Are You Still Pursuing the American Dream?

Every year, thousands of people from all over the world emigrate to the United States to pursue something that has become somewhat iconic to the country: the American Dream. But what exactly is the American Dream and what’s the significance behind it? What draws people from all over the world to come and live and work in the United States?

Some would say it’s just down to the television they watch. American could be portrayed as the best country in the world and many people could come and flock to America so that they can live the American Dream. But what exactly is it? The short version would be the idea that the government can protect its citizens while they pursue their own dreams of happiness. For instance, the American Dream should allow immigrants to come into America in pursuit of their dreams, and the government should be able to provide them with shelter and help for them to achieve it.

It’s a rather noble ideal, but is the American Dream still alive and how can you pursue it? In this lengthY post, we’re going to go in-depth about the American Dream, the ideas surrounding it and how practical it really is for both Americans and people overseas.

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Pursuing the Good Life

The first thing you need to consider is how you can start your new life in America, or how you can enhance it so that it comes closer to the coveted American Dream. The first people you should really be speaking to are the experts from HackingLawPractice.com. It’s important to speak to people who are well-versed in immigration law so they can help you. Whether it’s to move you into America or to assist your family in coming over to America, pursuing the good life is difficult and comes with many challenging moments.

As long as you work hard, you’ll see plenty of positive results. Many people agree that a strong work ethic is absolutely critical to living the American Dream. It doesn’t matter if you’re working as a plumber or a freelance designer at home—everyone can put the time into pursuing a better life. In order to rise up the class ranks in society, you need to work incredibly hard and put your past behind you. Don’t think of or worry about the people that were born into wealthy families and forget the people that made their success off the back of others or a lucky situation. Focus on working hard to work towards the American Dream and don’t rely on random events and luck to get you out of a bad situation.

When you’re ahead in life, be it because you’ve got an easy job or a loving partner, make sure you never lose that advantage. Always push to work harder at your workplace unless it puts you at risk, and never forget about the people around you who are willing to support you the entire way.

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Secure a Property

Check out this guide at HintsAndTipsBlog.com to find what you need to look out for when you’re purchasing a home. Whether it’s a small apartment just for you or a large home to prepare for your family, it’s important to own property as part of the American Dream. You want to give you and your future family a roof over their heads and it also makes a fantastic investment.

As you probably know, buying and selling property is one of the safest ways to protect your assets against inflation. If you leave the money to rot in a savings account then it doesn’t do anything for you or those around you. Instead, it’s just sitting in a safe doing nothing. To remedy this, make sure you secure property as early as possible so that you have a safe place to live.

Make sure that, when you pick a home, it fits all of the criteria that you need. For instance, make sure it has enough bedrooms, make sure it’s got plenty of space for your kids to play in and ensure its close enough to all the local amenities you need. Never settle for less when you’re shopping for a home and don’t forget to bolster your credit history so that you will be accepted for a mortgage in the future.

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Educate Yourself

If you haven’t already enrolled in classes then it might be worth your time to start studying something that is relevant to your interests. It could even be a general subject such as business or finances if you need to learn those skills. You might think it’s boring or that it’s not worth your time, but there will always be someone smarter than you in your chosen field which means there are constantly going to be new things to learn. While an education can’t take you far like experience does, it does help you get a job or the credentials needed to start a business (if you haven’t already).

Educating yourself will help greatly if you focus on it. However, many seniors and older people will feel like studying is no longer worth the time. Learning skills in later life can develop your career or even change the direction that you’re heading. The American Dream is all about giving you choices. You should be comfortable to pursue whatever you like, but you should also be able to learn new skills in order to reach those goals that you’ve set yourself. The higher the level of your skill qualifications, the better chance you have of getting a well-paying job that is both fulfilling and relevant to your interests.

Pursuing the American Dream might seem childish to some people, but for many people that come to America, it’s still alive. You need to educate yourself well if you plan to pursue the American Dream and you’ll also need to cope with failures. Make sure you also secure a property and make plenty of friends that can help you reach the status in life that you want.

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Tech Health To A New Level With These Gadgets

Your health is one of the most important facets of your life. Without it, there is a possibility you won’t be around to reap the benefits of a fast-paced lifestyle. Of course, busy people don’t exactly have the time to maintain their well-being. Let’s face it – other things are important. Entrepreneurs are trying to make a ton of money while parents are attempting to keep their kids safe. Whoever said always look after number one wasn’t realistic.

