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- A new study suggests that trends in home prices are correlated with birth rates in the US. Researchers say that counties with the highest home value growth have seen the biggest birth rate declines.
- The findings suggest that in some cities, housing is too expensive to financially support children.
- The trend could contribute to a possible "demographic time bomb."
- No matter where they live, millennial women are generally having children later in life compared to past generations.
- Bedbug bites can be tricky to identify because by themselves, they can resemble mosquito and flea bites.
- However, only bedbug bites come in tight groupings or lines — mosquito and flea bites are more randomly scattered.
- It’s possible to not notice bedbug bites for a couple of days after you’ve been bitten — in fact, you might notice other evidence of infestation such as eggs or fecal matter before you notice bites.
Severe allergic reactions are very uncommon, and bedbugs don’t carry disease — but if you have any questions, you should talk to your doctor.
- Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, everyone who attempts to cross the border is being prosecuted.
- Because of the way that policy is enforced, 2,000 children were separated from their parents in six weeks.
- Experts, mental health groups, and human rights organizations say this could cause serious, lasting harm to children and their parents.
- Here's how forced family separation affects people for the rest of their lives.
- Abusive people tend to be attracted to someone's strengths, rather than their weaknesses.
- That's why highly successful, kind, and sociable people can end up in relationships with them.
- It's a common misconception that abusers go for broken people.
- This is because they enjoy the challenge, and they thrive off the chaos they create for someone who had their life in order.
- They aren't exactly jealous of the life you have — they just don't want you to have it.
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- Chrissy Teigen recently shared an adorable video of her 2-year-old daughter putting on a space suit while already wearing a tutu.
- "I thought I was going to have this incredible female empowerment moment where Luna ripped her tutu off and replaced it with her space suit but sometimes a girl wants to be both," she wrote.
- People on Twitter are loving this simple yet inspiring sentiment.
- Amy Adams recalled witnessing her "Sharp Objects" body double being treated differently because she's not a celebrity.
- Adams told The Hollywood Reporter that while filming the drama, she was mistaken for her stand-in, Rebecca Bujko, and "somebody grabbed me really hard and pulled me."
- Adams said that she spoke to a producer and said: "You will not handle her like that."
- Adobe released new features on Wednesday to enhance its Experience Cloud for travel and hospitality customers.
- The new features use AI to help these travel and hospitality brands better personalize their marketing and advertising to customers.
- The updates also let brands track individual users across devices so that their actions are accounted for across apps, websites and on-site screen interactions.
- The Experience Cloud is a fast growing product for Adobe. Subscriptions grew 24% last quarter, and revenues for the cloud were up 18% from the year before.
- Over 600 clergy and lay members of the United Methodist Church filed a formal complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accusing him of violating church law.
- In a letter released Monday, signatories charged Sessions with child abuse and other offenses regarding the Justice Department's controversial family separations policy.
- A national, formal complaint of this manner is unprecedented in the history of the Methodist Church and could lead to Sessions' expulsion from the religious body.
- Kim Kardashian West looked comfortable in a floor-length shirt dress at Business of Fashion's first West Coast summit on Monday.
- The KKW Beauty founder also rocked a plunging neckline — one of her go-to silhouettes — and long, flowing hair parted in the middle.
- Kardashian West accessorized the outfit with a long gold pendant and strappy, open-toe heels.
- After the summit, the mom of three headed to KKW Beauty's first pop-up shop, which opens to the public Wednesday morning.
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- Starbucks cut its sales-growth forecast on Wednesday to 1% from 3%.
- Shares plunged 8% on the news.
- Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, slashing its price target to $59 from $72.
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- Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is drafting an executive action for President Donald Trump to end family separations by keeping families detained together, two people familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.
- The Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy has separated more than 2,000 children from their parents since early May, and has garnered overwhelming backlash from the public.
- It's unclear whether Trump will support the measure.
- Tesla has filed a lawsuit against the employee CEO Elon Musk said committed sabotage against the company, CNBC first reported.
- The lawsuit was filed in Nevada on Tuesday.
- On Monday, Musk said an employee had changed parts of Tesla's manufacturing operating system code and sent "highly sensitive" company data to outside parties, according to an internal email acquired by CNBC.
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- The New York Times plans to double digital revenue to $800 million by 2020, which means it must often rely on partners like Google and Facebook.
- But it does not hesitate to walk away when its partners aren't serving its interests, The Times' head of brand, David Rubin, said in an interview with Business Insider.
- "We have no trouble walking away, because we've got a much clearer sense of what drives our business," he said.
- Rubin also talked about The Times' relationship with its ad-agency partners, saying they "help us see ourselves in the way that a reader can."
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Watch the video in the tweet below. Are you experiencing both amazement and fear? You're not alone.
Someone decided to use a drone with a flamethrower to clear debris from power lines and now my life is complete pic.twitter.com/rVJKgrlbLK— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) June 19, 2018
This video has been making the rounds on Twitter recently, but it was actually filmed a little over a year ago. According to Gizmodo, an electric-power maintenance company in Xiangyang, China, had been using these flame-throwing drones to burn off garbage and debris from electrical wires.
Is any of this safe? Who knows. But after watching this video, hopefully you've gained a new appreciation and/or fear of flying robots and what they're capable of.
Another result of expensive housing may be that residents have fewer babies. According to a new study from real-estate site Zillow, birth rates have dropped the most in cities that have seen the largest growth in home values since 2010.
Sarah Mikhitarian, a senior economist at Zillow, says this may not be a coincidence.
"Past research has examined how rising housing costs are contributing to delays in a handful of key life milestones, like getting married and purchasing a first home — both of which are common steps toward starting a family," she told Business Insider. "And many people strive for financial stability before becoming parents."
After calculating median home value growth percentages across 214 US counties from 2010 to 2016, Zillow grouped them into four ranges. Counties that saw their median home price decline from 2% to 28% were considered to have the least home value growth. Counties where home prices increased anywhere from 30% to 66% were labeled as places with the highest home value growth.
The researchers then compared those figures against the CDC's fertility data for women ages 25 to 29 over the same period. The chart below shows a correlation:
San Francisco's median home price increased by 61% from 2010 to 2016, while the city's fertility rate fell by 22% over the same period. In Davis County, Utah, home prices rose by a mere 4%, and birth rates decreased by just 8%. East Baton Rouge, Lousiana's median home price decreased by 3%, and fertility rates actually rose by 9%.
