It is much more likely that at least some of these abilities are also found to some extent in animals. For a long time, many abilities were thought to be exclusively human—but in the last few years, we learned that: Newborn chicken can calculate, chimpanzees help each other, parrots talk, and scrub jays plan for the future. … [Read more...] about Do Animals Think?
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Maintain a strong social media presence: Publishing houses are businesses, and they want to know that you and your image will help sell your book. An established media presence is crucial to exposure, partly because it connects you with the media and so many other chances for exposure. According to a Pew Research Center (2018) survey, 71% of Americans use social media to get news, connect with one another, and share information. Contrary to popular belief that Millennials dominate social sites, Generation X (ages 35-49) spends the most time on social media (nearly 7 hours per week), and the average time for all adults is over five hours per week spent on social media. Your presence on Facebook (still a leader for older age groups), Instagram (the fastest growing social media tool for every age group), LinkedIn (crucial to establishing professional credibility), and Twitter (the most popular for journalists and researchers, and also a tool known for the … [Read more...] about 5 More Things You Need to Know to Become a Great Author
Social play. It's pretty simple: socializing by screen has become the new normal, so I’d not only let it go, I’d encourage it. During the quarantine, nudge your kids to participate in social media tools where they can see their friends in real time. Kids have been using House Party as a face-to-face social network, and Discord is frequently used for talking during gameplay but can also be used for video chat. Zoom is simple to use (even for adults) for live video chats with friends and family. Bottom line, keep your kids socializing, even if most of it is online. … [Read more...] about Effective Screen Time Limits During the COVID-19 Quarantine
One night I got caught in a harrowing blizzard in a remote area of the North Carolina Mountains without snow tires or four-wheel drive. I couldn’t stop or pull off the road, and my car was skidding on ice. Clutching the steering wheel, I had to drive another 30 miles straight up steep treacherous mountain curves. At first, I heard my judgment’s reprimands, I hope you’re satisfied, dummy. You’ve done it now. Before the harshness escalated, I was aware that my judgment had tangled up with me like a ball of yarn. I took a deep breath, moved into coaching myself with kindness, Okay Bryan, easy does it. You’ve got this. You’re going to be just fine. Just breathe. That’s right, Bryan, just keep it on the road. Awesome job! … [Read more...] about The 5 Types of Self-Talk Your Brain Likes Best