There was a time when the word "viral" meant only bad things. Viral infections, viral colds – things you wanted to stay away from. In the online world, however, the term "viral" is something very desirable. When you start a blog, or create an online content, if you can get your content to go viral – that is, f you can get it seen by millions of people – you are really in business. How do you do that? That's what we'll cover in this article.

Provide solutions

People are always looking for solutions to their daily problems. Whether it's how to lose weight, look younger, get dinner on the table faster, make more money, find true love, or whatever, people want solutions. If you can provide a solution to a common problem, your content will get read shared, linked to, and referenced many times over.

Work in catchy titles

Before your content can be shared and eventually go viral, it has to be read. And for it to be read, you'll need to "sell the click" to the original reader. To do that, you'll need to create a compelling title that will encourage your readers to click your link to read more. People love lists and step-by-step ways to find solutions to their problems (see above about why you should provide solutions). Create titles that let people know that an easy solution is just a click away. Buzzwords like easy, quick, and fast are good choices, as are things like "5 ways to…" and "___ in 5 easy steps."

Break up the information into small chunks

These days, people have busy lives and short attention spans. They won't take the time to read a lengthy post that isn't broken up into manageable bites. Use titles subtitles, bullet points, lists, etc. to break up the content into easily scannable bites that people will be more inclined to read.

Get the readers involved

Another very effective way to get your content in front of many eyes is to get them involved. Ask them questions and encourage them to answer in the comments, leave blanks for them to fill in, or provide them with questions to ask themselves. All of these things will increase the viral potential of your content.

Be a place of positivity

People have enough negativity in their lives. Most people don't want to read, much less share, posts that are the written equivalent of a dark cloud. That's not to say you can't post about things that are not all sunshine and roses (the trials and tribulations of parenting, for example) but if you can do so with a little bit of humour and a wink in your eye, your content is much more likely to be shared. If you are positive and emote positivity in your posts, people will be drawn to you. When that happens, thy will want to share your content.

Evoke an emotion

Think about the kind of content you yourself share. More often than not, you share something that evokes an emotion in you. That emotion could be motivation, happiness, positivity, wistfulness, anger, or even sadness. It's the emotional response that makes you want to share it. You want the people in your life to experience the same emotions, right? That's why you share it. If you can do the same with your blog posts, your readers will also want to share what they are reading.

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Slicing your personal spending budget into sub-categories often highlights unexpected cash flow patterns. Under review, for example, fixed costs like rent and mortgage payments are generally stable, while spending in certain discretionary categories can be surprising. And since people have unique spending priorities, the way money is allocated varies widely across individuals. Despite noted differences in the way money flows through consumers' hands, household spending habits also share many things in common. Among them, the cost of food typically occupies a prominent place in most family budgets.

Food costs represent essential spending, so a budget-conscious approach to your family menu yields ongoing savings. If you are serious about redirecting food spending toward other important financial responsibilities, start with these cost-conscious moves, adding your own creative ideas for frugal food savings.

Eat at Home

If you haven't done the math, you may be surprised how much more expensive it is to eat out, when compared to dining at home. Restaurant meals can be economical, under some circumstances (kids eat free, buy one get one, etc.), but the overall cost of prepared food is far greater than frugal home cooked meals. The analysis also applies to carryout, which is equally as expensive as dining in restaurants.

If your finances are like other busy individuals', life's hectic pace is to blame for many meals bought out of convenience , rather than economy. To reduce food costs, resist the urge to dine out as a default, instead challenging yourself to provide home cooking, as often as possible. By saving restaurant trips for special occasions, you'll appreciate being pampered more and relish being cared for by hospitality staff.

Plan a Menu

Planning a weekly menu can help reduce food costs in two distinct ways. For starters, planning a menu helps at the grocery store, enabling you to target only needed items. And looking ahead also limits food waste, helping you account for leftovers.

As you craft a cost-effective weekly food menu, create a bulk vision, covering the week's meals. A chicken roasted for Sunday dinner, for instance, can be repurposed for Monday's stir-fry, tacos, or chicken salad. And a sturdy batch of pasta stands-in for two weeknight meals, keeping the family fed for pennies per serving.

Pack a Lunch

It is often the hidden costs of everyday living, rather than major spending blunders, which drag down family finances. If you are accustomed to grabbing lunch on the fly, paying for your mid-day meals one at a time, your food budget may be overly inflated, without you being aware. Averaged at ten dollars a day for the cost of eating in restaurants, lunch costs readily exceed $200 a month. Over the course of a year – or career – it is easy to see how lunch spending could interfere with food economy. To reduce your lunch tab and add to household savings, carry a bag lunch as often as possible. Not only does the practice trim spending, but packing your own lunch also enables you to make healthier dining choices than those available at many restaurants.

Brew it Yourself

Incremental savings add-up to substantial sums, so trimming everyday expenditures can be felt in your bottom line. Starting with your morning cup of coffee, making slight changes to your lifestyle may be enough to free-up funds for other priorities. Instead of stopping at your favorite coffee house and paying ala carte coffee prices, for instance, try reinventing your morning routine to allow for home brewed coffee. Even treating yourself to fresh gourmet roasts, you'll save substantial sums when compared to paying the barista.

There is no denying the significance of food spending in most family budgets. For immediate savings on food costs, eliminate your morning coffee stop, carry a bag lunch to work, and plan weekly menus to reduce waste. And for further gains, dine close to home, saving meals-out for special occasions.

Most of us spend our life in the pursuit of happiness. We also spend the majority of our lives working to make money. But does all this striving to make more and more money actually make us happy?

In fact, research has shown that money can definitely make us happier, but perhaps not in the ways you’d expect. It’s true that if you’re struggling to get by financially, you’ll tend to be less happy than someone who is financially comfortable. But once our basic financial needs are met, studies have also shown that our happiness is actually decided by factors other than how much money we make. After all, we all know someone who has saved a lot of money and yet can’t seem to find happiness.

Researchers have found that after we hit a minimum income level where our basic needs are met, how we spend our money actually affects our happiness a lot more than how much we earn. For example, people who use their money to help others tend to be happier. But what about when you’re spending money on yourself?

It turns out that spending money on experiences makes us a lot happier than spending money on material goods. Unfortunately though, many people would rather spend money on material goods over spending on memorable experiences, especially when money is tight. It seems to stem from the idea that material goods are permanent, while experiences are fleeting. However, research shows that the joy received from a new material purchase quickly wears off, whereas the enjoyment of an experience lasts long after it’s over.

We put together an infographic summarizing some of the science on why spending money on experiences makes us happier than spending money on experiences. We hope you find it enlightening!

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