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LifeScale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life

The book is a solution to the crisis for everyone – men, women, parents, and children — dealing with digital distraction which aims to solve the effects of digital addiction by helping us rebuild the strength to focus, learn and grow through each chapter. One of the original oracles of Silicon Valley, Brian is a world-renowned keynote speaker and has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, helped launch hundreds of start-ups and advised celebrity entrepreneurs from Shaquille O’Neal to Ashton Kutcher to Oprah!

Did you know…

The constant stimulation of tech is rewiring our brains, altering body chemistry and affecting our productivity, health, and wellness?

  • Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other popular apps/games were deliberately designed to change our behaviors (it’s called persuasive design).
  • On average it takes 23 minutes to regain focus every time you pull away from a project to check your phone or twitter feed.
  • 36% of Millennials and Gen Z employees say they spend two hours or more checking their smartphones for personal activities during the workday.
  • Digital distractions cost the U.S. economy $997 billion a year in lost productivity.
  • Multitasking, the way most Americans “get things done,” actually reduces productivity by 40% and lowers IQ scores.
  • Social Media is damaging our teens. The more time they spend on social media, the more likely they are to be depressed, suffer low self-esteem and compare themselves negatively to their peers. 50+% prefer texting to talking!

This list goes on…

Today, most people are living with persistent distraction because it’s just a fact of life now. But, like cigarettes, which were originally endorsed by doctors, many of the devices and social networks we use were designed to be addictive. It’s time for a holistic approach to putting digital distractions in their place.

More than an Author, A Digital Distraction Survivor…

Brian is a bit of a Silicon Valley legend who helped advise more than 1,000 startups as well as researching technology’s evolving effects on markets and behaviors. He’s not coming at this topic as an expert in self-help. He’s an admitted victim who confronted his own loss of focus and productivity before writing this book.

In LifeScale, Brian shares:

  • The straight dope on how the tech industry got us addicted and keeps us addicted to Facebook, gaming and more.
  • His own challenges with distraction and ineffective multitasking and explores his journey to find short-term hacks and then long-term solutions to solve this problem.
  • Maps out a plan all of us can use to regain focus and creativity while learning to use Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, emails and all those apps on our smartphones as tools that enhance our lives instead of dominating them.

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Study: Texting While Driving

DriversEd.com—the leading online driving school—today released its 2018 Distracted Driving in America Report. An inaugural initiative, the report examines drivers’ behind-the-wheel behaviors, habits and decisions—providing insight into how Americans, while driving, engage in a number of activities, from texting to drinking to YouTube to Snapchat to marijuana and more.

Survey data found that 73% of drivers admit to reading text messages while behind the wheel, and 54% admit to typing texting messages while behind the wheel. Meanwhile, only 39% of drivers say that while driving they check and use their phone more often than they probably should.

“There’s an argument to be made that, in 2018, distracted driving is actually a worse problem in America than drunk driving,” said Laura Adams, safety and education analyst at DriversEd.com. “The fact that so many people are texting and driving is alarming, but not surprising. However, what is shocking is the millions of people who are watching Netflix and YouTube videos while driving. These drivers may as well be playing behind-the-wheel Russian Roulette.”

Among the study’s findings:

·         TEXTING: 59% of drivers admit that they read texts while at a red light, while 41% admit to doing so while stuck in traffic, 30% at a stop sign and 11% moving on the road. In addition, 43% of drivers admit that they type texts while at a red light, while 31% admit to doing so while stuck in traffic, 24% while at a stop sign and 8% while moving on the road.

·         SOCIAL MEDIA: 18% of drivers report that they check social media while behind the wheel, with 16% saying that they have checked Facebook, 11% Instagram, 9% Instagram and 6% Twitter.

·         VIDEO WATCHING: 8% of drivers admit that they have watched YouTube videos while behind the wheel, with 6% saying that they have watched Facebook videos, 5% Instagram, 5% Snapchat and 4% Netflix.

·         MARIJUANA: 84% of Americans say driving after drinking alcohol is more dangerous than driving after smoking marijuana. Meanwhile, 10% of drivers report that in the past 12 months they have driven after smoking or ingesting marijuana.

·         TALKING: 60% of drivers say that they talk on the phone while behind the wheel on speaker, while 20% say they do so with the phone in their hand and 20% say they use headphones. In addition, 52% say that while behind the wheel, they use voice commands on their phone.

·         DRINKING: 32% of drivers report that in the last year they have driven after having one or more drinks. Meanwhile, 34% say they are comfortable driving after one drink, with 19% comfortable after two drinks, 7% after three drinks, 2% after four drinks and 1% after five or more drinks.

