Book Review: 21 Days to Happiness

Book Description:

Struggling to find work-life balance? Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or just want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just 10 minutes a day!

For some of us, feeling busy or stressed has become the new normal. Others feel okay, but just want a boost to productivity, energy and motivation.

Instead of hoping for happiness, what if happiness is something you DO, something you CHOOSE every day? The good news: it is and the solutions are simple.

Psychologist and happiness expert Ingrid Kelada provides a practical, step-by-step guide to help you increase your personal happiness and feel more motivated. You can learn how with simple 10-minute strategies. Each day of the 21-day journey focuses on one key area of your life, including:

Time: how to break the cycle of chaos and manage your time effectively.
Body Language: exploring the surprising links between body language and happiness.
Relationships: how to make the most of the number one predictor of happiness.
Work: how to use your strengths and talents so that you are engaged and motivated.
Money: what you should spend your money on to feel most satisfied.

The book is interactive. Each chapter features resources like apps to try, videos to watch for deeper understanding, or tools to help you master these new habits. At the end of three weeks, along with increased happiness, you’ll find you’ve become more:

• productive
• focused
• patient
• energetic
• healthy
• motivated
• positive

Happiness is a choice. A daily decision to choose happy can be easy, fun and rewarding. With this book, in just a few minutes per day, you can practice one new happiness habit, add resources to your arsenal, and jot down your notes in the journal section.

My Thoughts:

Let’s face it all of us yearn to be happy. After you achieve the basics of life, (food and shelter), you naturally begin to seek something more. You don’t want to wake up day after day to go through the motions in a robotic like state of misery. You don’t want to grudgingly get out of bed, take a shower, put on your clothes and mindlessly drive to work. No, we all want to feel good as we walk through this life. We all want to enjoy the moments that make up our lives. Add up all of the minutes of a lifetime and you certainly want to look back and reflect on moments that elicited a smile.

So how do you find happiness? How do you change the way you live and work to encourage enjoyment? 21 Days to Happiness seeks to increase your happiness, productivity and energy. Through a series of chapters, twenty-one to be exact, the author steps you through methods that can boost your happiness. While the impact may be life changing most of these changes require very simple little changes to the way you act, think and feel.

Each chapter focuses on a relatively easy change. The author provides concrete steps that help you focus your energy on those things that are truly important in life, rather than the rat race we think is so important.

By refocusing your energy on items like music, gratitude, dietary changes, breathing and sleep you can change the amount of happiness you feel. If you want to bring more joy into your new year check out this book or gift it to someone who could use a mental boost.

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Meet the Author:

Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at www.keladacc.ca

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December 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM Leave a comment

6 Vital Tips for Trading in Your Used Vehicle

If you live in Langley VA and are in the market for a new car and you want to get rid of the old one quickly and conveniently, then trading it in at a local car dealership is your best option.

Although the price you‘ll get from a dealer will probably be lower than if you would’ve sold it to a private party, it still sounds better than doing all that extra work with advertising or talking with possible buyers.

Keep in mind that even if you choose to trade it, you still won’t be able to avoid the dreaded negotiation process. Dealers can get pretty aggressive, especially if they feel you are new to this. Going unprepared will land you a bad deal, and the worst part is that you won’t even know it.

Surely you want to get the right price for your trade-in, right?

Here are a few tips to help you gain the upper hand while negotiating with a dealer in Langley.

1. Know the Value of Your Car

If you don’t know how much your old car is worth, then it won’t be a negotiation. More like wishful thinking that the dealer is in a good mood and makes you a good offer. Before you bring your old car to the Langley car dealership, make sure you have a good estimate of your vehicle’s value.

Research your model on platforms that provide car pricing. Take your car to three or four used car lots in Langley and ask what they’d offer for it. Get and an idea of what the market demands for your particular model.

2. Be Realistic

Usually, a car’s value drops by up to 30% in the first three years, especially if it’s brand new. Understand that you would never be able to get the initial price.

