My Take on Canada’s Decision to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Written by Dominique Bancey

My source of information for this article can be located here: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/17/health/canada-legalizes-recreational-marijuana/index.html

Firstly, let’s note that this is all simply my opinion on this entire matter, and it should not be taken as gospel.

Based on the article, it is evident that many Canadians are ecstatic about the fact that they are able to legally purchase and smoke marijuana, strictly for recreation. But why? Well I think that for most persons, without a legitimate reason, it would be difficult for them to actually be prescribed a medicinal dosage of cannabis. However, with the legalization of recreational pot, they are free to purchase and smoke without worrying about being charged and possibly locked away.

Personally, I believe that marijuana can be beneficial to many individuals, not just as a specific medicine to treat certain illnesses. I know many friends of mine who turn to smoking this cannabis as a way of relieving themselves from anxiety or even just stress. I haven’t heard of any serious cases of persons using cannabis where it has caused them much harm, however, something that has been legal for years (alcohol) has been proven to cause damage to many individuals across the world.

Of course, it’s understandable why there’s a legal age for persons who may purchase and use marijuana, you wouldn’t want children having access to it as it is still a form of drug. So in Canada, the legal age in Quebec and Alberta (provinces) is 18, while in the other provinces throughout, it is 19.

Another positive about this legalization, is the boost that it will offer for the economy, and not just the one in Canada. Companies all over the world who specialize in growing cannabis or producing cannabis-based products, will now have more of a market to provide for, which will enhance sales and demands. The states in the USA that have cannabis legalized will also have companies there who are willing to import and export with companies located in Canada. This will increase trade amongst countries and bring in more revenue.  

The one thing that makes me wonder about this legalization.

What will happen to those who have been charged and locked away for possession of this now legal herb?

Apparently authorities are looking into what can be done in order to deal with that, but who knows just how long that will actually take?

Until next time.

Medical Marijuana To Be Recognized As Treatment Option By Utah and Mormon Church

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reached a deal with pro-medical marijuana advocates to provide Mormons access to alternative medicines.

Previously, the Church and marijuana advocates had been fighting on opposing sides in the wake of the upcoming November elections, which would have determined the fate of medicinal drug use. However, they have been able to reach a compromise that will provide patients with proper treatments, while also establishing a plan to keep marijuana out of the hands of those who want to use it for non-medical purposes.

This is a progressive step for an infamously conservative Church and state, which has been at odds with its increasingly progressive voters. In March, Utah voters were 77% in favor of medical marijuana use. Since the agreement is said to already be in the works, voters now won’t have to await the fate of the medical marijuana industry to be decided by ballot in November.

Money Can Indeed Buy Happiness Up to a Point: Study

Written by Benjamin Roussey

The Nature Human Behavior journal recently published a study based on a Gallup World Poll that surveyed above 1.7 million person form 164 countries. They researched the purchasing power in the US.

Dollars and answers about life and wellbeing to carry out the survey. They discovered that the definition of happiness was different for different income levels.  

The ideal income point—where you are happy with your achievements with respect to your goals and the achievements of others—was $95,000. $60,000 to $75,000 was the world average income at which you would be emotionally satisfied. And with Americans having to pay less taxes and those regulations going away, more Americans are reaching their income goals.

The “happiness point” varied from country to country. For the US it was $105,000. Income earned beyond the wellbeing threshold led to reduction in satisfaction and well-being.

Relationship between money and happiness

Andrew T. Jebb, the lead author of the study, explained that the correlation between happiness and money are more in the poor than among wealthy. When income grows from $10,000 to $30,000, the perceived happiness is greater than when income jumps from $100,000 vs. $130,000.

The reason why income beyond a limit does not translate into happiness is unclear. Jebb points out that it could be because income is more important for basic needs. Beyond that, social factors take over.

He also suggests that beyond a level the cost of making money—travel, number of hours of work, stress etc.—weigh in reducing the gains.

Components of the happiness equation

Money is not the only thing causing happiness (less people watched Han Solo in 2018 – perhaps that is why so many people are happy). A 2004 study published in the Psychological Bulletin inferred that marital happiness outweighed job and health satisfaction when it came to being satisfied in life.

A higher income will also make you happier but in the long term other factors may also play a role in the equation. Well, anyone could easily be happier if they don’t live in a violent liberal ghetto city like most of Chicago, most of Detroit, Oakland, Baltimore, and most of LA, for instance. That is just common sense. Just watch the show The Wire!