When asked, “If you get into an Uber, and you notice the driver checking and using their phone, what do you do?”, 49% said they would say something to the driver, then report them to Uber after the ride; 30% said they would not say anything to the driver, but then report them to Uber after the ride; and 21% said they would do nothing.

“Ultimately, the solution to distracted driving is a combination of awareness, education and individual initiative,” said Adams. “Parents, who are effectively largely responsible for the next generation of drivers, can play an important role by taking steps such as putting their own phones away while behind the wheel, avoiding texting or calling their teens when they know they are driving, and even using some apps, which will disable a driver’s phone while they are driving.”

MENTALLIGENCE: A New Psychology of Thinking 

As the headlines warn of a world seemingly taking steps backward, behavioral scientist Dr. Kristen Lee shares a new psychology of thinking to move you forward with a new mindset and patterns of behaviors that inspire connection, collaboration, proactivity, and creativity.

Based on twenty years of clinical practice and neuroscientific research, Dr. Kristen Lee teaches us how to see the world―and its most difficult situations―through a series of different lenses, to steer our brains to cultivate “upward spiral habits.” This is what psychologists call “The Good Life”—living mindfully and consciously regardless of what is going on around us. Instead of falling into common behavioral traps which lead to perpetual patterns of shutting down, numbing out, binding up, and staying stuck.

MENTALLIGENCE: A New Psychology of Thinking helps us find the thinking and behavioral agility to work toward better outcomes for all.

* Rethink the many forms of social conditioning to reduce mindlessness, ignorance, and compulsions towards insularity, hatred, bias, and fear.

• Advance human progress through empathy, curiosity, familiarity, and unconditional regard.

* Avoid the 4 common downward spiral behavioral traps: Sleepwalking, Perfectionism, Centricism, and Lockdown.

* Learn how to become impact-driven instead of performance-obsessed.

* Discover how to work with “collective efficacy” that is less I-focused and more we-focused, to facilitate positive social impact at a time when it’s desperately needed.

• Refuse to be held hostage by bigotry, ignorance and polarization, and instead link arms in solidarity to find common ground and get to the Good Life together.

About the Author:

Dr. Kristen Lee, EdD, LICSW, is a recovering perfectionist and clinician, researcher, educator and activist with twenty-two years of experience. She is lead faculty for Behavioral Science at Northeastern University in Boston and author of Indie Book Award’s 2015 Motivational Book of the Year, Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress. To learn more follow on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat).

Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher contact:

(800) 441-5569 or www.hcibooks.com.

MENTALLIGENCE: A New Psychology of Thinking

Kristen Lee, EdD, LICSW

February 2018

ISBN-13: 9780757320576

$15.95

Gryffin Releases Nobody Compares To You

Gryffin Releases Video For Single ‘Nobody Compares To You’ featuring Katie Pearlman Out Now

 

Watch HERE.

 

The global Snapchat lens for the original version of “Nobody Compares To You” is now live! Soundtrack your Snaps to Gryffin’s latest jam, available globally to every user in the Snapchat app!

Check it out HERE.

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MICHAEL KORS × WATCH HUNGER STOP

MICHAEL KORS ANNOUNCES HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 WATCH HUNGER STOP CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT GLOBAL HUNGER
 
 
World Food Day is on October 16 and Michael Kors is dedicating the month to new products and activities designed to support Watch Hunger Stop, the brand’s campaign to fight global hunger. Now in its 5th year, Watch Hunger Stop raises funds and awareness to help achieve a world with Zero Hunger. The brand’s partner in the effort is the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and funds go to support WFP’s school meals program, which reaches over 16 million children in almost 70 countries each year with vital nutrition that helps them fulfil their potential. Thus far, Watch Hunger Stop has enabled WFP to deliver more than 15 million meals to children in need.

“Our multi-year partnership with Michael Kors has resulted in a significant contribution toward progress in the fight against global hunger,” says Rick Leach, President and CEO of World Food Program USA. “Over the past five years, the school meals program, a focus of the Michael Kors effort, has played an enormous role in empowering hungry children with the nutrition they need to succeed in the classroom and lift themselves out of poverty.”
 

KATE HUDSON

Actress, author, entrepreneur and humanitarian Kate Hudson is again lending her talents to support Watch Hunger Stop, the brand’s annual campaign to fight global hunger. This past June, Hudson traveled with WFP to Siem Reap province in Cambodia to see how the funds raised through Watch Hunger Stop help WFP feed and support children in need. During the field visit, Hudson visited schools, farms and family homes, asking questions and sharing her irresistible warmth and energy. She spoke with local WFP staff members, helped cook school meals and played with children, thoroughly immersing herself in the details of the school meals program and the lives of those it affects.