The value of your car after those three years depends on the condition you’ve kept it in. If it has low mileage, you’re up to date with the maintenance and repairs schedule, and it’s well-kept, you have good chances to strike a good deal.

3. Fix the Easy Things

You can boost up the value of your trade-in with small fixes. Clean the car inside and out and make sure you get rid of any smell. Clean the engine bay and level out all the fluids. Repair any chips, cracks, and dents. Remove any personal items and put back initial accessories like the DVD or SD of the navigation system, if you’ve taken them out. Have the maintenance records organized and ready.

4. Put Yourself in the Dealer’s Shoes

The trade-in has to woo the dealer. He’ll look at the car, drive it around and see what repairs need to be done. He’s the one to decide whether he accepts it or not, based on the car’ condition and his estimate of how fast it will sell while making some money out of it.

Most dealers are looking to make between 2-4% on a resale transaction. To make sure you get a good deal, take the car’s value, add the costs of the small repairs, then the 2-4%. A fair trade-in price should be in that range.

5. Get Offers from Multiple Dealers

Don’t settle for the first price you receive, unless it’s what you estimated to get after you’ve done your research. Take your car to different same-make dealerships in Langley and ask for offers. If they already have similar cars in their lot that haven’t been sold for a month, they’ll offer you a lower price or won’t make an offer at all.

6. Keep New Car and Trade-in Transactions Separately

Don’t launch into negotiating the finance rate, the trade-in price, and the new car price all at the same time. The dealer may concede with what you requested, but he’ll make sure to compensate it in other parts, and in the end, you won’t gain a thing.

Consider getting a loan from another bank or credit union before asking the dealer. Even if you do end accepting his offer, ensure that you get a great rate.

Conclusion

As long as a trade-in forces you to buy from them, dealers will be interested in your vehicle. They know the industry better than you do and can help you get rid of your old car quickly. However, some will be sneakier than others, so your best chance at getting a fair price is to be knowledgeable and beat them at their own game.

December 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM Leave a comment

The 6 Steps You NEED To Take If Your Home Is Damaged By Flooding

Flood damage is an unfortunate reality for many people. If your home is built in a flood zone or a floodplain, you may be in danger of flooding during severe weather – and you need to know what to do if your home is damaged by flooding.

In this quick article, we’ll lay out the 6 steps you should take immediately if your home suffers from flood damage.

1. Stay Safe!

If you had to leave your home during the flooding incident, make sure you stay safe when you return to your home. FEMA recommends checking for visible structural damage to your home, including:

  • Warping
  • Loosened or cracked foundations
  • Cracks
  • Holes
  • Downed power/utility lines

You should contact utility companies if you suspect that water, gas, sewage, or power lines have been damaged at your home. You should also turn off all water and electrical sources within your home. Turn off the main power at your fuse box – this will minimize the risk of shocks and electrocution.

2. Take Pictures Of Everything

Document the flooded area(s) of your home thoroughly. Using your smartphone, take pictures of any and all affected areas, objects, and items. This way, you will be able to document the extent of flood damage even if you must do some initial removal of water, or repairs.

 3. Protect Your Health

A flooded home can be hazardous. Household chemicals or broken sewer/water lines can negatively affect your health. You should wear rubber, hip or waist-high waders when walking in flooded areas of your home. In addition, use rubber gloves when removing contaminated or flood-damaged items, and throw out any food that’s come in contact with water.

 4. Contact Your Insurance Company

Most standard insurance policies do not cover flooding, but if you live in a flood-prone area, you likely have a specific flood insurance policy through either the NFIP or a private company.

Contact your agent ASAP after your home has flooded. You need an insurance adjuster to examine your property. Send the photos you’ve taken, and ask if you can start making repairs and removing water. Follow all of their advice and instructions precisely – this ensures that the claims process will be quick and easy.