Mikhitarian admits the study has a few caveats. For one, an area's rising home prices may have nothing to do with its declining fertility rate. Young people who settle in cities are generally less likely to have children compared to those who live outside urban areas.
In addition, the researchers only considered the fertility rates of women in their late 20s — a limitation since millennial women are having fewer children than past generations.
In 2017, the US birth rate hit an all-time low, according to the CDC. Women in the US gave birth to around 3,853,472 babies last year — a 5% drop from 2000. Until 2008, the national fertility rate for women in their 20s was around replacement level (the rate at which a generation can replicate itself). But it's been declining ever since.
The trend of women in cities having fewer babies could contribute to something economists call a "demographic time bomb." When there are not enough young people entering the workforce to replace older workers and pay into social security — at the same time that longevity increases — that can shrink the economy over time.
Social scientists attribute this multi-decade trend to an overall growth in women's access to birth control and sex education, an increase in education and career opportunities for women, and shifting societal ideals around gender roles.
That said, the data may highlight a somewhat unexpected way the nation's affordable housing crisis is affecting the millennial generation. If a woman in her 20s chooses to buy a home in an expensive city, she may wait to procreate until she can afford diapers, pediatrician visits, and a crib. Or she may decide to forgo biological children altogether.
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Picture this: You’re drifting peacefully in dreamland, and all your worries are miles away.
Until the day you find some mysterious bites on your skin. You don’t remember getting them — which you usually do when it’s a pesky mosquito bite, because they’re so immediately annoying.
Then you notice that they’re raised, red, itchy, feel a bit like they’re burning — and are in a group or line. If you want to know if these are bedbug bites, read on.
Here's why you might not know if you’ve been bitten right away.
When a bedbug bites you, it injects an anesthetic that makes most people not feel the insect as it’s feeding. That means the bug can take its time drinking your sweet, sweet blood — sometimes for 10 minutes or more at a time. Keep in mind that they’re biting you while you’re at your most vulnerable — in deep slumber, resting peacefully in your bed at night.
Since bedbug allergies are uncommon — and since they happen when you’re asleep — many people might not even notice them until a couple of days after they’ve happened. Depending on how you look at it, the fact that these bugs may not feed on you every single day may make things worse — or better.
There are similarities and differences between bedbug and other bug bites.
Bedbug bites are most frequently itchy, and you may also feel a burning sensation a couple of days after having been bitten. They can become raised red bumps that are easily mistaken for mosquito or even flea bites. If you notice small groupings of bites or even bites in a straight line, they’re most likely from bedbugs. Mosquitoes and fleas don’t leave bite patterns like this.
Although bedbugs thankfully don’t transmit disease via their bites, you do need to be careful about scratching yourself into a secondary infection — as can happen with any wounds that you don’t keep clean and sanitary while they’re healing.
There are clues that indicate you have a bedbug infestation.
You might notice other suspicious clues before you find bedbug bites on your body. Casings, little red fecal dots on your sheets, and eggs in and around where you sleep can indicate a bedbug infestation whether you’ve been bitten or not.
Severe allergic reactions are uncommon, but complex skin reactions can occur.
While it’s not common, hives — raised, itchy red welts — and even rashes can occur with bedbug bites. Some of these rashes can even look like blisters.
At first, he noticed the same delayed reactions to the bites that are most commonly experienced by people noticing bites for the first time. But after awhile, he discovered that the more frequently he was bitten, the more immediate his reaction to the bites became — in the form of an angry red rash that would appear soon after the biting.
Additionally, some individuals may be allergic to anticoagulants and certain protein compounds that are found in the saliva of bedbugs, according to Pest Control Technology.
You'll want an effective treatment for the bedbug bites.
First, don’t scratch yourself bloody — it’s tough when you’re uncomfortable, but you don’t want to get a secondary infection. Apply your favorite anti-itch cream, take an antihistamine that works for you — and if it’s unbearable or worries you for some other reason, call your doctor for proper medical advice for your situation.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven't watched "Avengers: Infinity War."
"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn confirmed that the third installment will follow after the devastating losses in "Avengers: Infinity War."
When a fan asked Gunn on Twitter if "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" would be before or after the latest "Avengers," Gunn simply responded with, "It will be after."
It will be after.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 18, 2018
At the end of "Infinity War," most of the guardians are gone. Gamora is dead, having been sacrificed by her adopted father Thanos, but her soul is still in the soul stone. As for the rest, Groot, Mantis, Drax, and Peter Quill all disintegrate. Their disappearances leave Rocket Raccoon as the only remaining Guardian.
Fans took to Twitter with some hilarious reactions to Rocket going on his own journey in "Vol. 3."
an exclusive sneak peek of guardians of the galaxy vol. 3 pic.twitter.com/kK9ZtfBzqc— daniel (@ririwillicms) June 9, 2018
Guys look at the new Guardians Of The Galaxy. Vol 3 poster! pic.twitter.com/WiZGc7oWZQ— Kon-El (@_Disentigration) May 30, 2018
Marvel has attempted to convince viewers that the deaths in "Infinity War" are permanent. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have claimed that sequels don't guarantee a character's survival.
Anthony told HuffPost that a movie doesn't have to follow a linear story.
"Here's the thing, I think it's important to remember anything is possible in the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe]," he said. "Just because there's a sequel on the books doesn’t mean … people become accustomed to time moving linearly in the MCU. That doesn't necessarily have to be the case. There's a lot of very inventive ways of where the story can go."
Also, actor Dave Bautista confirmed that he'd be back for the third movie.
"I don't know how they're bringing me back, but...' Yeah, somehow I'm gonna make it, because as far as I know, I am gonna be in 'Guardians 3,' so I have to be back,"he told Collider.
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Babies ripped from parents' arms. Tent cities. Mass trials. Suicides. Reports about what's happening to children and families who arrive at the US-Mexico border have shocked many, from White House reporters to conservative religious leaders.
A Honduran woman told attorneys that her daughter was pulled from her as she was breastfeeding. After being separated from his wife and 3-year-old son, a Honduran man took his own life in a Texas jail cell.
Colleen Kraft, the president of the American Academy for Pediatrics, recently described seeing a blotchy-faced toddler sobbing and pounding on a playmat, terrified because she'd been forcibly separated from her mother.
"We knew what was wrong, but we were powerless to help," Kraft wrote.
At issue in these accounts is a policy enacted by the US Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions has described as "zero tolerance."
