10 Terrible Acts Of US Political Violence – Listverse

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RAK Movement – Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Taking public transport? Offer your seat to someone else
  2. Surprise your siblings with their favourite sweets/chocolate
  3. Compliment someone today!
  4. Support a small, local business as a customer
  5. Treat a friend – buy them lunch!
  6. Be eco-friendly – unplug electronics when you’re finished using them
  7. Know someone who is not coping very well? Give them a call
  8. Make an effort to get to know someone you don’t usually talk to
  9. Save water – take a shorter shower today
  10. Have lunch with a homeless person

Why stories matter — and how to own your “hero’s journey”

A hero leaves her comfortable, ordinary surroundings to venture into a challenging, unfamiliar world. It may be an outward journey to an actual place.
But there are as many stories that take the hero on an inward journey, one of the mind, the heart, the spirit. In any good story, the hero grows and changes, making a journey from one way of being to the next.”

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Cabinet nod to merger of skill development bodies – Livemint

Cabinet nod to merger of skill development bodies
The merged entity to bring in credibility to skills sector, increase private investments
Last Published: Thu, Oct 11 2018. 06 58 AM IST
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The merged entity would be called the National Council for Vocational Education and Training. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
New Delhi: The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the merger of the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) to “consolidate fragmented regulatory structures” and improve the outcome of the Skill India mission.

The merged entity would be called the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET), the government said after a cabinet meeting.

The overarching regulator will bring in accountability in a sector that caters to nearly 15 million students at any given time.

Skill development and entrepreneurship minister Dharmendra Pradhan termed the cabinet decision an “institutional reform” that will lend credibility to the sector and “encourage greater private investment”.

The NCVT was a regulator and assessment body of the long-term skill education space comprising more than 13,000 industrial training institution, while the NSDA was a policy formulating body of the skill development ministry helping it devise training and industry collaboration policy for the Skill India mission.

The NCVT had been in existence for more than four decades as part of the directorate general of training, while the NSDA was a relatively new body that came into force in 2013.

The NCVET will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training, both long-term and short-term, and establish minimum standards for the functioning of such entities. The primary functions of NCVET will include recognition and regulation, assessment, approval of qualifications developed by different bodies and industry governed sector skill councils, the skill development ministry said in separate note after the cabinet meeting.

Quality control has been a constant worry for the skill development sector in India with the mushrooming of skill schools across India. Though Skill India had been a talking point for the government over the last few years, there has hardly been any quality assessment or monitoring of the sector, essential to the supply of efficient manpower to industries .

The cabinet also approved the establishment and operationalization of two new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) at Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and Berhampur (Odisha) at a total cost of ₹3,074.12 crore.

The cabinet also approved payment of productivity linked bonus equivalent to 78 days’ wages for fiscal year 2017-18 for all eligible non-gazetted railway employees. The decision, which comes ahead of the festive season, is likely to benefit around 1.191 million railway employees and will cost the government ₹2,044.31 crore. Productivity linked bonus is paid to eligible railway employees every year before Dussehra.

The cabinet committee on economic affairs also approved a proposal for the closure of loss-making Biecco Lawrie Ltd and the National Jute Manufactures Corp. Ltd and its subsidiary Birds Jute & Exports Ltd.

Closure of these state-run firms will ensure release of valuable assets, including land, for productive use, or for generation of financial resources, the government said.

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Manoush Zomorodi on how blockchain might save journalism. Maybe. – Big Think

Manoush Zomorodi on how blockchain might save journalism. Maybe.
Why would two intelligent women running a hugely successful podcast at one of the most respected studios in the audio world quit to risk everything on a technology almost nobody understands?
Fake news, real risk, and the messy rise of blockchain media.
Why people police other people’s voices
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Why would two intelligent women running a hugely successful podcast at one of the most respected studios in the audio world, quit to start a small journalism company built on blockchain, a technology very few people have ever heard of?

To quote someone on Twitter yesterday paraphrasing Bill Clinton sounding pretty harsh, actually: “It’s the business model, stupid.”

As we keep learning the hard way, as long as we get our journalism from Facebook and 24 hour cable news, we’re suckers for infotainment, propaganda, and actual fake news—not the real news Trump is always calling fake, but the real fake news trolls cook up to polarize American culture. And in these raging digital waters, non-profits and public media struggle just to stay afloat.

