Desired change means it is something people want to do. This is Fogg Maxim No. 1: Help people do what they already want to do. Understanding Behavior Design is the first step to achieving any desired change. BJ Fogg, PhD, explains Behavior Design in his book “Tiny Habits” as B=MAP: Behavior …
When starting a fitness journey, many consumers begin with finding a new gym, but 2021 may be different for some. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a concern, many consumers are looking at achieving their fitness goals from home.
Since 2020 has presented many sets of unexpected challenges and hurdles, one shift has been to an ever-increasing digital marketplace with online purchases and payments more common than ever before, and virtual events and virtual pop-up shops becoming the new normal.
It’s that time of season when I worry I might morph into one of Santa’s elves. I really enjoy the Christmas holidays – the time of year for optimism and good will. I bet some of the best times of your life happened during this joyous season.
Companies started throwing out performance rating scales and stopped ranking people from best to worst more than 10 years ago. The first lesson learned is conversations about compensation and conversations about performance improvement are two different conversations. Companies that still co…
Nearly all can agree that it is time to put 2020 in the rear-view mirror. But we can’t close the books on what we must do to make the new year as healthy and prosperous as possible.
As consumers are checking items off their holiday shopping lists, they may be in search of the hottest “must-have” toys of the season. While children’s toys may seem harmless, scammers can use them as an opportunity to trick parents out of big bucks.
Some things just don’t sit well with me. I was shopping at one of the big box stores on Nov. 1, and Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and other holiday tunes were already being played.
We are dealing with a crisis and headed toward a potential catastrophe. This reality has become clear during the last few weeks as our hospitals have reached or exceeded capacity.
To play or not to play winter high school sports and other activity programs – that is the decision being considered by state high school associations, state health and education departments, and state governments.
With holiday shopping moving full steam ahead as we approach Thanksgiving, nearly 60 percent of shoppers say a gift card is at the top of their Christmas wish list, according to the National Retail Federation.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting La Porte for the first time since I was installed as chancellor of Indiana University South Bend. I spoke to a group of leaders and shared the good news about how IU South Bend is serving your community.
Most people initially react to adverse life events with a sense of uneasiness and negativity, but over time seem to adapt. People somehow “bounce back” from tragedy and trauma. Early resilience researchers Garmezy and Masten defined resilience as the process of, capacity for, or outcome of s…
Force should be applied in the apprehension of armed and dangerous fugitives. Impacted communities need your help locating “dangerous fugitives” who are wanted for violating the health standards for clean air, water and soil.
When COVID-19 hit in March, never did I imagine that I would be contemplating at the beginning of the next school year whether or not I would send my kid back to school in person, or keep him home to do virtual learning.
We’re working from home, doing more shopping online, video-chatting with friends we haven’t seen since before COVID, and increasingly, we’re even visiting the doctor electronically.
This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, take some time to think through the way your devices are secured at both work and home. If you’re like many Hoosiers, work and home may share the same roof, which makes it even more critical to secure your spaces.
MERRILLVILLE — Robocalls are a familiar nuisance for Americans. Consumer Reports found that in 2019, 70 percent of Americans do not answer the phone if they don’t recognize the caller ID and 62 percent let most calls go to voicemail.
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and as we become digital citizens more and more, it’s important to remember the basics of keeping yourself secure online. One of those basics: check your links.
Harvard Psychologist, Mahzarin Banaji coined the term “thumbprint of my culture.” She and many others have studied implicit bias. These are biases we all have and use without conscious awareness. Our brain works fast to make decisions constantly and develop mental shortcuts. These shortcuts …
La PORTE — When I hear that women were “given” the right to vote, it should be followed by how many years it took and all the struggles they went through to fight for that right.
COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way we live. Americans are spending more time in our homes – working and living inside as a way to keep each other safe.
According to BBB’s most recent investigation, released Wednesday, sweepstakes scammers continue to be a persistent problem. Older adults have been especially hard-hit by these scams, and the BBB is warning of the tactics scammers use to con people out of their money using fake prizes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way consumers approach shopping. Forbes found that online retailers’ year-over-year revenue was up 68 percent in mid-April, and February saw an increase in online shopping typically only seen on Cyber Monday, according to QuantumMetric.
La Porte’s lakes have always been an important part of La Porte’s history – it being known as the City of Lakes. They have served and still do serve many activities.
As more states and municipalities make masks mandatory in public settings, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Better Business Bureau have issued a warning about flyers or cards stating that the owner is exempt from wearing face masks.
David Kessler, an expert on grief, described three ways people respond to a crisis. There are those who panic, unsure of what to do or how to cope; those moving along with guidance they’ve been given; and those who want others to calm down and get back to business as usual.
Living through, or even observing these moral, economic and health crises continue to unfold is taking an emotional toll. We have three choices in response to a crisis. We can fight, take flight or freeze. We can move in with high energy and take control; we can move away, going about our bu…
Believe or not, the kids of yesteryear had plenty of pastimes to occupy their downtime – many had rules which were made up at the time, and the rules changed regularly, depending on the participants.
Never in a million years would I think that my small town would take part in something so big. On June 5, La Porte played host to a protest in response to the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man whose death sparked national outrage.
Believe or not, the kids of yesteryear had plenty of pastimes to occupy their downtime – many had rules which were made up at the time and the rules changed regularly, depending on the participants.
David Rock, Ph.D., coined the acronym SCARF which stands for status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and fairness. These are the five domains that influence us emotionally, much of the time as a threat. Leaders can mitigate the impact of SCARF threats by creating some SCARF rewards.
Just recently, one of the “regulars” at the Oasis Ballroom in Michigan City passed away – Martha Keserich Vance, known to most as Martha Nash. I thank Patty Nocek of the La Porte County Health Department for sharing Martha’s obituary. Martha sang regularly at the Oasis Ballroom in Michigan C…