US authorities are now detaining and prosecuting anyone who attempts to cross the border illegally — even those seeking asylum because they're fleeing violence (some of whom are being blocked from reaching official ports of entry). Within families, the parents are charged with a crime but children are not, which leads them to be separated. Almost 2,000 children were taken from their families between April 19 and May 31 as a result of the policy. In some cases, the kids are too young to speak.
Sessions has described this policy as a deterrent. "If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law," he said in a speech to law-enforcement officials in Scottsdale, Arizona. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border."
But this policy could cause irreversible harm and psychological damage for the rest of people's lives, according to experts. Some consequences could even be passed on to future generations.
Forced family separation has been condemned as harmful, inhumane, and counter to accepted human rights by many groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association, and the United Nations human rights office.
"The administration's policy of separating children from their families as they attempt to cross into the United States without documentation is not only needless and cruel, it threatens the mental and physical health of both the children and their caregivers," the American Psychological Association said in a statement.
'A problem of the government's own making'
There are more than 10,000 unaccompanied children in US facilities and detention centers right now; some have been separated from their parents, while others arrived at the border alone. But Sessions' approach means that for the first time, an official policy calls for the splitting of families. According Homeland Security numbers obtained by The Associated Press, officials had separated 1,995 children from 1,940 adults by the end of May.
By now, more than 2,000 kids — likely freshly traumatized — have probably been added to the US' already overwhelmed system for dealing with young immigrants.
Almost 1,500 boys between the ages of 10 and 17 have been crammed into one shelter inside a former Walmart in Brownsville, Texas. Jacob Soboroff, a reporter who visited that facility, described the boys as "incarcerated" because they were eating in shifts, had just 40 square feet of living space, and spent only two hours outside each day. The Trump administration is currently building"tent cities" near the border to hold the many undocumented kids who arrive in the US.
On June 20, the AP reported that babies and toddlers are being sent to three "tender age shelters" that have been opened by the administration, "decades after the nation's child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children."
"Before, their cases would have been dealt with as a family," Megan McKenna, senior director of communications at the nonprofit Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), told Business Insider. "It's a problem of the government's own making."
This isn't the first time families have been separated at the border. But now, doing so is the rule, not the exception. After families are separated, parents get dealt with by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as they are being charged with a crime. Since the children are not charged, their cases get managed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). In many cases, families who get separated aren't given any information about where other family members are being held or how to contact each other.
"They just have no understanding of what's happening to them or when they're going to see their family again, and we can't tell them when they're going to see their parents again because we don't know either," said McKenna, whose organization tries to match children with attorneys. "It's extraordinarily damaging to the child."
Jodi Berger Cardoso, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Houston, researches the effects of trauma on immigrants and their children.
"What they are doing to these children and parents is inhumane," Cardoso told Business Insider. "If we just look at the research evidence, anyone can see that these tactics will have long-term consequences for children and families."
Dr. Lisa Fortuna, medical director for child and adolescent psychiatry at Boston Medical Center, told Business Insider that "in situations of stress, the only way that children can cope is if they have a caregiver with them that's taking care of them and that's there to protect them."
The removal of a caregiver can create acute distress that harms a child's ability to cope and self-soothe, which can lead to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In vulnerable developing brains, that can be especially harmful.
"What we find from a neurobiological sense is that the circuitry in the brain that is a fear response can be actually harmed," Fortuna said. In other words, the parts of the brain that manage fear responses — the amygdala and hippocampus —develop differently in traumatized children.
That can alter their emotional experiences for the rest of their lives, Fortuna explained, and put a child "at higher risk for ongoing anxiety, depression, PTSD as they get older." Those factors, in turn, hurt their future educational outcomes and sense of well-being, and can cause behavioral problems. For that reason, Fortuna wrote in an amicus brief for an ACLU case that family separation can cause "irreversible harm" for children.
Even when kids are separated from parents in a non-forceful way, research suggests those children have a higher risk of anxiety and depression.
Lessons from families of the past: multi-generational damage
Previous times in history when families were separated have illustrated these long-lasting psychological consequences.
"Historically when things have happened like this — from the literature — when you have this accumulation of trauma and you break up families, you have a direct negative impact on the children, the caregivers, and potentially intergenerational bad effects," Fortuna said.
The US and Canada have a long history of separating Native Americans from their families. Researchers have linked the experience of Native Americans who were pressured to relocate away from tribes and family groups in the 1950s to problems with substance abuse and depression. Depression and juvenile behavior issues even persisted through the next generation as well.
In Australia, as many as 100,000 children from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were removed from their families from the late 1800s through 1960s and placed with white families or in government institutions to assimilate them into majority culture. Data shows that people who were forcibly separated from their families as children experienced significant, long-lasting negative impacts: they were almost twice as likely to be charged with a crime as adults, 60% more likely to have alcohol use disorders, and more than twice as likely to have gambling problems.
Surveys found that even the children of people who'd been separated from their parents in Australia had more than double the average risk of emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Using children to control parents mirrors domestic abuse behavior
Laurie Heffron, an assistant professor of social work at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, works with immigrants and women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence.
She said that using children to manipulate adults' decisions — as Sessions' policy is intended to do — "is an eerie mirroring" of a "textbook strategy of people who abuse their partners."
In domestic abuse situations, one partner often uses control of children as a way to "manipulate their partner, maintain control over their partner, or coerce their partner," Heffron said. "Except now it's children being manipulated and being used as pawns to control a whole community of people, a whole population of people who are trying to seek safety."
This is particularly troubling for Heffron, since a central motivation for many of the immigrant women she's worked with has been to find a safe place to raise their children, away from violence inside or outside their home.
In addition to the lasting negative impacts of family separation, immigrant families detained at the border face three other sources of trauma that can compound the psychological damage.
First, many of these families have already suffered hardship in their home countries, which is what caused them to leave.
"Children are being persecuted by gangs, either through forced recruitment, extortion, and or violence," Cardoso said. "Women have a high risk for interpersonal violence that includes physical and sexual violence."
Second, many immigrants encounter violence and trauma on the dangerous journey to the US.
"On top of whatever reason people have left their homeland... are migration-related experiences that may be oftentimes negative, which could include physical or sexual abuse or violence or exploitation or human trafficking," Heffron said.
