The How-Many-Years’ War

Being in the midst of history sometimes mean events are not seen in the “big picture” view that historians often later take, when looking back at the period. Case in point: what will America’s ongoing war eventually be known as? To date, we’ve been at war since October 2001, or a mind-boggling period of 15 years. This war was initially called “The Global War On Terror” by the Bush administration, which lumped in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq with all the skirmishes in various other North African and Middle East countries. The Obama administration has dropped the term, but they’ve never really replaced it with anything else. But what I wonder this Memorial Day is what it will be called in the future. Right now, it’d be the “Fifteen Years’ War” — but few expect all conflicts will end by the time the next president is sworn in, so eventually that number will likely be higher.

Three wars (that I’m aware of) are historically referred to by their length: the Seven Years’ War, the Thirty Years’ War, and the Hundred Years’ War. The only one that is strictly accurate is the Thirty Years’ War, which took place from 1618 to 1648. The Seven Years’ War was actually fought over nine years’ time, from 1754 to 1763, but it got two years lopped off because it didn’t really get underway until 1756. And the Hundred Years’ War raged from 1337 to 1453 — much longer than a single century.

Most Americans know little about any of these wars, it’s worth pointing out. The only one American schoolchildren even regularly learn about is the Seven Years’ War, but by a different name. To us, it was the French and Indian War, and in some ways it was a precursor to our own Revolutionary War (Britain levied a bunch of taxes on the American colonies in the mid-1760s largely to pay the costs of the Seven Years’ War, which the colonists did not take kindly to, especially in Boston). Interestingly, the Seven Years’ War is now considered by some to be the first “world war,” since it involved so many countries all over the globe. This was a contributing influence on American thinking about involvement in the wars which periodically raged in Europe from the country’s founding onwards, especially after the pointless War Of 1812 drove the point home. Shortly thereafter, America embraced the Monroe Doctrine which stated in part that Europe should leave the Americas alone and the United States wouldn’t get involved in European conflicts. Later on, America was very reluctant to get involved with both twentieth-century world wars because of this long-held belief that Europe should solve its own problems.

The Thirty Years’ War was religious in nature, at least at the start. It was the last big battle between Protestants and Catholics in Europe. The Hundred Years’ War was mostly waged between England and France (in a nutshell, France had ruled England since the Norman Conquest, and the English thought it’d be a better idea if they ruled France, instead). Both were long drawn-out conflicts with periods of calm interspersed with major battles in various places. It was thinking of these two that made me wonder whether in the future the period America and the Middle East now find themselves in might be called something like the “Twenty Years’ War” or perhaps the “Quarter-Century’s War.” And that’s being optimistic, of course.

This is the longest period of American history when we’ve been constantly at war. The level of our involvement has waxed and waned, from having over a hundred thousand soldiers on the battlefield to merely conducting drone strikes from above. We’ve been overtly involved to some degree or another in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen. But America has always seen this as a war without borders, so it has spilled over into plenty of other countries in other ways (such as a raid conducted within Pakistan to capture Osama Bin Laden, for instance). There are proxy wars going on, often involving the animosity between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Groups like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda have tried to expand into as many franchises as they can in as many different countries as they can, with varying degrees of success.

Right now the hottest war is being waged in Syria. This is truly a global conflict, with the Americans and the Russians backing different sides in a multiplicity of fighting groups. The Islamic State is benefiting from the fighting between the other groups, in fact. In Iraq, the Americans have backed the Iraqi army (and, to a lesser degree, the Kurds), and the Islamic State has lost major ground — albeit a lot slower than America might wish. The battle for Fallujah is going on right now, although looking back with a historian’s eye the current fight will likely be labeled the “Third Battle of Fallujah,” since American forces have their own hard-fought battles to remember in this town. Fallujah was where an American military contractor was killed and his burnt corpse hung from a bridge, in case you’ve forgotten. The final big battle in Iraq will come in the northern city of Mosul.

Iraq is right now a success story for the Iraqi government’s side, which is a big turnaround from when their army fled in terror a few years ago (while the Islamic State moved in blitzkrieg fashion from town to town, getting ever closer to Baghdad). Starting roughly a year ago, the tide has turned completely and the Islamic State has lost almost half the Iraqi territory they once held. The progress is slow, but has been consistent — the Islamic State has lost every major conflict, and has never regained major ground once lost.

It is hard to see an end to the overall war, even at this point, fifteen years in. America’s new normal is being at war — although in a barely-noticeable fashion. Since Barack Obama took office, our troop presence has been drastically reduced in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the conflicts didn’t exactly end in either place. We’ve been drawn in to new battlefields (Yemen, Syria), and other countries also look ripe for America to get drawn into (Libya) in the near future, depending on who becomes our next president. Who now can see an end to this region-wide conflict? The chances now actually seem better that the war intensifies — perhaps as Saudi Arabia and Iran get closer to more-overt hostilities. American soldiers might be deployed in this conflict for a long time to come, in various countries around the region.

It is remarkable that we’ve spent the last decade and a half at war. It’s gotten to the point that most people don’t even think about it in any way — a natural reaction to the (so far) Fifteen Years’ War. But what’s really remarkable to consider today is that we’ve gone through the longest period at war in our entire history and we still have an all-volunteer army. Conscription has not returned. The politicians learned their lesson well from Vietnam — when young men (and, now, women) face being drafted, then the public gets a lot more involved in war decisions.

This Memorial Day I’ll be remembering all who died in service to the United States military. Especially all those who have died in our current and ongoing wars — every one of whom volunteered to do his or her duty, so that your son or daughter or other loved one wasn’t forced to. But I do wonder how many more of our fighting men and women will be memorialized before the Twenty Years’ War (or Quarter-Century’s War, or whatever) is finally over.

 

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The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

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12 Things You Should Do in Your 20s

Your 20s are your selfish years and it’s a decade where you immerse yourself in everything around you and the world out there. Ensure you are selfish with your time, look after yourself, pay attention to your mental health and love the people who are important to you.

1. Pat attention to your mental health.

While your physical health is extremely important, investing time into taking care of your mind should not be forgotten. Stimulate it, challenge it, be conscious of what you’re exposing your mind to on a daily basis, and look after yourself. The same goes for your family and friends, make sure you are there for them whenever they may need you.

2. Chase your dream job.

Don’t become complacent during your 20s and instead put yourself and challenge yourself. You should persist, move around and be as creative as possible in your career. Now is your opportunity to mess up a few times, work in a job you hate, get back up and then find your dream job. You will be glad you worked hard for it and you will be proud of yourself for trying!

3. Travels lots — and sometimes alone.

Find the courage to travel, and sometimes even travel alone. There is nothing more exciting and life changing that discovering an incredible place you didn’t expect to find. Pack your suitcase, catch a plane and explore a foreign country. With any luck, you’ll see some new beautiful places and meet some interesting people, and get a bit more in touch with yourself while doing it.

4. Make time for your best friends.

As you grow up, leave university and move on with your life, it may sometimes become difficult to live close to friends, however it is now more important than ever to make time for your best friends. They are the ones who will stick by your side through thick and thin, watch you have babies, get married and more importantly be there through all the bad bits.