There’s got to be a better way, right?

Manoush Zomorodi and Jen Poyant thought so. Partners on the podcast Note to Self, they left to start Stable Genius Productions. It’s part of Civil, a new blockchain journalism platform. For reasons we’ll try to explain, blockchain has the potential to bring us better, more independent media. Better, more independent everything, maybe.

That’s what Jen and Manoush were betting on, anyway. They document the twists and turns since that fateful decision with refreshing vulnerability on their podcast ZigZag. Its second season started on October 11th.

Surprise conversation starter clips in this episode:
Maria Konnikova on poker strategy

Derek Thompson on what makes a pop song addictive

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Courtesy: ServiceSpace newsletter – great article

Intentions And Effects
by Gary Zukav

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Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do in your life? Have you ever considered that the creation of your experiences, like the creation of everything else, is governed by the law of cause and effect? In this case, the nonphysical law of cause and effect. The physical law of cause and effect governs physical causes and physical effects, such as launching a rocket and landing it on the moon. The physical law of cause and effect is a limited version of the nonphysical law of cause and effect. The nonphysical law allows you to use nonphysical causes to create nonphysical effects and also physical effects. This does not mean that you are not in control of what you create. On the contrary! It means that you are entirely free to create what you want, provided you are aware of how the nonphysical law of cause and effect works. If you are not aware of this law and how it works, you will create, as you continually do, but you will not want what you create.

The nonphysical causes that you use continually to create effects in your life are your intentions! This is (literally) nonsense to five-sensory (empirical) science, because your five senses cannot detect intentions, but intentions are as real as any physical cause and the effects that it creates are as real.

Your intentions are your nonphysical causes that set energy into motion. They create a multitude of effects and, therefore, determine the experiences of your life. This is one of the most important things that you can know. It is also something that you can see for yourself is true. Experimenting with your life frees you to create differently, but you need to choose new causes (intentions) consciously. If you don’t choose different intentions consciously, unconscious parts of your personality (the frightened parts) will choose them for you, along with the consequences they will create for you.

To change the experiences of your life (for example, from angry to appreciative, or from fearful to joyful) requires becoming aware of the intentions you are choosing moment to moment, and the experiences you encounter, and then making the connections between your intentions and your experiences. The more aware of your intentions and your experiences you become, the more you will be able to connect the two, and the more you will be able to create the experiences of your life consciously. This is the development of mastery. It is the creation of authentic power.

About the Author: From a Huffington Post article by Gary Zukav.

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Building a business in India is not a one-night stand – founders of Paytm, MakeMyTrip, BookMyShow, Thyrocare share their stories

Starting a business may be tough, but building and sustaining it is tougher. While it is natural to celebrate investor validation and the growth that funding enables, it doesn’t necessarily define success. MakeMyTrip’s Deep Kalra, Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Thyrocare’s Arokiaswamy Velumani and BookMyShow’s Ashish Hemrajani share their learnings of what it takes to build, grow and sustain a business.

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How rising fuel prices are affecting Swiggy, Zomato’s delivery fleet, Ola, Uber drivers

Rising fuel prices may have hit the middle class hard – but the worst affected are delivery executives and cab drivers, as they see their earnings get eaten away. Read to see how rising fuel prices coupled with falling incentives are affecting the delivery fleets of Swiggy and Zomato, and the driver partners of Ola and Uber.

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D-Day for data localisation: Will RBI make short-term exemptions for payment players

‍The D-day for India’s digital payment economy is here. The deadline for electronic payments companies to submit a report to the Reserve Bank of India on storing payments data pertaining to Indian users within the country has passed, and as there are fears of action by the central bank and even revoking of licences, multiple sources and industry analysts say this will not happen with immediate effect.

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myGate secures Rs 65 Cr in fresh funding; to expand operations to 10 cities

‍Bengaluru-based security management solution for gated premises myGate announced it has raised Rs 65 crore in Series A funding led by existing investor Prime Venture Partners. The company said other investors in the round included friends and family keen to invest in the startup. It plans to use a majority of the funds to expand its offerings to more than 10 cities, and scaling to 2.9 million users by the end of 2019.

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OYO announces entry into UAE; plans to create over 4000 jobs by end of 2019

‍OYO Hotels announced the launch of its operations in the United Arab Emirates on a manchise model. The properties will be leased with full inventory control, similar to other markets like India and China. With over 10 franchised and operated hotels, and over 1,100 rooms in Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah, OYO Hotels is ready with its full-stack technology-led hospitality model to hoteliers across the country, with room rates starting 150 dirhams.

