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The Sharing Economy Creates Opportunities To Buy Happiness

Minimalism has transitioned from a trend into a lifestyle, proving it unnecessary to own the things you desire to use to be happy. Although the sharing economy is still in its beginning stages, it provides resources that have helped millions of Americans live to their fullest potential. Let’s discuss how you can maintain a great lifestyle without owning things.

The American Economy is thriving. The national unemployment rate is at a half-century low and nominal wage growth has reached a decade pinnacle – all while the economy continues to sprout. While these economic turnarounds are noteworthy, the standard cost of living has climbed 14% within the last three years – far outpacing wage growth. Consequently, Americans are jumping through hoops to afford a great lifestyle.

From 2017 to 2018, the cost of living hiked by more than 30% in Fresno, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Arlington and Austin, Texas; and Columbus, Ohio. In contrast, renters in 13 states typically spend more than half of their net income on necessities. Simultaneously, real real wages haven’t changed in over 50-years. Average hourly wages sat at $ 20.27 in 1964, converting to $ 2.50 in 2018-dollars, and $ 22.65 in 2018.

With stagnant wages and an increasingly costly economy, luxury lifestyles are becoming as fictional as The American Dream.More than half of Americans have less than $ 1,000 resting in their savings account while 32% have no savings at all. In 2019, 2 in 3 Americans haven’t been able to afford a summer vacation averaging $ 1,979. This has heavily influenced the general decline of happiness since the 1990s.

Believe it or not, money can buy and influence happiness as it can fulfil your needs and desires, as well as reducing stress when under hardships. Furthermore, it has been reported that your emotional wellbeing increases as salaries rise, providing more comfort in your life, up to $ 75k per year. Self-reflections become more positive with a higher income, up to $ 95k per year, as well. However, the key to happiness isn’t just having money, but how we spend it. 

Here’s a look at the science on buying happiness. The human mind wanders 47% of the time, often to a dark place, but anticipation and good memories counteract these negative thoughts. Participants of a 2003 study felt happier when anticipating and engaging in a planned experience to later recall on. This provides a sense of self: giving experiences to mention when telling your life story. Participants in a 2012 study feel experiences reflected their identity and values. Sharing experiences is a great way to connect with others since most people despise hearing others speak about their stuff as it could leave you feeling inferior.

The sharing economy promotes peer-to-peer platforms that provide access to shared goods and services down to transportation and lodging. Utilizing the sharing economy is an easy and environmental approach to increasing personal optimism, saving money, and even making money by turning your dormant belongings into extra cash. Discover more about the sharing economy below.

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A Cool New Resource for Developing and Sharing Your Ideas

My husband once had the chance to ask novelist James Ellroy where he got the idea for one of his…

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Dan And Brandon: How The Founders Of Zen Dude Fitness Make A Full Time Income Sharing Jump Rope Videos On YouTube

[ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Dan and Brandon became best friends after a podcast interview led to the realization that they live in the same building. The two guys have a lot in common, including having played the same position for their college…

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Dan And Brandon: How The Founders Of Zen Dude Fitness Make A Full Time Income Sharing Jump Rope Videos On YouTube

[ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Dan and Brandon became best friends after a podcast interview led to the realization that they live in the same building. The two guys have a lot in common, including having played the same position for their college…

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New ‘Spotify Codes’ Use Social Media for Quick Music Sharing

Spotify recently introduced Spotify Codes to all of their users. Through this update, Spotify users can now share their music with friends and family by simply scanning an image code. The code will then load the shared track, album, or playlist into the user’s mobile device. This innovation seeks to make music sharing a more seamless and immersive experience for everyone both in real life and on social media.

Most of the tracks, playlists, and albums on Spotify now comes with a code-enhanced image that allows users to share them with anyone with a simple scan. These images can also be saved into a device’s camera roll and uploaded to any social media platform. Images uploaded onto social media can be scanned by anyone for as long as they have the Spotify app.

To make the code work, users must click on the “…” context and look for the newly installed camera button. Selecting this button will prompt the in-app camera to load. Once the camera has loaded, users can take a picture of the scannable image to get the track, playlist or album to load into their phones.