5. Live on your own.

Nothing feels more independent than moving out of home, and renting your own place. It may seem daunting to begin with but it’s a great way to learn about life early on. You will need to learn how to manage your money, look after yourself and of course the biggest benefit is not having to hide how drunk you are to your parents after a night out on the tiles…

6. Love yourself and be loved.

Love isn’t easy when you’re in your 20s and it can tough, whether you are in a new or long-term relationship. If you are in a long-term relationship, it’s can be a battle to grow alongside each other as you live your lives, and new relationships must fit in to the lives you already have existing. However, if you love yourself, love will come to you.

7. Buy that incred piece of clothing.

Ninety percent of the time you should spend your money on experiences, not things — but once in a while save that $ 150 and use it to buy that incredible coat you’ve lusted after for months or that watch you’ve wanted since university. It will literally make you feel like the most amazing person in the world as you strut out of the shop. May as well do it while you only have to think about funding yourself.

8. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Wherever it may be in your life, don’t be afraid to ask for the things you want or need. Whether it is in your career and you want a pay rise or it is deciding on big life moment with your boyfriend, you have the choice to make a difference to your own life and like the saying goes; don’t ask, don’t get!

9. Look after yourself.

In a few years, the 15-year-old you will regret not looking after yourself more whether it is exercising, looking after your skin or even what you eat. Once you hit 40 I can imagine it’s a lot harder to try

10. Eat whatever you like.

Of course look after yourself but also eat incredible food. Eat food from the other side of the world, eat food you wouldn’t usually eat and learn how to cook dishes from scratch. Food can awaken all of the senses and you can find a lot of joy from food. Your metabolism is also 10 times faster than it will be in 10 years.

11. Rid yourself of bad people.

Once you’ve left school, left university and moved on to real life, being “popular” or whatever that even means, doesn’t matter anymore. Having a million friends that you barely even talk to is unnecessary and often you accrue negative people in your life. Instead, keep your best friends close and dodge any toxic people!

12. Examine what you want out of life.

In your 20s it’s easy to get wrapped up in work, sleep, eat, weekend, work, sleep, eat, weekend and often we forget what we really want out of life. People often forget to actually sit down and contemplate what it is they really want but this is the point in your life where you really do have a chance to shape the future. Make sure you spend time alone because it is the only true way to get to know yourself.

Sophie is a blogger and freelance writer based in the UK. She writes about all things travel on her blog over at Sophie’s Suitcase and in her spare time writes for Huffington Post, Elite Daily and The Culture Trip. You can also find her on social media; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Forget the Gym: 5 Exercises That Don’t Require a Membership

The best way to get — and stay — in shape is to enjoy your workout experience. No matter your fitness level or preferred form of exercise, the key to success is sticking with it. And we all know that having a gym membership doesn’t automatically mean that we’ll use it.

If getting yourself to the gym is, itself, a workout, or you don’t have money for a membership, take heart! Here are 5 exercises you can do on your own to firm your muscles and tone your body that don’t require a gym:

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Five Free Exercises That Only Need Gravity and Your Own Body

1. Stairs

Who needs the dreaded StairMaster when there are actual stairs to conquer? If you are looking for a great cardio workout that also doubles as strength training for your lower body, go find your nearest staircase – whether in a building, a stadium or even at home. Running up a set of stairs for 30 minutes is a high-intensity workout that not only targets every muscle in your lower body, including hips, calves, glutes and quads, but also burns a lot of calories.

But don’t worry if you are not yet ready for a high-intensity step workout. It’s okay to start slow! Take the stairs instead of the elevator. When it comes to physical activity, every single step counts. The more active you are, the more energy you will feel.


2. Squats

If you are looking for a low-impact workout to do without leaving your home, squats are an excellent option. They can be done anywhere since they only require your own body weight. Not only do squats help tone your thighs and buttocks, they can also improve your posture, circulation and even digestion.

So, how do you do squats? Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your side. Lower your body as if into a sitting position, with your body weight resting in your heels. As you lower into the squat position, raise your arms straight out in front of you for balance. Once you are in the squat, imagine a seat behind you forcing you to keep your back straight. Pause for about 10-30 seconds, depending upon how you feel, then return to the starting position.

Repeat as many times as you can while holding each squat for 30 seconds. If this is too hard, try staying in the squat position for 10 seconds. As you progress, you can slowly increase to 15-20 seconds and then gradually build up to 30 seconds. Eventually, try holding each squat for a minute. You can also try variations, including squatting deeper or with a weight in each hand.

3. Planks

If you want to focus on strengthening your core, shoulders, triceps, glutes and forearms, planks are for you. All you need is yourself and a ground surface, whether an inside floor, or outdoors at the beach or on grass.

Begin as if you are about to do a push-up. Then, rest the weight of your upper body on your forearms, which need to be shoulder-width apart. Keep your stomach and glutes tight and your entire body straight. Keep your buttocks from sticking up in the air. Hold the position for 30 seconds to a minute, then rest for 30 seconds between each set. Again, as with the squats, if 30 seconds is too challenging, try holding the position for 5-10 seconds at first. The aim is to feel empowered, not intimidated. So feel free to build up your endurance slowly. For variety, you can also go from your forearms to a regular push-up position, with your arms extended, every 5-10 seconds.

4. Pull-Ups and/or Chin-Ups

Remember recess during elementary school, when everyone gathered on the monkey bars? Now’s your chance to revisit your youth and gain strength in the process. Pull-ups and chin-ups are great exercises for strengthening and toning your shoulders, back, chest and biceps. You can use either an overhand or underhand grip. All you need is a park or even a bar in a doorway at home.

For those of you who never liked the monkey bars or find pull-ups and chin-ups too hard, you can build or tone your upper body by doing push-ups against a wall. Stand with your left side about 1-2 feet from the wall. Wrap your left arm around your body so that your left hand will hug your right side. Then, reach your right arm across your chest, placing your palm on the wall.

Touch the wall with your left shoulder, then push off the wall with your right hand, moving your body away from the wall. Lean back into the wall immediately, and push off again with your right hand. Continue these reps for 30 seconds. Then switch sides.


5. Jogging/Running/Walking

No matter your current level of fitness, running, jogging or walking are great, affordable ways to improve your overall health. Plus you can do it anywhere! You strengthen your heart and legs, tone your body’s muscles and burn calories. Whether you engage in casual walking, high-intensity sprints, running hills or jogging around the neighborhood, the important thing is to get your body moving on a regular basis. So take the dog for a jog, join a running group, or simply park the car father away from your destination than you need to for increased walking. Just get in those extra steps regularly, no matter the pace.


Find What Works For You

There are many ways to achieve your fitness goals that don’t include a gym membership. Take the time to find out how you can incorporate exercise into your daily life. The results are worth it! And no matter your preferred workout, keep in mind that good nutrition and spiritual balance is also part of healthy living.

What are your favorite forms of exercise to do outside of a gym? We want to know, so share with us!

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Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

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American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Another Big Mistake in North Carolina

In Wilmington, North Carolina, a local man with two children in a public elementary school recently noticed that there seemed to be some racial discrimination behind certain policies at the school, and he spoke up. As a result of his concern and action, he can no longer set foot on any school property throughout the county.

An Emperor once banned all philosophers from Rome and his popularity instantly increased. I don’t think that’s going to be the result for our local Superintendent of Schools who has banned Clyde Edgerton from all New Hanover County North Carolina school grounds.

I almost never blog about local events. But this one has national relevance and universal human resonance, so please indulge me for a moment about this man, Clyde, and his current exile.