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Ecommerce companies clocked $2.3 billion in just 5 days of festive sales

‍Gone are the days when everyone would rush to the local markets to finish their Dussehra and Diwali shopping! Now, you go online from your phones, tablets, laptops and PCs, and click on the the best offers on festive sales like Flipkart’s ‘Big Billion Days’ and Amazon’s ‘The Great Indian Festival’. RedSeer Consultancy states that the e-tailing industry generated a whopping $2.3 billion sales over just five days of sales.

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Paytm earmarks Rs 200 crore and 10,000-member team to push UPI usage

‍With online services and offline merchant network now accepting UPI payments, Paytm hopes to get at least 100 million UPI users by the end of December 2018. The payments giant claims to have invested Rs 200 crore in a new festive marketing campaign to increase awareness around its convenience and enable more users to adopt Paytm UPI for instant money transfers.

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[Tech30]Worxogo uses AI, behavioural science to improve employee productivity

‍Large workforces demand individual attention, which human resources fail to offer. So, six consultants – Ramesh Srinivas, Ravi Bhamidipati, Sudha Bhamidipati, Suneel Aiyer, Anant Sood, and Sivaramakrishnan – started testing an AI-led product that could predict employee behaviour and help organisations guard against low productivity, and in fact, improve it. The result, Worxogo which tracks employees’ behaviour patterns and sends them daily “nudges” to improve performance.

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[Tech30] What can you do with the waste you produce? This 23-year-old has answers

‍A graduate from Bengaluru’s R.V. College of Engineering, Nivedha R.M. took up the challenge of waste segregation, but not at the source of its generation like it is currently dealt with. The founder of TrashCon, she has designed a waste segregating machine that can process municipal waste in bulk after it is collected, and segregate wet waste from dry. The USP of the machine – “Come what may, the machine will shred it!”

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This is how to make your life amazing | Ladders

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This is how to make your life amazing

Making other people’s lives amazing is among the most powerful drugs known to man. Your own life becoming amazing is its most common side effect.

You already know a lot of things you should do to improve your life. Where we often get stuck is knowing what’s most important. What comes first. Where to start.

Asking yourself these questions is: A) a powerful personal exercise, and B) a great way to provoke an existential crisis. So let’s get the answers like we did in high school and just cheat off the nerdy kid …

Gallup scientists asked way too many people way too many questions and, unsurprisingly, got some really good answers about what makes life amazing.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

Gallup conducted a comprehensive global study of more than 150 countries, giving us a lens into the wellbeing of more than 98% of the world’s population. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, we asked hundreds of questions about health, wealth, relationships, jobs, and communities. We then compared these results to how people experience their days and evaluate their lives overall.

After crunching all the numbers, Gallup found there were 5 factors that were really critical. And then the estimable Tom Rath wrote them up in a wonderfully readable book titled Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements.

The good news is that there are things we can do to improve in all five categories. And they were simple and interesting enough to make me stop bingeing “Ray Donovan” and start typing.

Let’s break them down — in order of importance — and get this here show on the road …

“Career wellbeing”

It isn’t necessarily about your job — it’s more about what you do with your time. It’s basically a measure of how subjects responded to the question, “Do you like what you do each day?”

It’s not too surprising this was the most important factor. If you don’t like what you’re doing the majority of your life, well, that’s probably not going to be a very happy life.

People who scored high in this area were “more than twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall.” But only 20% of people scored that high. So what made all the difference?

You don’t have to be ecstatically happy with everything all the time. That makes you the crazy guy nobody wants to sit next to at lunch. But it is very important you be engaged.

When Gallup randomly tested people throughout the day to see what they were doing and how they felt (measuring heart rate, cortisol levels, and mood), they saw there was a world of difference between those who were really involved with their activities and those who were just counting down the minutes until the workday ended.

The former were far happier and less stressed. So much so that the people in the top 20% enjoyed workdays as much as weekends. (Yes, apparently that is possible.) Engagement made all the difference.

