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Consumerism

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The 1920s in the United States of America is marked by a period of “conspicuous consumption” which is a phrase that was a coined by a Norwegian-American economist and writer back in 1899. Think The Great Gatsby—luxurious cars and leisure as well as flashy accessories. The economist I just mentioned was named Thorstein Veblin, also a sociologist whose work changed the way everyday people were understood. Initially luxuries and flashy items were intended for the wealthy class, but studies show that people with low-incomes invest in less than practical items too. Not only does it assert social class, but it influences the dynamics of power. You may see someone who looks wealthy or poor (whatever those schemas mean to you) and that will change the behavior in which you interact with them—either consciously or subliminally. It’s important to know that, visually, it could merely be an illusion and not an allusion of wealth. It used to be that only those of nobility status could acquire enough precious metal to splurge on the impractical things in life, but with today’s notion of consumerism that is not the case. Another economist by the name of Paul Nystrom theorized that this was a result…

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Korean Pop Music

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There’s been a rise in the Korean pop music industry. In 2012, the first annual Korean wave convention (KCON) was held in Southern California and its present fan base was just a few hundred fans. As of this year it’s reported that the convention is held in eight different countries all over the world with more than one hundred thousand attendees and tickets costing a minimum of $155. How did Korean pop music come to take over the west? The short answer is globalization. With technology allowing more access to nearly every corner of the world international outreach is becoming more and more accessible across a variety of industry—media in particular. Just as Despacito took over the radio waves in the US and influenced many producers to collaborate across cultures, I suspect the same fate for Korean artists. On October 6th a Seoul crew of seven members called BTS became the first Korean group to perform at a stadium in the US (RollingStone). The concert was performed at Citi Field in New York and the show sold out in a matter of minutes. The Winter Olympics were held earlier this year and popular music by the band BTS was broadcasted…

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Your Psyche and Your Success

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Recently I picked up a book called the Happiness Hypothesis. I’m going to share some of the more interesting findings I have found so far. The book begins with some basic lessons of some of the most acclaimed psychologists in history. It then goes onto explain the cover of the book which appears to be an elephant with a rider traversing large body of water. In the book, it mentions that you brain is a powerful being—like an elephant. It has instincts and the capacity for great strength. Over generations and generation, the human brain evolved from the brain stem (located near the rear of you cranium) to the frontal lobe. The components developed along the way enabled those best suited for their environment to survive long enough to reproduce. The frontal lobes of the human brain came later than those in the rear, scientists believe. One interesting theory I was introduced to was the concept of gossip serving an evolutionary purpose. Essentially, those that talked about others were “in the know” and therefore able to protect themselves from life’s many looming threats. The rider in this metaphor was later evolved to control the elephant. The only way this can…

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Best time to find a job

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Maybe you’re looking for work and wondering if there is a null in the job market. So when is it most likely that you’ll get hired? I looked into several well-known recruiter sites as well as Business Insider in hopes of learning more about hiring cycles as well as if and when business are more likely to downsize or expand. In conclusion, the best time to be hired would be January. For many companies it marks the beginning of a new fiscal year and that means a new budget with plenty of room for new expenses and new hires. While many people are just coming back from vacation in the early days of the month, many resources cite the end of January and beginning of February as the most opportune time of year to enter a new position. The beginning of the year can be very busy though. People retire, there are new trainees (this is referred to as employee turnover rates)—there could be a lot of “housekeeping” going on at the company you’re looking into. Try to look into when the last quarter of the company is question Is and that’ll help you find out when their fiscal year…

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Pain Tolerance

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Forbes wrote an article back in April concerning the notion of various levels of pain experienced by different individuals. Through this article I wanted to discover more about whether or not people are simply born with higher or lower than average pain tolerances. The most captivating part of the article to me was: “Pain isn’t static. It’s psycho social. Your tolerance rises and falls depending on what’s happening in the rest of your life.” When I read this, I realized it was true. The pain you are capable of enduring could be relative to that which you’ve already had to endure. So the cliché’ of “it doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger” does holds some truth (as many clichés often do). Your pain tolerance or threshold refers to the maximum amount of pain or stress you are able to endure before it becomes unbearable. The physical or psychological outskirts of your comfort one. Morgridge Institute for research states there are several dimensions to pain: sensory (nerve signaled to and from the brain), emotional and behavioral components. The adaptive component of pain is not physiological, but rather, psychological. Meaning, the distress signals that travel to and from your brain will…

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Characteristics of Successful People

