August 2017

5 Ways to Deal with a Crying Baby

5 Ways to Deal with a Crying Baby

The first three months after having a child is the toughest phase for every parent, Understanding the cries of the baby, catering to its need and soothing the child is a difficult task. So, when you hear your baby cry, here is a check list to help you calm the child.

1. The Golden Checklist

  • Does the baby need a diaper change?
  • Is the baby sleepy?
  • Is the baby hungry?

2. Check on the Attire
Don’t overdress your baby. Clothe them with something comfortable like a onesie -light, loose and an airy attire depending on the temperature.

3. The 5s’ 
Effective formulae to soothe babies in the first few months are the 5s’

  • Sucking
    Allow the baby to suck on a pacifier or it’s own thumb. This will help calm the child
  • Swaddling
    Swaddle the baby in a blanket to help her out of the Moro reflex. (The reflex of Jolt when falling from a height, as seen in infants).
  • Side/Stomach Position
    Putting the baby to sleep sideways also does help in calming it. Avoid putting them to sleep on their back because it can make them restless.
  • Swinging
    Swinging the tiny tot in the cradle can actually calm it and also help it get a sound sleep.

4. Gas and Reflux
Light abdomen massage in clock-wise motion to push the gas trapped in the intestines would comfort the baby.

5. Feeding at Small Intervals
Feeding small amounts of food multiple times, burping once / twice during / after / the feed can help to avoid acidity

6 Ways to Push your Limits for Success

6 Ways to Push your Limits for Success

The only thing stopping us from reaching our goals and dreams are our own limits. Whether it is fear, doubt. Physical abilities or some other mental block, it can present a huge Barrier to getting what we want. Here are some tips on how to overcome them.

1. Face your Fears
Nelson Mandela once said, “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but it is he who conquers that fear.” Essentially, everyone is afraid of something. The only difference between self-limiters and the successful people is that the latter is willing to work and move through their fears is willing to work and move through their fears in order to get where they want to be.

2. Quit Trying to be Perfect
Perfectionism is the belief that if we look perfect and act perfect, we can minimize or avoid the pain of failure, blame, judgement, and shame. But if we want to fully experience happiness and success, we must first believe – with confidence – that we are worthy of those, right now, right this minute, without any prerequisites.

3. Get a Partner
Two heads are better than one. You may work well on your own, but some endeavors just cannot be accomplished without a partner. Having someone who shares your successes (and failures) can provide with a feeling of security that will allow you to take the risks you fear most which often reap the greatest rewards.

4. Learn to Let go
We often create an image in our minds of what we expect our lives to be. When these expectations are not met, the frustration sets in. This can be incapacitating. It is better to focus on what you can change. If you cannot change anything, do not waste your time holding on to it, but change the way you think about it instead.

5. Make New Friends
If we measure success based on a better quality of life, then friendship is a critical element. Success does require determination and personal growth. However, success also depends on the ability to connect with people who have already made it. When you make friends with successful people, the sky is the limit.

6. Critical Visualization
A research finds that visualizing positive fantasy of success drains the energy out of ambition. Instead, try critical visualization, in which realistic obstacles, setbacks, and other decidedly. not-so-positive factors are considered. A smart golfer visualizes sinking a put, not winning the tournament

