Perpetuating positivity

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I believe in the circle of happiness. What good you put into the world over time navigates back to you. It’s like a cycle that continually feeds itself. As a happy person, you offer positivity to others. Others will appreciate your positivity and engage with you more readily. In turn, these interactions with others can fuel your happiness. Just like that, the cycle continues.

But what about when it’s hard to be happy? It’s a state of mind that’s much easier said than done. We may be stressed over projects, deadlines or relationships. It can be difficult to overlook our current challenges and find the so-called silver lining. I struggle with it daily, but I continue to work towards positivity. With self reflection, it’s possible to find a little bit of happiness that may help an outlook on life.

-First, spend time on yourself. It may sound selfish, but everyone deserves their downtime. The more rest, the better your attitude. Even if it’s a 20 minute walk, or reading a few chapters of a book, take some time and relax. Downtime is important for a healthy state of mind.

-Find your guilty pleasures. By guilty, I mean ones you don’t regularly indulge in. You feel guilty for doing them when you have other pressing things to do. Maybe you like writing sketch comedy or knitting sweaters. If you like it, then do it!Do what you enjoy and don’t worry about the consequences. Have side projects that help keep your positivity going.

-Re-evaluate your relationships. Are you in an unhealthy friendship? Does person X constantly tear down your ambitions or goals? Maybe it’s time for a change. Friends should be there to support and inspire. Your relationship circle has a huge impact on the way you see the world.

We live in a world of how-to articles and Buzzfeed lists. Numbered lists may not always help, but they can at least share important ideas. Happiness is not an easily obtained goal. However, it helps to work towards being content. In the end, it’s the little things that really matter.

Home again, home again

As of Friday evening, I’m back home in the United States. I spent the last week traveling around Ireland, from Kilkenny to Galway to Dublin. In that time, I was able to see Kilkenny Castle, St. Nicolas’ Collegiate Church, the Salthill Promenade, Eyre Square, the Molly Malone Statue, Jameson Distillery, Guinness Storehouse, and the James Joyce Centre. There’s still so much more to do! If I could have stayed longer, I would have gone to the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and Cork. That’ll be for another trip! It’s such a beautiful country to see. A week is hardly enough time to take in all the sights. Still, I am thankful to have been able to go. School starts back again this week, but my heart is still in Ireland.

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Trip abroad: To Ireland we go

Spring break has arrived! UGA students normally have spring break the second full week of March. In the past, I’ve spent my time taking a breather from my regular duties and catching up on much-needed rest. This year I’m happy to share that I’ll be traveling to Ireland in a few hours! I’ll be there through Friday soaking up cultures, castles and countryside.

Traveling has been a passion of mine for years. I hail from Atlanta and love it here. I’ve always loved exploring places unfamiliar to me. In the past few years I’ve been fortunate enough to go on several great trips. In fact, I have a list of places I hope to go in my lifetime. Tomorrow I check off one country on my list when I depart for Dublin. From there I’ll go to Kilkenny, then Galway and finally back to Dublin. I’ll be missing St. Patrick’s Day by three days, but I’m sure there will still be celebration the week before. I can’t wait to share my travel stories on the blog when I return! Follow me on Instagram for photo updates!map(General travel itinerary for the trip abroad).

 

Three Inspirational Quotes

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Often times I find myself overwhelmed with the amount of work I’ve taken on. Much of the time this work is short term, only lasting a few days or weeks. I’ll get so focused on my work in the moment, that I’ll fail to see how it will affect me later. I’ve learned that It helps to look at tasks in the long run. That’s what I’m sharing three of my favorite quotes. Even though my work may not last long, it’s important in terms of what I want to accomplish.

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.- Marie Curie

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.- Winston Churchill

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.- Walter Elliot

What are some of your favorite quotes? What motivates you to keep going, when maybe it’s not the easiest of times?

Klout- how relevant is it?

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In a new article from Social Media Today, author Daniel Newman asks whether users should care about their Klout score. Klout will soon be acquired for 100 million dollars by Lithium Technologies. However Newman wonders whether the money is worth it. Yes, Klout has been a hot tool for the past year, but will it continue to be in the future? Will the profit ultimately be worth it? Or will it be another short-term social media tool, doomed to be lost in the pages of the web?

For those unfamiliar with Klout, the website/app provides users individualized scores. The score represents the user’s online presence and influence. The higher your score, the more influential you are. High scores tend to be 50 or above for the average user. Of course, celebrities will be well above that if they are active on Twitter or Facebook.

Users can find their score by linking multiple social media accounts to Klout. The more accounts you link, the better idea Klout has of your presence. Klout also offers giveaways the more influential you are. (Ex. I received a free subscription to a magazine because my score rose.)

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(My Klout statistics pictured above).

Newman’s article brings up an interesting point. Are these social media companies worth the money they are bought for? Most websites don’t last long term. Facebook only celebrated its 10th birthday, and it is the biggest name in social media.

I argue that Lithium Technologies made a smart decision in acquiring the company. Klout risks disappearing into oblivion if not enough users visit. This acquisition puts Klout into the news once again. If they continue to give Klout the press it needs, the purchase will prove profitable. As long as the company is able to effectively market their acquisition, Klout should be around for at least the next few years. As a communications enthusiast, I certainly have appreciated the company. My score helps determine where I am in the digital world, and when I need to improve. Social media fans, what do you think about Klout? Doomed to be forgotten within five years? Or worthy tool in the social media realm?

A recap of the five social media tips from the Wall Street Journal

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Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal reached over four million followers on Twitter. They shared their top tips on how to effectively use social media for a business. They are below in bold:

1. Images, images, images

2. Post things that will engage a mobile audience

3. Design posts to be shared, not just read

4. A human touch really matters

5. Become a Facebook ‘scientist’

I think these simple steps are spot-on. For No. 1, no one likes to look at just plain text. Everyone expects some kind of multimedia when they visit a social media account. Images are the best way to spruce up your post. When there isn’t a great photo to use, I often use a stock one that I find. Even if the photo’s not one that’s brand new, it still gives the post a necessary visual element.

2. Many people (including myself) use their phones to access their social media accounts. When you tend to be going from place-to-place during the workday, it’s the easiest way to stay in touch. Make sure that your accounts translate well over to mobile in order to retain visitors. In the next few years, we may find that mobile visitors are the new majority.

3. Many of the best posts are shared with others. How did you get to read x or y article? You probably stumbled upon it through a friend. Think of all those Buzzfeed or Upworthy articles on your Facebook feed. If you enjoy the post, you’ll likely show it to others. When designing the post, anticipate it going viral among online users.

4. People expect compassion from businesses. You can’t afford to be impersonal and cold in today’s world. You must balance professionalism and kindness online. Reach out to customers and respond quickly to their concerns. It will help improve their experience with the company if you show your humanity.

5. Learn the algorithms of Facebook! If you stay up-to-date on the formulas used in social media sites, you’ll know how to use them to your advantage. You can use certain keywords or hashtags to help boost your post, all because you understand the algorithms online.

Interested in reading the article from the WSJ? Click here to read more.