Lest you think that this individual barred from school property must be some felonious gun toting, drug selling, rabble rousing, drunken, foul mouthed gang recruiter named ‘Clyde Edgerton,’ I should point out up front that it’s the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Kenan Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing, and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame author of Rainey, Walking Across Egypt, The Floatplane Notebooks, Killer Diller, In Memory of Junior, and on and on including the Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages Clyde Edgerton, the amazingly artistic painter guitarist, and astute banjo player Clyde Edgerton–yeah, the Renaissance Man Who Chooses To Live in small beautiful Wilmington Clyde Edgerton, one of the few people in the state or the nation whose mere presence on county school property would be in itself an education for all the students who beheld him or had the chance to interact with him. That’s the one who has been banned from ever setting foot again on school grounds in our county.

Of course, Socrates was given poison to drink because all the good he was doing for his town was interpreted as bad and he therefore shared the treatment of many great people through the ages. At least Clyde hasn’t been handed a hemlock cocktail, tarred and feathered, or invited to a big bonfire cookout featuring Roasted Author, like so many of his benevolent predecessors who crossed The Powers That Be.

Mr. Edgerton, according to our newspaper here today, had been working actively as a tutor at Forest Hills Elementary School in Wilmington. Stephen Hawking was apparently unavailable for this role, Mother Theresa has long been out of the picture, and Billy Graham can’t travel like he once did. So instead we got Clyde Edgerton as a volunteer tutor for one of our schools, until he was just barred from setting foot on the property of this or any such county institution. His crime was working to make sure that some of the best opportunities at the school were available to all qualified children, regardless of race. And in doing so, he offended our superintendent. As I read on in the Wilmington StarNews piece about this insanity, it seemed to me that in this particular case, the emperor truly has no clothes. And if that makes no sense to you, it’s likely because you never had a Clyde Edgerton in your life, or on your school property.

It’s another Big Mistake in North Carolina, and is somehow deeply consonant with other such mistakes of late. Those who don’t agree with the odd Powers That Be should just “get out of our yard and go home.” This is the attitude of childhood that currently prevails. But I’m sure things like this happen in cities and towns all around out nation all too often. And when they do, we should all speak up. So I’ve written our local paper. I’ve done this blog. And I hope many more of my neighbors will protest this thing as well. It’s the 21st Century, Y’all. But not, apparently, all throughout my otherwise mostly wonderful state.

I hope this ban can be reversed right away, for the greater good of our–in other respects–fine community. And Clyde: If not, then you’re welcome on my property any time.

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The Swoosh, Then and Now

Nike was founded by upstart running geeks and has evolved into a $ 30 billion sporting conglomerate. But running, and a runner, are upfront once again.
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In March, I was among hundreds of journalists from around the world who attended a Nike running summit in New York City called Innovation for EveryBody. I’ve been to lots of press events over the years, but this was on another level: an arena-sized setting, pulsing lights and music, SRO crowd replete with celebrities like Kevin Hart and track star Allyson Felix.

Then there was the array of products the company unveiled: a self-lacing shoe designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield; a preview of the VaporMax, the next generation of NikeAir technology; and the Zoom Superfly Flyknit track spikes designed for Felix’s distinctive biomechanics (she’ll wear them in the Olympics this summer). There were also new soccer cleats, basketball shoes, lines of performance apparel, and upgrades to the Nike+ app. The idea behind it all, said Nike CEO Mark Parker, is to “serve athletes at every step of their athletic lives” and to “bridge the gap between elites and regular athletes.” The overall vibe was that of a moonshot that, well, swooshed.

At the time, I had just started reading a new book by Phil Knight, who cofounded Nike in 1964 with Bill Bowerman, his former track coach at the University of Oregon. Shoe Dog is a terrific read, in large part because it paints such a vivid contrast between the $ 30 billion juggernaut Nike is today and what it started out as: an upstart shoe importer kept afloat by diehard running geeks selling product out of the trunks of their cars. There are several larger-than-life characters in the Nike origin story, none bigger than Steve Prefontaine, who ran at U of O a few years after Knight did. Our excerpt from Shoe Dog explains how that stubborn, gifted frontrunner became one of Nike’s first celebrity endorsers as well as its North Star. The way Pre ran the 5,000-meter final at the 1972 Olympic Trials on his home track in Eugene, and the way the crowd reacted to his epic effort, inspired Knight. “I knew that race…would forever be part of me, and I vowed it would also be part of Nike,” Knight writes. “In our coming battles…we’d be like Pre. We’d compete as if our lives depended on it.”

This win-at-all-costs ethic may explain why Nike’s rise to dominance–it commands 40 percent of the $ 52 billion global athletic footwear market; Adidas is second with 18 percent–has been inspiring and polarizing. There have been controversial labor practices overseas; criticism of the 23-year, $ 460 million sponsorship of USA Track & Field that gives Nike ownership of Team USA uniforms; and allegations of doping at the Nike Oregon Project, run by Alberto Salazar (who has denied the allegations). There has also been a perceived lack of focus on core running at the company over the years, which may account for why Brooks, not Nike, is currently number one at specialty running stores in the U.S.

However you feel about the company, there’s no denying its formative impact on running, both the elite sport and the everyday fitness activity. “If you have a body, you are an athlete.” That’s an empowering motto, and the ambition of the company’s latest products support it.

Recently I’ve been testing Nike’s new LunarEpic. With a seamless ankle-length Flyknit upper and laser-cut midsole and outsole, it’s one of the most innovative shoes I’ve ever worn. In New York, I asked Parker what Bowerman, who famously assembled the first nubby-soled running shoe by pouring liquid rubber into a waffle iron, would have thought of it. Parker laughed and said, “Bill was a minimalist–the less shoe, the better. As far as competition goes, he was absolutely right. But we didn’t show everything today. The Olympics will be quite special, and what you’ll see in Rio would make him incredibly proud.” Wait, there’s more? I asked him to elaborate, but he cagily declined.

Parker, who ran competitively at Penn State and used to do several marathons a year, deserves credit for Nike’s renewed focus on its original mission. “We are a big company that’s in many categories,” he said. “But running is our heart.” He joined Nike as a shoe designer in 1979, and he believes that the most lasting and inspiring way into every athlete’s heart starts from the ground up.

Somewhere, Pre is smiling.

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David Willey is the editor-in-chief of Runner’s World.

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10 Things You Do That Make You Less Likeable

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Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few–the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ).

In a study conducted at UCLA, subjects rated over 500 descriptions of people based on their perceived significance to likeability. The top-rated descriptors had nothing to do with being gregarious, intelligent, or attractive (innate characteristics). Instead, the top descriptors were sincerity, transparency, and capable of understanding (another person).

These adjectives, and others like them, describe people who are skilled in the social side of emotional intelligence. TalentSmart research data from more than a million people shows that people who possess these skills aren’t just highly likeable; they outperform those who don’t by a large margin.

Likeability is so powerful that it can completely alter your performance. A University of Massachusetts study found that managers were willing to accept an auditor’s argument with no supporting evidence if he or she was likeable, and Jack Zenger found that just 1 in 2000 unlikeable leaders are considered effective.

I did some digging to uncover the key behaviors that hold people back when it comes to likeability. Make certain these behaviors don’t catch you by surprise.

1. Humble-bragging. We all know those people who like to brag about themselves behind the mask of self-deprecation. For example, the gal who makes fun of herself for being a nerd when she really wants to draw attention to the fact that she’s smart or the guy who makes fun of himself for having a strict diet when he really wants you to know how healthy and fit he is. While many people think that self-deprecation masks their bragging, everyone sees right through it. This makes the bragging all the more frustrating, because it isn’t just bragging; it’s also an attempt to deceive.