Letting your health wash away is a dangerous game, though. So, everyone, even the busiest of the busy, needs to take care of their fitness. Thankfully, it’s 2017, which means there is a piece of technology which can help. In fact, there are five pieces.

Here are the gadgets which will tech your health to another level.

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Nike+ FuelBand

Do you remember the time when people used to wear pedometers to track their steps? A FuelBand is a glorified pedometer with a handful of extra features for good measure. About the thickness of a bracelet, the band is full of accelerometers which track movement. Thanks to them, the band can store details on a range of activities, from steps taken to calories burned. In simple terms, it’s a watch (it tells the time) which monitors your activity on a daily basis. Hopefully, by tracking movement and calorie intake, the band will give you a kick up the backside. For those who are not Nike fans, a Fitbit or an Apple watch works in the same way.

Workrave

Work hard, play hard, right? That’s the saying, yet lots of people work hard and forget to make time to play. The office is a vital part of any adult’s life, but there needs to be a balance. Working your body to death is not going to help with things such as stress levels and fatigue. You need to learn to take regular breaks, and Workrave is an app which can help. All you have to do is open the app as soon as you begin the day and wait for an alert. When it pops up on your phone or laptop, it means it’s time to stop for five minutes. It also tells you when to take longer breaks and when to pack up and go home. Eyeleo takes it one step further and focuses on relaxing the eyes.

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Sleep Cycle

Your health centers on your sleep patterns. Without the right amount of shuteye, the body can’t refresh after a hard day’s work. According to geeks around the world, the total amount should range from seven to nine hours a night. After you figure out you only get half of this, you also need to work out insomnia is harming your health. The good news is that Sleep Cycle can track your sleep patterns. Through the phone’s microphone, the app analyses sound and movements during the night. Depending on the state of sleep, it will gently rouse you from your slumber to ensure you get enough rest.

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3 Series hearing Aids

There are five senses, yet not all of them work correctly. The one which seems to fade quicker than the rest is hearing. When the ears stop picking up vibrations in the air, it can impact your lifestyle. Try having a conversation with a person who is half deaf and you’ll understand. Of course, there is no reason to go deaf with a hearing aid. In the past, aids were chunky, clunky pieces of tech which looked horrible and needing fixing. Hearing aid repair was part of the game before the advent of new technology. Nowadays, the 3 Series version is sleek and slimline and hardly noticeable. Plus, it incorporates features which enhance the way you watch TV and listen to music. Oh, and it’s waterproof, too.

Strava

Strava is one of the leading apps for tracking physical activity. Whereas a Fitbit monitors small movements, Strava observes distance running and strenuous activity. Do you like to hit the gym or pound the pavement? No, but it’s a necessary evil. The Strava app will inform you of everything from split times to the overall calories burned. Also, thanks to the interactive element, you can gauge your times against other app users. As humans are competitive, there is nothing like scrolling the timesheets. Plus, it adds another element to your workout and keeps you motivated.

If you find your health hard to maintain, technology is the way forward.

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Bad Oral Hygiene Affects More Than Just Your Teeth

Have you ever been lazy with your oral hygiene? Don’t worry, everyone has experienced it at some point. Whether it’s forgetting to brush at night or snacking on too many sweets for one day, it’s surprisingly difficult to stick with a proper dental hygiene plan.

Sadly, your mouth is one of the most important parts of your body to clean. This is because your mouth harbours more bacteria than any other part of your body. When the bacteria has time to grow in your mouth, it can lead to nasty complications such as gum disease and inflammation that could lead to infections.

As a result, it’s important to focus on your oral hygiene as much as any other part of your body. Even if you think it’s expensive to take care of your oral hygiene, you can’t put a price on health. To give you a better idea of what could happen if you don’t take care of your teeth, here are some examples.

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Respiratory Infections

Research has shown that periodontal disease can cause respiratory infections. This informative article by colgate.com goes into great depth on how the buildup of bacteria on your gumline could have a long-term impact on your lungs. With so much bacteria lurking in your mouth, there’s always a risk that it could cause a respiratory issue such as inflammation, or worse, bronchitis. If you’re unlucky, the bacteria from your mouth could even travel to other parts of your body.