Cardoso found in her research of one group of unaccompanied children (who hadn't been forcibly separated from parents) that those kids had experienced an average of eight traumatic life events — a clinical category that includes experiences like kidnapping, sexual assault, and witnessing violent crimes. About 60% of those kids met the criteria for PTSD and 30% for depressive disorder. The average age in that sample was 14.
And third, jail-like detention can trigger "self-harm, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, depression, traumatic stress, anxiety, et cetera," according to Heffron.
"What we know about folks who've experienced trauma is they need to feel safe," she said. “Currently we're doing the opposite of that. Not only are people not feeling safe emotionally because they're separated from their families, they're oftentimes not feeling safe physically because of the conditions of detention. We also hear allegations and there are reports of physical maltreatment and sexual violence in immigrant detention centers."
Are immigrants really being deterred?
As KIND has documented, the zero-tolerance policy is one of many aimed at making it harder for immigrant families to seek asylum in the US — and deter them from trying.
When White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was asked by NPR whether taking children from their parents to deter immigration was cruel, he responded: "I wouldn't put it quite that way … The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long."
The research contradicts Kelly's claim that the children will be fine, and it's also unclear whether this policy works as a deterrent. So far, reports from the border indicate that it isn't deterring immigrants, since many experts say that people fleeing violence in their home countries are continuing to do so.
"We've heard from families that have said they would rather risk the plight of coming to the United States and possibly being detained than face sure harm or even death in their home countries," McKenna said. "It's a policy that's just not going to be effective because it's not addressing the core reasons of why these families and these children are coming to the United States. It's just this pervasive violence that's perpetrated by the gangs and narcotraffickers which control communities."
Family separation also violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which specifically states that "a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will."
"I think we should be a society that understands that we need to take care of children. If they come to our borders and they are families, we can't harm them," Fortuna said. "We have to deal with policy and immigration issues, I understand that, but it cannot be policy that harms people directly, intentionally."
This story was originally published June 16 and has been updated with news about where toddlers separated from parents are being housed.
When a narcissist disappears from your life, they leave destruction in their wake. Through their love bombing, gaslighting, and manipulation, they've managed to turn you into a shell of your former self, with no clear way back to who you once were.
Once they start to heal, victims sometimes beat themselves up, trying to answer questions about why they stuck around, or how they let someone so toxic into their lives in the first place.
But as Shannon Thomas, the author of the book "Healing from Hidden Abuse" points out, it was your strengths that attracted the narcissist to you in the first place, like a moth to a flame. You weren't broken and exposed when they found you, but they certainly made you believe that was true when they left.
Psychological abusers, whether they are narcissists, sociopaths, or psychopaths, are attracted to what makes another person shiny, be it their successful career, their strong circle of friends, or their wealth. Thomas said they are drawn to many strengths in a person, but there are five which she sees targeted time and time again.
"Whatever strength they go for they turn that around and destroy it," she told Business Insider. "I think there are a few that they zero in on specifically."
The seek to destroy strong relationships with friends and family
The first is strong family relationships. If a narcissistic abuser knows you have a strong bond with your relatives, they will seek to destroy it by worming their way in and causing issues from within.
Thomas said it's a sign you're dating an abusive manipulator if at first your new partner is really excited by your family relationships and wants to be a part of them, then something shifts and they start to be overly critical. It's not dissimilar to when you first started dating and they seemed like the perfect fit for you — until they began pointing out all your faults, insulting you at every opportunity, and warping your reality.
"If the survivor notices that now since they've been dating this person or hanging out with them, that those relationships are no longer as healthy as they were before, it's a huge red flag that [he or she] has been targeted," Thomas said.
The same thing can happen with friends too, which is why it is important to know the signs that someone might be pulling away because they are being isolated by an abusive manipulator.
Narcissists also target your career success, physical health, and financial stability
"If the survivor is doing things on their own and is moving forward in life, building wealth, or financial stability, somebody will absolutely target that," Thomas said. "And not just to use it but to take it away. If they have a good friend group, if they are social, that's another huge shiny sparkly item that an abuser would want to destroy."
Unless you've known an abuser, either someone in your family or in a previous relationship, it doesn't always feel natural to protect the strengths you hold dear, said Thomas. We don't like to assume people are out to hurt us, which is one reason we struggle to put up healthy boundaries to keep ourselves safe.
Thomas said that as a result, if we have great friendships and family relationships, we want to share them and welcome new people with open arms.
"When we have a good life, and we have things we've worked hard for, we really do have to think about how do we protect those things," she said. "It's almost like if we were carrying around a beautiful jewel, and people start to approach us, and we know we have that jewel, so we might be a little more cautious about protecting it."
Boundaries are essential for knowing what we deserve, what we are willing to put up with, and — most importantly — what we absolutely won't. As psychologist Perpetua Neo told Business Insider in a previous article, boundaries are our "hell no"s in life.
For example, if your partner decides they don't want you to go to the gym, and they manipulate you into staying with them instead out of guilt, this is crossing a line. Someone who isn't controlling and toxic won't be offended by you living your daily routine. In fact, they'll probably respect you for it. But a narcissistic abuser will chip away at all the things that make you who you are, and make you feel like you're abandoning them by taking care of yourself.
"A toxic person will start to show themselves, because they might get upset we aren't doing what they told us to do," Thomas said. "It will start to snowball from there... And I think recognising the strengths so when someone tries to change them or tinker with them, we start to recognise that shouldn't be happening."
By recognising your strengths and boundaries ahead of time, you are telling yourself you value these aspects of your life enough to protect them, Thomas said, just like carrying around that proverbial jewel.
They want to see how much they can destroy you
Narcissists thrive on chaos, so they do not act out of jealousy, as that would imply they want your relationships, career, wealth, or health for themselves. Rather, they just don't want to see other people happy.
They don't want to put the work into maintaining everything themselves, which is why they don't stick around once they've destroyed their target's life. They simply move on and do it to someone else, because that's the way they entertain themselves.
"It's more like entertainment and control to be able to take someone who had this really great life and be part of watching them fall," Thomas said. "Or someone who had really good self care and took care of themselves, and was really calm, not anxious, and not depressed, and watching them fall apart.
"That journey is what makes it diabolical — and it's why they enjoy it."
Gravity's pull prevents most beings from growing tall. But there are some lifeforms that have challenged gravity and won. These lifeforms include varieties of trees, ancient dinosaurs, and creatures of the deep ocean. The following is a transcript of the video.
If you doubled in size, your weight would be 8 times greater. That’s the trouble with growing tall. Gravity’s pull is keeping us all down. But there are a few earthly giants that have fought gravity and won.