5. Remove All The Water That You Can

After you’ve cleared doing so with your insurance adjuster, you can begin removing water from your home. You can rent a sump pump ($150-$500, depending on the size/performance) and a wet vac ($40-$130) at most hardware or home supply stores.

Use the sump pump to remove the majority of water from all flooded areas. You should be able to run a house to the outside of your home, but you may also have to use buckets to collect water. After you’ve removed most water using a sump pump, you can use your wet vac to remove water that’s collected in corners, or is otherwise hard to access with a sump pump.

After removing water, open the doors and windows of your home to allow fresh air to circulate – as long as this will not allow more water to enter your home. You may also consider setting up fans in windows and doorways to blow air out of your home – this will help reduce moisture levels more effectively. 

6. Control Mold Growth

Mold is a serious issue after flooding, and can develop in as little as 24-48 hours after a flood. Wet objects like carpeting and bedding should be removed ASAP, and most items that have been wet for more than 48 hours will have to be discarded. Get the “OK” from your insurance company before disposing of these items, and photograph them, just in case.

Use a non-ammonia detergent to clean walls, baseboards, and floors, then use a 10% bleach solution to disinfect these areas. This will inhibit mold growth.

In serious cases of flooding, DIY restoration may not be enough. Contact your insurance provider to hire a professional flood restoration service.

Prevent And Mitigate Flood Damage With This Guide!

Flood damage is an unfortunate fact of life for many people. But with this guide, you can understand the basic precautions and steps you should take when your home is damaged by flooding. So stay safe, follow our tips, and get your life back to normal after flood damage has affected your home!

December 11, 2017 at 1:23 PM Leave a comment

Top 5 RV Stops From San Francisco To Salt Lake City

Each year many thousands of travelers load up their RV rentals and take to the open roads for adventure, sightseeing, and activities. There are many different routes and drives to consider, and one of the top options on your bucket list should be taking the dive from San Francisco on the West Coast to Salt Lake City in Utah. Not only is this drive gorgeous and full of natural beauty but it offers a fine selection of outdoor activities and sightseeing options. Of course there are many different stops along the way and each journey should be catered to you and your traveling companion’s individual tastes, but here are the five must-do stops for anyone taking this route.

Marin County

This placid, stately region is home to some of the most gorgeous coastline to be found anywhere in America. Featuring rocky cliffs and panoramic ocean views, the coast along Marin is an absolute must if you are in this area. Marin is known as a progressive, laid-back region full of quant, colorful towns and is home to some of the finest arts and crafts markets and boutiques in the country. No matter your tastes, Marin County has plenty to offer any traveler and is well worth a visit.

Big Sur

Speaking of unspoiled coastline, don’t forget that Big Sur is located just a short drive from Marin. Here you will find the legendary ocean views and stunning sunsets this area has become known for. Long an enclave for artists, Big Sur has been the home of everyone from Henry Miller to Hunter Thompson and is the home of the long-running Esalen Institute where you can revive in a nice thermal bath after all those long hours on the road. The Big Sur region also features a number of great restaurants, inns and beds and breakfasts, and plenty of places for travelers to park their RV rentals for a good night’s rest.

Joshua Tree National Park

Located in the desert regions of eastern California, Joshua Tree is an otherworldly and beautiful landscape that is well worth seeing. The desert bed is home to the Joshua tree cactus that gives this park its name, a strange plant that is shaped like a man with outstretched arms. These cactus have been the inspiration for many songs and pieces of art over the centuries, and all it will take is one look to see why. The skies here are open and expansive, and in the nighttime you will be able to see a range of stars without any light pollution whatsoever. Visitors are drawn back to this great region time and time again with its wondrous sights and its sense of calm and peace. Make sure you schedule a stop here on your journey.

