaming in the memory is not as good as waiting for the paradise in the hell 

19. Where there is great love, there are always miracles. 

20. Love is like a butterfly. It goes where it pleases and it pleases where it goes. 

21. If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. 

22. Within you I lose myself, without you I find myself wanting to be lost again. 

23. At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. 

24.Look into my eyes - you will see what you mean to me. 

25.Distance makes the hearts grow fonder. 

26.I need him like I need the air to breathe. 

27.If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me. 

28.Love is a vine that grows into our hearts. 

29.If I know what love is, it is because of you. 

30.Love is the greatest refreshment in life. 

31.Love never dies. 

32.The darkness is no darkness with thee. 

33.We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us. 

34.There is no remedy for love but to love more. 

35.When love is not madness, it is not love. 

36.A heart that loves is always young. 

37.Love is blind. 

38.Love is like the moon, when it does not increase, it decreases. 

39.The soul cannot live without love. 

40.Brief is life, but love is long.