The key to growing tall is how you use your energy. That’s why the tallest trees outrank any animal on Earth. Because trees spend all their energy on one thing- growing taller than their fellow neighbors. And there are two trees that are the best growers of them all- giant Redwoods and Mountain Ashes. Redwoods are renowned as the tallest life forms on Earth. But some experts think that Mountain Ashes could grow even taller if humans would stop cutting them down. In fact, the tallest Mountain Ash was just 1 meter shorter than the tallest Redwood.
Unlike plants, animals spend energy on all sorts of tasks like eating, walking, and staying warm. So, they can't grow as tall. But it doesn't mean they're small, either. If you measured this African Elephant from shoulder to ground it would actually be taller than a Giraffe! But thanks to their long, strong necks, giraffes are the tallest animals alive.
And if we look at animals throughout Earth’s history, dinosaurs eclipse them all. These towering Sauropods were the biggest of the bunch. In fact, the top 10 list of tallest animals in history? All dinosaurs.
But, what if we looked at the longest lifeforms too? If you balance the longest Saltwater Crocodile on its nose, it would tie the Giraffe! And if we ignore legs, it gets even better! Tip to tail, the Green Anaconda nearly doubles the height of the tallest Giraffe on record.
But these land dwellers have nothing on animals of the deep. Supported by water, sea life can practically ignore gravity. Which means they can grow much larger. Take the Blue Whale for example. It’s the most massive animal of all time. The entire cast of Broadway’s “The Lion King” can fit on its tongue! But it should be careful not to get tangled up in the tentacles of a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, which makes a Giant Squid look small by comparison. Now, the biggest fish alive is the Whale Shark. And if we look into the past, things get even bigger.
And where do humans fit into all this? Somewhere near the top, actually. Humans are bigger than 87.6% of mammals on Earth. And the average Dutchman is the tallest of them all. So, there’s no reason to ever feel small again, especially if you’re from the Netherlands.
Fun Fact: The longest lifeform of all time isn’t a plant or animal at all. It’s a Honey Fungus and the biggest one goes on for 3.8 kilometers underneath a forest in Oregon.
Since the early days of film, there have been actors whose chemistry keeps drawing them to the screen together. Take Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Frank Astaire and Ginger Rogers, or Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who told some of the greatest love stories of all time during their time onscreen together.
It makes perfect sense that, as an actor, you’d want to keep working with an actor you’re able to click with and deliver a believable performance.
The 11 acting pairs below have all appeared as an onscreen couple at least twice, outside of a multi-film franchise.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
For most millennial women, the love story to end all love stories took place in 1997’s "Titanic" between Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) and Rose Dewitt-Bukater (Winslet), even though they only knew each other for around 48 hours.
Thankfully, the actors remained great friends and knew we weren’t ready to give up on them yet. They reunited in 2008’s "Revolutionary Road" as a struggling couple living in 1940’s Connecticut. Although they’ve yet to play a couple without a tragic demise, we still keep hoping for a happy ending for the couple.
Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson
Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson first starred together in the 2005 comedy "Wedding Crashers." In it, McAdams’ character is in a relationship with Bradley Cooper, as Wilson tries and succeeds to woo her away from him.
The romance between the two continued in the 2011 Woody Allen film "Midnight in Paris," though the characters were vastly different. Instead of fiercely fighting for the woman he loves, Wilson’s character does everything possible to escape the life he has. There’s also been talk of a "Wedding Crashers" sequel, so we may see the duo together onscreen once again.
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence
Between the years of 2012 and 2015, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence starred together in one movie a year.
The first time we saw them was in "Silver Linings Playbook," where the two played a complicated and passionate couple. We’ve since seen their undeniable chemistry play out in "American Hustle,""Serena," and "Joy," although they aren’t actually playing a couple in the last one.
Cooper has attributed their chemistry to the long hours spent learning dance moves for "Silver Linings Playbook." He told Deadline in 2015 of the dancing "I really do think that really provided the basis by which we can just work together. We don’t talk often, but when I showed up in Boston for ‘Joy,’ then all of a sudden it was like we never stopped."
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Chrissy Teigen has become a beacon of honesty for parents everywhere. Whether she's pumping breast milk on her way to dinner or getting candid about weird pregnancy symptoms, her social media feeds are a delightful respite from the oft-contrived world of celebrity glamour.
Teigen, a mom of two, has also made it clear that she's raising her kids to be equally authentic and independent. She recently shared a video of her 2-year-old daughter Luna determinedly putting on a space suit while already wearing a tutu.
"I thought I was going to have this incredible female empowerment moment where Luna ripped her tutu off and replaced it with her space suit but sometimes a girl wants to be both," Teigen wrote.
I thought I was going to have this incredible female empowerment moment where Luna ripped her tutu off and replaced it with her space suit but sometimes a girl wants to be both pic.twitter.com/o3RT46fBeX— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 20, 2018
"And that, my friends, is female empowerment," she tweeted as a follow-up.
...and that, my friends, is female empowerment— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 20, 2018
Aside from the video being absolutely adorable, it also seems to hit home for many people, especially women. Gender roles tend to disproportionately affect women in a patriarchal society, and women are often depicted as archetypal or one-dimensional in art and pop culture.
Many Twitter users applauded Teigen's daughter and parenting philosophy in the replies.
"A GIRL CAN BE BOTH, SHOULD BE BOTH, WILL BE BOTH," user @LisaWWilkins wrote. "That's the brilliant thing. I'm an archaeolgist and I regularly walk out of a trench and straight into a pair of heels. Go Luna!"
A GIRL CAN BE BOTH, SHULD BE BOTH, WILL BE BOTH. That's the brilliant thing. I'm an archaeolgist and I regularly walk out of a trench and straight into a pair of heels. 🙌 Go Luna!— Lisa Westcott Wilkins (@LisaWWilkins) June 20, 2018
"Archeologist!!! Amazing," Teigen replied. "I remember saving up forever, going to a store called 'Imaginarium' and buying little archeology kits as a kid. Tiny brush, fake bones. Was such an awesome store. Wish it were around now for my daughter."
Thanks, Chrissy! We do archaeology for kids, and its one of the best things about my job. Real trenches, real digging, real experiences to fire them up for life. No sandpits and bullshit. P.s what you do is amazing too - I SEE YOU. Thanks for the reply.— Lisa Westcott Wilkins (@LisaWWilkins) June 20, 2018
Many people underscored Teigen's assertion that Luna's ability to choose, to "be both or either, or neither," is the real message of female empowerment.