McDonald’s Gave These Customers $25G For a Fake Poster Promoting Diversity

The best way to fix a problem is to find a solution for it, which is exactly what these two friends did at McDonalds. After noticing a lack of Asian representation in marketing materials, Jehv Maravilla, 21, and his friend Christian Toledo, 25 created a fake  poster to put on the wall of a Pearland, Texas McDonalds restaurant, which recently went viral.

These college students prank not only gained the attention of the fast food franchise corporate office, but it landed them $25,000 checks as well. “We were eating McDonald’s one day and we looked around and saw there were posters around that didn’t have any Asians,” Maravilla told KHOU 11. “They had other races, but no Asians so we felt like it was our duty to put ourselves up there.”

The poster, which stayed up for 51 days, landed the two friends a trip to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where they found out McDonalds wants more Asian-American representation in their marketing, and is going to feature them. They will both be awarded with the $25,000 checks for their participation in the promotion.

Whenever you feel the urge to complain about a problem within your community and life in general, remember that there is usually a solution that exists right on the other side of fear.

 

 

3 Signs You’re Suffering From Sleep Apnea and Dont Even Know It

Written by Salina Jivani

Sleep. It’s the one time you can be worry-free, right? Well, not if you’re one of the 22 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea, a condition where you routinely stop breathing while you rest.  There are two types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea, which is the less common one, and obstructive sleep apnea, the more common type of apnea where your airways collapse. Many people who have obstructive sleep apnea may not even realize they have it, but here are three signs that could indicate you do.   

You wake up needing to pee

When you stop breathing, your body applies pressure to your abdominal and diaphragm muscles in hopes that this pressure will help force open your airways again. This also causes pressure on your bladder, which can give you a sudden urge to pee. If you frequently awaken with the need to go to the bathroom, be mindful of other sleep apnea symptoms.

You awake with a pounding headache

When you stop breathing, your brain doesn’t get oxygen. Decreased levels of this necessary element can cause you to awaken with headaches. Also, lack of oxygen can cause your neck muscles to strain as they work to help open up your airway again, which can also cause those annoying post-sleep headaches.

You feel sleepy just after you wake up

Although it may feel like you got a good night’s sleep, apnea will rob your body of the rest and relaxation it needs to rejuvenate. The disruptions sleep apnea causes forces your body to work overtime throughout the night so it can make sure you don’t stop breathing in your sleep. This can lead to exhaustion during the day, causing you to feel excessively sleepy, even after a cup of coffee.

If you suffer from any or all of these symptoms, visit your doctor or a sleep clinic to get tested for sleep apnea. If left untreated, this condition can cause other, more serious conditions, like heart disease, stroke and other problems…so don’t take it lightly, and don’t wait!

3 Small Things to Practice Mindfulness During a Busy Day

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

We live in a world of constant motion; there are rarely any breaks throughout our day as we hop from one task to another. We can burn ourselves out because we feel like we have to be working towards something at all times, whether it be work or social related.

It’s easy to forget that taking a moment to relax can increase our productivity, as it can bring us peace and restoration. Here are 3 small ways to incorporate mindful meditation into your hectic day.

1. Get up and take a walk, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Being outside and in the sunlight can relieve stress and increase endorphins in the body.

2. Close your eyes and just focus on your breathing. By being aware of your breath, you can help calm your mind.

3. Get rid of distractions. When you are taking a moment to relax, turn off your phone and try to remove anything that will divert your attention

By practicing these things consistently, you will be on the way to a more mindful and healthy life.

What Is Analysis-Paralysis and How to Overcome It In Your Daily Life

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Let’s face it, we all at some point in our lives have been in a situation where we were so stuck on weighing all of our options that we couldn’t bring ourselves to make a decision. The situation could have been as simple as “Where should I go eat?” or the more difficult “What’s the next career move for me?” but when looking at all of the choices we had, we became overwhelmed and decided to just stay home and eat leftovers or wait out a few more months in our job.

This dilemma is called analysis-paralysis and it happens much more often than we think. With the rise of technology use and literally having the Internet at our fingertips, we have so much information available to us that we can become overwhelmed easily. And as women, we have a tendency to over-analyze a lot more than men.