2. Being too serious. People gravitate toward those who are passionate. That said, it’s easy for passionate people to come across as too serious or uninterested, because they tend to get absorbed in their work. Likeable people balance their passion for their work with their ability to have fun. At work they are serious, yet friendly. They still get things done because they are socially effective in short amounts of time and they capitalize on valuable social moments. They focus on having meaningful interactions with their coworkers, remembering what people said to them yesterday or last week, which shows people that they are just as important to them as their work is.

3. Not asking enough questions. The biggest mistake people make in conversation is being so focused on what they’re going to say next or how what the other person is saying is going to affect them that they fail to hear what’s being said. The words come through loud and clear, but the meaning is lost. A simple way to avoid this is to ask a lot of questions. People like to know you’re listening, and something as simple as a clarification question shows that not only are you listening but that you also care about what they’re saying. You’ll be surprised how much respect and appreciation you gain just by asking questions.

4. Emotional hijackings. My company provides 360° feedback assessments, and we come across far too many instances of people throwing things, screaming, making people cry, and other telltale signs of an emotional hijacking. An emotional hijacking demonstrates low emotional intelligence. As soon as you show that level of instability, people will question whether or not you’re trustworthy and capable of keeping it together when it counts.

Exploding at anyone, regardless of how much they might “deserve it,” turns a huge amount of negative attention your way. You’ll be labeled as unstable, unapproachable, and intimidating. Controlling your emotions keeps you in the driver’s seat. When you’re able to control your emotions around someone who wrongs you, they end up looking bad instead of you.

4. Whipping out your phone.
Nothing turns someone off to you like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone. When you commit to a conversation, focus all of your energy on the conversation. You’ll find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you immerse yourself in them.

5. Name-dropping. It’s great to know important and interesting people, but using every conversation as an opportunity to name-drop is pretentious and silly. Just like humble-bragging, people see right through it. Instead of making you look interesting, it makes people feel as though you’re insecure and overly concerned with having them like you. It also cheapens what you have to offer. When you connect everything you know with who you know (instead of what you know or what you think), conversations lose their color.

People are averse to those who are desperate for attention. Simply being friendly and considerate is all you need to win people over. When you speak in a friendly, confident, and concise manner, people are much more attentive and persuadable than if you try to show them that you’re important. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude than who you know.

6. Gossiping. People make themselves look terrible when they get carried away with gossiping. Wallowing in talk of other people’s misdeeds or misfortunes may end up hurting their feelings if the gossip ever finds its way to them, but gossiping is guaranteed to make you look negative and spiteful every time.

7. Having a closed mind. If you want to be likeable, you must be open-minded, which makes you approachable and interesting to others. No one wants to have a conversation with someone who has already formed an opinion and is unwilling to listen. Having an open mind is crucial in the workplace, where approachability means access to new ideas and help. To eliminate preconceived notions and judgment, you need to see the world through other people’s eyes. This doesn’t require that you believe what they believe or condone their behavior; it simply means that you quit passing judgment long enough to truly understand what makes them tick.

8. Sharing too much, too early. While getting to know people requires a healthy amount of sharing, sharing too much about yourself right off the bat comes across wrong. Be careful to avoid sharing personal problems and confessions too quickly. Likeable people let the other person guide them as to when it’s the right time for them to open up. Over-sharing comes across as self-obsessed and insensitive to the balance of the conversation. Think of it this way: if you’re getting into the nitty gritty of your life without learning about the other person first, you’re sending the message that you see them as nothing more than a sounding board for your problems.

9. Sharing too much on social media. Studies have shown that people who over-share on social media do so because they crave acceptance, and the Pew Research Center has revealed that this over-sharing works against them by making people dislike them. Sharing on social media can be an important mode of expression, but it needs to be done thoughtfully and with some self-control. Letting everyone know what you ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with how many times you walked your dog today will do much more harm than good when it comes to likeability.

Bringing It All Together

When you build your awareness of how your actions are received by other people, you pave the way to becoming more likeable.

What other things make people less likeable? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Bad News — You Have Cancer

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A doctor once took a sample of my blood and came back to me with a long face. He said he was bringing bad news; he was very sorry, but I had cancer. Bad news? I couldn’t help laughing. When I looked at him, I saw that he was quite taken aback. Not everyone understands this kind of laughter. Later, it turned out that I didn’t have cancer, and that was good news too.

The truth is that until we love cancer, we can’t love life. It doesn’t matter what symbols we use–poverty, loneliness, loss–it’s the concepts of good and bad that we attach to them that make us suffer. I was sitting once with a friend who had a huge tumor, and the doctors had given her just a few weeks to live. As I was leaving her bedside, she said, “I love you,” and I said, “No, you don’t. You can’t love me until you love your tumor. Every concept that you put onto that tumor, you’ll eventually put onto me. The first time I don’t give you what you want, or threaten what you believe, you’ll put that concept onto me.” This might sound harsh, but my friend had asked me to always tell her the truth. The tears in her eyes were tears of gratitude, she said.

No one knows what’s good and what’s bad. No one knows what death is. Maybe it’s not a something; maybe it’s not even a nothing. It’s the pure unknown, and I love that. We imagine that death is a state of being or a state of nothingness, and we frighten ourselves with our own concepts. I’m a lover of what is: I love sickness and health, coming and going, life and death. I see life and death as equal. Reality is good; so death must be good, whatever it is, if it’s anything at all.

Until you experience death as a gift, your work’s not done. So if you’re afraid of it, that shows you what to question next. There’s nothing else to do; you’re either believing these childish stories, or you’re questioning them–there’s no other choice. What’s not okay about dying? You close your eyes every night, and you go to sleep. People look forward to it; some people actually prefer that part. And that’s as bad as it gets, except for your belief that says there’s something else. Before a thought, there’s no one, nothing–only peace that doesn’t even recognize itself as peace.

What I know about dying is that when there’s no escape, when you know that no one is coming to save you, there’s no fear. You just don’t bother. The worst thing that can happen on your deathbed is a belief. Nothing worse than that has ever happened. So if you are lying on your deathbed and the doctor says it’s all over for you and you believe him, all the confusion stops. You no longer have anything to lose. And in that peace, there is only you.

People who know there’s no hope are free; decisions are out of their hands. It has always been that way, but some people have to die bodily to find out. No wonder they smile on their deathbeds. Dying is everything they were looking for in life: they’ve given up the delusion of being in charge. When there’s no choice, there’s no fear. They begin to realize that nothing was ever born but a dream and nothing ever dies but a dream.

When you’re clear about death, you can be totally present with someone who’s dying, and no matter what kind of pain she appears to be experiencing, it doesn’t affect your happiness. You’re free to just love her, to hold her and care for her, because it’s your nature to do that. To come to that person in fear is to teach fear: she looks into your eyes and gets the message that she is in deep trouble. But if you come in peace, fearlessly, she looks into your eyes and sees that whatever is happening is good.

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“If Only” – (All the reasons why you can’t…)

Too often we talk ourselves out of improving our lives by convincing ourselves that something has happened (or hasn’t happened) that has created a permanent barrier to things being the way we’d really like them. Please challenge that notion…

If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the “Tap Out Your Fears” series — which explains the basics of EFT — click here.

