More Thought Provoking Questions
A couple of months ago I wrote a post in which I elaborated on my penchant for deep, meaningful conversations. I chose 7 categories. posed three questions for each, and shared my own answers to each question. I was taken aback by the response to this post. In just a few weeks it was read  by over two thousand  people  from around the globe.. Fascinated, I watched the numbers climb day after day, consistently remaining ahead of all my other posts!  I could never have anticipated this outcome, and I've learned that my desire for intimate conversation is shared by many. Given this, I decided to repeat the process with different categories, questions and answers, and look forward to seeing if this post meets with a similar response. Please feel free to add your comments at the end - or email me directly at  adelegould@rogers.com So - here are 21 more deep thought provoking questions:   About Passion Which four words come to mind when you think about passion? Excitement, exuberance, deep emotion, absorption - and of course sexuality What ignites your passion? Music, dancing, meaningful conversation, learning something new; animals; mountains, oceans, beautiful scenery - and sensuality What holds you back from showing your passionate self? I have a hard time letting go of my inhibitions on the dance floor and when I sing (when others can hear me). About Kindness When you perform an act of kindness how to you like to be thanked? Just once – a word of appreciation; no more What act of kindness were you once shown that you will always remember? When a close friend gently helped me to take time off from work when my granddaughter was very ill Describe two of  (your) ...
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Thought Provoking Questions
  by Adele Gould Deep Thought Provoking Questions – So What’s the Big Deal? If there was an Association for People Who Appreciate Deep Thought Provoking Questions,  I would be a card carrying member – if not the president. I am famous (alright let’s call a spade a spade: notorious) in my circles for the way in which I engage with people when meeting them for the first time. My family and friends regard my actions with more than a modicum of amusement, which fascinates me somewhat since it all feels perfectly normal to me. Let me place on record that I don’t besiege unsuspecting innocents in my path with my array of personal or thought provoking questions. I tread carefully and only initiate deep conversation if I sense that the person is comfortable communicating in this way. That being said, I cannot deny that it is one of life’s truths that I hate small talk (see I Hate Small Talk)  and love deep conversation, because for me, life is all about the connections we make with others along the way, and one of the ways we achieve this is through deep philosophical exchanges and/or discussions. Let’s face it - we all love talking about ourselves, especially when addressing someone who is really listening and interested, so as a listener, it is not that difficult for me to steer the conversation, using appropriate questions. Although I include in my repertoire your run-of-the-mill, how-are-you, glad-to-meet-you types of questions, it doesn't take long for me to progress to the next level. As a social worker in my former life it was my job to ask questions, so I'm no ...
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Happiness - The Search for a Quick Fix
The Search for a Quick Fix What is happiness? What is true happiness?  Our society is obsessed with questions about happiness – what it is and how to acquire it – such that we found ourselves on a ubiquitous search for a panacea – a quick fix that will sprinkle a happy potion over our collective senses and enable us to live happily ever  after.  Lest we should forget, we are bombarded with reminders to be happy on all occasions – happy birthday, happy anniversary, happy new year, happy Mother's/Father's Day, happy Easter, happy holidays – the list is endless. As if that isn’t enough - in the never-ending quest for a happy society - magazines offer an ongoing plethora of opinions and articles, such as: "Can Money Buy Happiness?" … "The Key to Happiness" … "How to be Happy All the Time”.. "The “Secret of Happiness” .. "How to Keep Your Man [Woman] Happy" or the ever popular "Happiness Quiz". If only it was that easy! Are we any happier today than we were 20, 30 or 40 years ago? I don't believe so. In fact we are facing more stress than ever, due in part to the fact that computers have replaced people in the workplace, and in part to the social isolation that technology has left in its wake. We don't even go out to buy these wonderful happy-everything greetings cards – we send e-cards! Worse still, we send out mass mailings at Christmas time, rather than take the time to send individual messages! Having lost so much of our connectedness, how can we be happy? Are there people ...
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