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Readers Beware: The New Wave Of Amazon Review Fraud Is “Within Posted Guidelines”

It’s tough to make a living writing books. For some of us, it means we do our best to get noticed. For others, well, they cheat.

The problem with cheating is that it’s not done in a vacuum. It hurts consumers, authors, and generally, the entire industry loses trust because of a few bad apples. Fortunately for me, my first published book, Mini Habits, has been very successful. Unfortunately, it made me a target.

I thought that if I were a target, I would receive some malicious 1-star review from competitors. And well, that actually did happen once. Or I thought that people would directly copy my book. That’s happened a few times, too. But there’s a new kind of fraud that’s even worse, because it’s infiltrates the book page itself!  See The Fraud

5 Simple Ways to Change Your Posture and How You Feel

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This is a guest post by Sarah Williams.

People today are in constant pursuit of ways to lift their moods. The body-mind connection is so strong that correcting a perceived physical flaw can cause an immediate boost in your mood. From Botox injections to tummy tucks, we are bombarded by an abundance of ways we can look and feel better about ourselves.

Often overlooked, however, is a much less invasive way to improve our bodies and thus lift our moods: working on our posture. Numerous studies and articles have surfaced over the years suggesting and often proving that our posture has an enormous effect on how we feel. The brain and body have such a strong relationship that just a little tweak to our posture can boost our mood and improve our feelings. Below are five simple steps you can use today to make an immediate improvement on your posture. Sit up!

How To Live Like A Jellyfish

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As the most graceful creatures of the sea, jellyfish float effortlessly in their dark blue world.

One might think jellyfish are completely at the mercy of the ocean’s currents, but did you know that jellyfish are swimmers? There are two ways that jellyfish swim—one way is by collapsing their bell to propel themselves. Other types of jellyfish can move many small cilia to rhythmically push water in the direction of their choice (see video below). Gelatinous Glory!

How To Live Like A Snake

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Nice eyes (for a snake).

Snakes aren’t found atop the “favorite animal” list of many people any person, but we can learn from their slithery ways.

About a dozen times per year, snakes shed their skin and leave their old skin on the ground for someone else to clean up (I’m looking at you, park ranger). One way to live like a snake is to be messy and make other people clean up after you. Call me an optimist, but I think we can find a nicer way to live like this hissing reptile. Snake?

My Epic Trip To The Big Island, Hawaii (Liveblog)

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Feb 3, 10:47 PM (Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone (UTC-10:00))

I think life is too short not to be spontaneous, so I jumped on two planes to get my body to The Big Island, Hawaii. I have no plans other than to:

  1. Sleep in hostel
  2. See volcano
  3. Beach myself
  4. Write 

Other than that, it’s all up in the air. It’s funny to me how some people script out their entire trip like a play, only because I’m completely opposite in my approach. If you think about it, traveling to a new place is already going to be well, new and different, so why not make your time there the same? I do have a rental Volkswagon, so I’ll be looking for places to go. 

My First Error 

Travel rarely goes perfectly. In the haze of my initial excitement when I booked my flight, I thought that I was flying into Hilo. That’s where I booked a weeklong stay at a hostel.

Oops. Explore Hawaii With Me!