The code itself can be found at the bottom of the artwork of specific albums, tracks, or playlists. Users must take a picture of the code-enhanced image in order to successfully load the content.

The Spotify Code will definitely change the way music fans share their music, making it more interactive and social in nature. Aside from benefiting music lovers everywhere, Spotify Code is also set to transform the way artists share their music. This gives artists an opportunity to engage with their fans on social media on a more experiential level. They also have the freedom to be as creative as they can be when it comes to marketing their music to all their listeners and fans across the globe.

Spotify is also thinking of bringing this music sharing innovation to the real world and embedding the code into flyers and posters. The team behind the latest update says they are confident that this can improve the way everyone consumes and shares music online. “We’re excited to see the creative ways in which they are used,” the music service said.

Spotify users can now enjoy this completely new and innovative way of sharing their favorite tracks with friends and family. Spotify Codes is currently being rolled out globally for both Android and iOS users.

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Google Now Sharing National Security Records Requests With the Public

Google has begun sharing certain public records requests, many from the FBI related to national security, in order to illustrate to its users a high level of transparency. Google and all major search and social internet platforms are deluged with record request from law enforcement and court actions. One of the reasons Google may want to show samples of the requests to the public is to bring attention to the fact that they are overwhelmed with requests and also to defend themselves from accusations that they are not giving adequate privacy to those using their service.

The fact is, no one has privacy when using Google or any online platform.

“In our continued effort to increase transparency around government demands for user data, today we begin to make available to the public the National Security Letters (NSLs) we have received where, either through litigation or legislation, we have been freed of nondisclosure obligations,” said Richard Salgado, Director of Law Enforcement and Information Security for Google.”

“As we have described in the past, we have fought for the right to be transparent about our receipt of NSLs,” he said. “This includes working with the government to publish statistics about NSLs we’ve received, successfully fighting NSL gag provisions in court, and leading the effort to ensure that Internet companies can be more transparent with users about the volume and scope of national security demands that we receive.”

Google has provided links to 8 NSR’s here with the goal of creating a portal for all of them to be viewed in the future. Here is a sample from one of them:

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Progressive Tech Companies Want Trump to Protect Sharing Economy From Dem Attacks

Michael Beckerman, President & CEO at Internet Association which represents big internet focused tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Netflix, Twitter, Lyft, PayPal, Salesforce, Rackspace and many more, sent a congratulations letter to the Trump transition team today. In it they sought to inform Trump how important the internet is to the economy and gave their take on issues dear to them.

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The entire letter is available here (PDF).

One very interesting area the group focused on is the sharing economy, which has been under severe attack by progressives and liberal Democrats around the country. Perhaps Trump isn’t Silicon Valley’s worst nightmare after all, considering he is likely to agree with them on these planks:

ON DEMAND OR SHARING ECONOMY
By harnessing the power of the internet and internet-based commercial cloud technology, sharing economy platforms allow individuals to use their free time and resources to earn significant supplementary income under a flexible working arrangement that allows people to earn money how, when, and where they want. Although still in its nascent stage, the sharing economy is projected to account for $ 335 billion in global revenue in 2025, up from $ 15 billion in 2013.

Offer Consistent, Smart Regulatory Approaches: The rapid rise of this new sector of the economy, however, has been met by piecemeal regulatory approaches at the local and state levels that often feature misguided or overly burdensome rules driving up costs for consumers and workers. By steering clear of burdensome regulations, policymakers at every level can ensure this rapidly growing sector of the economy sees its full potential.

Protect the Flexibility and Economic Opportunities of the Sharing Economy: On demand and sharing economy companies are driving new economic growth and opportunities by providing individuals with unprecedented flexibility and control over the decision of when, and how, they earn income. By attempting to apply the same static workplace regulations of the 20th century to this new economic model, policymakers could threaten the very entrepreneurial spirit that drives these 21st century earning opportunities.