“This is the third year I’ve had the honor of collaborating with Michael on this important cause,” says Hudson. “In June, I visited schools in Cambodia, where the funds raised by Watch Hunger Stop enable the United Nations World Food Programme to feed children so they receive the nutrition they need to grow and to finish their education. It was an amazing experience­—I can’t wait to share everything that I saw and learned there.”
 
“I’m thrilled and grateful that my friend Kate is joining us once again in our efforts to end hunger,” says Michael Kors. “She and I share the belief that if we all work together, this is a problem we can solve. Watch Hunger Stop supports WFP’s school meals program, improving the lives of children who deserve the chance for a healthy, happy future. We’re proud to be able to help.”
 

THE ARTIST’S HAND

This year’s Watch Hunger Stop campaign features illustrations by award-winning artist Clym Evernden. Known for his distinctive ink-based style, Evernden graduated from Central Saint Martins, where he studied fashion design. He has contributed to several campaigns for Michael Kors, including for the opening of the Regent Street flagship store. Watch Hunger Stop is the artist’s first philanthropic campaign, and his bold, inviting designs add a vibrant dimension to the Watch Hunger Stop message. Speaking about his artwork, Evernden explains that he “aimed to create strong images that have an immediate global appeal. The use of my spontaneous and instinctive ink line encapsulates the message of the campaign to generate rapid help for those in need, promoting a feeling of proactive involvement.”
 

STYLE THAT DOES GOOD

Special-edition watches have been a part of the Watch Hunger Stop effort since its inception, with 100 meals donated to WFP for each watch sold.* This year’s highlight is a special edition of the just-launched Michael Kors Access Sofie touchscreen smartwatch.

Featuring a thin, lightweight body with a dazzlingly sharp, full round display, the Watch Hunger Stop Sofie is a sleek, glamorous, black-plated style with a gunmetal pavé top ring and pavé checkered bracelet. It includes the latest iteration of the Michael Kors Access app, with added functionality including My Social, a feature that allows the user to link to his or her Instagram or Facebook account directly on their smartwatch and set a personal post photo as a watch face. A pre-loaded digital face designed for Watch Hunger Stop is available only on this watch.

Like all MICHAEL KORS ACCESS wearables, the Watch Hunger Stop Sofie is compatible with both iOS® and Android™ phones, is powered by Android Wear™ 2.0, Google’s smartwatch platform, and boasts a Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 2100 processor. Android Wear 2.0 expands the smartwatch experience through customizable dials, user-friendly notifications and messaging, downloadable third-party apps, and help from your Google Assistant.
The Michael Kors Access Watch Hunger Stop Sofie touchscreen smartwatch is sold exclusively in select Michael Kors stores worldwide and on official Michael Kors websites through March 31, 2018, and retails for $395.

 
SEEING THE FUTURE

An especially stylish way to help Watch Hunger Stop is to buy a pair of black-and-cobalt-blue Lon sunglasses. These special-edition aviators feature flat, mirrored lenses that lend the classic silhouette a modern edge. Each pair sold delivers 100 meals to children through WFP.*

Watch Hunger Stop Lon sunglasses are available in sizes for both men and women, and are sold exclusively in select Michael Kors stores worldwide and on official Michael Kors websites through March 31, 2018. They retail for $159.

 
SHARE THE MEAL

Share The Meal is the world’s first app against global hunger. An initiative of WFP, Share The Meal has bright, charming graphics, an effortless interface, and a wealth of facts and photos about people and places you’re delighted to get to know. With Share The Meal, you can donate as little as $.50 with a tap on your screen—and know you’ve helped someone. It’s got all the makings of the perfect daily ritual. Download the Share The Meal app at http://wfpusa.org/MKSTM2017
 

SNAP TO DONATE

Building on last year’s success, Michael Kors has once again created a Watch Hunger Stop Snapchat geofilter, available from October 1-31. Visit a Michael Kors store in the US, Canada or the UK, snap using the special geofilter, and 25 meals will be donated to WFP.**

WATCH HUNGER STOP T-SHIRTS

Every year, Michael Kors designs a new Watch Hunger Stop t-shirt. This year’s t-shirt, designed by Clym Everden, will be given away—no purchase necessary—at select Michael Kors stores around the world from October 14-16. Post a selfie in your t-shirt tagged with #WatchHungerStop and Michael Kors will donate 50 meals to WFP.***

MORE WAYS TO DONATE

During the month of October, customers can make a donation to Watch Hunger Stop at the register in select Michael Kors stores around the globe.

