‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

April 23, 2017

… usually in the form of social anxiety. Learning to unplug Shaquille Cook, 23, graduated from Liberty University two years ago and still works at the school as an adviser but in a recent phone call he was still as excited about the digital detox program as when he was a student-worker at the center. Before he graduated with a degree in psychology in 2015, he wrote a review on the center’s Facebook page: “This center is focused on preparing people for a healthy digital life as well as …

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The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

April 21, 2017

… complaining that it’s becoming harder to gain followers organically. Faced with this new challenge, they’re fighting back. In pod-form. “A pod isfamily of dolphins who live together in harmony and support one another.” says photographer Natalie Franke. “The members of your pod become your Instagram family and work to support you as you grow your platform. Think of pods like a group of cheerleaderswho help one another on Instagram through likes and meaningful …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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How ‘Fixer Upper’ star Joanna Gaines is keeping up with Kim Kardashian

April 17, 2017

… “Joanna’s personal recipes.” Browse The Market for Joanna-approved interior touches, apparel, and accessories from an in-house line. At Magnolia Seed Supply, you can buy everything you need to fix up your garden or fill your interiors with succulents, because that’s pretty much the only form of color allowed. But you already know all of this if you watch Fixer Upper, because over the course of the series, the Gaines family has showed you just how their blood, sweat, …

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You use this word all the time to get through hard times

March 26, 2017

… the generic form of the word “you” helps people make sense of and distance themselves from negative emotional experiences. Consider, for example, sayings like: “You don’t know what you have till it’s gone,” or “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Those may be clichs, but there’s a reason people turn to them for solace. They make tough times feel less personal and more like universal experiences. The Science study conducted six …

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Amazon isn’t solely to blame for wreckage in the retail industry

March 11, 2017

… industry, but it’s not quite to the point where it actually can. Whether or not companies are anticipating and reacting to the threat by closing stores is another matter. And clearly, even Amazon believes that brick-and-mortar stores of some form will still matter in the brave new world it’s envisioned. Either way, the real-world industry might be headed towards a bloodbath, Kalyanam said. “There is a very good possibility of this happening,” he said. “Too many …

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