One of their other key concerns is safeguarding platforms like Facebook from lawsuits because of things their users post which means not weakening current intermediary liability laws:

“Weakening intermediary liability laws would not only chill innovation and free expression online, but would also threaten investment in the next generation of ideas fueling our digital economy. If digital content intermediaries were responsible for the content uploaded by users, over 80 percent of investors would be less likely to fund startups. In addition, 85 percent of investors are uncomfortable investing in digital content intermediaries open to unpredictable legal action.”

Another major concern is copyright law safe harbors, such as fair use, exemptions, compulsory licenses and first sale doctrine:

“Threats to the flexible framework, such as weakening limitations or exceptions to safe harbors, would create barriers to entry for internet startups and creators, which would deny users the ability to access content
online.”

They also want policies that promote pro data innovation rules:

“However, new regulatory proposals on how data is used and collected threaten to reduce this value. U.S. policy must ensure businesses in every U.S. industry can keep a competitive edge by innovating with data. To do so, policies should champion data innovation by acknowledging the crucial role of data in the modern economy and promote pro-innovation rules. This includes taking a harms-based approach to consumer privacy, instead of a collection-based approach, and stopping data minimization efforts or other proposals that would inhibit innovation.”

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Google Launches New App Called “Spaces” To Improve Sharing

Google announced on their official blog today a new application called “Spaces”, a tool for small group sharing. It’s like an instant Google+ group, but of course it’s not Google+.

Google says it built Spaces to make it easier for small groups to stay on topic because your sharing articles, pictures and videos right within the app. Google Chrome, YouTube and search are built in. The conversational view lets you see what the group is talking about without clicking to another app or platform, simplifying the conversation.

Google has also included a search to make finding any of the content you and others shared easy. The app is available for all mobile and desktop platforms.

Read more about the new “Spaces” app on the Google Blog.

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Harry Campbell: Blogging About The Rise Of Ride Sharing (Uber, Lyft) To Make $80,000+ A Year From 10 Different Income Streams

[ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] People often ask me if blogging is too ‘old’ to make money from if you are just starting out today, and has it been replaced by social media or podcasting, or youtube …etc. My response to that…

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Friday Roundup: DM sharing on Twitter, a very merry Pinterest and more

Twitter TravelHello Friday followers, it’s time for another quick look at all those stories that were too small to print. The social networks keep tweaking their features and everyone is in the holiday spirit but whether it’ll be a good year or a so-so year depends on who you ask.

Let’s get to it starting with my favorite social network. . .

Twitter

Twitter’s been coming on strong lately and I like it. It’s as if they suddenly realized there was actual competition for second place and they knew they had to step it up if they didn’t want to lose out to Pinterest or Instagram.

First, they added the ability to share a Tweet as a Direct Message. This doesn’t sound like much at first but it’s another step toward making Twitter more conversational and less of a bulletin board. Using this feature you can add your own comment then send the original Tweet as an attachment of sorts to another person privately. Think it through, it’s a more useful tool than it seems at a glance.

If you’re in the travel biz, Twitter has some new stats you might be interested in, including these:

  • A third of users access Twitter before or after a trip
  • 39% use the platform mid-journey
  • Nearly 20% of users Tweet to share feedback throughout their travel experience.

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Pinterest is in a particularly holly, jolly holiday mood. They’re posting a series of articles called Project Holiday with stats and tips to help you both make the most of Pinterest this holiday season and convince the powers that be that Pinterest is worth the time.

Right now there are “more than 604 million holiday Pins and 244 million gift-related Pins on Pinterest” but that’s not enough. Pinterest says you should not only be adding more boards but pins to old boards. Last year’s holiday boards are still relevant since they already have followers and search engine cred.

Product pics are big on Pinterest but they want you to know that the site is good for other types of content, too;

Publishers can curate lists of longreads or under-the-radar stories from the year. Travel and hospitality companies can add Pins around winter escapes and family-friendly activities. Entertainment and media brands can add must-watch clips from fall TV shows or funny memes. Winter break can be a time for people to take on those someday projects around the house.

 

Good Reads

My favorite story of the week comes from TubeFilter: Utah Family Earns $ 7,000 To $ 10,000 A Month From Disney Cover Songs On YouTube. It’s crazy, but apparently, it’s true.

That’s it for me. Have a great weekend, I’ll see you back here on Monday.

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