Leprechaun

Leprechaun is a type of fairy commonly known in Irish traditions. The fairy leprechaun is usually disguised as an old man garbed in green or red coat and is a shenanigan. In Irish mythology, Leprechauns, like other fairy creatures, have also been linked to the Tuatha Dé Danann. The leprechauns are known as cobblers, who makes shoes and the gold coins they get, in return are stored in a hidden gold pot at the end of the rainbow. Whenever they are caught by humans, Leprechauns grant three wishes in exchange of their release. Leprechauns are often depicted in books and movies as short heighted with a hat and a beard, although they have been perceived to be the tallest creatures among the mount dwellers.

The word leprechaun is derived from Irish word leipreachán, which is defined by Patrick Dinneen as a sprite, pigmy or leprechaun. The deeper derivation of it is much uncertain. Some of the sources suggest that the word is linked with corruption of the Middle Irish luchrupán. Luchrupán is derived from Old Irish luchorpán which is known as a compound of the roots (lú –small) and corp (body). The influence of Ecclesiastical Latin on Irish language is obvious from the root corp, which was adapted from Latin corpus. For word leprechaun there have been different spellings used in English that include ‘leprehaun’, ‘lepreehawn’ and ‘lubrican’. The first English spelled leprechaun was used in the comedy, The Honest Whore Part 2 in 1604 by Dekker. It was used as, “As for your Irish lubrican, that spirit / whom by preposterous charms thy lust hath rais’d / in a wrong circle.”

Thing That You Do to Become Productive Actually Make You Unproductive

There are several things you do on a daily basis in attempts to increase your productivity and make the most of the available time. However by doing those things, you are actually achieving the absolute opposite. For the time being you might feel that you are actually achieving more productivity, but in the longer run, you just depreciate yourself. Here are two things that you can focus on and avoid doing so that you achieve maximum productivity.

You might have heard of the term “Multitasking”. Individuals in organizations are expected to multitask on a regular basis; similarly there are several other real life examples of multitasking. If you have been involved in any sort of multitasking or are still relying on it to increase your productivity, stop right there. Human brain can only focus on one task at a time, when you focus on multiple tasks, you will notice that not only is each task being given divided attention, but either of the tasks is suffering because of the other.  This also increases the time during which one task could have been potentially finished. Studies and research support the fact that multitasking reduces your effectiveness and performance.

As commonly said, “burn the midnight oil”, it is popularly believed that working late hours and waking up at night to either finish your work or even for study purposes signifies that you are working hard and are very productive. You might be working hard, but are you really productive? Reducing sleeping hours and increasing working hours causes your brain to reach a burnout level. You will feel so stressed that you would feel frustrated and wouldn’t want to work for a second even; this is referred to as the “burn out’ phase and it drastically decreases productivity. To remain energized you must ensure that you maintain proper sleeping habits and establish adequate working hours. Sleep must be optimized as this is the best way to relax and refresh your mind, no other way can serve the purpose.

As they say, if you want to be productive you must try to work smart not just hard. Time management and stress management is the real key to success when it comes to increasing productivity; you must try to keep yourself away from such activities which make you tired and drain all of your energy.

The Brief History of LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social networking site particularly for the job seekers and recruiters, with up to 467 million users. LinkedIn is the most popular choice for posting jobs by the recruiters and for building contacts.

LinkedIn was launched in 2003 by Reid Hoffman with the help of his colleagues. The founder, Reid Hoffman was a former employee of Apple. In 1993, he founded his own first company, Socialnet. The website was a dating site and was great success with a million users. However, this did not stop Reid Hoffman from learning and he left his website to join as an Executive Vice President for PayPal. The reason was to learn and understand the technicalities involved in online business to originate a successful venture.

LinkedIn did not gain success in the first year of its launch but after a year later, Sequoia Capital invested $3 million in the company. This transformed and introduced many features on the website which included jobs, advertising groups, address book and recommendations.  American Express became its partner for advertising SMEs. The company started making high revenues from 2006.

In 2007, Dan Nye took over as the CEO of LinkedIn. The website version of French and Spanish were developed later that year. Also, LinkedIn’s regional office was opened up in London. In 2009, Jeff Weiner became the new CEO. The additional features LinkedIn embarked were of Recruiter and LinkedIn Answers in 2010.

2011 witnessed the further success of the website. The company went public in the first half of the year with a share price of $45. Additional native languages were also added. Regional offices in different parts of the world including Paris, Tokyo, Milan, Sao Paulo and others were opened. This year also marked the addition of feature of directly applying by LinkedIn was introduced. Highlights of 2012 included a brand new visual architecture.

Current status of LinkedIn is associated with a successful website with tremendous features that helps its millions of users in building up their career.

Cognitive Psychology: Explanation and Theories

With the development of modern science, Cognitive Psychology has gained extensive acceptance in a short period of time. This branch of psychology deals with the way an individual process information. It is a complex process which requires the study of how we receive the information from the environment and then respond to it. Perception, attention, language, memory and thinking are the main factors of internal processes. Researchers study these factors and help access the information for a possible treatment. Cognitive psychology is helpful in eliminating the negative factors of emotional distress and behaviors.

In 1976, Ulric Neisser originated the context of Cognitive Psychology which emerged many intercessions that has ultimately advanced the Psychological field. Knowledge of human perception and behavior has facilitated people in many different fields as well. It majorly includes medicine, business and education.