In select countries, visitors to WatchHungerStop.com can follow the on-screen link to donate to WFP directly. In the US, users can also text the word MKHUNGER to 50555 to make a $5 gift (message and data rates may apply).

“Every year I’m inspired by the enormous outpouring of generosity for Watch Hunger Stop from our customers and fans,” says Michael Kors. “And every year we try to make it even easier for anyone who wants to help to get involved. It’s incredible to be a part of this community of people around the world working to end hunger, and I know that if we continue to work, we’ll make it happen.”

For more information, visit:

Watch Hunger Stop: http://www.watchhungerstop.com/

Destination Kors: http://www.destinationkors.com/

Michael Kors on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/michaelkors

@MichaelKors on Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelkors

@MichaelKors on Instagram: – https://www.instagram.com/michaelkors/ (and via mobile)

Michael Kors on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/michaelkors/

To order the product, visit http://www.michaelkors.com/watchhungerstop

To learn more about WFP, visit http://www.wfp.org/

World Food Programme on Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldfoodprogramme

@WFP on Twitter: twitter.com/wfp

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Google, Android and Android Wear are trademarks of Google Inc.

iPhone is a trademark of Apple, Inc. Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated.
  

* For each purchase of these Watch Hunger Stop items from a Michael Kors retail store or official Michael Kors website, Michael Kors will donate US $25 (equal to 100 meals) to WFP. WFP does not endorse any product or services.

** The donation for one snap using the Snapchat Watch Hunger Stop geofilter = $6.25 = 25 meals. Michael Kors will donate up to 1,000,000 meals for the use of the geofilter.

*** While supplies last. The donation for one Watch Hunger Stop t-shirt selfie = $12.50 = 50 meals.

About Michael Kors 

Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under Michael Kors Collection, MICHAEL Michael Kors and Michael Kors Mens, including accessories, ready-to-wear, footwear, wearable technology, watches, and a full line of fragrance products. Michael Kors stores are operated in the most prestigious cities in the world. In addition, Michael Kors operates digital flagships across North America, Europe and Asia, offering customers a seamless omni-channel experience. 
 

About the World Food Programme

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

BuzzFeed to Launch Tasty and Nifty as Snapchat Discover Publishers

BuzzFeed to Launch Tasty and Nifty as Snapchat Discover Publishers

All-New Publisher Stories for Leading Social Food Network and DIY Brand

to Debut in early September

BuzzFeed today announced it will launch all-new Snapchat Discover Publisher Stories for its Tasty and Nifty brands in early September. Hot on the heels of the release of the Tasty app, the leading social food network will launch a Publisher Story featuring its iconic recipe videos alongside quizzes, articles and exclusive video content. The Nifty Publisher Story will include the DIY brand’s signature mix of how-tos, tutorials and ongoing series featuring practical, easy-to-use hacks for adulting.

“Snapchat has been an incredible partner and Discover is a platform where BuzzFeed has built massive scale, so it’s a natural place to extend and evolve Tasty,” said Ashley McCollum, General Manager of Tasty. “Tasty is about connecting the world through food and Snapchat Discover will allow us to get even closer with many of our hundreds of millions of Tasty fans.”

“With super tappable Top Snaps and colorful start-to-finish tutorials, Nifty’s Publisher Story will be among the easiest and most accessible ways for Snapchatters to learn, build skills and gain inspiration for solving almost any everyday problem,” said Peggy Wang, Editorial Director of Lifestyle at BuzzFeed.

The Tasty Publisher Story will include recipe videos from every Tasty franchise — from Tasty to Tasty Junior to Tasty Vegetarian — as well as long-form series like Tasty Tips, behind-the-scenes videos, articles, quizzes and polls.

These upcoming launches on Snapchat Discover follow on the heels of the launch the Tasty One Top, BuzzFeed’s first-ever smart appliance, and the all-new Tasty app for iPhone, which is available on the App Store with nearly 1,700 video recipes. Tasty has averaged 2.3 billion videos views on other platforms every month since its launch in July 2015, according to Tubular Labs.

The Nifty Publisher Story will include ongoing series and how-tos for everything from how to throw a dinner party to decorating an apartment to making bathtime extra relaxing after a long day of adulting. The Story will also include in-depth but easy-to-follow tutorials that build crafting skills, save money and offer solutions to common lifestyle problems.  

In little more than a year since launch, Nifty attracts nearly 32 million monthy users across platforms, with videos including its top-ranked “Recycled Tower Bathmat,” which has been viewed more than 260 million times to date.

Tasty and Nifty join the BuzzFeed Publisher Story in BuzzFeed’s portfolio of Snapchat Discover partners.