And most importantly she can be both or either, or neither. It'll be her choice, on her terms. 💪✊♥️— Colin (@UKgeordieColin) June 20, 2018
Damn right! Being feminine and being tough and smart are NOT mutually exclusive. Your daughter is just the coolest (she gets it from her mama!)— Lindsay Flader (@LWigs24) June 20, 2018
I'm sure that most have responded that IS female empowerment... LOL raise 'em right to make sure they know that it's not one or the other!! I can't tell you how many times I am empowered watching my girls remind me of the same thing #bigmoments#smallpeople— Barbara Thomas Smith (@CapitalBabs) June 20, 2018
Others encouraged Luna's dreams to be a "space ballerina."
The Universe needs more space ballerinas.— Certifiably Inane (@That1Guy4Fun) June 20, 2018
I look forward to her career as a Ballerina Astronaut.— Harmony Tomorrow (@Harmony_tmrrw) June 20, 2018
She has the right idea, ballet would be way easier in space.— Jen Clarke (@jenclarke) June 20, 2018
Some parents even shared similar photos of their daughters inhabiting two apparently contrasting roles at once — like a skeleton and a princess.
Meet Princess Batgirl! My daughter the beautiful superhero ;) pic.twitter.com/7htms1oJ6J— Becky (@Becky_Foster_) June 20, 2018
Princess Astronaut, at your service.— Jill Promoli (@jillpromoli) June 20, 2018
She's seven and has not wavered from her goal of going into space. She is not distracted by her fantastic wardrobe. Go for it, Luna. One doesn't cancel out the other. ♥ pic.twitter.com/qvgbOZtCw4
It's clear that Luna is the inspiring, trailblazing young voice that Hollywood needs.
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During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 43-year-old actress opened up about her time filming the upcoming drama series. For her role as Camille Preaker, Adams had an actress named Rebecca Bujko who would stand-in for her during certain scenes. Since they look similar, Adams was once mistaken for her — and saw how differently she was physically handled in comparison to her.
"I've never experienced this before but, because we looked so much alike, at one point somebody grabbed me really hard and pulled me," Adams said. "I went, 'What's going on?,' and they're like, '[Gasp] You're not Reb!'"
The Oscar-nominated actress, who is also an executive producer for "Sharp Objects," went on to say that she immediately demanded that Bujko be treated with respect.
"I went into producer [mode] and I was like, 'You will not handle her like that,'" Adams said.
Adams also explained that on the drama, Bujok woke fake scars on her entire body to match her character.
"She was fantastic, and she also put up with a lot 'cause she wasn't getting the sort of catharsis from the performance and she wasn't treated the same way I'm treated," Adams said.
"Sharp Objects" creator Marti Noxon chimed in and said that Adams' story was true, and it happens to other actors "all the time." Noxon added that the fact that Adams stood up for a fellow actress and asked for a change speaks to how females are positively impacting movie and show production.
"She wouldn't have said a word, by the way, and that's the other part that's [changing] through women being more a part of the engine."
"Sharp Objects" is based on novel written by "Gone Girl " author Gillian Flynn, and will premiere on HBO on Sunday, July 8 at 9 p.m. EST.
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Adobe knows that there's nothing worse than sitting in your office cubicle and being advertised to for a vacation that you already went on.
With this affliction in mind, Adobe announced a series of updates on Wednesday to its Experience Cloud, designed to give travel and hospitality businesses greater insights into the customer journey.
In particular, Adobe added features which help brands tailor their marketing and sales experiences to individual customers in a highly nuanced way — putting an end to annoying ads which try to sell you hotel rooms or flights after you've already made your purchase.
Adobe's Experience Cloud — which combines data from Adobe's Marketing, Analytics and Advertising Clouds — is a fast growing product for the company. It brought in $586 million in revenue in the second quarter, up 18% from the year before, the company reported in earnings last week. Subscription revenue for the Experience Cloud was up 24% from the year before.
"Adobe Experience Cloud is the most comprehensive, integrated, and actionable set of solutions in the market, designed to help companies deliver consistent, continuous and compelling experiences across every touch point and channel," CEO Shantanu Narayen said in a call with analysts.
Travel and hospitality brands have "perishable" inventory
Adobe wouldn't share specifics about how many of its Experience customers are in the hospitality and travel space. But it's identified this vertical as a key use case for experience-driven customer insights.
Analytics are particularly useful for travel and hospitality companies because their "inventory is perishable," Nate Smith, group manager for product marketing for Adobe Analytics Cloud, told Business Insider.
Seats on an airplane and nights in a hotel room lose all of their value if they are not used, so companies in this space are incentivized to make brand interactions as seamless and intuitive as possible for customers.
"Within travel and hospitality, the expectations are extremely high," Smith said. "It's not about swanky hotels per se. It's not about things. It's about the experience."
It's more efficient to target customers who want your product
The new capabilities, which went live Wednesday, are designed to enhance travel and hospitality companies' abilities to personalize and tailor their marketing and brand experiences to individual customers. And it uses artificial intelligence to provide such tailored interactions on a large scale.
Now brands can use customer data to personalize ads based on purchase history, loyalty program status, and online actions, as well as more specific information like whether or not a customer has already purchased a hotel room in the last month. This leads to "greater ad efficiency," according to Adobe.
The update also gives brands the ability to provide a more "seamless journey" to customers as they interact with brands across multiple apps and websites, IoT devices and in-person screens.
"An airline can promote a personalized deal on fares to Europe via email, then leverage that same content for its website, Facebook, mobile app or any other channel, giving consumers a consistent experience through their journey," according to Adobe.
The update also uses AI and natural language processing to identify nuances, like when a frequent business traveler is doing research for a family vacation instead of her normal work trips. It can also track this information across individual users, rather than peg it to an IP address or specific device.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be expelled from the Methodist Church after more than 600 clergy and lay members filed a historic formal complaint charging him with violating church law over the Justice Department's controversial "zero-tolerance" immigration policy of separating families who illegally cross the US-Mexico border.
Over 600 people, including 318 reverends, signed a letter invoking a rarely used procedure to file a formal complaint against Sessions. The complaint accuses him of perpetuating child abuse, immorality, and racial discrimination.
