With Valentine's Day getting closer, let's take a look at one of the most common things to do on Valentine's Day: giving presents!
Who do you think are more generous, men or women?
How much do men spend on presents? How much do women spend?
What presents do women want to get? What about men?
Let's find out who has got the 'biggest heart' on Valentine's Day, men or women!
OK, so let's look at the numbers and find out who is more generous.
First, we can see that 74% of men buy a present for their partner, but only 69% of women buy presents for their partner. So, it looks like men are more generous than women! But is that really true? Let's keep reading to find out. . .
How much money do men and women spend on presents? In the middle of the information, we can see that men spend, on average, $100 on presents. Women only spend $50. So, again it looks like men are more generous! Although it is true that a cheaper present that you actually want is better than an expensive present that you don't want. A quick search on Google tells me that some women have received canned food, plastic sheep and sausage rolls from their partner, so it's clear that men don't always buy great presents!
So, what do men and women actually want to get on Valentine's Day? The writer of this blog might say a bottle of delicious European beer (hint, hint!), but what about the most popular answers? The least popular present for men is candy - only 7% of men want to get it. The present that men want to get the most is a greeting card. That shows that it really is the thought that counts! The two most wished-for presents for women are a romantic meal or flowers (both 47%). Take note, fellow men, that a romantic meal probably doesn't include steak and fries!
Finally, 47% of men don't expect to get anything from their wife or girlfriend. Not a single piece of candy or chocolate (or canned food or plastic sheep!) 1,2,3, aaaahhh! Only 14% of women don't expect to get a present. Does this mean that men are more generous than women, or does it just mean that we live in fear of upsetting our wives and girlfriends? I'll leave you to decide that!
Hopefully, we've learned something about the custom of giving presents on Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy whatever you have planned. Of course, in Japan we have White Day to look forward to in another month. We'll have another blog about the history of that closer to the time.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy new year to all our students and friends!
This blog is about New Year's 'Resolutions', but what is a resolution and when did people start making them?
What is a New Year's Resolution?
When we make a resolution in January, we are making a promise to ourselves to change something about our lives. Sometimes this can mean trying to stop doing something that we don't want to do anymore, for example smoking or drinking alcohol, but it can also mean starting something new, for example a new hobby or sport.
When did people start making Resolutions?
People started making New Year's resolutions thousands of years ago. For example, the Romans made promises to the god Janus at the start of every year. Does Janus sound like another word? That's right! January is named after Janus.
Let's take a look at ten of the most popular New Year's Resolutions:
How many people make Resolutions?
Of course nobody knows exactly how many people make New Year's Resolutions, but it's likely that between 40% and 50% of people make a resolution every year.
Do resolutions work?
The answer to this question is yes and no! In a 2007 study, 88% of people failed their resolutions! This looks very high, but you are still much more likely to make positive changes in your life if you make a plan. Most people who fail their resolution don't make it easy to measure. For example, it is better to say "My goal this year is to lose 1kg every month," instead of "My goal this year is to lose 12kgs." Having small regular goals is much easier to plan and check than having one very big goal in the future.
What English Resolutions can I make?
It's a good idea to make a resolution about your English study in January, but what kind of resolution should you make?
Try to spend fifteen or twenty minutes using English every day! This could be watching English movies or dramas, reading or listening to online news in English, listening to English music, writing a diary in English or listening to an English podcast on the bus on the way to work. Just twenty minutes every day equals about five days of studying English every year!
Good luck with your resolutions!
Please let us know what resolutions you make this year - we'd love to hear about them.