Las Vegas

You may think of Las Vegas as being all about bright lights, entertainment, and gambling, but there really is a lot more to this region. Just beyond city limits lies hundreds of miles of vast desert that will absolutely take your breath away. Driving these desert roads is an amazing experience and a true classic of the American highway. You can get in some amazing hikes here, not to mention mountain biking and climbing. The great thing about this area is that it presents the best of both worlds. Should you wish to spend a day exploring the vast desert, you can absolutely do this. But should you wish to have a good night on the town with glittery entertainment, fine dining, and some gambling, you can absolutely do that as well. This mix of rustic and urban is truly unique, which is why Las Vegas is a perfect stop on your trip.

Canyonlands National Park

Located in Utah’s famous Canyon Country, it just doesn’t get any more unique that Canyonlands National Park. This landscape is a true wonder and features many hundreds of individual canyons intersecting at strange angles, unbelievable rock formations, and miles of open wilderness featuring some of the best views in the entire nation. You can easily spend days in Canyonlands as this massive park takes you in and introduces you to its natural wonders and scenic, gorgeous terrain.

There are a great many activities to partake in here, including some of the best and most unique hiking trails in the country, unbelievable rafting opportunities, and mountain biking. There are great camping possibilities as well, which is highly recommended since a night under the canopy of stars will be a sensation you will never forget. Canyonlands has long been a magnet for RV travelers, and there are many parks in the region featuring great amenities and comfortable surroundings.

The drive from San Francisco to Utah is any traveller’s dream, so follow the path of the thousands of other RV rentals who have made the trip before you. You surely won’t regret it.

December 7, 2017 at 11:36 PM Leave a comment

Common Defenses Used To Deny Workers’ Compensation Claims For Construction Sites

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that an employer or construction company takes out to ensure that if one of their employees is injured while on the job, the company has the means to compensate them for their injuries. Like any other type of insurance, however, the major objective that workers’ compensation has is to minimize their own losses, not to make sure that the employee is fairly compensated.

That is why if you are injured while working it is always a good idea to hire a construction site injury attorney boston to represent your best interests. 

When your employer carries workers’ compensation coverage, you are not allowed to sue them for personal injury. That means that although you are entitled to economic damages in the form of medical costs and lost wages, you cannot recover for noneconomic damages unless there are specific exceptions. Things like pain and suffering and emotional distress are not covered if you make a workers’ compensation claim.

Also, just because you are injured while at work does not automatically mean that you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. There are specific things that you need to prove to receive benefits. There are also common defenses that workers’ compensation insurance companies will use to try to deny you coverage. Knowing what those defenses are might help you get the benefits you are entitled to.

Statute of limitations

To file a workers’ compensation claim, you have a statute of limitations, after which your claim will be null and void. In most states, you have exactly two years to file a claim for your injury. If you don’t file within that time, then you will not be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits.

Reporting

If you are injured while on the job, then you have 30 days to file a written notice with your employer. If you do not file within the given timeframe, then workers’ compensation will seek to dismiss your claim. You have to file a claim both with your employer and with the workers’ compensation board in the time frame allocated, or your claim can be denied.

Whether the injury was self-inflicted

Injures that are caused intentionally by the employee are not covered by workers’ compensation benefits, and they are considered fraud. If you are injured while on the job, the insurance company might try to argue that your injuries were intentional in order to dismiss your claim. While this is not an easy thing to prove, it is just one tactic that an insurance company will use to try to limit what they have to pay.

Not showing up for treatment or appointments

If you fail to follow up with medical care or treatment, then workers’ compensation might claim that you have failed to mitigate your injuries through seeking the appropriate care, and they may seek to dismiss your eligibility rights. People who are injured on the job have the obligation to mitigate their injuries. That means that they are required to take steps to limit the disabling nature of their injuries by making appointments or following through with treatments. If you don’t do all you can to limit your injuries, then the insurer will try to deny you full coverage.

Overestimating your injuries

Workers’ compensation insurers might try to prove that you are exaggerating your injuries and seeking more assistance than you are entitled to. That is why having medical diagnoses and documentation is so important. If you don’t keep strict records and the names of all physicians you have seen as well as documentation of any diagnoses, treatments, or specialists that you have consulted, the insurer might try to limit your medical bill costs.