The letter also said Sessions citing the scripture verse Romans 13 to justify the separations policy counted as the "dissemination of doctrines contrary to the standards of doctrine of the United Methodist Church."
"As members of the United Methodist Church, we deeply hope for a reconciling process that will help this long-time member of our connection step back from his harmful actions and work to repair the damage he is currently causing to immigrants, particularly children and families," the letter says.
Sessions is a devout Christian and a member of Methodist congregations in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama and in Arlington, Virginia. The letter is addressed to the reverends of both congregations and copies the presiding bishops and superintendents.
While any lay member can file church law charges against another, most come in the form of complaints to individual pastors and are usually resolved at the district level.
Methodist pastors speaking to the United Methodist News Service said that such a public and formal complaint against another member that moved beyond that level was unprecedented in the church.
"I'm not aware of any circumstance in the 50-year history of The United Methodist Church when a complaint against a lay person moved beyond the stage of its resolution by a district superintendent or a pastor," Rev. William Lawrence told UNMS.
If the formal charges lodged against Sessions are not resolved through mediation and discussion with a member of the clergy, they could lead to an ecclesiastical trial and possibly his expulsion from the church.
UNMS reports that multiple pastors have both publicly spoken out against the policy and reached out to Sessions on their own to criticize the policy, and encourage him to re-consider the family separations in light of the teachings of the Methodist Church.
The Justice Department implemented the "zero-tolerance" policy in April, which began prosecuting parents who cross the border illegally with children. Since mid-April, at least 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and detained in shelters.
At Business of Fashion's first West Coast summit on Monday, Kim Kardashian West looked comfortable in a white, floor-length, collared shirt dress that could double as a robe.
As always, the KKW Beauty founder added a few touches of her personal style to the business-casual look, rocking a plunging neckline — one of her go-to silhouettes — and long, flowing hair parted in the middle.
Kardashian West, who was featured on the cover of Business of Fashion's special beauty report in May, accessorized the outfit with a long gold pendant and strappy, open-toe heels.
Joined by momager Kris Jenner, Kardashian West spoke with Business of Fashion’s founder, CEO and editor-in-chief Imran Amed, on stage at the summit in Westfield Century City mall's atrium.
Jenner and Kardashian West later headed to KKW Beauty's first pop-up shop, which is also located in the mall. There, the mom of three posed in front of a wall with a cutout shaped like KKW Body, the latest scent in her KKW Fragrance line, itself made from a mold of her naked body.
The KKW Beauty pop-up opens to the public Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. PST. According to Allure, fans have until July 27 to shop at the store, where they can find the latest KKW nude lip collection, the KKW x Mario eye shadow palette, contour sticks, concealers, highlighters, perfumes, and more.
Get ready for our first ever Pop-Up, open TOMORROW, 06.20! Shop #KKWBEAUTY& #KKWFRAGRANCE for a limited time at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles at the Atrium! You can line up at 5AM on a first come, first serve basis for entry into the store, opening at 10AM. pic.twitter.com/QoCuIBrKkf— KKW BEAUTY (@kkwbeauty) June 19, 2018
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Starbucks on Tuesday lowered its third-quarter same-store-sales growth forecast to 1% from its precious estimate of 3%-5%, sending shares plunging 8%. The coffee giant also said it would close roughly 150 underperforming US stores.
While many sell-side research departments remain optimistic, Morgan Stanley took the opportunity to downgrade Starbucks, citing a "clearly decelerating top-line."
"Starbucks' 3Q pre-announcement on disappointing sales in both the US and now China are compelling enough to lower our investment rating to EW from OW, especially in light of continued uncertainty in the FY19 EPS outlook and time to recover sales," analyst John Glass said in a note to clients.
"In addition to cutting our EPS estimates for this year and next, we have downwardly adjusted our base case multiple (25x to 22x) to reflect lower anticipated EPS growth over at least the next year."
Same-store sales are particularly important for companies like Starbucks that have accumulated a vast retail footprint. Some analysts are worried that the chain may have reached full penetration in the US, making comparable sales all the more important to its continued growth.
Morgan Stanley's new price target of $59 is now below Wall Street's average target price of $61.72, according to data from Bloomberg, but still 15% above where shares were trading Wednesday.
Elsewhere on Wall Street, the stalling sales were seen as "one step back, two steps forward," UBS said.
"Despite the reductions, SBUX articulated plans & urgency to accelerate growth through tangible sales drivers & streamlined ops, while keeping LT guidance unchanged," analyst Dennis Geiger said in a note to clients.
"We expect shares to be down modestly today, w/ support from: a US sss acceleration to 3% in June, low expectations that likely already embedded a guidance reduction, and potential that comps bottomed & could reaccelerate in FY19."
Starbucks is down 8.84% this year.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is drafting an executive action for President Donald Trump that would direct her department to keep families together in detention after they are detained crossing the border illegally, according to two people familiar with her thinking. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement.
Nielsen was on her way to the White House to discuss it with the president's team, according to one of the people.
Trump told reporters Wednesday that he'll be "signing something in a little while" that would keep families together.
"I'll be doing something that's somewhat pre-emptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I'm sure," he said.
The person said the secretary believes there is little certainty that Congress will act to fix the separation issue that has been dominating news coverage and she is trying to find a solution. The order would ask the Department of Defense to help house the detained families.
The rush to address the crisis along the US-Mexico border comes weeks after the Trump administration implemented its "zero-tolerance" policy, under which migrants are criminally prosecuted and separated from their children if they're caught crossing the border illegally.
The policy has resulted in the separation of more than 2,300 migrant children from their parents, in a chaotic process that places the children in shelters and with foster families across the country, while their parents remain detained.
Asked about the possibility of an executive order on immigration, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters: "We'll keep you posted. When we have an announcement to make, we'll make it."
Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday that he was "working on something."
"It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation. They want open borders, which breeds horrible crime. Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!" he wrote.
Homeland Security officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Tesla has filed a lawsuit against the employee CEO Elon Musk said committed sabotage against the company, CNBC first reported.
The lawsuit was filed in Nevada on Tuesday and alleges the former employee, Martin Tripp, "unlawfully hacked the company’s confidential and trade secret information and transferred that information to third parties."
Tesla declined to comment on the lawsuit.
On Monday, Musk said an employee had changed parts of the company's manufacturing operating system code and sent "highly sensitive" company data to outside parties, according to an internal email acquired by CNBC.
Musk said the saboteur's actions were motivated by his desire for a promotion he didn't receive. It has not been determined if the employee acted alone or with other parties, Musk reportedly said.
