The History Of Black Friday

Considered the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, how Black Friday got started is much different than you probably thought.  In the 1950s and 1960s, the term was used to describe the confusion and commotion that would hit the streets of Philadelphia the day after Thanksgiving.  However, people weren’t out in search of $20 iPads and $100 50” HDTV TVs.  Instead, they flocked to the city for the Army-Navy football game that was always held the Saturday following Thanksgiving.  Stores would often experience an increase in shoplifting as shoplifters took advantage of the chaos on the streets.

It wasn’t until the late 1980s that the term caught on across the country and retailers tried to reinvent it as a positive day.  Around this time, the term “Black Friday” was used to mark the time of year when American stores started to turn a profit (going from red to black), though they didn’t necessarily see their highest sales.  (The Saturday before Christmas typically has higher sales.)  However, businesses took advantage of the term and begin to offer major sales with the hopes of getting more customers through the doors.  It worked!

It wasn’t too long before Black Friday gave way to Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday/ Sunday.  In fact, Black Friday has become so celebrated in the US that stores have tried to outdo each other by opening earlier and earlier, with many opening Thanksgiving evening.

Interestingly, the Black Friday “holiday” is celebrated in more than 20 other countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK, and Mexico, despite the fact they do not celebrate Thanksgiving.

Holiday Gift Giving

Every holiday, many people will put a lot of thought into what to get for their boyfriends, girlfriends, or spouses. Culturally, the gift that a person chooses for a significant other is often treated as a test of how well the two people know each other, so people feel a need to prove themselves when it comes to gifts for their loved ones. There’s a lot of pressure to find sufficiently thoughtful gifts that will properly commemorate the occasion.

People that are new in a relationship may make the mistake of trying to buy a generic gift for a man or woman at first. When buying gifts, asking what men want or what women want is usually only going to get a person so far. Taking individual preferences into account is much more important and much more useful. People early in relationships usually aren’t going to be too harsh to one another when it comes to gift selection.

There are a lot of factors that can influence a person’s gift preferences. Some people love luxurious items, while other people are more casual about what people purchase for them. Often times, people will want gift items that reflect their interests. Buying art supplies for a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend that is into art will often produce good results, especially if that person has a practical approach to gift-giving. Some people like gifts with a lot of sentimental value, while other people prefer gifts that have more utility. There are some people that love gift cards, and other people that consider them inadequate gifts. Loved ones will be able to find the information that they need over the course of their lives together. Many people are also willing to directly talk about their gift preferences and gift opinions, and there’s usually no harm in asking.

Success Fear and Love

People need to face their fears in life, it is perhaps the only way that they are going to grow. It will make them into better people in the end as they can finally take control of their life and be confident that they are heading in the right direction. The only way that you will ever get the life that you want is by facing your fears.

Many people fear stress in life as they think that it is a bad thing whereas the reality might be completely different. In actual fact, stress has been proven to help a person grow and become more realistic about the things that face them. They need to think quite carefully when faced with stress and in a lot of people it results in a ‘fight or flight’ response which can be the making of people.

There is something called post-traumatic stress growth which is where a person grows as a person from the stress that they have experienced. The stress that they go through can be mild but normally it is facing their fears which makes a person grow in stature and as a person. It makes them more resilient against future troubles, become themselves and also gain a greater appreciation of life. Stress can be one of the best things in the world and facing your fears is one way to bring these benefits to you.

There is certainly a spiritual aspect to facing our fears as well such as when Jesus sacrificed himself for the good of the people when he was crucified. This led him to be sacrificed but if you follow the story on eventually he rose from the dead and was reborn. A similar analogy could be used for us facing our fears. At first it will nearly kill us but then eventually we will emerge from it stronger and happier.

Making Your Resolution Stick

“Make a New Year’s resolution!” There is a good chance that you heard this phrase for as long as you can remember, but most of us have no idea why. With the New Year right around the corner, let’s look at the history of resolutions, as well as examine how you can increase the likelihood that you will stick to your New Year’s resolution.

A Brief Look at the History of New Year’s Resolutions

You may be shocked to find out that people have been setting resolutions for more than 4,000 years. Initially, the New Year was celebrated by the Babylonians as part of an eleven day celebration in March. Resolutions were made in the hopes of gaining good favor from the gods for the upcoming year. In most cases, they resolved to get out of debt. In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar moved the first day of the year to January 1 in celebration of the Roman God of Beginnings, Janus, and the tradition of setting resolutions continued.

Setting Your Resolutions and Keeping Them

Although you can choose your resolutions at any time, you set your plan in motion at 12:01 am on January 1. When setting your resolution, it is important to reflect on what changes you would like to make instead of simply choosing the first thing that comes to mind. Above all, it is crucial to make realistic goals. For example, don’t set a resolution to work out seven days a week if you currently don’t exercise at all. Start smaller, such as setting a goal of exercising three or four days a week. This increases your chances of sticking with it.

It is also important that you only work on changing one behavior at time to prevent getting overwhelmed. Additionally, don’t be afraid to discuss your resolutions with others and ask for their support. Although you can truly do anything if you put your mind to it, sharing your successes and struggles will make it easier to meet the goals you have set for yourself.

If You Slip-up Accidents happen. It’s just a fact of life. It’s important that you not give in to a desire to give up simply because you have made a minor misstep. So, you skipped the gym for an entire week because you had so much other stuff going on? Now, it’s time to head back to the gym. You will experience both ups and downs with your resolution. The key is to recover from your misstep and get back on track. You can do it!

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