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How to make friends and influence people
Does no one like to talk to you or play with you at school? Do you sometimes feel very lonely?
If you want to make more friends, here are some useful tips for you.
First, try to talk to people in a friendly way.
If you are friendly, others will try to accept you more.
Second, you can join some clubs, for example the drama club.
You will have to communicate with others in these clubs, and this will help build your confidence.
Third, it is important to have good personal hygiene.
I think family relationships also plays a big part. If you cannot communicate well with your parents, how can the people around you can accept you?
Family support is important, as they can they can help you to develop more confidence.
Interpersonal relationships are important. Let's all try to improve ours and make friends with the people around us.
Our Lady of the Rosary College
Treasure the things you already have
People often think that things happen of their own accord and that they don't have to work too hard in life.
In my opinion, this is the wrong attitude.
Life has become easier in the 21st century but people are more easily led astray.
They keep wasting their time and money on meaningless things in order to feel immediately satisfied.
But this makes people forget their aims in life. We should all have goals and work hard to achieve them.
If you make sacrifices, when you do succeed, the feeling will be sweeter and the satisfaction greater.
Look around and ask yourself whether you treasure every minute you spend with your friends or family.
These are the precious moments in life.
Treasure whatever you already have and the people close to you.
St Francis Xavier's College
Violence solves nothing
I'm writing in response to the letter 'Violence creates fear and resentment, not respect' (Young Post, August 2).
I agree with the writer. Violence can't find a way out of any problem.
In my hometown, physical punishment is common. For example, if a child can't finish their homework in time, their parents will punish them by hitting them.
This does a lot of damage to the child - emotionally as much as physically.
In bad cases, if the children tell their friends or teacher about what happens at home, their parents punish them again.
The children are innocent and there is no need to punish them.
If their children make a mistake, they should gently instruct them how they should have behaved.
Children are too young to know what is right and what is wrong.
Parents shouldn't punish them - they should teach them.
Local teens have bad manners
Most adults say that teenagers in Hong Kong are rude. Their negative view is understandable.
Not only do teens here show little respect for their elders, they also behave badly in public.
The government and parents must work together in order to stop this unhealthy trend.
Teenagers come into contact with a lot of information through the media, such as magazines and movies.
Many movies advocate the use of violence to settle disputes. Impressionable teens may pick up on this and think violence and bad behaviour is acceptable.
Monitoring the media doesn't seem to have much effect.
The government should strengthen the supervision of the media.
Parents also play a vital role. They should instil good manners in their children.
Many teenagers go astray because they are neglected by their parents.
We have to educate young people on how to behave.
Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)
Learn how to cope with pressure
When we open the newspaper, we often read about people who commit suicide.
These people reportedly felt under a great deal of pressure from work, their studies, or interpersonal relationships.
They don't know how to relieve their pressure in the right way.
Some people evade their problems by turning to alcohol, cigarettes or the abuse of prescription drugs.
But these things don't help us cope, they just make things worse as they have a bad effect on your body.
I think the best way to relieve pressure is to sleep. We can cope much better when we are well rested.
Taking a hot bath is also a good way to unwind, as is doing some exercise. Running around playing sport makes you sweat a lot and burns off nervous tension.
Deep breathing is another good strategy to keep you calm.
The final and probably best way to coping with life is to talk to people. Tell your family how you are feeling, and if they won't listen, call a social worker.
Life is valuable and you don't get a second try, so treasure what you have.
Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College
Fortune-telling has its uses
Fortune-telling is part of Chinese culture. A fortune-teller will tell you about your life, personality and future based on your name, face or hands. Many people believe in this. I think fortune-telling is a good thing.
It is not a superstition as I think you can a lot about a person by the way they look.
When you are a kind person, you will look polite and speak gently. If you are always angry, your eyes will look severe and you will glare at people.
Fortune-tellers can see your character, it is not a trick. They are often surprisingly accurate.
Fortune-telling can be a good tool for understanding how you behave and react to things. You can pinpoint your shortcomings and good traits.
The fortune-teller may give you advice on how to overcome your negative behaviour.
Fortune-tellers often ask people to wear some lucky charms. The charms are really reminders to prompt and encourage you.
It doesn't mean that you will succeed without making an effort.
Fortune-telling is a good way to understand yourself and others.
Learning on computer
Learning English on the computer has advantages and disadvantages.
We can check the pronunciation of words easily and get instant feedback from the program.
Through the internet we can improve our vocabulary and learn by ourselves as there are plenty of reading materials available.
But, spending too long on the computer may affect our health and eyesight. We may also become a passive learner, because we check the meaning of words without thinking.
Computer can help us to learn English but we must not rely on it too much.