And it had long-term impact as well. People with the lowest engagement were far more likely to later be diagnosed with depression — and to have cholesterol and triglyceride levels that looked like a stick of butter.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

…those who were actively disengaged in their careers in 2008 were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression over the next year… As employees’ levels of engagement at work increased, their total cholesterol and triglyceride levels significantly decreased. And those with decreasing levels of engagement at work had an increase in total cholesterol and triglycerides… Boosting your Career Wellbeing might be one of the most important priorities to consider for maintaining good health over the years.

So what do we need to do to increase engagement?

Use your strengths as much as you can. Doing what you’re good at makes you six times as likely to be engaged and more than three times as likely to be happy with your life.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

One of the essentials to having fun at work is getting the opportunity to use your strengths every day. When we build on our strengths and daily successes — instead of focusing on failures — we simply learn more. Compared to those who do not get to focus on what they do best, people who have the opportunity to use their strengths are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life. Our global data show that these people can enjoy a full 40-hour workweek, while those who do not get to use their strengths get burned out after just 20 hours of work per week.

Beyond that, spend as much time as you can with people at work that you like. When surveyed, who did people least enjoy spending time with?

Their boss. What was it about El Jefe that really cratered people’s engagement levels? It wasn’t a mean boss — it was a supervisor who ignored them. And on the flip side, the best bosses focused on their employees’ strengths.

If you have a boss like this, you’re very lucky. There’s almost zero chance you feel actively disengaged at work.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

The most disengaged group of workers we have ever studied are those who have a manager who is simply not paying attention. If your manager ignores you, there is a 40% chance that you will be actively disengaged or filled with hostility about your job. If your manager is at least paying attention — even if he is focusing on your weaknesses — the chances of your being actively disengaged go down to 22%. But if your manager is primarily focusing on your strengths, the chance of your being actively disengaged is just 1%, or 1 in 100.

(To learn more about the science of a successful life, check out my bestselling book here.)

Though “Career Wellbeing” was number one, it’s not everything. After all, there’s more to life than work. Your personal life is very important too…

“Social wellbeing”

Very simply, this is about having strong relationships and love in your life. Being surrounded by people who care about you, respect you and support your growth.

Gallup did a rigorous analysis of the types of people we spend the most time with and how often we feel unhappy around them. The numbers differed on average for men and women.

Guys really don’t like being around the boss and ladies struggle disproportionately more when mom and dad are around:

Who you spend time with is critical because happiness spreads like a virus. If the people around you are happy, you’re much more likely to be happy.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

This research, which was based on a 30+ year longitudinal study of more than 12,000 people who were all part of one interconnected network, found that your odds of being happy increase by 15% if a direct connection in your social network is happy… This led the study’s authors to conclude that the wellbeing of friends and relatives is a more effective predictor of happiness than earning more money.

And those around you don’t just affect how you feel, they also affect your health. Whether you’re obese, how much you exercise and how healthy you eat are all massively influenced by your social network.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

If your best friend is very active, it nearly triples your chances of having high levels of physical activity. We found that people with a best friend who has a very healthy diet are more than five times as likely to have a very healthy diet as well. Your best friend’s diet is an even stronger predictor of whether you have a healthy diet than the dietary habits of your parents. So the people we surround ourselves with might have more influence on our health than our family history does.

So what do we need to do?

First off, sheer amount of social time was a big issue. We need a minimum six hours of social time a day to be thriving. This increases happiness and minimizes stress. As one self-employed writer who works from home was very happy to learn, phone calls and emails do count.

Even just three hours of social time drops your chances of having a bad day by 10%. The more time you spend around friends and family the better. (Yes, introverts, they studied members of our tribe and it was true for them as well.)

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

Across all of our studies on daily wellbeing, we found that one of the best predictors of good days versus bad days is the amount of time people spend around friends and family members… When people have almost no social time in a given day, they have an equal chance of having a good day or a bad day. However, each hour of social time quickly decreases the odds of having a bad day. Even three hours of social time reduces the chances of having a bad day to 10%. And each additional hour of social time — up to about six hours — improves the odds of having a good day.

If you have a best friend at work, you are seven times more likely to be engaged at the office, increasing that “Career Wellbeing” score. Two-for-one deals are always a good thing.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

Our research revealed that just 30% of employees have a best friend at work. Those who do are seven times as likely to be engaged in their jobs, are better at engaging customers, produce higher quality work, have higher wellbeing, and are less likely to get injured on the job. In sharp contrast, those without a best friend in the workplace have just a 1 in 12 chance of being engaged.