To overcome this information overload for some of the more important decisions in your life, Adam J. Kurtz, author of Things Are What You Make of Them, suggests that you just start doing. As you start to do whatever it is you want to do, you can see what works and what doesn’t and you can evolve from there. Let others in and let them provide feedback. And just continue to do. While it is good to do your research before you start, the real learning comes from taking action. Any small action is better than inaction.

3 Ways to Make a Spectacular First Impression—Every Single Time

Written by Salina Jivani

We all know first impressions count—a lot. Whether you’re meeting a coworker for the first time, interviewing with your future manager, finally chatting up that hottie you’ve been eyeing in the Starbucks line, or simply speaking with a friendly stranger in the bread aisle of your local grocer—your first impression will be a lasting one. So how do you make it impactful? Here are three tips to get you started.

 

Know what you do—and be able to explain it

One of the most common questions you’ll get when you first meet someone is: So, what do you do? And we’ve all spoken to someone who tries to answer this question only for you to hear crickets chirping at the end. Remember that while your occupation and job responsibilities are clear to you, they likely won’t be to a stranger. So be able to articulate—in Layman’s and simplistic terms—what it is you do, and try to keep it high level.

 

Mind your body language

Sometimes we’re so focused on verbal cues that we forget all about the non-verbal ones. Your body language says a lot about you and how you’re processing a conversation. Don’t cross your arms or put your hands in your pockets. These postures often relay a lack of confidence or communicate a defensive stance. Instead, put your hands by your sides, keep your back straight and shoulders wide, and remain relaxed to show that you’re confident and interested in the conversation at hand.

 

Be a fabulous listener

Listen more than you talk. While a two way dialogue is integral in any conversation, showing someone that you’re listening, interested in and respectful of what they’re saying is sure to set a strong impression of you—because when you listen to someone, you make them feel important. And who doesn’t love feeling important?

 

In short, your facial expressions, tone, and body language all matter in your first encounter. So pay attention to them and leave a positive mark—the very first time, every time!

 

3 Ways To Be Taken More Seriously at Work

Written by Salina Jivani

Does it ever feel like your opinions or thoughts aren’t really considered at work? Or do you ever wonder why people take notice of that other colleague of yours who doesn’t know his right shoe from his left? What’s he got that you don’t? The answer’s probably easier than you think. Here are three quick, easy ways you can make yourself stand out—and be taken more seriously right away.

Dress For Success

It’s probably one of the more obvious points, put if you wear wrinkled clothes and look sloppy, well, that’s not a great impression. Be sure your clothes are professional and impeccable—they’ll speak for you before you even get a chance to open your mouth!

Be Engaged

Higher ups always appreciate associates who become synonymous with the company and make the company’s problems their own. Show initiative by offering opinions, suggestions (even a fancy, random PowerPoint presentation) on issues or topics of discussion to prove that you take your company—and your job—seriously.

Speak like a boss

Ever met someone who looked smart, sophisticated, and wise—until they opened their mouth? Don’t be that person. Before you talk, be thoughtful about what you’re going to say, and then use an authoritative, calm tone when you speak. Always make sure you don’t interrupt others and be sure to give them the attention they deserve when they speak—when you offer this simple courtesy, you can often expect to see it returned to you.

 

These easy steps can give your workplace impression an instant makeover—and get you on the pathway to greater successes ahead!

3 Ways You Can Benefit From Rejection

Written by Salina Jivani

Remember what it felt like when you didn’t get that job you really wanted? Or when you got turned down by that hot babe?

Rejection hurts, but it also can help you—if you roll with the punches and don’t let a “no” halt your efforts or question your abilities.

 

Here’s how you can grow and become a better, stronger you by embracing rejection and learning from it.

 

Have a growth mindset

There are those who think knowledge or success is innate or happens by luck, and those who believe success is a result of your own efforts. Being in the latter of the two categories means you have a “growth mindset,” which is exactly what you want. People who have a growth mindset use rejections to grow and improve—they don’t merely shrug, blame the denial on luck and give up.

 

Be open to feedback

Feedback is golden because it’s completely free—and, when used effectively, it can help you identify your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. So keep your ears open, soak it in wisely, and use it to your benefit.

 

Practice and keep practicing

Once you know why you were rejected, practice on making yourself better. If you were turned down for an interview in favor of someone with more experience, find ways to gain experience. If your novel didn’t pique the interest of an agent because the characters seemed unreal, work on character development. There’s always room to improve—you just have to be willing to invest time on those improvements.

 

Remember, rejection can either make you or break you. It’s up to you to decide which path you want to travel.