As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

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Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being. For more information about that, please read this disclaimer.

Until next time, feel free to tap along with any of the many videos I have on YouTube or the many recordings I have at www.TapWithBrad.com.

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The Top 10 Workout Songs for June 2016

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The summer possesses a strange magic that allows it to draw pop songs out of the woodwork–even from acts that aren’t necessarily pop acts. Even if the season itself isn’t pulling the strings, music lovers are definitely gravitating to big choruses from a variety of sources. In this playlist, we recap the best of those for working out in June.

Justin Timberlake’s new single–from the Trolls movie–is the single most popular song in the gym right now (and an early contender for song of the summer). Elsewhere on the conventional pop front, you’ll find a blast of sass from Meghan Trainor and a slow, but feisty number from Pink. Beyond the Top 40, there’s a comeback track from pop punk favorites Good Charlotte and an indelible melody from Swedish trio Peter, Bjorn & John. Taken as a whole, the list features an unreasonable number of memorable hooks. So, when you need an instant boost for your summer workout sessions, here are the month’s top tunes–according to the votes logged on workout music site Run Hundred.

  • Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling – 113 BPM
  • Calvin Harris & Rihanna – This Is What You Came For – 124 BPM
  • Pink – Just Like Fire – 82 BPM
  • Meghan Trainor – Me Too – 124 BPM
  • Zayn – Like I Would – 113 BPM
  • Alan Walker – Faded – 90 BPM
  • Peter, Bjorn & John – What You Talking About – 127 BPM
  • Good Charlotte – 40 oz. Dream – 112 BPM
  • BRKLYN & Mariah McManus – Can’t Get Enough – 129 BPM
  • Nick Jonas & Tove Lo – Close (Dan E Radio Edit) – 125 BPM

Check out this month’s top 10 workout songs on Run Hundred: www.RunHundred.com.

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Why Do Cops Lie? Because They Can

A federal jury needed little time last week to convict two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies for beating an inmate with mental illness and filing false reports to cover up the assault. Convictions stemming from the scandalous abuse in the jails have become commonplace — 21 current or former L.A. County Sheriff’s Department members have now been convicted.

This case stemmed from a 2010 incident in which deputies kicked, punched and pepper sprayed the inmate in a locked hallway, out of sight of surveillance cameras, as punishment for having been disrespectful. The deputies then cooked up a story to justify the beating, claiming the inmate left his cell without permission, ignored orders to return to it and instead walked into the hallway, where he tried to punch a deputy and violently resisted being restrained. The deputies even went so far as to leave certain deputies out of their reports because they had been involved in too many other force incidents.

Now, police lying shouldn’t be news to anyone. A poll last year found that one in three Americans believe police routinely lie. Residents of Los Angeles don’t have to look too far for evidence of police dishonesty. Disgraced former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca pled guilty to lying to federal agents investigating civil rights abuses in the jails, and a federal jury convicted Baca’s second-in-command — former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka – of obstruction of justice for interfering with that investigation.

In jail settings we should be particularly wary about the potential for police dishonesty. The ACLU of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) published reports over several years compiling inmate complaints of brutal violence at the hands of L.A. County sheriff’s deputies. Baca reflexively responded to these complaints with the refrain that inmates lie and exaggerate — and it unsurprisingly worked.

We as society are told, over and over, that those imprisoned are the worst of the worst and cannot be trusted. As a result, many in the public don’t care what happens to inmates or feel they deserve whatever they get. And for others the jails are simply an instance of out of sight, out of mind. Despite our long-term societal addiction to incarceration, relatively few of us will ever see the inside of a jail, and fewer still will think very long about what happens there.

For these reasons we should be on the lookout for police officials and agencies that whitewash inmate allegations of abuse. A key tell-tale sign is the investigation that relies exclusively on statements made by the officers involved and fails to include available civilian witnesses. In many instances documented by ACLU SoCal, chaplains and volunteers who witnessed inmate abuse made themselves available to investigators, but were never questioned.

The deputies who beat inmates and lied about it acted with impunity because they knew just how cursory the investigation into the beating would be and that no one in the department would ever believe the victim. It’s why officers lie — because they know they can get away with it.

Police know that in a typical swearing match, where it is their word against someone else’s, they will likely win. Notwithstanding the percentage of the people who believe police lie regularly, police still receive high honesty ratings, with 56 percent of Americans giving them a very high or high score. A deputy’s odds of winning a swearing match only improve when he squares off against, say, an inmate in the jails — the deputy knows full well how little weight the inmate’s testimony will carry. What little doubt remains can be practically eliminated when multiple deputies give corroborating testimony.

Who are prosecutors, judges and jurors going to believe? That’s the tempting question that leads down the rabbit hole where officers end up brazenly and coolly beating an inmate and lying about his being the aggressor.

Before anyone concludes that this is just a case of a few bad apples, remember that these were training officers who were trying both to teach an inmate a lesson and educate a young recruit in how things get done in the jails. They were trying to perpetuate a culture that the leadership either encouraged or condoned.

Human nature and history should have taught us by now that if power can be abused, it will be abused. We must put specific checks and balances in place to test the veracity of police — not because they are less trustworthy than others, but because they have been deemed credible and therefore given the power to lie.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

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American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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Lifestyle Change May Cut Risk for Women With Breast Cancer Genes

Behavior may matter even more when your DNA is working against you, research shows
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Celeste Rolon’s GPS Guide For A Stress-Free Mind

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. We all have a center of wisdom and balance within us, but sometimes life takes over and we can feel all over the place! We all need a course-correcting tool — A “GPS for the Soul” — to help us find our way back to center. The guide below will give you the tools you need to reach that calmer state of mind.

A life without calming techniques can be exhausting to say the least. In the GPS Guide below, reader Celeste Rolon shares some de-stressing mantras that will put your mind at ease. Read them the next time you’re strung out.

We want to know how YOU relax. Fill out our survey here and you could be featured in your own HuffPost GPS for the Soul GPS Guide.

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H a r m o n y

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We travel on
At different pace
Each day a different song …

Our hopes and dreams
Our highs and lows
With all our rights and wrongs …

With Mindfulness
We learn to see
While traveling this path …

How thoughts perceive
The tales we weave
So if we do our math …

We come to know
That as we grow
And tweak and change our tune …

Our lives could be
Quite happily
As peaceful as the Moon …

__________________________

Soe Moe Lwin
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08/01/2016

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Trump Parts Way With Top Aide

NEW YORK, May 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has fired his national political director after six weeks on the job, campaign sources said on Wednesday.

Trump told staffers and supporters gathered backstage before a campaign rally in California on Wednesday that political director Rick Wiley “should be fired” for his handling of a fundraising deal with the Republican National Committee, according to the sources.

The RNC fundraising agreement included 11 states but not Nevada, where Republicans in the state are angling for key victories in the November elections. Three sources confirmed Trump said Wiley should be fired after Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald told Trump that Wiley was responsible for leaving Nevada out of the deal.

McDonald did not return calls seeking comment. Wiley did not respond to emails, text messages and phone calls seeking comment.

The move is the latest in a tug of war between Trump’s original campaign team, including press secretary Hope Hicks and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and a group of professionals he brought in later to shore up support from more traditional corners of the Republican Party.

