Behavioural changes

All around us, people try to change our and each other’s behavior. Negative examples are often obvious: from ads that entice us to buy stuff we don’t need to apps that try to swallow our attention and time. Positive examples are there too, but perhaps not as obvious …

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How habits develop

Habits arise in one of two ways. First, we can build habits through simple repetition: whenever you see X (a cue), you do Y (a routine). Over time, your brain builds a strong association between the cue and the routine and doesn’t need to think about what to do …

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The land matrix

As of 2016, the Land Matrix—an independent monitoring initiative—reported that successfully completed land deals encompassed 57 million ha, while deals involving an additional 20 million ha were planned. The land rush was catalyzed, in large part, by an international food crisis. Already in February 2007, thousands of Mexicans …

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The Modern-Day Marketer's Skill Set

Today's consumer universe requires a modern skill set and profile for marketers to possess. There are many areas that marketers have to be knowledgeable about these days and understand the complementary relationship different disciplines have with each other.

For instance, content marketing and SEO Services should be married and fully …

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Why is it important to be glad to be a human?

Why is it even important to be glad to be human? We may be the only species that questions gladness. This fuchsia-tinted Alstroemeria at my side has no second thoughts about gladly and extravagantly expressing herself. Finding Gifts for men

If cells weren’t glad to be cells, could they …

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What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition where the joint cartilage thins and roughens. The bone below then tries to repair the damage, but sometimes ‘overgrows’ leading to new bony outgrowths or ‘spurs’ on the joints, known as osteophytes. Eventually, as the cartilage wears away, the bones may rub together, causing pain …

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The Importance of Light in the House

Optimal lighting is both uplifting and calming. Light induces productivity when needed and can be adapted to produce a cheerful mood when work is done. With lighting you can make quick adjustments; however, you have to plan ahead and think through possibilities. Doing so means diversifying lighting sources, having ample …

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Ideas to help SEO

Ideas to help your SEO Search engine optimisation (or SEO for short) means getting your site ready so that it attains a high position in Google's natural search listings. Its a difficult process with lots of gotchas on the way.

Here are some ideas to help with the search engine …

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Parking your RV

When you live in a city condo or a homeowner-association development, needing an RV storage area is often a fact of life. Many people in suburbs and cities face parking limits for their RVs as well. Smaller units, like a folding camping trailer or truck camper, can be stored in …

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What it means to be British

If you're going to Great Britain as part of a UK holiday then you might be wondering what to expect from the British people. How different are they from their American counterparts?

In the 1958 film A Night To Remember – about the sinking of the Titanic – we see tux-clad card …

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Has 1984 Been Surpassed technologically?

When I tell people that I am studying surveillance, and in particular investigating the ways that our personal details are stored in computer databases, the most common reaction is to invoke George Orwell; 'This must be the study of 'Big Brother'. A perfectly understandable response, given that Nineteen Eighty-Four is …

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The Rise of Fashion in Milan

If New York fashion is representative of an anti-style stance, then in the popular mapping of fashion’s geographies Milan stands as one of the most self-consciously stylish of world fashion cities. It is also the youngest, though this is not to suggest that Italy was without an influential fashion …

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How Do You Advertise and Promote Your Business?

What are your main methods of promoting and selling your goods or services? Are you happy with these, or do you just regard advertising as a necessary expense which must not be allowed to encroach too much on your profits? Have you changed your advertising recently? How often do you …

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The same overarching metaphor as your presentation

When preparing to give a presentation you need to remember that it should be a discussion between you and your audience, not just a long talk straight from a PowerPoint presentation. Each day, your business grows, shifts, and adds new chapters to its story. If the story can, without forcing …

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Safety in the Playground

A visit to the playground is more than fun. It lets kids exercise their bodies, brains, and social skills. It also gives them a chance for unstructured, free play that's important for healthy development. Just check that the play equipment is safe and then watch the fun happen.

Play is …

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A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence

The idea of AI, entailing machine that can think without human help, is surprisingly old. It can be dated back to the Indian philosophies of Charvaka, from around 1,500 BC.