25 Years of Technology Evolution and Change

25 Years of Technology Evolution and Change

  • 1988:
    Insight is founded by the Crown Brothers in Tempe Arizona
  • 1989:
    On 1st August Microsoft releases a suite of desktop applications called office. This first version contains Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • 1990:
    Development of the World Wide Web begins. Tim Berners-Lee and colleagues at CERN create HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), standardizing communication between servers and clients.
  • 1990: 
    Cisco goes public on February 16, 1990, listed as “CSCO” on the NASDAQ
  • 1990:
    Photoshop 1.o released on February 19th for Macintosh
  • 1993:
    Intel release the first processor containing over 3 million transistors
  • 1995:
    Microsoft releases Internet Explorer as part of an add-on package for windows 95 names Plus!
  • 1995:
    Digital Versatile Discst or DVDs are invented by Philips, Sony, Toshiba & Panasonic
  • 1995:
    Microsoft combine formally separate MS-DOS products to create products Windows 95
  • 1995:
    Jeff Bezos launches online bookstore, Amazon.com
  • 1998:
    Larry Page and Serge Brin create Google Inc setting up a workplace in Susan Wojcicki’s garage
  • 1999:
    Shawn Fanning, John Fanning and Sean Parker launch peer-peer file sharing service, Napster
  • 2001:
    Apple release their first line of portable media players named the iPod
  • 2004:
    Mark Zuckerberg launches The Facebook a social network for Harvard students
  • 2006:
    Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass launch Twitter, a micro blogging and social networking service
  • 2007:
    Apple release the first generation iPhone named the iPhone 2G
  • 2008:
    The first Android powered phone, the T-mobile G1 goes on sale
  • 2008:
    Bill gates retires from day to day operations at Microsoft to focus on philanthropy and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 2010:
    Amid much speculation Apple release their first line of tablets PCs named the ipad
  • 2011:
    Apple founder and visionary Jobs sadly dies after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer
  • 2012:
    Microsoft releases the Surface Tablets, the first initiative to integrate its Windows OS with its own hardware
  • 2012:
    EE launch the first 4th generation (4g) mobile services in the UK
  • 2013:
    IPv6 launches to handle the ever increasing number of new devices connecting to the internet

National Yoga Awareness: Body & Soul

National Yoga Awareness: Body & Soul

A Balanced Role

  • Breathing (mind)
  • Spirit (meditation)
  • Exercise (Body)

Six Branches of Yoga

1. Hatha Yoga

  • Use physical poses / Asana
  • Breathing Technique (Pranayama) and meditation to achieve better health as well as spirituality.

Note:
If you would like to have peaceful mind and healthy body, it will be your best choice.

2. Bhakti Yoga

  • Bhakti Yoga is the path most followed in India. This is the path of the heart and devotion.
  • Bhakti Yoga teaches a person to have devotion to the “One” or to Brahma by developing a person’s love and acceptance for all things.

3. Raja Yoga

  • Raja Means “royal”
  • Raja Yoga is based on the teachings of the Eight Limbs of Yoga found in the Yoga sutras.
  • A Raja Yogi sees the self as central, and as such, respect to oneself and for all creation are vital to this path.

Note:
If you wish to learn discipline, then Raja Yoga would perfectly suit that need.

4. Jnana Yoga

  • Jnana Yoga is the path of Yoga that basically deals with the mind, and as such, it focuses on man’s intelligence.
  • Jnana Yogis consider wisdom and intellect as important and they aim to unify the two to surpass limitations

Note:
Since they wish to gain knowledge, they are open to other philosophies and religion for they believe that an open and rational mind is crucial in knowing the spirit.

5. Karma Yoga

  • Karma Yoga is the path of service.
  • It is believed that your present situation is based on your past actions.
  • You are choosing a future that is free from negativity and selfishness.

Note:
Karma Yogis change their attitude towards the good and in the process, change their souls, which leads to a change in their destiny.

6. Tantra Yoga

  • It’s about using vituals to experience what is sacred.
  • Although Sex is a part of it, Sex isn’t the whole part of it.
  • Tantra Yogis must possess certain qualities like purity, humility, devotion, dedication to his Guru, cosmic love and truthfulness among other things.

5 Freelancers that are Changing the World of Work

5 Freelancers that are Changing the World of Work

The rapid rise of the freelance economy is redefining the modern workplace. LinkedIn ProFinder and Intuit partnered to further explore who these modern day freelancers are and found trends among their educational backgrounds, career motivations, job satisfaction and more. We discovered five unique, professional personas among freelancers who work with on demand platforms-each of which embodies specific motivators and attitudes toward work and job security. Take a peek below to learn more.