(To learn the two-word morning ritual that will make you happy all day, click here.)

Okay, we’ve covered work and personal life. Time to talk money. Turns out life’s not all about dollars and cents — but it’s a lot about how you feel about dollars and cents…

“Financial wellbeing”

This doesn’t mean “having piles and piles of moolah, baby.” It was a more general measure of how you managed your economic life.

In fact, the research showed that how you felt about your financial situation was more important than how much money you actually had.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

What we found was that financial security — the perception that you have more than enough money to do what you want to do — has three times the impact of your income alone on overall wellbeing. Further, a lack of worry about money has more than double the impact of income on overall wellbeing…

Problem is, we’re often more focused on doing better than others than actually doing better — and this leads to a lot of keeping-up-with-the-Joneses stress. Almost 50% of people would prefer to make $50,000 (if everyone else is making $25,000) than to make $100,000 (when everyone else is making $200,000.)

But there’s a clever way to fix this that doesn’t involve stealing money from other people…

By increasing your “Career Wellbeing” score (increasing engagement) and “Social Wellbeing” score (spending more time with people who love you) you’re far less likely to be concerned with whether others are making more money.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

The differences in how people perceive their pay are largely dependent on how engaged they are in their work. Those with high Career Wellbeing perceive the same amount of pay much more favorably than those with low Career Wellbeing do. Even when asked to compare themselves to the people they spend a lot of time with, those with thriving Career Wellbeing and thriving Social Wellbeing are nearly two times as likely to say they are satisfied with their standard of living.

So how do we up our “Financial Wellbeing” score? Again, it’s less about making more money and more about how you feel. So don’t fret too much over earning more cash — focus on how you spend what you already have.

And spending money on others boosted happiness more than spending more on yourself.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

…the participants who spent the money on a gift for someone else or who gave it to charity experienced a significant boost in wellbeing by the end of the day, while people who spent the money on themselves did not.

And if it’s a choice between a vacation or a new car, purchase the vacation. Experiences beat material possessions handily when it comes to happiness. When you buy things, you inevitably take them for granted, while activities create positive memories that you can relive indefinitely. Also, experiences are often social, meaning your “Social Wellbeing” score also gets a boost.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

Buying experiences such as going out to dinner or taking a vacation increases our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. Experiences last while material purchases fade. Even if you feel better immediately after your purchase, studies show that our satisfaction with material goods decreases over time.

Another critical point Rath emphasizes is that “setting positive defaults” can help us make smart long-term financial decisions. Having a percentage of your paycheck automatically shuttled to savings is far more powerful than vague statements about “wanting to spend less money.”

When we automate our finances we not only have to expend less effort to do the right thing — we’re also less tempted to do the wrong thing.

(To learn 5 secrets from neuroscience that will increase your attention span, click here.)

Work, personal and money are all big things. So big it’s easy to forget that that body of yours needs some attention too…

“Physical wellbeing”

Gallup and Rath defined this one as “having good health and enough energy to get things done on a daily basis.” (Being too tired to get off the couch and dying young have rarely scored high on any measure of happiness I’m aware of.)

Exercise. Do it. Not only does it make you happier and less stressed but the more energy you expend at the gym, the more you’ll have in your daily life.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

People who exercise at least two days a week are happier and have significantly less stress. In addition, these benefits increase with more frequent exercise. We found that each additional day of exercise in a given week — at least up to six days when people reach a point of diminishing returns — continues to boost energy levels… As a Mayo Clinic publication stated: “A lack of energy often results from inactivity, not age.”

Most scientific studies overlook another powerful component that contributes to major statistical increases in happiness and life satisfaction:

Feeling sexy as all hell.

To their credit, Gallup and Rath don’t ignore the sexy quotient. It matters. Exercise makes you feel attractive and feeling attractive makes you confident. In fact, research shows that your sexy quotient may be as powerful as formal metrics like BMI.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

One of the primary reasons people exercise regularly is because it makes them feel better about themselves and their appearance, and it boosts their confidence. If you exercise today, you are more than twice as likely to feel physically attractive tomorrow. Feeling attractive is not just important for our self-confidence. Researchers at Columbia University found that our psychological perceptions of our body image could be as important as objective measures like body mass index (BMI).