Workers’ compensation insurance seeks to maximize one thing: the reduction of their responsibility for your injuries. If you are hurt while on the job, the only ways to reduce the risk of having your claim denied are to know what the most common defenses to workers’ compensation are, and to have a workers’ compensation lawyer in your corner to have your best interests at heart and help you get all the benefits you are entitled to.

December 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM Leave a comment

What Administrative Law Is And How To Hire The Best Lawyer For Your Administrative Case

Legal issues can be very complex. With so many various segments in the law field, administrative law can get lost in the shuffle. If you don’t know what administrative law is, you are not alone. It’s a highly-specialized compartment in legal circles created by departments and agencies of the government, and its sole function is to carry out the laws that have been passed by either the state legislatures or Congress.

When laws are passed, that is just one part of the process. Once a law is passed by Congress, the way that it is interpreted, implemented and enforced can be very complex. Government departments and administrative agencies are responsible for filling in the empty spaces and guiding Congress if they need to pass additional rules or regulations to achieve the initial intent of the law’s passage.

When do people deal with administrative laws and agencies?

When you apply for things like government benefits, you often have to deal with administrative law issues and agencies. For instance, when Congress passed a law that allowed those who are disabled the right to be provided with government assistance, the Social Security Administration was created.

It was set into place so that the law passed by Congress could determine how disability and social security benefits would be calculated, along with the specifics relating to those benefits. Now, the SSA receives all the applications that people fill out to receive disability benefits, and it has the responsibility of defining who is eligible. The agency then works by passing rules and regulations to make sure that only those who are eligible are the ones who get the services they are entitled to.

Other functions of administrative law are things like implementation of laws that affect different components of industry. Government agencies like the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are all bodies that were created to deal with administrative laws passed by Congress. There are also other government agencies that deal with the implementation and rules and regulations at the state level.

Many businesses and people need to hire lawyers who deal with administrative law to work within the confines of governmental and administrative agencies. For instance, if a person is denied social security benefits, it might be necessary for them to hire an attorney who understands social security eligibility and benefits and how they are structured.

There are also times when companies and businesses need to defend themselves against fines or other penalties they might receive from regulating governmental agencies like the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. As administrative law is a specialty that not all lawyers are well-versed in, should you need to either fight the ruling of an agency or need some help receiving benefits, then it is important that you have a specialist who knows the complexity of the laws.

What to consider when hiring an administrative attorney

There are over 100 different governmental agencies in the US that deal with just about every aspect of citizen life. There are agencies that work with the environment, homeland security, healthcare, and transportation safety – just to name a few. Each operates differently, which is why choosing the right lawyer to work with an agency is integral to winning your case.

Before you hire someone to take care of your administrative issue, make sure that they know the specifics of how to deal with whatever agency you are going up against. The right attorney will not only have connections; they will know how an individual agency operates and how to work within the agency to get the desired result for your case.

When looking for an administrative lawyer, interview many and find out what their specific experience is so that you find the right administrative lawyer Seattle for you. Since government sanctions and penalties can be severe, it is important to find the best representation to fight. Sometimes it can feel like a David and Goliath situation, which is why finding an excellent lawyer is so imperative.

December 7, 2017 at 7:49 AM Leave a comment

What Are The Different Types Of Laws Governing Dog Bites?

Dog bites fall under the category of personal injury law. When you are bitten by someone else’s dog or your dog bites someone else, there are times when you may be found at fault and others when you bear no responsibility. Legally determined by a combination of the laws dictated by the state where you live and whether the person had permission to be on your property, dog bites are legally handled in one of two ways. Some states go by “strict liability,” while others go by the “one-bite” laws.

What is a “one-bite” law?