Cardiovascular Disease

Did you know that oral health and heart disease are connected? The germs that are present in your mouth can spread to other parts of your body through the bloodstream. If that bacteria reaches the heart, it could cause inflammation and cause complications such as an infection. Clogged arteries and strokes have also been linked to the inflammation that is caused by the oral bacteria. Chronic gum conditions such as gingivitis put your heart at risk of being infected by the bacteria present in your mouth, so make sure you visit a trusted dentist such as horizondentalboise.com to help you clean your mouth and teeth. It may take several visits to completely clear your mouth of bacteria, but it’s worth the effort to reduce the chance that you’ll suffer from a serious condition.

Warning Signs

Some of the common warning signs to look out for are as follows:

      Red bleeding gums that hurt when touched
      Bleeding gums whenever you brush or floss your teeth
      Infections around the gums and teeth
      Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
      Loose teeth

If you have any of these warning signs, then it’s a good idea to pay a visit to your local dentist.

Preventing Health Complications

It’s important to maintain good oral health through the use of examinations and proper teeth cleaning techniques. It’s the best way to keep your teeth clean and it also drastically reduces the chances of you developing a gum disease. Brush twice a day, floss at night and choose the right toothpaste for your needs.

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Technology and You

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We live in a world of technology – there’s no getting around it. Everywhere you turn there is someone staring at their phone, tablet or smartwatch. And where some people might think that the amount of technology we have isn’t a good thing, but tech has seriously revolutionized the way we live our lives.

From the industrial revolution in the late 1800s we gained trains and cars, and due to the world wars, we developed extreme weapons. Where the latter isn’t a good advancement, it has still changed the way we live – without the need to speed up technology for vehicles our cars and planes could be decades behind where they are now. And we might not even have motorbikes in production. The wars also called for better communication, telegrams quickly overtook letters, and the telephone moved inside houses at a rapid pace.

The 1900s saw a boom in technology; the first mobile telephone was invented complete with a battery in a suitcase. Thanks to Thomas Edison, the light bulb quickly replaced gas and candles. Electricity became available in every country, and almost every home. Electric trains connected the world, and cars became a necessity, not a privilege. In the 1990s most adults in the western world had a mobile phone, and every home had at least one phone. Polaroid cameras came in as the stop-gap between film and digital, and walkmen’s shrank in size.

The 2000’s have been no different. We can trace the evolution of phones from our trusty Nokia to the string of iPhones people are compelled to buy. Computers are less of a staple addition to the house and more of an extra to your laptop or Mac. Game consoles occupy space in nearly 50% of homes, and they are constantly getting updated and remodeled. Technology now advances with such speed that something you buy on the launch date will be out of date less than a year later.

Think about the amount of technology you have in your house – your phone, TV – which is probably a smart TV, a game console or two, an iPad or tablet, maybe a kindle, your laptop and maybe a computer as well. And that’s a minimum and common list for your average household. There are some great pieces of technology that improve our daily lives like sunlamps that help wake you up gradually, fitness watches that help you to stay on track with your workouts, and the mere fact that the world is at our fingertips through our phones.

There are, however some amazing advancements in technology that no one could say was a waste.

Hearing Aids

Go back a century and the cure for hearing loss could see you ingesting mercury tablets or catheterizing your nose. Now there is such a wide variety of assistive listening devices it’s crazy. Not only can you get a hearing aid that is nearly invisible, you can also get one to fit babies. You can even have a cochlear implant which will allow people with severe and permanent hearing loss to hear again.

Color Blind Cure

We’ve all seen the videos of people receiving their enchroma glasses and seeing the world in color for the first time. It’s completely fantastic the amount of beauty in this world that regular-sighted people see on a regular basis and take for granted. Just the simple act of a specialized lens can literally brighten up someone’s world.

Laser Eye Treatment

Where there isn’t a cure for blindness, there are so many factors that can cause blindness that is now curable, or at least treatable, through laser eye treatments. And for the visually impaired there is a whole host of technology that is available to them to help them live an ordinary life. There’s a pen that records what you say onto little digital stickers, and you just press the pen to the sticker to play it back. They can be used on cans, recipes, clothes tags – you might be blind, but you can still pick out a gorgeous outfit.

Bionic Limbs

When they made the TV show in the 70s, did they think it would ever become a reality? Because it’s nearly there. Scientists have made a bionic arm that only reacts through mind control, but can relate the sense of touch. People will be able to live their lives to the full, regardless of whether they are missing a limb or two.