I’m sure you’re shocked, but recent groundbreaking and controversial research shows the food you shovel into your face affects your health. I’ll pause to allow you to recover from the surprise.

What is notable is that restaurant choice can matter more than food choice. Eating at a place where the menu is bursting with healthy options makes you more likely to choose them. But when you go to a fast food restaurant the presence of a salad on the menu actually makes you more likely to eat junk.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

One experiment revealed that just having a healthy option on a menu (a side salad) actually made people three times as likely to select an unhealthy option (a side of french fries) when compared to a menu without the side salad as an option. So when the burger joint adds a healthy salad to its menu, it gives us an excuse to go there for lunch… But if we choose to have lunch at a restaurant that serves mostly healthy choices instead, it increases our odds of making a good decision at the last minute.

And do I even need to mention getting enough good sleep? Please. You know, it, I know it, Gallup and Rath know it. I’m not writing anything else about it. Use the time you saved not reading stats on sleep to go take a nap.

(To learn the 5 questions that will make you emotionally strong, click here.)

So what’s left? To truly have a good life, you need to be a part of something. And that something is not merely the Costco Gold Star Membership …

“Community wellbeing”

They defined this one as a “sense of engagement you have with the area in which you live.” Yeah, it’s last on the list but Rath says this can be the difference between a good life and a great one.

There’s a lot of ways we can invest in those around us but the one that pays the most dividends to everyone involved (including the almighty “you”) is the one we’re usually least likely to pick…

Giving others your time.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

When we surveyed more than 23,000 people on this topic, nearly 9 in 10 reported “getting an emotional boost” from doing kind things for other people… Several studies have shown a link between altruistic behavior and increases in overall longevity, and researchers have speculated that this might be due in part to how well-doing inoculates us against stress and negative emotions.

Being engaged in a positive community ends up molding us into better people (like it or not). Studies show we usually don’t give up bad habits because of willpower or snarky blog posts; it’s because we’re influenced by those around us.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

When it comes to smoking, you are 61% more likely to smoke if you have a direct connection with a smoker (compared with the likelihood based on chance). At the second degree of separation, you’re still 29% more likely to smoke if your friend’s friend is a smoker. And at the third degree, you are 11% more likely to smoke… Most people did not quit smoking on their own. They quit because it was no longer socially acceptable to smoke.

So to increase your “Community Wellbeing” score, Rath recommends three things:

  • “Identify how you can contribute to your community based on your personal mission.”
  • “Tell people about your passions and interests so they can connect you with relevant groups and causes.”
  • “Opt in to a community group or event. Even if you start small, start now.”

(To learn the secret to never being frustrated again, click here.)

Okay, we’ve covered a lot. Let’s round it all up and learn how to get started and create an upward spiral that leads to an amazing life …

Oh, and let’s also see what activities ranked as most and least enjoyable. I’d feel guilty if I didn’t include that. I don’t like to feel guilty. Reduces my “Blogger Wellbeing” score to single digits …

Sum up

This is how to make your life amazing:

  • Career Wellbeing“: Be engaged. Use your strengths. Hide from your boss.
  • Social Wellbeing“: Spend time with the good people, not with the bad people. (If you want something less obvious than that, go read all those words I wrote above, lazybones.)
  • Financial Wellbeing“: Usually it’s not about how much you have, it’s about how you feel about what you have. Increasing the prior two factors prevents you from negatively comparing yourself to others.
  • Physical Wellbeing“: Exercise, eat right and get your sleep, obviously. As we all know in our heart of hearts, feeling sexy is important. Restaurant choices can matter more than food choices.
  • Community Wellbeing“: Helping others helps you. Therefore, helping me helps you. Why don’t you call more often?

So what did the research show made us happiest?

And what got the thumbs down?


Personal medical care, huh? “I can’t wait to go to the dentist tomorrow” is a sentence yet to be spoken on planet Earth, that’s for sure.

So how do you get started? Get a good night’s sleep. (As a grown man with the sleeping habits of a college student during finals, I concur.) Hit the gym. And then get to work and find a way to use those strengths of yours with people you like.

From Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements:

When we break this downward spiral and get a good night’s sleep, we’re off to the right start. This allows us to wake up refreshed and increases our chances of exercising in the morning. If we can use our strengths at our job every day, this connects our daily activities to a much higher purpose and allows us to get more done. Between work and time with our friends and family, if we can get in six hours of social time, chances are, we’ll have 10 times as many good moments as stressful ones.

