I am a young adult and soon to be health insurance holder. I’ve always relied on my parents’ health insurance for my trips to the hospital and all that jazz, but soon it will be up to me to pick and choose my health insurance. I’m not sure exactly how it all works, but from the looks of the infographic below, short-term health insurance might be the way to go. At least for those of us who have found ourselves in a health insurance gap. So if you’re in a similar situation, or you’re just curious, stick around and learn something new!
Short-term health insurance can cover anywhere from 30 to 365 days, depending on what state you live in. Some of the benefits to having this type of insurance include coverage for unexpected trips to the ER, hospitalization, or ambulance rides. It’s also fairly inexpensive. The average premium for an individual with short-term health insurance is $67. For a family policy, the average is $153. All of these costs vary depending on certain attributes such as age, where you live, tobacco use, and all that good stuff.
To be without health insurance is a risky business. So if you’re in one these gaps, it might be best to just sign up for the short-term policy. Without it, if you are injured or have to visit the hospital for any reason, you could find yourself in serious debt. And that’s no bueno, my friends. The average cost of a hospital stay is $9,700, which is insane and definitely more than I can shell out. I mean, an estimated 3 in 5 bankruptcies can be attributed to medical bills. So get insured now while you’re still fully functional. You never know what tragedy lies around the corner, underneath the ladder, across the street from the black cat, sitting on the broken mirror. [via]
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It is very easy to get caught up in your own mess that you forget there are bigger things happening in this world. When life isn’t going the way you want it to, it is easy to go home and dwell on it. But what does that do for you? Nothing. Alone time is not bad by any means. My aim is only to suggest there are more fulfilling ways of spending your time that can help put your life into perspective, and make you feel whole and more connected to the community of your choice. In this infographic provided by United Healthcare, we are reminded of why it is good to put service above self.
Volunteering has been shown to improve the outlook on life. 94 percent of volunteers say it improves their mood. 96 percent say it actually enhances their sense of purpose in life. This alludes to the notion that we are all striving to be better and to leave our mark. We want to feel healthier and happier. More importantly, we want to feel like we made a difference for the better. There aren’t many things that you can actually give someone that are truly yours. When you volunteer, you are giving yourself and your time.
Positivity, vision, and the motivation to actively serve your community will lead to a better world in which to live. You’ll get to see first hand the positive impact you make on the life of another. [via]
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Who’s got the coolest dad? Your dad? My dad? Should there be a dad-off? These are all fascinating questions, but maybe dad coolness should be decided by the toys they played with as a kid. And depending on when your dad was born and when you were born, these toys will most likely be drastically different.
My dad is 60. So according to this infographic, he was all about Tonka, Silly Putty, and Gumby. (I happen to know his favorites were actually Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs, but you get the point.) What about a 45-year-old dad? Well, he was probably more into walkie talkies, Connect Four, or Atari. This was the beginning of the tech-dads, or dads who grew up with video games and things of that sort.
Ok, here is where it gets weird. Dads under 24 were fans of Furby, Pogs, and Pokemon. Pokemon?! I still love pokemon! I’m 22. I’m not ready to be a dad! What is this infographic trying to tell me?
Maybe it’s just an informative, interesting infographic about how toys intended for young boys have changed over the last 50 years. I’m going with that, because I’m not ready for kids. [via]
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Web design is all about user experience, and the first item of business for users is… drum roll, please… appearance! We live in an age that expects and even demands instant gratification, so your website better follow suit.
How aesthetically appealing your website is depends entirely on the combination of content and design, not one or the other. Based on NoWorryWeb’s “How Your Eyes Move on a Website,” users spend 80 percent of their time looking at information above the “fold,” or the portion of the page that does not require scrolling. Additionally, “big images and positive space attract readers’ eyes first.” These are just a few helpful psychological tips to attract users to continue to return to your webpage.
NoWorryWeb also provides another helpful hint to attract the attention of readers. According to their psychological web surveys, readers’ eyes trace the shape of either an “F” or an “E” as they scan a webpage. Based on that, complex web design – such as the construction of infographics – should aim to follow a design based on the most aesthetically and mentally stimulating material on the first two scrolls of the page, and to leave the less interesting material towards the bottom of the page. Check out this infographic’s interesting web design hints.
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I’m sure we’ve all witnessed interviews in the news or on a history show with a well-seasoned expert in their respected field of research, pouring out facts and numbers about topics so arbitrary, you can’t help but wonder how the hell they became so proficient on such a random subject.
Turns out you don’t need to be a genius to be an expert in something, you just have to be passionate, and willing to put in a lot of hours on the subject. According to today’s infographic, 95% of people have the capacity to learn and acquire knowledge in any field of study. Your first step towards becoming an expert is to learn about the subject, obviously. Knowing your learning style would lower the amount of time you spend absorbing new information, however, diversifying your learning style would increase your comprehension on the topic. Stimulating yourself through a combination of knowledge and skill-based challenges will further strengthen your knowledge, and set you on the right path towards becoming a reliable expert in your desired field. In a nutshell, you have to be extremely passionate to willingly put in the amount of hours studying and challenging yourself. If 12th century basket weaving techniques is your calling, go for it! We just might see you on the History Channel bestowing your knowledge upon the rest of the unknowing world! [via]