The “one-bite law” means that if an owner has a dog that has already bitten someone or showed the propensity to be aggressive, the owner is liable to pay for subsequent damages if the dog bites someone. Those states that go by the one-bite law allow the dog owner one bite before they are held responsible for injuries. If you are the first person bitten by the dog, then you can’t recover for your injuries.

The exception to the one-bite rule is that not all states allow one free bite. If the owner knows that the dog has the potential to be dangerous to others, then they can be held liable if the dog bites someone. One thing that might indicate that an owner would know that a dog could be aggressive is if they have a breed that is considered highly aggressive or dangerous. In this case you are legally obligated to ensure the safety of others on your property.

The problem with the one-bite rule is that it can be problematic to prove that the owner knew that a dog had the propensity to be dangerous unless the dog has actually bitten someone. It’s more likely than not that if the dog has never bitten someone, then a jury will typically assume that the dog owner had no idea that the dog could be dangerous; therefore, they would not rule in favor of the injured person.

The only way to prove in a court of law that an owner knew their dog had the potential to be dangerous is to have witnesses who can testify that the dog has shown aggression in the past, or that they have personally seen the dog being aggressive. Since most people would rather not get involved, that can pose a severe hurdle for someone trying to prove that the owner knew a dog was dangerous.

Strict liability dog bite laws

Those states that follow strict liability dog bite laws are different. Most of the strict liability cases maintain that if a dog bites someone – regardless of whether or not they have a history of being aggressive – the owner is responsible for paying for any injuries. The law doesn’t assume that the dog owner could have either known or seen the signs that a dog could bite someone. It makes no difference. If someone is injured by a dog bite, then the owner is held liable – period.

The conditions that must be met for a dog bite to fall under strict liability are:

  • If the plaintiff was allowed to be where they were when they were bitten – meaning they had permission to be on the premises or near the dog and they were bitten
  • The plaintiff didn’t in any way provoke the dog to bite them

Those plaintiffs that live in states where dog bites are guided by strict liability are more likely to recover for their injuries when compared to those in states with the one-bite rule.

If you are injured by a dog bite, then knowing what the rules of your state are is imperative to understand who is responsible and liable to pay for your injuries. There are times when you have to prove that the dog owner should have known the dog was dangerous, and others when it makes no difference. The best way to recover for your injuries is to hire a dog bite attorney Los Angeles who knows the specific laws of your state and whether or not you need to provide proof of the dog’s predisposition towards aggressive behavior.

December 7, 2017 at 7:45 AM Leave a comment

Cracking the Happiness Code

Happiness is the root cause of things working out for you. It’s not, as we often assume, merely an effect. Let’s take the simple act of smiling. It’s a mild way of expressing happiness, unlike, say, a more boisterous means of self-expression, like wittiness or laughter. Generally, you’re likely to smile if you meet a friend or become amused by something, perhaps recalling a joyful memory or hearing a one-liner in a TV sitcom. You smile because you pleased or amused. Something, in other words, has to happen to make you smile, some stimulus, some internal mental event or some external physical event. Smiling appears to be an effect, a response to a stimulus.

However, what would happen if you decided to use a smile as a stimulus, as a cause rather than an effect. What would happen if you smiled at grocery clerks, UPS delivery men, strangers on a bus, lonely men walking their dogs in the evening, and old ladies crossing the street with their walkers? People would smile back, nod, and appear to brighten up almost instantly. Your smile would make the world a kinder and gentler place.

Now, we’re not talking about smiling to simulate happiness. It’s not about advocating “a fake it until you make it” approach. It’s about smiling as an expression of happiness bubbling up from within. So, how do you get to a place where you feel happy enough to smile more often? How do you spark your spirit to lighten up and feel more optimistic? One good place to start would be to make your home feel safer and more comfortable.

Why You Don’t Feel Safe & What To Do About It

The reason you don’t feel safe is due to your imagination. Like most people, you might feel vulnerable, a little concerned about break-ins. The possibility does exist. After all, the FBI keeps statistics on the number of burglaries that occur in the United States.