There’s something else worth noting. It is utterly impossible to score high on all of these factors without other people. You cannot do it alone. So don’t.

Take a second to think about how you can help others achieve these five. How what you learned here can improve their lives. Not only will that immediately improve your “Social Wellbeing” and “Community Wellbeing” scores, it’ll also get you motivated and maybe get you an “amazing life” buddy.

Making other people’s lives amazing is among the most powerful drugs known to man.

Your own life becoming amazing is its most common side effect.

Happy Birthday Adhyaksha ji

[10/16, 08:57] Mahesh Verma: संकल्प दिवस का संकल्प पत्र

संकल्प दिवस के रूप में अपने

भाजपा किसान मोर्चा के राष्ट्रीय ध्वज वाहक,देश के किसान और खेत खलिहान पर करे जो अभिमान,ऐसे हमारे भाजपा किसान मोर्चा के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री वीरेंद्र सिंह “मस्त” के जन्मदिन पर हार्दिक शुभकामना और बधाई के साथ संकल्प करता हुँ कि मैं महेश वर्मा संयोजक राष्ट्रीय मीडिया समिति व राष्ट्रीय प्रवक्ता मोदी जी द्वारा चलाए जा रहे किसान कल्याणकारी योजनाओं को लाभ कम से कम अपने २५ किसान भाइयों तो पहुँचाऊँगा

इस संकल्प के साथ आज मैं अपने अध्यक्ष जी के जन्मदिन को संकल्प दिवस के रूप मनाऊँगा

जय हिंद जय किसान

[10/16, 08:57] Mahesh Verma: आभारी रहूँगा

[10/16, 08:57] Mahesh Verma: कृपया अपना सुझाव दे

बीजेपी किसान मोर्चा के अध्यक्ष से खास बातचीत President of BJP Kisan Morcha – India AajTak

via बीजेपी किसान मोर्चा के अध्यक्ष से खास बातचीत President of BJP Kisan Morcha – India AajTak

Too many of us go to the office while we’re sick %%sep%% Ladders

Too many of us go to work while sick
OCTOBER 12, 2018
The overwhelming majority of employees — 82% — were most likely to go to work with a common cold. Only 19% were coming in to work with a flu or fever.

When you are coughing up a storm and sneezing out snot, your recovery room should not be an office. The majority of us know this. In a recent survey of 1,000 full-time employees, 62% said they did not go to work while contagious. But that still left a worrying number of employees walking sick among us. Who are the 38% of workers going to work while unwell?

Women go to sick while contagious more than men
They are more likely to be women than men. Forty-two percent of women answered that they went to work when they knew they were contagious, compared to 38% of men. They were likely to be working in demanding jobs in close contact with strangers. People working in hospitality, medical and healthcare, and transportation industries had the highest likelihood of bringing their sicknesses with them to the job. Millennials and people born in Generation X right after them were more likely to work while sick than the youngest and oldest employees surveyed.

The overwhelming majority of employees — 82% — were most likely to go to work with a common cold. Only 19% were coming in to work with the flu or fever. But even if you think your sickness is just a cold, you should still prioritize your health over a deadline.  A common cold can be contagious. When you sneeze, you are releasing germ-filled projectiles into your colleagues’ space. Colds are contagious one day before you feel symptoms and can be contagious for about a week after.

To get sick employees to stay home, bosses need to be encouraging about employees taking time off. When employees worked for bosses that were “encouraging” about sick time off, their overall job satisfaction was likely to be higher than employees working under a boss with a “neutral” stance on sick time.

via Too many of us go to the office while we’re sick %%sep%% Ladders

9 of the dirtiest things you touch daily

There are the usual, bacteria-laden suspects like bathroom doorknobs and toilet seats, but we’re not talking about those things.

No matter what your daily routine looks like, we all come into contact with a lot of germs that are pretty much unavoidable. There are the usual, bacteria-laden suspects like bathroom doorknobs and toilet seats, but we’re not talking about those things. Here’s a list of the dirtiest things you touch daily that you probably don’t even think about. (Germaphobes, consider yourselves warned.)


This post was originally published on Swirled.com in the Thrive section, which covers valuable career and personal finance content for Millennials.

From Victims to Fighters | Longitudes

October 9, 2018|Healthcare
From Victims to Fighters
This CEO turned her personal struggles into a business – while tapping into the future of healthcare.

