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What Investors can Expect After the Election

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Now that the results are in, here are some things investors can expect from Washington in 2013 and beyond.
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Gym workouts and sunbathing do more for your brain than crosswords and Mozart

Gym workouts and sunbathing do more for your brain than crosswords and Mozart | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

Doing puzzles and listening to classical music might improve your concentration momentarily, but they don’t actually make you any smarter. That is, they don’t improve your long-term brain function, according to The Economist’s interview of Nicholas Spitzer, a professor of neuroscience at the University of California and editor-in-chief of BrainFacts.org.

“Let me dispel a brain development myth,” Spitzer told The Economist. “Many people think classical music is going to enhance brain function (the Mozart effect) or playing particular games sharpens one’s cognitive function. These theories have been looked at in detail and they don’t stand up. It is disappointing in a way, but what we have learned is that exercise is the key thing for brain function.”

By exercise, he means general activity and—more importantly—exposure to sunlight. In a recent study (paywall), he found that rats produced different brain-altering chemicals based on environmental factors. He thinks that our brains change their behavior (like “a railway switching yard”) based on environmental factors to help us conserve energy during winter. But when we give in to the evolutionary impulse to stay inside under the covers, we give our brain a further signal that it’s time to use as little energy as possible. This feedback loop, he says, is what causes Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression that affects otherwise healthy people during the dark winter months.

So to keep your brain at tip-top shape, you should stay active. That gives your body cues to devote lots of resources to cognitive function. Then again, puzzles do help with some specific things, like increasing verbal aptitude (paywall) and helping you learn a new subject more quickly. So as long as you get plenty of time outside, there’s no reason to drop the sudoku...

 

Source: http://qz.com/116105/gym-workouts-and-sunbathing-do-more-for-your-brain-than-crosswords-and-mozart/

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Happy Friday! Stay active and have a wonderful weekend!

 

To read the full article on Quartz, click on the image or link above. Quartz is a global business news outlet.

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Your mind is powerful

Your mind is powerful | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

Love & Blessings —❤ ✌ 

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The law of vibration

The law of vibration | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

It has been said that in order for you to get what you want you have to vibrate to it. How does this vibration work? In order to vibrate to something you must have positive thoughts. If you don’t, you won’t get what you are striving for.

When you are in a positive frame of mind, you will vibrate toward what you wish to achieve. If you have any slight negativity, worry, or are unsure in the slightest degree, this doubting or negative energy can inhibit you from accomplishing your task, unless you stop them immediately and focus on positive thoughts.

Let’s say you are looking to get a million dollars. You visualize a check for that amount coming to you. The only problem is you have a slight doubt in your mind you will get it. What will happen? Nothing. You won’t get it because you did not vibrate to it. You did not hold the belief that you would get it and did not have a positive attitude about it.

The premise here is that if you aren’t sure you want something and you have slight doubts about it, you won’t get it because you are not in vibration to it. You are focusing on what you do not want instead of on what you do want.

The Law of Vibration starts that everything in life moves or vibrates. There is nothing that sits idle, even for a second. Everything in life is in a constant state of motion. Look in a microscope at an atom and you will see protons and electrons moving in a circle around a neutron. No matter what it is, it is energy and energy is in constant motion.

Everything that vibrates does so at a certain rate. This rate is known as its frequency. The higher the frequency, the more potent the force will be. Thought is considered the highest form of vibration therefore it has the highest frequency. Being the highest frequency, it is considered as a powerful force in the universe.

To understand the Law of Attraction correctly, and be in more harmony with it, we must also understand the Law of Vibration.

The meaning of vibration can be considered as a moving backwards and forwards. It also can mean to oscillate, quiver, or swing. A perfect way to rationalize on this concept, think about this. If you stick your arm out straight and keep it perfectly still, you will notice no movement. You will notice your arm not moving, but what you don’t realize is that under that skin of your arm, the electrons that are contained therein are moving on a steady basis. And they are moving at a speed of about 186,300 miles per second.

Although the arm appears still, it really is in a constant state of motion. You can’t see this happening because your eyes can’t pick up such minute particles of matter. You can only see this happening if you had a powerful microscope to view it.

