Author: Melissa Thompson

3 Symptoms of the Consumerism Disease In America

The average American household contains over 300,000 items. Since 1970 the average home has grown by over 1,000 square feet, while family size has decreased, leaving us with double the living space per individual. One industry that has experienced incredible success as a result of American hoarding is that of storage units. Some estimates state that 1 in 10 Americans have their own storage unit, and there is enough storage space for each American to have 7.3 square feet to themselves. While storage units can be incredibly helpful as interim storage during a move or vacation, many units are...

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4 Exciting Food Trends Taking 2016 By Storm

Food culture changes radically every few years. With the rising popularity of locally sourced, organic foods, many restaurants have changed their focus to seasonal foods and farm-to-table movements. In 2016, there are many new food trends that are popping up all over the U.S. From rising ramen to the persistent popularity of Los Angeles, here are a few of the exciting food trends happening in 2016. Check the hours availability on these restaurants before you head out! Japanese Imports As Americans begin to focus more on their health, it is becoming clear the Japanese diet may be the ideal...

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4 Surprising Burglary Statistics You Need to Know

For many people, the likelihood of a burglary rarely crosses their mind. But with four burglaries happening every minute, the chances of becoming a victim are higher than you might want to believe. While you realize you should take precautions, are you aware of what home features may put you more at risk? Included here are a few surprising burglary statistics to protect your home and your family. Easy Access Did you know that just over half of burglars have to force their entry into your home? A whopping 30-40 percent of burglars are able to access your house...

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Could Gardening Save Your Life?: New Study Links Gardening Benefits With Longevity

In recent years, you may have become aware of the need to take health into your own hands. How you choose to live each day could affect your resistance to diseases as well as predict how long you will live. What if planting a garden could actually extend your life? A new study by Harvard University says that gardening could actually save your life and reduce risk of disease. Lowered Mortality What if living longer was as simple as surrounding yourself with greenery? Researchers say that women who live in a heavily vegetated area have a 34% lower risk...

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7 Biggest Concerns for Federal IT in 2016

Research company Gartner predicts there will be 6.8 billion connected devices in use in 2016, a 30 percent increase over 2015. By 2020, that number will jump to more than 20 billion connected devices, predicts Gartner. In other words, for every human being on the planet, there will be between two and three connected devices. Every minute, nearly half a million cyber attack attempts are happening in cyberspace, creating some big headaches for Federal IT employees working to stop imminent threats. Along with these cyber attacks the government has other concerns on their plate to deal with in 2016....

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10 Life Skills Everyone Should Master

Life Skills Are Key For Entrepreneurs You’ve still got plenty of important skills left to master – but now you’re on your own. To help you navigate this confusing time, we reviewed several Quora threads on helpful skills and ways to spend time in your 20s and 30s and highlighted the most useful insights. Here are the life skills every young professional should master: How to just be honest When you’re late to an appointment, it’s tempting to pin the blame on gridlock or train delays. Instead, says Brett Baughman, founder of Master The Masses Coaching Alliance, “just apologize....

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The Nutmeg State Embraces the LGBT Community — It’s Good Business!

Economic development officials in Connecticut are getting on the bandwagon in welcoming the LGBT community with open arms. The state is already a popular business destination because of its proximity to East Coast markets, skilled workforce and its well-established infrastructure of manufacturing and financial resources. And while officials still use those benefits when selling the state to outside enterprises, they have added an additional sales pitch touting the relaxed and tolerant attitude of the state’s citizens to the LGBT community, as compared to states such as Mississippi and North Carolina — which have recently passed legislation seen as hostile...

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A Third of the Adult Population Is Sleep Deprived

A new and comprehensive study by the Centers for Disease Control says 36 percent of adults in America don’t get enough sleep and are facing sleep deprivation. An adult that gets less than seven hours of sleep per night increases his or her chances of developing health problems like obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and mental disorders. This latest report from the CDC is the first to actually evaluate self-reported trends in normal sleep duration from the entire country. Digging deep, researchers discovered that married couples actually get more sleep normally than single sleepers, despite...

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Looking for a Startup Loan? Try Credit Unions

A 2015 survey by Small Business Credit for the Federal Reserve Bank in New York finds that loans to small businesses from local credit unions gave the 2nd highest rate of satisfaction from their borrowers who were approved for loans. This situation may become even better because of a key change in credit union policy: the PG (personal guarantee) may no longer be a requirement for small business loans. This is a significant change, recently adopted by the National Credit Union Administration Board. This revised MBL regulation will start in mid-May of 2016. Nationwide business loan approval rates in...

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Google Knows What’s Wrong With You

Your health issues are clearly mirrored in your Google searches. A new book points out the perils and promise of this mass of big data available to anyone willing to dig diligently for it. Elad Yom-Tov’s book, “Crowdsourced Health: How What You Do On the Internet Will Improve Medicine”, makes the point that what we do on the internet, whether it be a search or a comment on social media, can be used to discover trends in medical issues. In other words, a new kind of medical research. Some searchers, he notes, used the phrase “how to have a...

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