Cognitive psychologists supports in achieving the goal of problem solving. The first step in this process is the identification of the issue. Once the problem is acknowledged, the individual will create a formulation plan that will help him achieve the objectives. This psychology helps you analyze and organize your priorities.

Four main features define every system of cognitive psychology. These include therapist and client relationship, psychological distress originates from mental errors, focusing on changes for betterment and psychological treatment to focus problems.

Cognitive Psychology features three main theories. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) was given by Albert Ellis. The theory aligns that a person creates his own psychological problems by misinterpretations. Eliminating negative emotions created by irrational beliefs is the main emphasis of this philosophy. REBT works on the framework of A-B-C. This means Activating event, Beliefs and Consequences. The theory can be understood by different examples.

The other main therapies are Aaron Beck’s cognitive therapy and Donald Meichenbaum’s cognitive behavior therapy. The main purpose of these theories is the eradication of negative behavior by altering the cognitive process.

The Social Perception on Simpsons

The exceptionally popular sitcom, “The Simpsons” is entertaining people for nearly 30 years. The animated series features the Simpsons, a typical American family living in a fictional town of Springfield of the United States.  The imaginary town is well-constructed and has all the major social institutions. The sitcom shows everyday problems and activities of the Simpsons family and other social interactions which is pretty interesting and hilarious.

With over 5 members in the Simpson’s family, Homer portrays a typical American dad who loves beer and watching TV. With a plump tummy and a balding head, Homer earns and supports the family and keeps getting into trouble. Marge Simpson is the wife of Homer and is a typical house wife. She raises the 3 children, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Bart and Lisa are archetypal brother and sister who keeps fighting and have elementary school issues. Maggie is the toddler in the house. Like any other family, they have a dog and cat.

“The Simpsons” is not only entertaining, but it also depicts the common aspects of an American society. The physiognomies which are a part of life, of ordinary people. Including government, police or religion, the show also interprets the darker aspects which covers corruption, homosexuality or alcoholism. The reality based incidents are made hilarious for the lighter note.

The Simpsons” is an animated sitcom for all ages. Some people believe that the show is not for kids as it often include dark humor. Recently, the jokes of Simpsons are being highlighted as regards to prophecy of the real world. This happened when Donald Trump defeated Hilary Clinton in the Presidential Elections, the happening was already shown in one of the episodes of the sitcom. Several other jokes have also been accurate on a number of occasions. The director of “The Simpsons”, David Silverman, has regarded the debacle as just a coincidence. The 27th season of the sitcom is being aired currently.

Smart Phones Make Children Smarter

Digital technology has turned the world into global village. Not only people can gain access to the world information, but also they can interact with people at any part of the world. This has also made the children smarter, since they get the access of smartphones pretty frequently. Smartphones are given to children on various occasions which involves distraction from whining or crying and also to make the kids learn through educational videos. Whatever the reason, children knows how to operate the smartphones pretty smoothly.

Many believe that using smartphones can harm children in various ways. However, research reveals that exposure of smartphones allows children to be sharper. Playing games and watching intellectual videos can help in the development of children’s minds.

With over thousands of entertaining applications available for children, parents should select the applications based on content, context and the mental ability of their child. Educational videos like “Dora” helps the children in becoming more interactive. They learn by watching videos and it is also very engaging. It won’t be wrong if we say that smartphones have become the “most wanted” children’s toy. They attack and cry for the gadget whenever they see it. Their smartness level lies in the fact that even a 2 year old baby will pose for the camera and knows what a selfie is!

With the access of smartphones, pre-teens have become much more knowledgeable than the previous generations. They learn different languages, make friends all over the world and know about the latest trends of the world.

Parental guidance is necessary to limit unethical exposure. Content exposure of children under 11 should be viewed by the parents or guardians. Where there are several pros of the smartphones, cons are unlimited too. With smarter children, parents need to be extra cautious in order to save them from the evils of the world.

5 Ways How Canada Will Be Impacted By Trump

Canada and America’s years of harmonious relations might be in jeopardy as with the election of Donald Trump as the President of States. Canadians are stressed over how Trump’s campaign guarantees could resonate north of the border. Here are the key issues we need to consider:

Trade:

Donald Trump made U.S. trade plans a key issue in his campaign, and this issue could have the high impact on Canada after he becomes active president. The president-elect campaigned on a vow to force Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, to give advantages to U.S. organizations.

Climate Change:

Hard-won advance in the battle against climate change will be drastically moved back if Trump adheres to his statement. Trump promised to back America out of the 2015 Paris arrangement, a historic worldwide climate treaty for controlling emanations and restricting worldwide temperature increments.

Economy:

Worldwide financial markets and stocks jerked early Wednesday on news that Trump had emerged as the winner. In any case, Trump’s long haul plan to support the U.S. economy — making 25 million employments and prodding development through tax breaks and infrastructure spending — could support Canada’s financial fortunes, as well, if the president-elect can get it going, said Craig Alexander, senior VP and chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada.

Border:

Trump pledges to construct a divider on the U.S.- Mexico border however dismisses a divider on the border with Canada as too long, excessively costly, and needless. However it’s unclear as of now if Trump administration will respect deals to guarantee a thinner and smoother border to the north.

Outside Policy:

Canada is re-drawing in with the United Nations on climate change, Syrian refugees and peace operations, right after Trump has flagged America is digging in to look after itself. Trump guaranteed to stem not only Mexican immigration but even to restrict Muslims from entering the U.S. He called Syrian refugees “Trojan horse” debilitating public safety America’s “quality of life.”