The new arrivals, led by veteran strategist Paul Manafort, whom Trump hired in late March, have urged Trump to tone down some of his most provocative positions, such as his proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

But Trump reprimanded Manafort, according to two sources familiar with the conversation, after Manafort told a gathering of RNC members at an April meeting in Florida that Trump was only “acting” when describing his proposed Muslim ban or his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Manafort hired Wiley on April 13.

A statement issued by the Trump campaign said Wiley had been hired on a “short-term basis as a consultant until the campaign was running full steam” and it thanked him for “for helping us during this transition period.”

Manafort did not responds to calls and emails seeking comment. (Reporting by Emily Flitter in New York; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Doctors Spot New Vision Problems in Babies Struck by Zika

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What Are You Choosing

Aristotle wrote, “We are what we repeatedly do.

What are you doing repeatedly that is bringing you and others peace and happiness? What are you doing repeatedly that is causing you or others pain? These are very important questions. They have the potential to be life transforming if you are taking action on doing more of what creates the outcomes you desire.

Are you living a virtuous life? Virtues are defined as “behavioral habits – something that is exhibited fairly consistently. You exhibit virtues in the way you act daily, without much thinking.
What virtues are important to you? For me, in my book, Create Your Legacy, I share examples of Love, Generosity, Gratitude and Compassion because these are virtues that were taught to me by my parents and are still important to me today. I try to make a conscious effort to live my life by taking action on these virtues often.

For example, to live with love, I can simply take the hand of someone I love and say, “I love so many things about you. One thing I really love is the fact that you are honest with me; even when, it is not easy.”

Generosity was the domain of the rich or elite nobility for a long time. This definition has changed in the last 200 years to include everyone. The virtue of generosity involves giving unselfishly to help others without expecting anything in return, not even acknowledgement or appreciation.

We can offer a smile, teach what others need to know, lend a helping hand, encourage with our words, listen, give our time, send thank you notes, give a gift card, share coupons, and call and offer to sit with someone at a shelter, mission, hospice or a nursing home.

To live with generosity, I could put $ 5 dollars in my pocket and look for an opportunity to give it to someone in need or to buy a small token, such as a meal, for someone.

Cicero, in Ancient Roman times, believed that gratitude was the “parent of all the other virtues.” Gratitude is the feeling and attitude of appreciation for the benefits that we have received or expect to receive.

We can make it a practice to tell a spouse, partner, child, coworker or friend something we appreciate every day. To live with gratitude, I could buy a flower to give to someone who has been kind to me in the past month. I could express exactly what I am grateful for concerning that person. For example, I could say, “Thank you so much for telling me about that sale. I saved 70% off what I would usually pay for that item.”

Activating the virtue of compassion is what establishes it as the cornerstone of positive social interconnection and humanism. The reward, of treating ourselves and others with compassion is that we feel contented in our hearts knowing that we are helping humanity evolve to greater peace and harmony.

To live with compassion, I could be open to encountering someone in physical or emotional pain and asking, “What are you saying to yourself about the pain?” Then, I could encourage that person to release any negative thoughts surrounding the pain and let the person know that he/she is not alone in pain. That I too, have experienced great pain.

Aristotle wrote, “We are what we repeatedly do. Take a moment today and think about what you are repeatedly doing. Are you living a virtuous life? Are you repeatedly choosing for yourself or others peace, happiness or pain?

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More Millennials Living At Home Reflects How America Has Changed

Being in your 20s is no longer a guaranteed marker of adulthood. The life steps that are most associated with becoming a “real adult,” like marriage, buying a home and having children, are now more likely than ever to be put off into one’s 30s.

It then should not be a surprise that more millennials, the largest crop of whom are in their 20s, continue to live at home. The change in living situations is a rational response to the way society has changed for young adults.

A new report by Pew Research on the living arrangements of young people shows that more of them are living with their parents now than they were in any year after World War II. Thirty-two percent of millennials live with their parents, slightly more than those who live with a partner or spouse. The percentage of those living at home is up more than 10 points since the 1950s. Meanwhile, the percentage of young people married or cohabiting has almost been cut in half since 1960.

That a plurality of millennials live at home is not necessarily an indictment of today’s young people. It’s a reflection of the way that adulthood has changed. Young people are much, much less likely to be married before 30 than they were half a century ago, and the way their lives have changed has affected where they live. The report shows increasingly stratified classes of people choosing where to live based on careers, income and education, rather than family life.

From an economic perspective, it’s a good thing when people pair up and form households. Marriage means shared incomes and all the purchases that come along with that (a new refrigerator, perhaps, or a washing machine, and eventually maybe a few thousand diapers). Even a young person leaving home to live with a roommate adds to the economy. So it can be worrying if a huge crop of young adults stays at home longer.

But for individuals the story is more complex: real median incomes have fallen since 1999 and nearly 70 percent of college graduates are carrying debt, with the average debt load nearing $ 30,000. Meanwhile, rents are rising around the country as the aftershocks from the housing crisis continue to ripple through the economy. For a millennial facing a tough economy and not much societal pressure to pair off or have children, saving money by living with mom and dad makes a lot of sense. It will help them pay down their debt and be ready to contribute to the economy a decade from now.

Here’s a look at today’s living arrangements, and how they’ve changed since 1880:

The report shows that while an increasing amount of young people are choosing to stay at home with their parents through their 20s, for those who can afford to move out, there is also a proliferation of different living situations. They might be living alone, or with roommates, or cohabiting with a partner they aren’t married to. This data shows that for those fortunate enough to be able to afford to move out, it’s much more acceptable to live alone or with roommates than it was in the mid-20th century.

Then there are the really fortunate: 14 percent of young people live on their own, which was virtually unheard of until about 30 or 40 years ago. They’re mostly well-off professionals with college degrees, according to the report. 

It’s much more popular to live with roommates or another family member — included in the “other living arrangements” category — than it was in the mid-20th century. (Notably this category also includes those in prison, which is its own story.) About 22 percent of young people live this way, which is about the same as it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when young, unmarried adults, often women, flocked to the cities for factory jobs and ended up in boarding houses.

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“Dear Donald Trump: It is Immigrants Like Me Who Make America Great”…

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Silicon Valley is a place where boundaries of race, color, traditions, religions melt, and the multiplicity of cultures strengthens the fabric which has fueled America’s economic engine of innovation. It goes against the grain of Siliconiers, with the upcoming presidential primaries in California when Donald Trump declares that he “will make America great by building walls, by keeping Muslims out and bringing jobs back to America through reduced work visas.” He is okay operating on the edge of legal boundaries, filing for bankruptcies numerous times without remorse, which we find not quite acceptable.

Here is a story and it’s my story. I was raised in India, but I am essentially a product of Silicon Valley. I arrived here for higher education and then followed my dreams in the Valley, like many other immigrants-turned-entrepreneurs. The acceptance, the inclusiveness, the opportunity, and the integrity of the Valley is magnetic and has upheld my idealism and has molded my thinking. When I graduated from UCLA with masters in electrical engineering, I was the only woman in my class. It was not easy for me to assimilate and integrate in America for almost 10 years, both culturally and because I remained one of few women amongst my colleagues for almost a decade. Nine months after my arrival in the US, I completed my master’s degree with a 4.0 GPA. Yet it was not easy to find a job because I did not have a work visa and needed an employer’s sponsorship. I went for my job interviews in a sari because that was the most formal article of clothing that I owned. My attire, my Indian accent, and lack of a work visa were definite impediments, but did not stop me from landing a job at GTE Lenkurt in San Carlos, at the boundary of the then Silicon Valley just two towns north of Palo Alto.

