Daily Archives: November 3, 2017

Talking To Strangers Challenge

When I was a child I was very outgoing and loved to socialize. Everywhere I went I just meshed in really well with other people. My mom even joked that I could just made friends with anyone. Of course as I grew older that behavior changed, as an adult I do not go out of my way to socialize with people I do not know and even find myself feeling a little shy in social situations. It is really interesting how much a person can change over the course of their lives. I chose to undertake this challenge because I wanted to put myself out of my comfort zone and try something new. So for three consecutive days I interacted with strangers, I gave them small compliments and pushed myself out of my comfort zone to try to brighten their day.

Day One:

On the first day of this challenge I was pretty nervous. I felt uncomfortable and awkward so I decided to start small. I received a notice that I had a package in my apartment complex’s office and figured I would try starting this challenge there. I walked in, requested the package, and started up a conversation. I told the woman helping me that I loved her sweater and it ended up becoming a twenty-minute conversation. I was surprised that I actually had a lot of fun chatting with her. Her initial reaction was to smile and thank me. I think that our small chat made her day a little brighter, and I am unsure if she would tell her friends or not. I enjoyed this experience and was definitely less apprehensive of the next days attempt. I would not mind popping back into the office and chatting again with her if I get the chance.

Day Two:

On the second day I was still nervous to be trying this again, but not to the degree of the previous day. I was in Starbucks sitting at a table after meeting with a wedding photographer, and this older gentleman was sitting at the table next to me asked me what my nationality was. I told him that I was Irish and Norwegian and he said that he thought I was Italian with how I talk with my hands so much. I laughed and told him thank you and we chatted for a while about travel. I complimented him on his travel savvy knowledge and we talked about sightseeing and such. It was overall a very interesting and enjoyable experience. The gentleman looked to enjoy our conversation as much as I did, and I think I made his day a little better. I am unsure if he would share about his experience with a friend or not. I think this challenge is something I will continue in my everyday life as a normal trend.

Day Three:

On day three I almost did not complete the challenge as I was home for most of the day. Thankfully we went to the grocery store that afternoon and I was able to fulfill the final day of the challenge while there. I was in the check out line and the cashier looked like it had been a rough day so I decided to try complimenting her to see if it made any difference. I made general small talk and asked her if it was a busy day in the store, etcetera. I complimented her hard work and told her thank you and to have a great day. She smiled and looked a bit less stressed. It made me feel really good that just a small interaction like that could make someone who looked so stressed smile for a bit. I will definitely be repeating that and I think that I made a small difference in her day. I found this attempt a lot easier as I did not feel nervous about engaging in conversation with her, and afterwards I felt good to have made her smile.

Green Clean Challenge

For this challenge I chose to clean my kitchen, as it is the dirtiest and the room I would be most concerned about using dangerous chemicals in besides my own bedroom. Putting harsh chemicals on and near the surfaces where we cook and eat seems potentially dangerous. If we are not supposed to drink the stuff under the sink, why are we cleaning our countertops with it? I used the 50/50 solution and dish soap for all areas of my kitchen and found it to be very effective. I also feel that I have better peace of mind preparing food in a space free of hazardous chemicals. Having my kitchen clean also had a positive effect on me psychologically, as I had less stress and will have less future stress; since I can stay ahead of the mess after a deep clean.

Does moderation work?

My reaction to this article was kind of shocking. Although, I was not completely shocked. I think that it is true what the author said about moderation and that it does not work; however, I do disagree with him about that it does not work at all. He seems to be saying that it does not work at all. In my opinion, I think that moderation does not always work for everybody because people feel differently everyday. Sometimes they may be dealings with different emotions and might eat a lot; therefore, I don’t think moderation always work for everyone. So, I think that moderation can work if people really want it to work. Practicing moderation can take time to get used to; it is not easy for people who just eat whatever they desire.

When people eat healthy food, they feel like they have earned the right to eat unhealthy food according to the article. I feel that this is the way for most people. I heard a lot of my friends saying something like, “I had a salad for lunch so I’m going all out” or something similar. It is unhealthy to do this according to the article; I agree because if people keep treating themselves with all the junk food then they’re not practicing moderation and it will harm their health.┬áIf people want to practice moderation, it should be controlled and in a more healthy and safe way.

For the not-very-moderate food week, I kind of see myself in it because sometimes I just eat whatever I want. There are days when I just want to eat something. To be honest, I do not watch out what I eat often. And I should watch out what food I choose to eat. And yes, I am practicing somewhat meaningless “moderation” because sometimes I just feel like I deserve food I shouldn’t eat like junk food. Practicing somewhat meaningless moderation can somewhat increase my risk of chronic, diet-related disease. I would say that if people want to practice moderation, it should be practiced safely because it can lead to health problems if they do not watch out what they’re putting into their bodies.