1. Side Giggers
Strongly motivated by financial security and job flexibility, Side Giggers are more likely to pursue a side gig for extra income than a professional interest. They’re most likely to have a “traditional” job.

Current Gig Generates:

  • 19% of their total income
  • 57% of Side Giggers have a bachelors degree or higher.
  • An average income of $7,600 per year

2. Substituters
Often taking on multiple gigs due to the loss of job, Substituters are most likely to pursue gigs as a temporary income source till they find a traditional job. Needless to say, they’re least satisfied with their gig work.

Current Gig Generates:

  • 22% of their total income
  • 59% of substituters have bachelors degree or higher
  • An average income of $9,400 per year

3. Career Freelancers
The most diverse and satisfied group, Career Freelancers tend to pursue gigs to gain more experience, have more opportunity for social interaction, and learn new skills to advance their careers. It’s no surprise that our data shows millennials to be the generation most engaged in part-time freelancing.

Current Gig generates:

  • 26% of their total income
  • 52% of Career Freelancers have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • An average income of $9,700 per year

4. Business Builders
Often owning their own business, Business Builders pursue gigs to supplement or expand their existing business. They like their own boss and dislike answering to a supervisor .

Current Gig Generates:

  • 30% of their total income
  • 54% of Business Builders have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • An average income of $12,300 per year

5. Passionistas
Motivated by doing what they love, passionistas pursue gigs more out of their passion for the work they do. Thy’re well-educated, value flexibility, work the fewest hours, but earn the most from their gig.

Current Gig Generates:

  • 26% of their total income
  • 70% of Passionistas have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • An average income of $9,000 per year

21st Century Skills for Work

21st Century Skills for Work

1. Digital Literacy

  • Technological Literacy
    Knowledge of technology for its effective use.
  • Visual Literacy
    Knowledge for tools for the use of accurate multimedia.
  • Information Literacy
    Accurate and effective use of information.
  • Cultural Literacy
    Efficient and sensible communication with diverse cultural groups
  • Global Awareness
    Useful understanding of international relationships.

2. Imagination and Innovation

  • Adaptability
    Positive understanding of constant changes and development.
  • Self-direction
    Useful independent work, setting goals and managing workloads.
  • Creativity
    Produce new and original concepts
  • Higher-order Thinking
    Productively analyze, compare, infer, interpret, evaluate and synthesize information.

3. Communication

  • Team Work
    Productive interaction with co-workers exerting everyone’s strengths.
  • Interpersonal Skills
    The use of emotional intelligence to cope with situations at work.
  • Interactive Communication
    Effective use of tools and technology to communicate.
  • Personal, Social and Civil Responsibility
    Ethics, public good and resilience.

4. Productivity

  • Prioritizing and Planning 
    Efficient achievement of goals.
  • Managing for Results
    Effective problem solving and leadership skills.
  • Ability to Produce High Standard-Products
    Efficient production of information, material and ideas.
  • Effective use of Tools
    Productive and efficient use of tools to achieve goals.

 

Explanation and Hierarchy of the 9 Choirs of Angels

Explanation and Hierarchy of the 9 Choirs of Angels

Angels are symbolically depicted with wings, but they are purely spiritual beings that do not have a physical body. They can take on the appearance of man to better communicate with humans.

1st Triad – Contemplate and Adore God Directory

  • Seraphim
    Name means the burning ones, and they are Attendants at the Throne of God. They praise God singing, “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord of Hosts!”
  • Cherubim
    Name means the Fullness of Wisdom, and they contemplate God’s providence. Assigned to protect special places.
  • Thrones
    Represent the steadfastness of the love of God. The contemplate God’s power and Judgment, and they appear as the most unlike the others when revealed.