The Valley’s culture imbues authenticity which immigrants and locals equally embrace. At GTE, I was told that I was the highest-paid of the 13 new graduates hired that year. GTE did not low-ball my offer even though I could have been had for much less. Later I worked for another company for eight more years but left when I was passed over for promotion which I felt I deserved. In my exit interview, the representative of the personnel department asked me if I thought that I had been denied the promotion because of my gender. I replied, “No, the other guy politically outsmarted me but I was the more capable candidate.” They did not hedge or beat around the bush nor did I take advantage of them.

After this disappointment, I started my own technology company, Digital Link, with a coworker. I would become the first Indian woman to take a company public. When I started the company, people came out of the woodwork, people without whose help we would not have succeeded. A product manager at Northern Telecom, took special interest in getting our product approved. Selling the product to Northern Telecom and its customers, alleviated the pressure to raise immediate capital. He is still a great friend, after more than 30 years.

I hired Digital Link’s first manufacturing manager with a small advertisement in a local newspaper. He took over the building keys, the day he walked in. Our first accounting manager, a 27 year old white American took over the checkbook. Our first VP of R&D, another young American became my confidant and business partner. Summit Partners, a VC firm, funded the company knowing I was pregnant with my first child. They had the kind of integrity that I did not know existed. Their morality and support along with market opportunity helped propel my company to IPO. As an immigrant, I combined my nimble disposition and my hunger for recognition with American ethics to design innovative products and services.

Silicon Valley is also a hot spot of re-engineering an enterprise as technology develops and becomes obsolete just in the span of a few years. Entrepreneurs are die-hard people who refuse to give up. My company suffered a major set back when WorldCom, our largest customer filed for bankruptcy. They cancelled the orders on the books, and no more future orders were expected and we had to eat up their inventory at hand. We never recovered. Yet we struggled for over 5 years, and when we finally decided to close the doors, we refused to file for bankruptcy. We felt moral obligation to pay our employees, the banks, and the vendors, with some money coming from our own pockets. This is what entrepreneurs in the Valley do.

Donald Trump’s thinking does not jive with this framework. We need to decide how to keep American dream alive, like in Silicon Valley, and to define what makes America great.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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6 Ways Reading Will Enrich and Enhance Your Life

Readers are leaders.

Readers expand their worlds, their minds, their perspectives.

Readers develop a deeper flexibility to handle life’s challenges.

But these days, with all the flitting video distraction of the Internet, it’s sometimes harder to sit for long and sink into a great book.

Do you need help convincing yourself, however, that it’s worth it?

Here are six ways you can use reading to enhance your life, make you more attractive and at the same time make people more interested in you.

1. Reading Refines Your Intelligence

Follow your curiosity. Unlike school assignments, the books you choose are those that pique your interest.

Perhaps you’re interested in psychology, poetry, body language, or biographies of great historical figures.

Whatever it is that interests you, you get to choose. For this reason alone, you’re far more likely to turn pages and open up dusty corners of your own mind.

And as you vary what interests you you’ll start gaining a wide wealth of knowledge – knowledge you can start peppering into conversations with friends and colleagues. Everybody likes to learn – especially when you’ve done the heavy lifting for them.

2. You’ll Discover Practical Life Insights

Here’s a happy surprise of reading widely…

Reading across different topics tends to cross-pollinate and overlap.

You’ll start making fascinating and original connections among seemingly unrelated topics.

From reading psychology, you might understand your financial decisions as well as your relationship choices.

From reading about body language or social dynamics, you might figure out why you haven’t gotten ahead or the secrets of people you know who “mysteriously” succeed.

From a dog training manual, you may insights on parenting (I’ m not kidding). And from reading about social habits of primates, you might learn why your relationship with your family or partner is working or not working.

3. You’ll Expand Your Vocabulary

A good vocabulary is one of the most reliable markers of financial success in the world, according to academic studies.

Reading books by thoughtful authors allows you to discover new words and new meanings – IF – you take the time to look up those words.

Here’s a special tip: look up the roots of each word because that will give you extra insight. For example, did you now that the word “sarcasm” literally means “flesh-tearing”? Now you know why sarcastic people can be so hurtful.

4. You’ll Improve Your Writing Skill

Writing with care and precision is one of the other great indicators of success in business and life.

Bad communicators rarely get their message across – and rarely get what they want. But when you study the words, sentence structure, rhythms and cadences of powerful writers, you can adapt their power to your own communications.

The best writers all begin by copying or “modeling” the writing of others.

Tip: copy out the best writing you find by hand – it goes straight to your brain and becomes more natural for you to imitate in your own writing.

5. Fiction and Biography Develops Empathy

Feel like increasing your emotional intelligence? Find that you get caught up on your own head and can’t really feel the pain and joys of others?

Reading fiction and biography can help with that.

Stepping inside the minds of other and getting their perspectives is helpful in understanding why others make decisions, who they choose to love, what makes someone commit, or break up a relationship.

Having this increase in empathy can help you out in your relationships with friends, family, and even help you get your ex back by giving you the ability to finally get out of your own thoughts and see things from their point of view for a change.

6. You Will Get Inspired Anew

If you’ve ever felt like the world is crumbling all around you, then reading tales of triumph and adventure, and how others, fictional or real, overcame diversity can give you the energy and courage to rise to life’s challenges.

It’s why we love heroic tales! We see ourselves in these heroes. More than that, we FEEL ourselves in these heroes as we are carried along by the storyteller’s skill. This way, it’s not a mere mental exercise, but an actual “experience” in our own minds and imaginations.

Tip: rather than “compare” yourself to a hero in a book, look for that one quality that helped them succeed and find it in yourself. Then make a commitment to cultivating that quality in your own unique way.

Got it?

Great.

So turn of the computer, put your cell phone in another room and crack open a good book. And be sure to inhale the pages deeply. Books tend to have a wonderful smell as well.

Best Selling Author, Emmy-Nominated Producer, Screenwriter and Entrepreneur, Adam Gilad leads a community of over 80,000 men and women on their quest to create love and a bold, inspired life. Having served as a Stanford Humanities Center Graduate Research Fellow and host of National Lampoon Radio, Adam blends a bracing mix of research, humor and global wisdom traditions to help men and women break through the habits blocking their ability to open into love and freedom.

He’s a regular contributor to Vixen Daily in the Personal Development and Inspiration section.

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Where to Find Wisdom in the Body

Jill Suttie

Many cultures consider the human heart to be the seat of wisdom. Now scientists are finding some evidence for this, though the reality may be more complicated than it seems.

Previous research has suggested that higher heart rate variability (HRV)–the variability in the time between our heartbeats, which is a measure of heart health–is associated with better cognitive and emotional functioning. For example, higher HRV has been linked to better working memory and attention, higher levels of empathy and social functioning, and better emotional self-control. Could heart rate variability be linked to better moral judgments, as well?

Researcher Igor Grossmann from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and his colleagues at the University of Western Sydney in Australia, looked at how HRV interacts with moral reasoning and judgment–or wisdom–in a series of experiments.

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To measure wisdom, 186 participants were asked to select a social or political issue currently being debated in Australia that they felt particularly strongly about–such as climate change, unemployment, taxes, etc. Then they were asked to discuss their insights into the issue and how they thought it might play out over time using one of two possible viewpoints: 1) a “self-immersed” or subjective, more personal perspective, using first-person pronouns like “I” or “me” when possible; or 2) a “self-distanced” or more objective, third-person perspective, using pronouns like “he” or “she” when possible.