Emily Levy | Mighty Well
Editor’s Note: October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and here at Longitudes, we’re putting the focus on entrepreneurs who are getting big results out of their upstart companies. This is part one of an ongoing series of interviews with women small business owners.

Emily Levy, the CEO and co-founder of Mighty Well, believes wellness is something you can wear. She creates the products she wishes she had when diagnosed in college with Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease.

That’s because something as small as what you wear can give you the confidence to turn sickness into strength, she argues.

Learn more about how Emily and her company are leading the charge to change our perception of patients – from victims to fighters.

Mighty Well wants to be a consumer-facing brand for those with chronic conditions. [Link to Video]

Longitudes: Why did you start your business?​

Emily: As a sophomore in college, I was diagnosed with Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease – and co-infections. Because it had been undiagnosed for seven years, a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC line) was inserted into my arm for treatment.

To protect the tubing, my doctors recommended I wear a cutup sock on my arm to protect the medical device. It served as a constant physical reminder of my illness. All of the sudden I went from a student to a sick girl with a medical device in my arm.

But I didn’t let the diagnosis, or the sock, slow me down. Instead, I turned illness into opportunity. I wanted to create something better than a sock.

I shared my idea with a professor and classmates, and everyone told me the same thing: Just go for it. And that’s what we did!

With the help of my boyfriend, Yousef Al-Humaidhi, and my best friend, Maria del Mar Gomez, I developed the ​PICCPerfect PICC line cover​, a stylish, functional alternative to traditional options such as cutup socks.

I launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, developed a prototype, found a manufacturer and made 1,000 PICCPerfect units.

Longitudes: How did you take your business to the next level?

Emily: After graduating, we rebranded as Mighty Well, and our team began pioneering the wearable wellness industry – using our company to empower patients and their caregivers to turn sickness into strength. Our team has since gone on to expand our product line, including apparel for patients undergoing chemotherapy and those who need to carry around medical supplies.

Our vision is to be the Under Armour of the healthcare industry and become first in mind for apparel, gear and community for millions of Americans with chronic health conditions, as well as their loved ones. Patients are people too, and they deserve dignity, strength and confidence.

Share“Patients are finally being recognized as consumers, not just a name on a chart.”
Longitudes: Did you have any growing pains? What surprised you the most about owning your own business?​

Emily: Of course! When I began working on the company full time at age 22, I thought it would be as easy as you see in Forbes and TechCrunch. No one ever tells you all of the work that it takes to get there.

I was surprised to learn about the length of new production lead times, the cost of doing business and the lack of personal time. Despite all of the challenges, I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

Longitudes: Any advice for other Millennials who want​ to launch a business?

Emily: Now is the best time in your life to start a business. You still have the support of your university and parents, you don’t have a mortgage or daycare bills and best of all, you are already used to living like a college student.

So what’s a few more years of Ramen noodles and mac and cheese?

Longitudes: What is your message to the millions of people facing similar healthcare challenges?

Emily: When I was first diagnosed, I felt that people looked at me as a patient and not the strong and confident woman I am. I noticed what was available on the market looked like medical wear, or what was out there looked very mom and pop.

There are millions of Americans with a chronic condition, yet there is not an established consumer-facing brand out there. Mighty Well is changing that.

Longitudes:​ At-home healthcare is on the rise around the world – do you think this is the future of the industry?

Emily: Absolutely. Patients are finally being recognized as consumers, not just a name on a chart. We pay for our healthcare one way or another so we should have purchasing power.

Share“No one ever tells you all of the work that it takes to run your own business.”
Longitudes:​ Can you talk about the importance of overcoming logistics challenges?

Emily: Mighty Well recently moved our manufacturing operations, and we had no idea how much work there was related to tariffs, import and export codes and shipping.

A big thank you to UPS for helping us work through those growing pains and finding all of the answers we needed. I would advise startups who are looking to move production overseas to do all of that work ahead of time and weigh the pros and cons before relocating.

You can learn more about UPS small business solutions here and also begin saving now on your shipping.

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Emily Levy is CEO and co-founder of Mighty Well, which helps patients and their caregivers turn sickness into strength. She is also an award-winning social impact entrepreneur and keynote speaker who is passionate about advocating for the patient perspective in healthcare.
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