2nd Triad – Fulfill God’s Plan in the Universe

  • Dominions
    Lord over the lower choirs and humanity. They take illumination from the higher hierarchies and govern the universe.
  • Virtues
    Run the operation of movement in the universe. They are often associated with planets, element, seasons, and nature.
  • Powers
    Assist in governing the natural order. They are warrior angels tasked with fighting the war against the demonic choirs.

3rd Triad – Interact & Serve Humanity Closely

  • Principalities
    Princess of the lowest triad assigned to core and guard communities, Kingdoms, states and parishes. They are associated with transitions in power.
  • Archangels
    Leader angels assigned to communicate and carry out God’s important plan for man. Michael, Gabriel, and Rafael are the only 3 names we know.
  • Angels
    Angels are closest to the material world and humanity. The lowest choir is were we get the majority of our personal angels.

The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

Just one week of insufficient sleep alters the activity of our genes, which control our response to stress, immunity, inflammation and overall health. Here are the hidden health hazards caused by sleep deprivation.

  • Higher Levels of Anxiety
    Lack of sleep amplifies the brain’s anticipatory reactions, raising overall anxiety levels.
  • Higher Levels of Depression
    Lack of sleep causes a decrease in neurotransmitters which regulate mood.
  • Impaired Cognition
    Excessive sleepiness impairs memory and the ability to think and process information.
  • Disruption of Circadian Rhythm (natural Time Clock)
    Leading to poor white blood cell health, which weakens our physical stress response.
  • Higher Risk of Stroke
    Lack of sleep negatively affects cardiovascular health, increasing the risk of restricting blood flow to the brain.
  • Higher Risk of Hypertension
    Sleeping between 5 and 6 hours  a night increases the risk of having high blood pressure.
  • Higher Risk of Heart Disease
    When we sleep our blood pressure drops. Not experiencing this nightly drop in pressure is a risk factor for heart disease.
  • Increased Risk of Breast Cancer
    Late night exposure to light is linked to reduced melatonin production, which disrupts estrogen production. Too much estrogen promotes the growth of breast cancer.
  • Higher Risk of Diabetes
    Lack of sleep triggers our stress response, leading to the release of the stress hormones cortisol and norepenephrine, which are associated with insulin resistance
  • Unhealthy Cravings
    Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). Lack of sleep causes gherin levels to increase and leptin to decrease.
  • Higher Risk of Injury

Interesting Facts

  1. Nearly 40% of adults fall asleep during the day without meaning to at least ONCE A MONTH
  2. 60 million Americans have Chronic Sleep Disorders like Sleep Apnea, Periodic Limb Movement, Narcolepsy, Restless Legs Syndrome, Insomnia e.t.c.

15 Reasons to Teach your Kids Archery

15 Reasons to Teach your Kids Archery

In 2012 London Olympics, a world record in archery was set by Im Dong-hyun, a legally blind South Korean archer.