The researchers wanted to see if directing people to take the perspective of others (versus thinking in a more egocentric way) might play a role in wise reasoning, and how that interacted with HRV. Past studies had found that wisdom might not arise simply from higher levels of cognitive functioning (which is linked to HRV); a self-distanced perspective might also be needed to facilitate insight.

Observers blind to the experiment coded the participants’ discussions, looking for evidence of wisdom–defined as a recognition of one’s limits of knowledge, the possibility of change, and others’ perspectives, and an attempt to integrate these different points of view.

Afterwards, the participants were asked to make judgments about a fictitious person who engaged in neutral or morally ambiguous activities, such as returning (or not) a found wallet, or keeping change (or not) when a roommate gave them money to buy pizza. Observers rated these judgments for bias based on whether participants considered both dispositional factors and situational factors in making their judgments, or if they relied only on one or the other. For example, participants would be considered biased if they said that keeping a wallet signified that the person was dishonest, period (relying on dispositional explanations alone), without considering the possibility that circumstance–e.g., the person was poor and needed the money–might have played a role.

Analyses showed that having high HRV was connected to wisdom, but only if individuals had been instructed to take a self-distanced perspective. Participants with high resting HRV (recorded before and after the experiments) who were assigned to the “self-distanced” perspective were significantly more likely to display wise reasoning and less biased judgments than those with high HRV assigned to the “self-immersed” perspective, while those with low HRV did not seem to reason or judge differently based on their assigned perspective.

This suggests to Grossmann that having high HRV is not enough to improve one’s moral reasoning or to prevent bias, even if it has been tied to better thinking and emotional regulation in past research.

“The efficient processing of information or a lot of prefrontal cortex activity alone does not necessarily make you wiser. You also need to step beyond your own immediate self-interest for that,” he says. “So not everyone that has higher heart rate variability will suddenly be a wise person.”

Grossmann believes that the current study builds on some of his prior research in which he found important differences between intelligence, cognitive activity, and wisdom. In previous studies, he’d found that intelligence didn’t seem to impact one’s well-being, whereas wise reasoning seems to be associated with various markers of individual well-being and happiness. This suggests that wisdom and intelligence are separate constructs.

“Wise reasoning is only weakly related to general cognitive abilities,” he says.

Though HRV may play a role in wisdom, Grossman thinks that there isn’t a lot one can do to change it–it’s more a matter of individual differences. But, he says, we may want to consider training people in impartial, third-person perspective taking to help them be wiser in life, whether they have high HRV or not. He and his team are involved in a number of projects aimed at helping others to be more objective–in social, political, and intergroup conflict situations–and eventually producing more long-lasting changes.

“I don’t know exactly what the nuances of this intervention would be, but I hope to tell you in a year,” he says.

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    WASHINGTON — President Obama came into office seven years ago pledging to end the wars of his predecessor, George W. Bush. On May 6, with eight months left before he vacates the White House, Mr. Obama passed a somber, little-noticed milestone: He has now been at war longer than Mr. Bush, or any other American president.

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    The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

    Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

    The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

    American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

    American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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    6 Ways Nice People Can Master Conflict

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    When you’re a nice person, conflict can be a real challenge. Not that mean people are any better at conflict; they just enjoy it more.

    New research from Columbia University shows that how you handle conflict can make or break your career. The researchers measured something scientifically that many of us have seen firsthand–people who are too aggressive in conflict situations harm their performance by upsetting and alienating their peers, while people who are too passive at handling conflict hinder their ability to reach their goals.

    The secret to effective handling of conflict is assertiveness–that delicate place where you get your needs met without bullying the other person into submission. Assertive people strike a careful balance between passivity and aggression (that is, they never lean too far in either direction).

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    How To Handle Conflict Assertively

    It’s easy to think that nice people are too passive. While that’s often true, unchecked passivity can boil over into aggression. So there are plenty of very nice people out there who have exhibited both extremes of the assertiveness spectrum.

    To be assertive, you need to learn to engage in healthy conflict. Healthy conflict directly and constructively addresses the issue at hand without ignoring or trivializing the needs of either party. The strategies that follow will get you there.

    Consider the repercussions of silence. Sometimes it’s hard to muster the motivation to speak up when the likelihood is high that things will turn ugly. The fastest way to motivate yourself to act is to fully consider the costs of not speaking up–they’re typically far greater than not standing up for yourself. The trick is that you need to shift your attention away from the headache that will come with getting involved to all of the things you stand to gain from your assertiveness.

    Say “and” instead of “but.”
    The simple act of replacing the word “but” with “and” makes conflict much more constructive and collaborative. Say, for example, that your teammate John wants to use the majority of your budget on a marketing campaign, but you’re worried that doing so won’t leave enough money for a critical new hire. Instead of saying, “I see that you want to use the money for marketing, but I think we need to make a new hire,” say “I see that you want to use the money for marketing, and I think we need to make a new hire.” The difference is subtle, but the first sentence minimizes the value of his idea. The second sentence states the problem as you see it, without devaluing his idea, which then opens things up for discussion. Saying “and” makes the other party feel like you’re working with them, rather than against them.

    Use hypotheticals. When you assert yourself, you don’t want it to look like you’re poking holes in their idea (even when you are). Hypotheticals are the perfect way to pull this off. Telling someone, for example, “Your new product idea won’t work because you overlooked how the sales team operates” comes across much more aggressively than suggesting the hypothetical, “How do you think our sales team will go about selling this new product?” When you see a flaw and present a hypothetical, you’re engaging with the original idea and giving the other party a chance to explain how it might work. This shows that you’re willing to hear the other person out.

    Don’t speak in absolutes (“You Always” or “You Never.”) No one always or never does anything. People don’t see themselves as one-dimensional, so you shouldn’t attempt to define them as such. Using these phrases during conflict makes people defensive and closed off to your message. Instead, point out what the other person did that’s a problem for you. Stick to the facts. If the frequency of the behavior is an issue, you can always say, “It seems like you do this often.” or “You do this often enough for me to notice.”

    Ask good questions until you get to the heart of the matter.
    Failing to understand the motive behind someone’s behavior throws fuel on the fire of conflict, because it makes everything they do appear foolish and shortsighted. Instead of pointing out flaws, you should seek to understand where the other person is coming from. Try asking good questions, such as Why did you choose to do it that way? What do you mean by that? and Can you help me to understand this better? Even when you don’t see eye to eye, using questions to get to the underlying motive builds trust and understanding, both of which are conflict killers.

    When you challenge, offer solutions. People don’t like it when they feel as if you’re attempting to take apart their idea right off the bat. When you challenge someone’s idea, but also offer a solution, you demonstrate that you want to work together to come up with a fix. This reinforces the value of their idea, even if it’s full of holes. For example, you might say “One potential problem that I see with your idea is ___. However, I think we can overcome this problem if we can just figure out a way to___.” In this example, you aren’t even providing the solution. You’re just acknowledging that you’re willing to work together to find one.

    Bringing It All Together

    Mastering conflict requires emotional intelligence. Emotionally intelligent people know how to craft their message in a conflict, whether they’re naturally assertive or not. They take other people’s feelings into account while still asserting themselves confidently.

    How have you used assertiveness to your advantage? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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