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Sage Financial Advice For These Worrying Times

I don’t know about you, but right now, every time I turn on the TV or listen to the news on the radio, it’s pretty clear that there is a lot of worrying things going on in the world right now. No matter what side of the political divide you lie in, it’s clear to everyone that we are on a rocky road, the likes of which we haven’t seen before.

It got me thinking – what is our future, and that of our kids, actually going to look like? And what on earth can we do to ensure we are safe, happy and content?

Some things are out of our hands, of course. None of us can stop global problems and world leaders doing what they like on an individual basis. But what we can do is to give ourselves an opportunity to forge a secure future, no matter what happens. Here are some suggestions that might help you get through this particularly rough patch and come out the other side intact.

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Have yourself some fun

While you’re young, it’s important to get out there and enjoy yourself. Sensible financiers might tell you to pump all your money into a retirement fund and investments, and while this is excellent advice that you should consider following, it’s not the be-all and end-all. It’s all about striking the right balance, between spending good times with those you love and preparing for a sound financial future at the same time. You don’t need to live like it’s the last day of your life, but you do need to enjoy yourself – so make sure leisure and social activities are on your agenda, as much as financial planning. Ultimately, the friends you make now could be the support you need in the future – and money can’t buy you that kind of loyalty and friendship.

Invest in yourself

If you want to enjoy a happy lifestyle in your later years, you need to invest in yourself. Ultimately, the rewards you get from life will be down to your knowledge, skills, and experience you pick up, and the sooner you invest in your education and learning, the better off you will be. Start seeing yourself as an asset, and one that if you invest in will pay off for many years into the future. Work hard, learn everything you can, and make the right career choices, and you will not have to worry about financial dependence in later life.

Plan properly

It’s easy to say you want to be a millionaire by the time you retire. But if this is your only goal, it will be almost impossible to achieve. You have to break that aim into small chunks and focus on setting yourself a string of short-term goals, which will eventually lead to achieving the long-term objective. A lot can change in the next 25-30 years, so take thing slowly and make your decisions based on the current climate. For example, perhaps you could start matching your company’s retirement contributions so that you maximize your returns. Or maybe you could focus on paying off all your debts within a couple of years. Take baby steps, and you’ll find that your overall dream starts becoming more likely.

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Take care of yourself.

Your genetics will have a significant role to play in your later years, but there’s even more you can do right now to ensure you are happy, healthy, and content. It’s critical to start living a healthy and active lifestyle, and the earlier you start, the better. No one knows what the future holds, of course, but if you invest in your health and fitness right now, your life expectancy will increase.

Plan for ill health

However, as everyone knows, the older you get, the more likely it will be that you suffer from ill health. You just don’t know what’s going to happen, and the best time to start preparing for potential problems is right now. You might need money to fund your memory care, meet your physical needs, or even expensive medical costs that aren’t available via social security or your insurance plan. All of this can add up to an eye-watering sum, and unless you have a solid financial foundation, you will either go without or have to rely on your children’s money. So, start saving, making safe investments, and ensure you are ready for anything.

Educate yourself financially

Anyone can make money – it’s what you do with it that counts for the future. And given that financial literacy isn’t taught in schools, the best thing you can do for yourself is to learn about how to manage and invest your finances in the right places. Research proves that those who know their numbers will almost always be better off in old age – and their kids will enjoy a wealthier lifestyle, too.

Check your lifestyle

Most people earn more money than they actually need to spend. The trouble is that this excess income is often wasted, and pumped into fleshing out a more luxurious lifestyle. But at the end of the day, a $4,000 TV is going to last just as long as a $500 alternative that you find in a sale. And once you start spending on your lifestyle, it’s a lot harder to return to a more frugal way of living. So, no matter how much or how little you earn, always make sure the cost of your life is less than your income growth – and put what is left away in savings.

Borrow to invest

Finally, don’t be afraid to borrow money. As long as you are doing it the right way, debt can be a useful investment tool. However, never put lifestyle choices on credit, and only ever use debt as a platform to make money. Mortgages, business loans, stocks and bonds – and even your education – are all areas where borrowing should pay off.

No one can be certain of what will happen in the future, particularly in these troubling times. All you can do is focus on your future and that of your family. Make the right choices now, and you should be able to avoid any of the potential clouds that could show up in the years to come.

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