Now take a second and vibrate or shake your arm around. Your arm was already vibrating on its own, but you have stepped up the vibration or assisted it to become stronger. The vibrating energy of your arm has increased dramatically.

Those who think positively are in a good state of vibration. Because they are in a good or positive state of vibration, good things will always come to them.

They will always attract positive things or personalities. But those thinking negative would be vibrating negative energy. This is because they dwell on the bad and all that is pessimistic. As such, they will vibrate negativity. And because they vibrate negativity, they will attract anything negative in their lives. This means they will attract trouble, anguish, fear, rage, or whatever negative emotion is available.

If you want to control the results you get, you must control what you vibrate to. This means controlling your thoughts because you only vibrate to the thoughts you have. If you don’t get what you want in your life, this is because you are ignorant of what you want. Or you are ignorant to the Law of Vibration. In electronics (if you know electronics – if not just play along), there are electromagnetic fields. If there are two electromagnetic fields working together, they are working in harmony or in resonance. When this occurs, the vibrating rate can easily be transferred from one to the other by way of electrons. The best way to describe this is by providing an example. Let’s say you have a glass sitting on a table. There is a lady singing nearby. She hits a certain high note that cracks the glass; but no other note cracked that glass. Only that one frequency cracked it because the two frequencies were in resonance. The frequency of the lady’s voice was the same as the frequency of the magnetic field surrounding the glass. See my point?

The same thing happens to your thoughts. When you think of something, and vibrate to it, you are creating a frequency. That frequency goes out into the universe and reaches an object that also vibrates at that same frequency. When this happens, the two are in synch. The electromagnetic waves your brain creates from your thoughts vibrate to the exact energy level as the thing or object that is in the universe you ask for. By concentrating on these though patterns, you increase the energy level of those thoughts and therefore the thoughts become more potent.

Remember when you practice the Law of Attraction; you must inculcate the Law of Vibration. The two go hand in hand. There is no separation of the two. When you practice one, you also practice the other.

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Put It Down

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"Put it down" original by Brandy courtesy of SoundCloud.

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Thursday afternoons . . .

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Facts tell. Stories sell.

Facts tell. Stories sell. | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

The challenge of PR communicators is how to get their messages to consistently cut through the clutter of information, and in the process grow their brands or corporate identities into icons. Today, the “theater of brand war” has expanded, where all kinds of stories struggle to be heard in a universe of media din and shout-outs. Many messages and public pleas to support communication and advocacy programs die on the vine before they even touch their intended audiences.

There are a few survivors in the combat zone, though. And the only tool they used to survive, to shift minds and to alter behaviors was to tell a great, compelling story. Today, [the public is] gaining control of power from mainstream media and are by themselves, paving the way for a fresh, digitally empowered life. Now they don’t just gobble up and chew messages, they own them, share them, and choose which among them will continue to exist and which will expire.

On top of their voices, they insist on telling stories that the human mind has always preferred — stories of encouragement and empowerment, of people realizing their maximum potential and participating in great efforts to build a better world.

Great PR stories make your communication sticky.  In the words of PR consultant Robbie Vorhaus, “They are pure non-fiction — truth told in the precise same context as any other story form as movies, advertising and journalism.” Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, referred to it as contagious messages that “catch on” as they’re passed from person to person. They become memorable because of their simplicity. They are unforgettable creative executions of literal meanings and expressions: “It’s the real thing (It’s the old product we love); “Real men don’t…” (Prove you’re a man by…); “Just do it” (Act now — stop delaying); “I love New York” (New York is a great place to live) or “Smile. Be happy.” (Life is easy. Relax).

Brilliant and catchy slogans turn bland messages into creative stories, where a central idea is focused on one person, one idea or one thing. They take your audience on a journey and make them enjoy the ride and the experience. In the end, whoever tells the best story in a most convincing fashion gets the hearts and minds of the people.

The book Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell — and Live — the Best Stories Will Rule the Future by Jonah Sachs shares helpful insights and simple tools any brand, individual or company can use to rise above the confusion of messages and executions, generate followers, empower your followers an