What To Do When Popular Stress-Relief Advice Doesn’t Work For You

Meditation doesn’t work for everyone. Here are some easier practices to try instead.

It seems that just about everyone these days is struggling with stress. Between the emotionally draining news cycle, our addiction to push notifications, and our puzzling inability to take a proper vacation–when one stress trigger disappears, another one swiftly takes it place. Naturally, as more  people become stressed, more books and articles pop up to tell us how to reduce stress. But what if none of the tactics work for you?

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David Hogg “crisis actor” conspiracies are more proof that Big Tech has an impossible task

If you searched David Hogg’s name on Google, YouTube, or Facebook yesterday, you very likely came across a number of disturbing posts. The student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has quickly emerged as a vocal proponent of gun control—and a fierce critic of politicians who continue to do nothing in the wake …

If you searched David Hogg’s name on Google, YouTube, or Facebook yesterday, you very likely came across a number of disturbing posts. The student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has quickly emerged as a vocal proponent of gun control—and a fierce critic of politicians who continue to do nothing in the wake of mass shooting after mass shooting, including the one at Hogg’s own high school last week.

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Soon available at Walmart, Harry’s is giving Gillette a run for its money

Harry’s, the men’s grooming brand, was founded in 2013 as an entirely digital play. The founders, Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeffrey Raider, purchased a factory in Germany, so the company would be fully vertically integrated and they could control the quality of the products produced. The goal was to sell high-end razors and shaving cream without …

Harry’s, the men’s grooming brand, was founded in 2013 as an entirely digital play. The founders, Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeffrey Raider, purchased a factory in Germany, so the company would be fully vertically integrated and they could control the quality of the products produced. The goal was to sell high-end razors and shaving cream without the hidden retail markup, allowing it to compete with brands like Gillette and Schick that must mark up products to sell them at drug and grocery stores.

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Soon available at Walmart, Harry’s is giving Gillette a run for its money

Harry’s, the men’s grooming brand, was founded in 2013 as an entirely digital play. The founders, Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeffrey Raider, purchased a factory in Germany, so the company would be fully vertically integrated and they could control the quality of the products produced. The goal was to sell high-end razors and shaving cream without …

Harry’s, the men’s grooming brand, was founded in 2013 as an entirely digital play. The founders, Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeffrey Raider, purchased a factory in Germany, so the company would be fully vertically integrated and they could control the quality of the products produced. The goal was to sell high-end razors and shaving cream without the hidden retail markup, allowing it to compete with brands like Gillette and Schick that must mark up products to sell them at drug and grocery stores.

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Take These Steps To Boost Morale After Layoffs

The employees who remain after a round of layoffs will likely have high anxiety. Here’s how to lessen the impact and get everyone back on track.

You might think that employees who survive layoffs feel lucky or valued, but a study by outplacement provider RiseSmart finds that surviving team members have unique challenges that can hurt their productivity, and 43% of companies are not prepared for the impact.

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How Ebby Rane’s Founder Created The Luggage She Always Wanted

When Sonja Salmon launched her luxury travel brand, she was already used to being underestimated. This only made her more determined to be a success.

Sonja Salmon just wanted luggage that looked good and allowed you to easily find your belongings. It turns out, it wasn’t that easy to find. As a corporate executive who had worked her way up in Canada’s finance industry, Salmon was constantly on the road. She needed to look polished at meetings, but this was hard to pull off when she had to squeeze everything into a miniscule carry-on.

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How Ebby Rane’s Founder Created The Luggage She Always Wanted

When Sonja Salmon launched her luxury travel brand, she was already used to being underestimated. This only made her more determined to be a success.

Sonja Salmon just wanted luggage that looked good and allowed you to easily find your belongings. It turns out, it wasn’t that easy to find. As a corporate executive who had worked her way up in Canada’s finance industry, Salmon was constantly on the road. She needed to look polished at meetings, but this was hard to pull off when she had to squeeze everything into a miniscule carry-on.

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A Survivor’s Guide to Risk Taking


If we really loved risk, we would be scaling mountains, performing stunts or cave diving. Not working in marketing. But often, the way to create real business impact is tied to taking risks. The trick is that this requires marketers to stop associating risk with impending doom and to start viewing it as a gateway to new opportunity. In fact, a willingness to take risks is a marketer’s greatest asset right now.

From our experience working with disruptive brands and business models, we’ve seen the best results when marketers are willing to shed their fearsand even some letters from their titlesand transform from marketers into makers. Not in a Williamsburg Maker Faire manner, but in an agile, high-wire walking, “fail fast and keep going” kind of way.

We know it’s easier said than done. But if your ambition is to change minds and models within your organization, and your brand’s growth trajectory, we have three tips to help get you there:

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Social Media News Roundup: February ’18 Week 3

Social Media News
In social media news this week, Messenger tests an emoji status update, Google works on its story-telling, children’s card game UNO comes to the Messenger app and Pinterest makes the changes everyone has been asking for.
Update your Emoji

Facebook has confirmed that it’s working on a new ability for those to add an emoji as their profile picture in Messenger, so their friends will know how they’re feeling. It’s currently being tested in the activity status tab. This update is another attempt at aligning with Facebook’s 2018 unity goals of building a community rather than isolating its users.

Once Upon A Google…

Google has created AMP Stories, which is alike to the visual tool on Snapchat and Instagram, which allows users to upload photos and videos to their ‘Stories’. AMP Stories is primarily for mobile use but has also been designed to work on a desktop too. Google’s focus is on publishers and how they will use the platform to advertise their content.

UNO Remember?

Remember UNO as a kid? Well, the famous card game is no longer a childhood memory! UNO has had a digital makeover by the Chinese video game and toy company hybrid Mattel163. The company has developed the game for Facebook, under its Instant Games section.

Alike to the original game, you can ‘Quick Play’, which is the traditional way to play, ‘2v2’, which teams you and a friend up against two others and finally ‘Room Mode’, which lets you play with eight others! On these modes you can customise the game rules and share your results to all your Facebook friends. It seems the days of searching long and hard through those kitchen cupboards for cards are over as the game is also available on Android and iOS, meaning you’ll never be without the fear of getting a ‘+4’ UNO card.

Your Pinterest Prayers Answered…

Pinterest have answered the prayers of users everywhere. They have added a new update that lets individuals move Pins around on a Pinterest board and also rearrange sections and boards. People who use the site can now also archive boards that they don’t want to currently see, without permanently deleting them and also have the ability to sort the boards into the way they prefer. These layout improvements are what Pinterest users have been waiting for, after the social site spent most of last year working on its visual search tools such as Lens.

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Wellness Has A Diversity Issue–These Women Are Changing That

Women of color have long been underrepresented in yoga and meditation. Now leaders are bringing it to new audiences and giving it a fresh spin.

On a busy, graffiti-ridden boulevard–not far from the streets that witnessed the Rodney King riots–stands the only yoga studio in South Los Angeles.  Since 2013, the donation-based Green Tree Yoga Meditation center has served a community with a poverty level of over 40%, nearly twice that of the average L.A. community.

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