The basis of AI is the philosophical concept that human reasoning can be mapped into a mechanical process. We …

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Grow Your Instagram Following

If you’ve ever browsed a friend’s account on Instagram, you might have noticed that they have a LOT of followers, relatively speaking.

They’re just ordinary people who do ordinary things, and who take ordinary pictures of seemingly ordinary things. Yet - despite having just 5 or 10 friends …

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Understanding the context of a conversation

Think about this scenario:

You are at a business networking event. People are dressed up, talking to each other, and looking for compliments of their skill sets and connections to help each other out. While you’re talking with a group of people, it becomes noticeable that one of the …

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Starting a Business in Later Life

The highest success rates in entrepreneurship come from founders in middle age and beyond. Transforming a passion into paying work can be life changing especially for mid-career entrepreneurs.

Here are some top tips for those looking to launch their own business in later life:

  1. Be clear about your goals. You …

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Water Preservation in an Emergency

Like it or not, disasters happen, and they do not discriminate between gender, race, age or religion. It does not matter where you live, what you look like, what you drive or how much money you have- no one is exempt from the threat of natural disaster.

When you are …

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A Quick Guide To Smoking Meat

I love smoking meat — from small Cornish game hens to large roasts like Boston butt — because it’s a special, celebratory presentation of the traditional main course. It shows a commitment to taking things low and slow. It’s a sign of the cook’s TLC for loved ones. Another …

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History of Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is quite popular form of digital marketing. And this is a performance based form of marketing wherein the retailers commission or compensation received for the services provided would depend upon the number of customers they can acquire due to the influence exuberated in the form of marketing efforts …

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Getting to Inbox Zero

So what is Inbox Zero? The term was coined by blogger, podcaster and all-round productivity type Merlin Mann, who first laid out the strategy in several posts on his 43 Folders blog in 2006 and then in a Google Tech Talk in 2007. In these, Mann shares a simple way …

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Mastering the Art of Leverage

Leverage is becoming more and more important in our society. We have the internet, a huge vehicle for leveraging time. You can outsource any task for pounds and pence on sites like Elance. You can employ a virtual assistant who you can pay by the hour or even by the …

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For Better or For Worse?

If your marriage is going through tough times, you may find yourself wondering whether it’s an example of the “for better or for worse” your marriage vows mentioned or whether your relationship is truly on the rocks. Although no test exists that can tell you whether your problems are …

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Reasons Why Dogs Misbehave

While we may not assume for certain what our dogs are thinking at any given moment, we can make informed guesses as to what may trigger the behaviors that drive you crazy. That, and the fact that no one knows your dog like you do, will help you get to …

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The First Goal of Time Management

The first and most important thing to do in managing our time is to have an end goal or purpose. There are two main types of purposes that we can pursue, defined by their relationships to our external reality: intrinsic purposes (which are conceptualized to serve the individual, regardless of …

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Keeping a Clear Diary

However well organized you may be or get to be, you cannot hope to keep all the details of what you will do when in your head. A good, clear diary system is a must. Many formal systems combine the conventional diary with their sophisticated version of the “to do …

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Speculating to Accumulate

You will find that some ways of saving time, or better utilizing it, do need an investment—but it is an investment of time. It seems like a contradiction in terms, having to spend time to save time. Again this can all too easily become a barrier to action. Yet …

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The Importance of the Project Plan

A project is a unique, transient endeavour, undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits. A project is usually deemed to be a success if it achieves the objectives according to their acceptance criteria, within an agreed timescale and budget. Having the …

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The Islands of the Inner Hebrides

The enigmatic Isle of Skye was named Skuy (misty isle) by its Norse settlers, no doubt due to the almost constant veil of mist that shrouds its most spectacular landmarks before vanishing as though it was never there, thus revealing the island’s full beauty to startling effect.

The Isle …

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The Art of Choosing a Baby's Name

Parents often find that the most challenging aspect of choosing a name is knowing where to begin. Let’s face it: your kid has to live with the name you choose forever. (Or at least until he’s old enough to legally change it himself.) To get going on your …

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