personal development and self awareness

New Research Is Focusing on Treating Teens’ Suicidal Thoughts With Support of Friends, Family

by koku_jin
A 16-year-old boy, a high school athlete with good grades, told his therapist that he was thinking about taking his own life. That therapist, Dennis Kolsch, got him admitted to an inpatient ward. “He didn’t have a great experience in there, but he was safe,” said Kolsch, a licensed mental health counselor in Cocoa Beach, Florida. “The family felt comforted knowing that.” Teens leaving an inpatient program like this one will have discharge instructions on how to continue care, which usually includes medications and psychotherapy. The boy was discharged to Kolsch’s care, but Kolsch knew that weekly or biweekly therapy […]

Six whimsical mid-century designs featured in Denver’s Serious Play exhibition

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An exhibition at the Denver Art Museum showcases over 200 pieces with a playful spirit that were created by US-based industrial and graphic designers in the 1950s and ’60s. Curator Darrin Alfred selects his highlights. The show, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, presents furniture, textiles, posters, toys and other pieces created in the postwar era by more than 40 America-based designers, including Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and Isamu Noguchi. With over 250 pieces on view, the show is meant to reveal how designers were influenced by the notion of play, and how it was incorporated into their […]

How to Cover a Concrete Patio With Pavers

by koku_jin
Overview: Build a paver patio with less work Concrete patio slabs Concrete patios are typically plain and often show cracks. Patio after setting pavers over concrete patio slabs Pavers dress up the patio and make it an attractive outdoor living space. A concrete patio is made for practicality, not beauty. It starts out looking plain and goes downhill from there. As craters, cracks and stains accumulate, it can go from dull to downright ugly in just a few years. But there’s a simple solution, whether you want to dress up a bland patio or hide an aging one. Covering concrete […]

Everybody really is reading the Mueller Report

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When Robert Mueller addressed the nation about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Americans clung to his every syllable. These revelations were two years in the making. Attorney General William Barr’s summary had already made the rounds, but that was really just the trailer to the movie that everybody hoped to see when Mueller finally spoke at the end of May, just over a month after the full redacted report had been released. Would there be clarity? Would a president be damned, an electoral process salvaged? Mueller had this to offer: “If we had had confidence […]

Google Game Changers: 5 Recent Updates and How They Affect Marketers

by koku_jin
Since the inception and rise of digital marketing, marketers have been keeping a watchful eye on Google — the ruler of the kingdom of search. From research project to technology giant, over the last two decades Google has cemented itself as the dominating force in internet search. And while there are other rising contenders in the space, as of June 2018, Google owned 72.21% of all desktop searches. And the domination continues if you look at mobile, with Google owning a whopping 90.20% of searches. Of course, Google’s market (and marketing) domination isn’t because of their speed to market in […]

Nagging Moms Raise More Successful Daughters, Says Science

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Parents, don’t worry: Your daughter does listen to your nagging, despite the eye-rolling and slamming doors. And it really works! According to science, not only do kids get their intelligence from mom, but there’s one more thing we can thank mother dearest for: our success. A study at the University of Essex tracked the experiences of over 15,000 British girls aged 13 and 14 for six years. Researchers found that high parental expectations led to adolescent girls’ success later in life. In fact, when the “main parent”—usually the mother—set steep standards for their daughters’ education, those girls were more likely to attend college, take […]

Coding Isn’t for Everyone: 9 Tech Jobs You Can Get Without It

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Programming isn’t for everyone. It requires a very specific kind of quantitative, analytical thinking, and the learning process can be a tough one. But don’t be discouraged if you want to be a part of the tech field: there are plenty of jobs for people who don’t know how to code! Here’s how to find the best IT job without coding skills. 9 Non-Programming Tech Jobs and Careers These nine non-coding tech jobs will give you an idea of what’s out there. Design UX or UI specialist Business analyst Project and program management System admin and general IT jobs Technical […]

How to Craft an Unbelievable Real Estate Social Media Strategy

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Why Should I Have a Real Estate Social Media Strategy? Real estate has seen a unique shift in the industry with the advent of the internet. Now, the first step in the home buying process for nearly all prospective buyers is a quick Google search. People are flocking to Zillow, Redfin, Trulia, and your competitor’s website to do their own research before ever consulting a real estate agent. Getting the customer’s attention now requires more care and creativity than ever. And, perhaps another thing that makes real estate a unique industry is this simple fact: You are the brand. While […]

SMXcast: Tactics to improve your YouTube video ad performance

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For search marketers, YouTube offers access to 1.9 billion logged-in global users per month, making it the second largest search engine. And, Google reports that advertisers buying YouTube video ads in addition to search ads see, on average, 8% higher search conversion volume, 3% higher search conversion rates and 4% lower search CPAs (compared to advertisers who only run search ads). However, YouTube’s automated bidding algorithm isn’t right for everyone. At SMX Advanced, Ashley Mo, regional director for 3Q Digital, discussed a few intelligent tactics that can improve your video campaign performance. Listen to her full Insights session below and […]

How to Set a Business Growth Goal (And Why You Should Have One)

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  Within the business world—and life in general—planning isn’t exactly a sexy topic. It’s not something we look forward to, like increasing conversion rates or boosting traffic. It’s boring. But it’s important. How do you plan for the growth of your business? How do you plan to bring in more revenue? An important step in increasing your business is to create an annual growth plan. And the first step in creating an annual growth plan is setting a growth goal. It may sound odd to do this early in the process—if the whole idea is to do some growth planning, […]