  1. Archery is Open to just Anyone
    Archery can be enjoyed by both DISABLED AND ABLE BODIED PEOPLE. Children with the most severe disabilities can easily join and enjoy the sport.
  2. Archery Helps Physical Development
    Archers need significant stamina and upper body and core strength to pull bows and keep them steady while aiming.
  3. Archery Teaches Growth Mindset
    With practice, young archers learn not to get too emotional when they make a bad shot. Instead of attaching their self-worth to their performance, they will learn to analyze their shots with a cool mind and improve in the next rounds
  4. Archery Improves Mental Toughness
    Archers need not only physical strength, but also mental toughness. Just by practicing archery young archers will develop focus, patience and learn to stay self-motivated.
  5. Archery Boosts Self Confidence
    Archery offers great satisfaction in combining both physical and mental skills to good effect. Whatever the final result is, every archer can draw some satisfaction from winning a personal mental battle.
  6. Archery Gives a Sense of Accomplishment
    Not all kids like team sports. Individual sport such as archery may give these kids a place to shine. Being in a position to pull back the string and successfully loose an arrow straight into the target will surely give a child a great sense of accomplishment.
  7. Archery Teaches Goal Setting
    In archery, the focus is literally on the target. Archery offers a perfect goal-setting  environment. Starting even with simple goals like focusing on smaller target rings and increasing distance, young achers can set personal goals for each practice session and monitor their progress.
  8. Archery is a Social Sport
    Individuals from numerous walks of life can enjoy archery. Virtually every age group is able to practice the sport. It is not uncommon to see 50 year olds practicing alongside 14 year olds at a range, conversing and offering help and tips.
  9. Archery Teachers Teamwork & Sportsmanship
    Archery is not only an individual discipline, but can also be played as a team event. Being in a team will teach your kid to lead others, support them and rely on them.
  10. Archery is Relatively Inexpensive
    If you just want your child to play for fun, then archery can be an affordable sport. You can make the most basic bows yourself from PVC pipes or buy them for cheap price.
  11. Archer can be Practiced all Year Long
    Archery can be practiced both indoors and outdoors with many clubs having access to indoor facilities over the winter season, so the weather need not be a barrier to playing the sport.
  12. Archery Teaches Kids the Importance of Safety
    There is no sport without danger and any sport can be extremely dangerous if players are reckless. The most important element of archery range is safety. You can be sure that archery will teach your kids to the equipment being used.
  13. Archery is Fun
    The goal of recreational archery is first and foremost to have fun. As an archer your kid should remember to concentrate on improving his/her performance and maintain positive energy, and with that in mind, archery can certainly be a source of great fun.
  14. Archery is Cool
    Every dreams of being a super-hero. Being able to shoot arrows will let kids like the fictional heroes who are badass archers – Green Arrow, Hawkeye, Katniss Everdee, Legolas, Robin Hood, Rambo and others!
  15. Archery Teaches Valuable Skills
    Sportsmanship, physical fitness, hunting, physics are just a few of the skills your kid will learn. All invaluable in case of a Zombie Apocalypse

How Customers will Love your Webshop

How Customers will Love your Webshop

1. Kind Customer Support
73% of customers choose to stay with a brand specifically because they offer friendly customer support.

Tip: Along with being nice, time is of the essence. Long wait times are the reason 66% of customers switch to competitors.

2. A Seamless Checkout Experience
80 seconds is the average time a customer is willing to spend on checkout.

Tip: Offer multiple payment options, guest checkout and a mobile site. There are more than 175 million mobile shoppers or “m-commerce” buyers.

3. Personalization
80%  of customers want to receive emails with product recommendations based on their previous purchases.

Tip: On-site product recommendations, tailored emails and customized purchase history are all ways to personalize the shopping experience.

4. Reward Loyalty
69% of customers want to be recognized and rewarded for doing business with you.

Tip: Launch a rewards program where shoppers get perks and discounts for loyalty and making purchases.

5. Encourage Referrals
83% of customers are willing to share their positive experience on social media ( which helps you acquire new customers!)

Tip: Recognize and reward advocates who bring in new customers. With greater recognition comes greater motivation!

6. Engaging Content
62% of customers seek practical content from brands about how to use their products in the best possible way.

Tip: Once a shopper has engaged with dynamic content (a video, for example), they’re 2x more likely to purchase.

7. Sense of Mission
64% of customers would come back often if they believe your company shares their values.

Tip: Participate in events and run campaigns that focus on health, family, or whatever is most important to your customers

8. Easy Mobile Access
67% of customers are more likely to purchase from a mobile-optimized site.

Tip: Build an app too! 89% of mobile shoppers buy through mobile apps; only 11% use a mobile friendly site to purchase.

10. Multi-Channel Availability
65% of customers use social media to research products for their loved ones.

Tip: Make it easier for customers to reach you with a social media presence and live chat on your site. If you don’t want to wait for customers to come to you, use Pure Chat to see who’s on your site and start a conversation with qualified leads