Musk said that companies and people who don't want Tesla to succeed — like short-sellers, oil and gas companies, and competing automakers — could potentially seek to harm the company.
"Don't want to blow your mind, but rumor has it that those companies are sometimes not super nice," he said. "If they're willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they're willing to cheat in other ways?"
Tesla declined a request for comment on the email.
You can read the full email Musk reportedly sent to Tesla employees on Sunday night below.
I was dismayed to learn this weekend about a Tesla employee who had conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations. This included making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false usernames and exporting large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties.
The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad. His stated motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive. In light of these actions, not promoting him was definitely the right move.
However, there may be considerably more to this situation than meets the eye, so the investigation will continue in depth this week. We need to figure out if he was acting alone or with others at Tesla and if he was working with any outside organizations.
As you know, there are a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die. These include Wall Street short-sellers, who have already lost billions of dollars and stand to lose a lot more. Then there are the oil & gas companies, the wealthiest industry in the world — they don't love the idea of Tesla advancing the progress of solar power & electric cars. Don't want to blow your mind, but rumor has it that those companies are sometimes not super nice. Then there are the multitude of big gas/diesel car company competitors. If they're willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they're willing to cheat in other ways?
Most of the time, when there is theft of goods, leaking of confidential information, dereliction of duty or outright sabotage, the reason really is something simple like wanting to get back at someone within the company or at the company as a whole. Occasionally, it is much more serious.
Please be extremely vigilant, particularly over the next few weeks as we ramp up the production rate to 5k/week. This is when outside forces have the strongest motivation to stop us.
If you know of, see or suspect anything suspicious, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with as much info as possible. This can be done in your name, which will be kept confidential, or completely anonymously.
Looking forward to having a great week with you as we charge up the super exciting ramp to 5000 Model 3 cars per week!
Will follow this up with emails every few days describing the progress and challenges of the Model 3 ramp.
Thanks for working so hard to make Tesla successful, Elon
If you've worked for Tesla and have a story to share, you can contact this reporter at email@example.com.
Detox in a day! Feel healthier in just hours! Lose 5 pounds in a week!
There are plenty of health promises out there that might sound great, but most of them simply don't stack up.
However, as scientists learn more about how our bodies work, evidence has mounted in support of some simple things that you can do every day to look and feel healthier in a relatively short amount of time.
We’re not promising anything extreme here — your body is a complicated, wonderful machine and it’s not going to magically transform like some kind of Hollywood superhero's.
But with summer weather upon us, here are 12 things you can start doing today that your body will thank you for after four weeks or less. Each of these simple acts starts paying measurable dividends within a month, and things get even better after that, with long-term results that scientists have measured in and out of the lab.
Get ready to look and feel great.
The simplest, most effective thing you can do for your health is get moving. Even one minute of intense, all-out exercise done regularly can improve your fitness level.
Becoming physically active changes your body quickly and can even decrease your risk of death.
"After two to four weeks your nervous system is much more efficient at being able to contract your muscles," Robert Newton, director of Edith Cowan University's Exercise Medicine Research Institute, recently told Australia's Nine News.
Scientists have found over and over that it doesn't really matter which kind of workout you do — just moving around regularly will make your heart, muscles, and mind healthier.
Even a few minutes of exertion every week can make a difference. Recent research from McMaster University found that a set of three 20-second bursts of all-out vigorous exercise can improve a person's fitness by 20% in three months. (After a month, you'll be well on your way!)
Lead study author Martin Gibala coined this approach as the "one-minute workout." But it's really 10 minutes of exercise, three times per week. The routine includes a two-minute warm-up period, a three-minute cool-down, and three intense, 20-second bursts of sprinting.
"For athletes who are already very fit, they train this way to maintain fitness," Gibala told the CBC. "It's a good way to boost your health very, very quickly."
When it comes to your plate, consider cutting back on salty processed foods.
Most Americans are consuming 50% more than their daily recommended salt intake, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over time, this can take a toll. When there's too much salt in your blood, your kidneys have a hard time flushing out impurities, which can raise your blood pressure.
Instead of salty snacks, try incorporating more whole foods like bananas and avocados into your diet this month, since those are loaded with potassium, a natural antidote to sodium's harmful effects on your blood pressure.
There are plenty of other flavor-boosters to include in your meals instead of salt, like lemon juice and herbs. Whatever strategy you choose, avoid processed foods, which not only have lots of hidden salt, but may also be linked to higher cancer rates.
Fiberous foods help keep your energy levels more stable than quick-burning sugary or carb-heavy fixes. Fiber also keeps your tummy full and your digestive system humming along smoothly.
There's a lot of fiber in whole grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. A lot of the best high-fiber foods also have a low glycemic index, which could spare you from suffering sugar crashes.
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The New York Times has embarked on a massive growth push, with plans to double digital revenue to $800 million by 2020.
"We're a subscriber-first business," David Rubin, The Times' head of brand, told Business Insider. "We've committed to being that in 2013, and our success has been because of that decision."
This undertaking involves not only experimenting with areas outside display advertising but also navigating an often tricky relationship with platform partners like Google and Facebook.
The Times works with its partners when they help it take its journalism to more people, and brings them back and highlights its value enough for them to pay for it, Rubin said. But The Times is not beholden to their whims and fancies, he said, and does not hesitate to walk away when they aren't serving its interests.
"We will work with any partner who helps us build that relationship deeply," Rubin said. "And when they're doing things that are not in those interests, we have no trouble walking away, because we've got a much clearer sense of what drives our business."
Beyond the duopoly, Rubin also talked about The Times' relationship with its ad-agency partners.
He said The Times' recent marketing successes could be attributed to the relationship between its internal team and its agency.
"I think that tension and healthy collaboration between our internal team and our agency is really the secret sauce," he said. "It's not so much a, 'Hey, external agency, here's a brief — call me when you're ready,' but really trying to collaborate together, and push back and forth on each other, which I think makes the work better."
While The Times' in-house team handles revenue generation, performance marketing, and a bulk of its creative, it turns to outside partners like the ad agency Droga5 for its larger, more thematic campaign work.
"Nobody can understand our brand as well as we can, and nobody can move at the speed that the internal shop can," he said.
Outside shops, on the other hand, he said, "help us see ourselves in the way that a reader can that sometimes it's hard to do if you're working inside and you're thinking about it day to day."
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