What are you thankful for? Taking time to think about the question can actually be good for your health. “Research suggests that individuals who feel grateful experience lower blood pressure, improved immune functions, recover more quickly from illness, and can more effectively cope with stress,” explains Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, a health psychologist with UW Health (University of Wisconsin). “Gratitude has one of the strongest links to mental health, more so than even optimism.” And the benefits can be life-long. A sense of gratitude can reduce the lifetime risk for depression, anxiety and even substance abuse disorders. But, what does it mean to experience gratitude? “What we’re talking about is the appreciation for what is valuable and meaningful in life,” explains Mirgain. “And the first step is to begin creating an awareness of what you are grateful for in life.” USA TODAY So, Here are what EC Miami students and teachers are thankful for. Let’s take a look at these lovely moments that were captured on Thanksgiving Day at EC Miami. 🙂 Find out more about English lessons in Miami at EC Miami.
EC Miami will be closed on this Friday (November 10th 2017) due to Veterans Day. For those students don’t know about this day, here are some more information about Veterans day. In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities. Veterans Day is officially observed on November 11. However, if it falls on a week day, many communities hold their celebrations on the weekend closest to this date. This is to enable more people to attend and participate in the events. Federal Government offices are closed on November 11. If Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, they are closed on Friday November 10. If Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, they are closed on Monday November 12. Public transit systems may follow a regular or holiday schedule. Find out more about EC’s ESL Courses in Miami
On Sunday (November 5th, 2017) at 2 am, clocks turned back one hour, heralding the end of daylight saving time for much of the country. The change shifted daylight back into the morning hours. There’s a lot of confusion about daylight saving time. So, why do we need to save daylight hours in the summer? Daylight saving time in the US started as an energy conservation trick during World War I. It became a national stand in the 1960s. The idea is to shift the number of daylight hours we get into the evening. So if the sun sets at 8 pm instead of 7 pm, we’d presumably spend less time with the lights on in our homes at night, saving on electricity. It also means that you’re less likely to sleep through daylight hours in the morning (since those are shifted an hour later too). Hence “saving” daylight hours for the most productive time of the day. Most of our students who are taking English lessons in Miami are confused about daylight saving time. If you would like to know more, here are some useful information about daylight saving time for you. 🙂
Halloween is one of the most awesome festival in America, especially in Miami. Over the centuries, Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, and sweet treats for kids and adults. There are many symbols associated with Halloween. These include the ghosts, witches, wizard, bats, black cats and spiders. They represent for the night, darkness, death and spiritual world. Besides, there are also a range of objects such as blood, fire, pumpkins, bone and skulls….They are all available in stores as decorations for the Halloween season. EC Miami definitely couldn’t miss this special holiday. We are not only teaching ESL Courses in Miami but also giving our students cool activities during their time here. We would like to give our international students the greatest Halloween experiences in America. The whole school was decorated in Halloween theme. We also organized a costume contest, pumpkin carving competition and a party for everyone. All the staff and teachers also dressed up in different characters. Everyone looked stunning in their costume. It was such an amazing day. We did have a blast! 🙂