Yes, I Believe in Horoscopes And Here's Why You Should Too

Yes, I Believe in Horoscopes And Here's Why You Should Too

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Most people, if not all, know what their horoscope is (and the others act like they don’t when in reality, they do). Some people brush off their horoscope, asserting that it is a pointless title that is used to lure money from superstitious people. Others, however, base their lives around horoscopes.

They freak out when mercury is in retrograde, try to stick around people with compatible signs, and avoid people who mesh with their sign. And, if they’re really extreme, will base their days around what their horoscopes tell them to do and what to avoid.

I am one of the firm believers. I truly believe in the idea of horoscopes. I believe that we were born in a very specific spot in the universe, while we were a specific distance from the sun, and the moon had a specific alignment. I don’t believe that this idea is radical; I mean, to believe that all of the components of the universe are irrelevant and the only important aspects of the universe are human actions completely undermines the insanely complex universe that we are floating in.

The radical part, to most, is the idea that the alignment of the planets at our birth can somehow dictate our characteristics and daily events.

I believe in the fact that people who share star signs also share certain characteristics and tendencies, but I also believe that the commercialization of horoscopes has diffused the beauty of these connections into senseless “gullible human” traps.

The over dramatization and commercialization of horoscopes has caused so many people to steer away from the idea of spirituality and cosmic meaning. People, sensing attempts of people trying to steal their money, dismiss this “bizarre” idea of star signs, and, thus, assume that everything spiritual is false.

But the commercialization of horoscopes should not steer you away from the scientifically proven truth of cosmic significance.

Okay, avoiding tunnels one day because your horoscope told you to might be irrational; and, yes, quitting your job because you find out that your boss’ star sign is not compatible with yours may be self-sabotage -- you should not base your life off of what other people tell you, especially when that same person is simultaneously luring you to pay for something.

Actually looking deeply into the reasoning behind horoscopes and the deep truth of our universe, however, will only enrich your mind and allow you to thoroughly appreciate the world around you.

Since I have allowed myself to explore my spirituality and comprehend the “nonsensical” things, such as horoscopes, healing crystals, and vibrations, I have seen such immense growth in my character, gratitude, and happiness.

Your problems seem so much smaller once you wrap your head around the immense universe that you are currently floating in; the people around you bare more significance once you indulge in the concept of soul connections; and the life you desire becomes less materialistic once you realize that the world is so much bigger than the shoes that you are wearing.

I do not believe in horoscopes because I am trying to “hack life” or because I’m delusional; I believe in them because everything becomes so much more beautiful once you acknowledge all of the differen cosmic elements that have placed you in this exact spot, surrounded by specific people, living your exact life. Once you open yourself up to the idea that “everything happens for a reason,” you’ll begin to deeply appreciate the significance of everything around you.

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Is Snapchat Negatively Effecting College Students?

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Social media plays a huge part in all of our lives and for some of us, has taken over our lives. One of the major social media platforms is Snapchat. This trendy app allows users to send pictures, chat, and create daily stories, giving a sneak peek into a person’s daily life. Snapchat has a negative effect on college students.

According to an article published on Omnicore, 71 percent of Snapchat users are under 34 and 187 million people use Snapchat daily as of Feb. 6, 2018. With these numbers it is no wonder Snapchat has blown up and is a part of almost every young person’s life. However, that does not mean it is a positive thing. In fact Snapchat has a negative impact on college students.

With more than 10 billion video views daily, college students heavily rely on Snapchat to see others’ lives. When students start relying more on internet relationships and less on face-to-face communication interpersonal communication and social abilities start to slack. According to an article from Business Insider, 60 percent of people using Snapchat use it to chat with their friends.

Some might argue people might still communicate face-to-face as much as they use the app. Well, according to USA Today College, a study conducted for online casino Yazino found that one in four people spend more time socializing online, than they do in person. That is 25 percent of people relying on social media for communication, thus threatening their interpersonal skills. The article goes on to read, “even when there is an opportunity to see people face-to-face, on weekends for example, up to 11 percent of adults still prefer to stay at home and communicate on their devices.”

Using social media more as a communication platform can also create mental health issues, specifically low self-esteem and loneliness. College students are in danger of becoming lonely when those virtual friends are not in their real life. Low self-esteem can also arise when comparing their lives to others via Snapchat. Psychologist Leon Festing from an article published by Cornell University said, “negative self-comparison is when users compare their lives with that of others. Social media sites are the platform for this comparison, setting the stage for insecurities to flourish. Selfies can also create low self-esteem when college students do not receive the recognition they thought they would. According to Omnicore, 50 percent of male college users share selfies and 77 percent of female college students share selfies. When college students share selfies it allows room for low self-esteem to occur.

Snapchat can have a negative effect inside the classroom as well and cause college student to become distracted and procrastinate with their work. According to an article published by North Iowa Area Community College, “the excessive usage of social media by college students causes the students to lose focus during class time and procrastinate. The lack of focus in the classroom has an effect on the student’s performance as they may miss assignment details. According to an psychology instructor at the school, Jeff Platt, “Social media can interfere with learning if students believe multitasking is possible.

So, how can society solve this social media epidemic called Snapchat? Well, college students need to put down their phones during class time and start looking up to build connections and relationships face-to-face. Society needs to stop glamorizing social media and start advocating for real-life communication to help self-esteem, loneliness, and focus. This culture needs to start living in the present because it is in the present that we find our friendships through others.

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Why You Need A Vision Board (And How To Make One)

Out with lists, in with vision boards.

To-do lists, goal lists, and bucket lists line many walls of bedrooms and offices to remind us of what we are working towards. Of course these papers with our future hopes and aspirations clearly outlined for us to see constantly are great. But, vision boards are better.

Although they may seem like a new fad that will come and go, vision boards are an even better way to bring your goals to life.

You are probably wondering exactly what I once wondered, too: What is a vision board?

A vision board is your desires, aspirations, and goals in picture form. You can bring who you want to be to life through pictures, pieces of text, and scraps of magazines. Even better than the vision boards themselves is the process of making your own.

It takes some time, creativity, and a few supplies but it is so worth it. Here's what you need to do to make your next (or first) vision board the coolest.

1. Get some old magazines. Scan through them and clip whatever pictures and quotes resonate with you. (Tip - Don't hesitate to break up pages! Sometimes the best piece of your vision board had a completely different meaning on the page in the magazine, but context is everything!)

2. Arrange your finds on one piece of paper. Here is where some old scrapbooking skills are put to good use.

3. Get gluing (or taping)!

Above all, don't be afraid to make it yours. Your dreams and goals are your own and so is your vision board. Make something that will inspire you every time you catch sight of it wherever you hang it.

If you're still in need of some inspiration, check out my latest vision board:

Good luck! And remember, in the words of Oprah, "Create the highest, grandest vision for your life. Because you become what you believe".

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