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Ever since I was young,  I always knew that I would be rich, I never doubted it for a second. As I have gotten older I have still maintained this type of mentality and continued attempting to educate myself in all different fields, business and finance in particular. I have not always been a fan of reading books, that is in fact, until I found books that I fell in love with, of course, they are still in the same type of category of business and finance. I decided to dig a little deeper into what are some characteristics of rich/wealthy people? What do they all have in common? Here are some common traits and advice that I have gathered from reading books, watching interviews and listening to podcasts. These people include Warren Buffett, Mark Cuban, and Bill Gates. They all wake up early. They all say that waking up early gives you a head start on everyone else. I woke up one day at 5:30am and went to the gym, bought groceries, read and responded to a few email all before my friends and family were waking up. The good thing about waking up early aside from getting a…

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Emotional Intelligence

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Psychologists believe that many of our emotional responses have to do with unresolved past or childhood circumstances. This concept is explored in dream theories and the information can be quite liberating when you understand your brain is a muscle with instincts. Emotional intelligence is defined by Psychology Today as the ability to recognize and control one’s own emotions as well as recognizing the emotions of others. This skill can be developed and may aid in internal or external conflict resolution. Though emotional intelligence harder to gage or measure than more quantifiable intelligence (g), it is still a considerable trait to have. Many employers in today’s job market are implementing emotional aptitude and responses scenarios in their application process. The five components of emotional intelligence include: self awareness, self-regulations, empathy, motivation and social skills. The first three are self explanatory, but the last two may implore more explaining. Being motivated or inspired has to do with the raw emotions that drive you to act. Knowing what sort of things move you to be proactive is important for fostering a productive lifestyle—and you can train your brain to have more positive emotions surrounding the tasks. Having social skills pertains to how well…

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Winter Solstice

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The shortest day on earth every year happens in the north east towards the end of December. The last one was December 21st 2018 and it’s mostly commonly on the 22nd day of December. It marks not only the shortest day but the longest night and occurs at a specific point in time when the north pole is furthest away from the sun every year. For this reason, it happens at the same time every year. According to Mental Floss, “New York City will experience 9 hours and 15 minutes of sunlight, compared to 15 hours and 5 minutes on the summer solstice. Helsinki, Finland, will get 5 hours and 49 minutes of light. Barrow, Alaska, will not have a sunrise at all (and hasn’t since mid-November; its next sunrise will be on January 22), while the North Pole has had no sunrise since October. The South Pole, though, will be basking in the glow of the midnight sun, which won’t set until March.” It’s important to think about as seasonal depression typically comes with the absence of daylight and cold weather. Additionally, you can save on electricity by knowing when you can benefit from natural light. This was an…

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Funeral Finances Fast Cash

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No one seems to talk about such a topic until the time comes—until it’s time to cross that bridge. I was scrolling through current events on CNN when I came across a story about a three thousand year old mummified woman that was unveiled during the discovery (link below). It’s no secret the Egyptians buried their noble people, well.. nobly. For royalty it was a grandeur gold arena for eternity. As I read the article I became curious about the death and funeral industry in America. The economics of funerals is reported by PBS and that information states that the average number of funerals a year is 2.4 million amounting to over 20 billion dollars a year. The typical funeral costs about eight thousand dollars and the items amounting to this figure include a casket, funeral services, preparation of the body called embalming, ceremonial and viewing service, a head stone, grave space and digging, and not to mention any transportation that may be required by ground or air. Caskets at whole sale are little over three hundred dollars, but at a funeral home it’s price can be over seven times that. It’s no wonder 41% of American choose to be…

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Choosing the best smoke detector

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Now as we established, the best detectors utilize both technologies, photoelectric and ionization. This is because large smoke particles (resulting from slow burning, smoldering fires) do not disrupt the electric current in an ionization detector as much as small particles (the small electrons and ions are able go around the smoke essentially maintaining a constant current). Small smoke particles result from a quickly burning open flame and do not cause the light in a photoelectric detector to refract as dramatically. All in all, if you can’t spring for the dual sensor, photoelectric is generally the way to go. But because we can’t be held liable, here are some people more certified to help you make an informed decision (link is also below): What Type Of Smoke Alarm Is Best For Your Home?. All in all, a false negative is bad at any time and a false positive is only bad sometimes. As stated before, thousands of people are saved by smoke detectors and systems every year. Many people are annoyed by false fire alarms because they lack specificity. Whether it be a reaction to boiling water, a steaming shower, or flat-iron singed hair, it is not uncommon for a detector…

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