So, it’s not enough to just snap out of negative imaginative thinking. Instead, the fastest way to feel safe is to do something to feel protected. A quick way to do this is to select one of the ADT systems available, a monitored home security system that will alert you and the authorities if anybody tries to break in.

Think of it as it as a security system for peace of mind. In addition to protecting you from predatory human beings, it can protect you from more elemental dangers, like fire or carbon monoxide leaks.

10 Ways to Feel Happier at Home

Now that you feel safe, what can you do to feel more comfortable in your home?

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Clean up the clutter. It’s a psychological thing. When things are a mess, you feel a little disoriented and confused.
  2. Get more comfortable furniture. It’s time to retire that couch where the springs are poking through the fabric.
  3. Hang up beautiful pictures, images of things that make you happy, like beaches, mountains, people skydiving, white horses running through the breaking surf.
  4. Add more potted plants, as well as add vases with fresh-cut flowers to improve decor and moods.
  5. Stock up your refrigerator with your favorite foods. It doesn’t have to just be comfort foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables can give you a mood lift, too.
  6. Improve the lighting, making your home look brighter, more cheery.
  7. Get a pet if you don’t have one, or get another pet if your pet needs a new friend.
  8. Invite people over more often for dinner, or to watch ball games.
  9. Play more music, or, if you don’t have much of a collection, then begin to build up a collection.
  10. Add more mirrors to your house–so you can smile at yourself more often.

Revising the Happiness Myth

Happiness may be the most misunderstood idea in our culture. Since childhood, we’ve learned to smile when something good happens. Later, happiness was linked to either receiving or achieving something. Yet, here’s the rub: you’ll receive more when you’re happy, and you’ll achieve more when you’re positive. A good place to start feeling happier would be your home. When you love your home, feel safe and secure in it, it’s easier to feel happy.

December 5, 2017 at 9:27 AM Leave a comment

How A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You Fight Drug Charges In Queens

If you have been convicted of a drug offense in Queens, you might be looking at some substantial jail time and perhaps hefty fines that you may not be able to afford. Making matters worse, hiring an experienced criminal attorney is going to be imperative to minimize the fallout, but they are not inexpensive. The best way to hire a drug defense lawyer Queens is not to base your decision solely on price. If you don’t hire the best, you might end up paying far more in the end.

Since no two criminal cases are the same, finding a criminal defense lawyer in Queens who deals with drug-related charges is going to be integral to your overall defense. If you are thinking of going with the cheapest lawyer, just know that they probably charge less for a reason; either they are overloaded with cases, or they aren’t all that good. So it is best to find an attorney to build the best case possible for your defense.

The ways that defense lawyers can help you fight your drug charges are by:

  • Working with you and the prosecutor to help find a deal that is beneficial to you both. A good criminal lawyer might be able to make a “plea bargain” that can save you fines and jail time. There is also the potential that they might be able to lessen your charges. Often, prosecutors are unwilling to negotiate with defendants themselves.
  • Come to a fair sentencing program for your drug offense. If you are found guilty, a criminal lawyer might be able to work out a system so that you don’t end up back in the same situation that you found yourself in before. For example, instead of spending eight years in prison, your lawyer might be able to get you into a drug rehabilitation program to serve some of your sentence. That might help prevent you from returning to drugs once you are released from prison.
  • Help you through the complexity and the emotional turmoil of a drug trial. Often, defendants feel completely isolated and alone. Having a criminal attorney might be a great support system for you while you are awaiting sentencing and a trial.
  • Give you some good advice. Not all defendants understand the gravity of the charges against them and don’t take their defense seriously enough. If you don’t understand the full force of what you might be facing both in fines and jail time, then you likely won’t be prepared for the consequences of what can happen. A criminal lawyer can prepare you for the worst-case scenario and hope for the best, but at least you will know what you are up against.
  • A criminal attorney can help you figure out how the laws work and what your likely defense is. Legal defense isn’t just about proving you are guilty or not. There are varying degrees of how to build a defense and legal maneuvers that someone who is defending themselves might not understand. If you don’t know the legal loopholes available or how to use them, then you might be doing yourself a disservice and not entering the proper plea for your charges.
  • A criminal lawyer can explain to you what hidden costs might be involved in your case. There are often things like court fees and other fees that defendants have no idea about. If they aren’t able to pay, that can land them in prison. It is important not only that you understand what types of fines you are subject to, but also what else you might be on the hook to pay for. If you don’t account for them, they can really be a hardship and ensure that you can’t pay what you owe.
  • They can help you gather the evidence you need to plead your case. If you are building your own defense, you might not understand what is admissible and what is not. If you want to put on the best defense to fight a guilty plea, then consulting a criminal lawyer is the best way to know what type of witnesses you need and what other types of things will help your case.

