Ali Hougnou

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Scared New Mom Receives Touching Advice From Kids With Down Syndrome

These kids have a message for a scared mom-to-be: "Don't worry."<p>The message was in response to a mother's heartfelt email to the Italian Down …

Too Many Facebook Hashtags Seriously Hurt Your Brand

You really need to stop using so many hashtags on your brand's Facebook Page, according to a new report (though, it's probably a good rule of thumb …

Career Experts Share Tips for Negotiating the Salary You Want

We work for many reasons -– passion for our profession, making a difference in our community and having the means to sustain ourselves. Yes, that’s …

The 'Antisocial Network' App for Misanthropes and Loners

To accept or not accept that LinkedIn request

It was the LinkedIn rejection heard 'round the world.<p>In February, 26-year-old job-seeker Diana Mekota sent an email and LinkedIn request to connect with Kelly Blazek, who runs an online job board for marketing professionals in Cleveland. After Mekota posted online Blazek's harshly worded response — …

How to Overcome Social Comparison

"Comparison is the thief of joy," said Buddha.<p>So why do we constantly compare ourselves to others? There is some comfort in being surrounded by people like us -- same city, similar interests, even matching income levels. Then someone "does better" -- lands a killer job, takes that dream trip to …

6 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship in 2014

If you're looking to add spice to your love life, more fun to your weekends or a better way to resolve conflicts, 2014 is the perfect time to do it.<p>This year, instead of making a New Year's resolution for yourself, why not resolve to make your relationship stronger, healthier and happier? Here are …

5 Lessons For First-Time Job Hunters

Maybe you fancied yourself sashaying into the office in a nice suit, surrounded by likeminded people and finally — finally! — buying that sports car/gadget/designer outfit you always wanted.<p>Well, that's certainly part of the package. But there's more. <b>No matter what field you work in, you'll be</b> …

Employment

Google Tips: New Site to Help you Use Google Products

Google today launched a new site called Google Tips, which gives you helpful guidelines on how to use Google products. The site is broken into cards, Google’s latest design style of choice, each of which offers a quick description and the option to flip over to learn more. Every card can be shared …

Saggin or Suiting

The other day I was in a department store to purchase some batteries. While looking for the brand I preferred I noticed that the packaging was damaged. This happened to be the last one left as well. Even though It was damaged I decided to still go ahead and purchase it being that I really didn't …

Blond Hair

Scientist Related to Killers Learns He Has a Psychopath's Brain

James Fallon admits he has a lot in common with serial killer Ted Bundy and Columbine assassin Eric Harris. He is aggressive, lacks empathy and is a …

Yes, You Can: 10 Ways to Build Inner Strength

"Boom-boom! Pow! Can you feel that? Boom-boom! Pow!"<p>There are days when these lyrics remind me more of the overwhelming stress that can hit us from all sides like bombs exploding once-stable air. Like when you find out you have lost your job with no option in sight "Boom!" your spouse leaves …

3 Quiet Acts of Gratitude That Cultivate Connection

I look forward to the holidays with childlike glee. As soon as the Texas heat drops below 80 degrees, I sneak a few Christmas carols onto my …

Positive Thinking

Teens Who Stay Up Late Could Face Academic, Emotional Problems Later On

Teens who stay up late on school nights -- whether it be due to homework, chatting online with friends or late sports practices -- may experience more academic <i>and</i> emotional problems than their peers who are earlier to bed, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers from the University of California, …

A New Personality Test: What Your Brain Says About You

Odds are at some point in your life you've been labeled right-brained (creative and thoughtful) or left-brained (detail-oriented and logical), but …

3 Powerful Steps to Combat Fear

<i>"There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." --Aristotle</i><p>Fear. It's one of the most basic human emotions, yet it's one that prevents a majority of us from living our greatest potential or following our hearts. Two clients emailed me within a few days …

Iyanla Vanzant: 4 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

<b>Q: How do I stop comparing myself with others?</b><p><b>1. Get clear about you.</b><p>A sense of self lets you see others' successes and become better, not bitter. …

Self-Acceptance

Brené Brown: How to Live with Uncertainty

I'm currently trying to make some changes in my career—and travel a lot less—so I can spend more time with my family and explore new creative …

Damn You, Barbie!

This morning, as I battled to tame her deliciously curly brown hair for school, Baby G very sadly uttered:<p><i>“Mama, I wish I had long, straight yellow</i> …

5 Ways to Regain Your Sense of Inner Calm

You can learn to decompress. Here's how<p><b>Go Big—But Go Home</b>Use short bursts of restlessness to your advantage when tackling challenges. Your fight-or-flight response can help you get through anything that scares you a little (a work presentation, asking out a cute guy). However, adopt the habit of …

How to Heal Through Journaling

At the age of 28, I found myself sitting in the office of a divorce attorney. Never in a million years had I thought that I would only be married for seven, be selling the home I built from the ground up and loved, and starting my life over again. I turned to my journal to help me heal and cope.<p>I …

There's No Time Limit on Grief

I believe the best gifts are wrapped in pain. Take my divorce. I didn't see it coming, didn't want it, could've sworn it was the worst thing that ever happened. I looked at it as a gift, all right. The kind you open and mutter, "You shouldn't have."<p>I thought of it that way for seven months. For …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

• Different kids with different levels of preparation come into a math class. Some of these kids have parents who have drilled them on math from a young age, while others never had that kind of parental input.<br>• On the first few tests, the well-prepared kids get perfect scores, while the unprepared kids …

Kids

Confessions of a Recovering People-Pleaser

Hello. My name is Whitney Fisch and I am a recovering "People-Pleaser."<p>I think about the amount of time I've spent hatching plans to get people to like me, and I'm pretty sure that if I added up all those sleepless nights spent wide awake wondering if so-and-so is mad at me, or if I did something …

Tips for Asking a Roommate to Move Out

As a renter, living with roommates presents an opportunity to not only save serious cash on your rent payment every month, but also to meet new and interesting people, develop stronger bonds with long time friends and enjoy routine activities with others. Roommates share some of the most intimate …

How To Deal With Difficult People

You know the type. It’s the co-worker who seems like she’s out to get you. Or maybe it’s the family member who is just impossible to get along …

Self-help