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Dash! The Convenient Way to Grocery Shop Without Going to the Store

Dash! The Convenient Way to Grocery Shop Without Going to the Store

Have you ever come home from grocery shopping and start to put the items away only to realize that you forgot a few vital things?

It might not seem like a big deal, but sometimes those items were the whole reason that you decided to go shopping in the first place. Things like toilet paper, dish detergent, or coffee. Now you have to go back out to get them which can not only be frustrating, but time consuming as well. Now you have to interrupt your entire schedule to retrieve one single item.

With Amazon Dash, You will never need to worry about running low of your favourite items

    Amazon Dash is here to alleviate that issue. This feature makes grocery shopping a sinch! And it all can be done from the comfort of your home.

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    The buttons are Wifi connected devices that you can place anywhere in your home. When you begin to run low, you just press the button, and your Amazon Prime account will be alerted to reorder the item.

    Virtual Dash buttons are also available. They can be accessed through your mobile device. And since these are free you can add as many as you like.

    Easy as the push of a button

    You can get your Amazon Dash buttons from Amazon Prime for just $4.99 a button. You instantly get $4.99 credit for that buttons item automatically, so you are already seeing a return on your investment.

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    Set up the button in accordance to the app, so you will receive notifications when the order has shipped, or if they button has been hit by accident resulting in a double order.

    Place the button near the appropriate item for easy access when you realize it is running low. This way you can quickly order before the item runs out.

    What happened if someone accidentally press the button?

    If you live with little kids, they may press the buttons for fun, not realizing what they are doing. You may also accidentally press the button to reorder something, forgetting that you have already placed the order.

    You can set the buttons somewhere that are hard to reach to avoid this issue, but that may end up taking away from the convenience of the product.

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    Amazon has designed some damage control for just these occasions. No matter how much one button has been pressed, the next order will not be sent until the previous one has been delivered.

    If you have set up the notification feature, you will be alerted every time a button is pressed. This makes it easy to cancel accidental orders instantly.

    There are Dashes for nearly everything you can think of!

    There are Dash buttons for just about everything! From cosmetics, toiletries, paper items, condoms, snacks, beverages, pet food, you name it, there’s a dash button for it.

    The top 5 dash buttons at the moment are:

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    Prime Surprise Sweets

      Tide

        Bounty

          Charmin

            Cascade

              Get a button for your favorite items now!

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              Last Updated on July 17, 2019

              The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

              The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

              What happens in our heads when we set goals?

              Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

              Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

              According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

              Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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              Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

              Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

              The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

              Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

              So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

              Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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              One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

              Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

              Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

              The Neurology of Ownership

              Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

              In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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              But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

              This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

              Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

              The Upshot for Goal-Setters

              So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

              On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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              It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

              On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

              But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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