If you don’t have the resources to pay for an attorney the court can appoint one to you. Even if you think you can’t afford a criminal attorney to fight your drug charges in Queens, there is a good chance that you can’t afford not to have one. To put on the best defense, you need the advice of a good lawyer, and you need to know how the law works to make it work in your favor.

December 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM Leave a comment

Writing An Outstanding Essay: Tips For Perfectionists

Every student understands that writing is not only of functional importance in academia but also foundational in every measure.  Usually, students who lack requisite skills to enable them to come up with outstanding essays face a hard tackle of presenting their ideas, points or views in ways that cannot be easily captured in imagination.  In fact, it can be argued that those who do well in matters academia have their progress strongly founded on scholarly literary composition skills.  To say the least, what is taught is a class is never enough to push one up the ladder of excellence. There is a need for extra activities that best shape one into a top essayist by sharpening writing skills. It is equally noteworthy that there are times when apart from looking into tips for excellent essays; one can look around for third party helpers.  In this regard, this writing assignment help will turn things around for the better.

Tips for those who want to be perfect writers

As long as you want to be that students whose essays will pass set thresholds, you are definitely a top-rated writer who’s poised for greater achievements. Perfect papers are definitive of prolific grammar, correct spellings and perfect use of tenses.  There is even more to becoming the best apart from hiring the best online essay writing service. In this post, I explore more of these in details, so take a look further for insights.

Being original and detailed rewards

With so much on different topics existing in essay papers, sometimes it gets difficult for a student to figure out how to come up with something completely different. In fact, what you will come across most of the times are just but paraphrased pieces of papers. Originality with which people use to craft papers is long gone, thanks to the internet which has made it a lot easier to access past papers and re-write them into different words. However, this doesn’t mean good writers are nowhere to be seen too or that new ones cannot be trained either. These scholarly steps to writing original papers that sound like you and thus, different from anyone will refine anyone into an excellent writer.

Cite relevant sources for a wider writing perspective

In as much as there are lots of papers out there, most of which are likely to have a link with a topic you have picked on, perfect writing should be definitive of telling readers what other authors have to say about the same thing.  But take care not to fill up a piece of writing with citations. Use your own opinions and research content to back up a topic in the strongest way possible.  This is where essay writing companies who deliver perfect papers score big. Focus on having well-researched content at all times.

Correct use of punctuations and tone

This is not negotiable. People love to read content that appeals to their senses. Such content is definitely engaging. But how do you get to achieve this? Well, even if you decide to buy essay online cheap, it is strongly recommended that one check for correct use of punctuations and tone. The former begets the latter. When quotes are appropriately used, an essay is definitely going to sound different compared to that paper which is crafted without any. Readers find such content a lot more engaging. Further, this is how to do perfect introductions for exceptional literary pieces.

In a nutshell, essays that fetch better grades are planned well in advance and every relevant point properly expounded on. These together with what this post has explored, if practiced, will make any a student a scholarly writer.

November 27, 2017 at 11:06 AM Leave a comment

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