Christmas

Christmas is a Christian holiday known in December, celebrated all over the world and known for its decorations and Santa Clause. Christmas means “the feast day of Christ”. An annual celebration that marks the birth of Jesus Christ; it is considered December 25 as a cultural and religious festival among many people around the world. Christmas is celebrated in all Christian lands, but there are differences in the way each nation celebrates it.

History After Christmas
The history of Christmas is one that goes back a long way; The first Christmas was celebrated in 336 A.D. in Rome. It played a very important role during the famous Arian controversies that took place in the 300s. During the early years of the Middle Ages, epiphany covered us.

Christmas was restored to light in about 800 AD when Emperor Charlemagne received a crown on Christmas day. During the 17th century, Puritans were not allowed to celebrate Christmas because it was associated with drunkenness and other immorality.

A suitable holiday was held around the year 1660 but was unpopular. About the early 1900’s, the Anglican Church of Oxford organized the Anglican Church, and this led to the revival of Christmas.

Christmas preparations
Christmas is a celebration of many traditions. It is a public holiday so people get a Christmas break to celebrate.

Christmas preparations begin early for many people so that the festivities begin on Christmas Eve. Christmas preparations involve many activities. People often buy ornaments, food, and gifts, especially from children of family and friends. Some families purchase matching Christmas costumes for everyone.

Typical arrangements include decorating the area with Christmas trees, lighting. Before the decorations begin, the house should be thoroughly cleaned. The Christmas tree brings the Christmas spirit home.

Gifts are placed under the Christmas tree in wrapped gift boxes and should not be opened until Christmas Day. The church is also decorated with this special event. A thorough cleaning of the churches was also done to bring in Christmas. Songs and drawings to be made on Christmas day.

People often spend a lot of money on Christmas so saving money for these programs should be the first preparation for all these things. Families also plan to travel to stay together during the festive season. Traditionally turkey is the most common meal in the world on this day. Cards are also written to friends and family to wish them a happy holiday and to show their love.

Celebrating Christmas Day
Christmas carols are played on radio and television to celebrate the day. Most families start by going to a church where songs and hymns are performed. Then, later, they join their families in exchanging gifts and celebrating with food and music. Merry Christmas is a wonderful time.

Traditional homemade cakes, cakes, and muffins are the special Christmas items. Children are given lots of presents and new clothes. They also meet ‘Santa Claus’, who is dressed in a bright red and white costume, who greets them with kisses and presents.

Conclusion:
At Christmastime, we know that the birth of Jesus is the beginning of great things on earth. It is often an opportunity to reflect on nature and the reason for our existence. Christmas is such a celebration that people of all religions and denominations celebrate the world despite the Christian celebration. The theme of this very unifying ceremony.

References:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Christmas

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.history.com/.amp/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas

Suicide effects

Suicide affects all people. Within the past year, about 41,000 individuals died by suicide, 1.3 million adults have attempted suicide, 2.7 million adults have had a plan to attempt suicide and 9.3 million adults have had suicidal thoughts. 

Unfortunately, our society often paints suicide the way they would a prison sentence—a permanent situation that brands an individual. However, suicidal ideation is not a brand or a label, it is a sign that an individual is suffering deeply and must seek treatment. And it is falsehoods like these that can prevent people from getting the help they need to get better.

Debunking the common myths associated with suicide can help society realize the importance of helping others seek treatment and show individuals the importance of addressing their mental health challenges. 

Myth: Suicide only affects individuals with a mental health condition.

Fact: Many individuals with mental illness are not affected by suicidal thoughts and not all people who attempt or die by suicide have mental illness. Relationship problems and other life stressors such as criminal/legal matters, persecution, eviction/loss of home, death of a loved one, a devastating or debilitating illness, trauma, sexual abuse, rejection, and recent or impending crises are also associated with suicidal thoughts and attempts.

Myth: Once an individual is suicidal, he or she will always remain suicidal.

Fact: Active suicidal ideation is often short-term and situation-specific. Studies have shown that approximately 54% of individuals who have died by suicide did not have a diagnosable mental health disorder. And for those with mental illness, the proper treatment can help to reduce symptoms. 

The act of suicide is often an attempt to control deep, painful emotions and thoughts an individual is experiencing. Once these thoughts dissipate, so will the suicidal ideation. While suicidal thoughts can return, they are not permanent. An individual with suicidal thoughts and attempts can live a long, successful life. 

Myth: Most suicides happen suddenly without warning.

Fact: Warning signs—verbally or behaviorally—precede most suicides. Therefore, it’s important to learn and understand the warnings signs associated with suicide. Many individuals who are suicidal may only show warning signs to those closest to them. These loved ones may not recognize what’s going on, which is how it may seem like the suicide was sudden or without warning.

Myth: People who die by suicide are selfish and take the easy way out.

Fact: Typically, people do not die by suicide because they do not want to live—people die by suicide because they want to end their suffering. These individuals are suffering so deeply that they feel helpless and hopeless. Individuals who experience suicidal ideations do not do so by choice. They are not simply, “thinking of themselves,” but rather they are going through a very serious mental health symptom due to either mental illness or a difficult life situation.   

Myth: Talking about suicide will lead to and encourage suicide.

Fact: There is a widespread stigma associated with suicide and as a result, many people are afraid to speak about it. Talking about suicide not only reduces the stigma, but also allows individuals to seek help, rethink their opinions and share their story with others. We all need to talk more about suicide. 

Debunking these common myths about suicide can hopefully allow individuals to look at suicide from a different angle—one of understanding and compassion for an individual who is internally struggling. Maybe they are struggling with a mental illness or maybe they are under extreme pressure and do not have healthy coping skills or a strong support system. 

As a society, we should not be afraid to speak up about suicide, to speak up about mental illness or to seek out treatment for an individual who is in need. Eliminating the stigma starts by understanding why suicide occurs and advocating for mental health awareness within our communities. There are suicide hotlines, mental health support groups, online community resources and many mental health professionals who can help any individual who is struggling with unhealthy thoughts and emotions. 

What is Customer Experience?

Customer Experience

Remember when “the customer is always right” drove how brands and customers interacted? Then, it was all about customer service, meeting their needs in that particular moment. Well, that was before the internet age. What used to be an effortless interaction that had a beginning, middle, and end, say, in a physical store, is now an open-ended relationship that can happen spontaneously anywhere and anytime—in your product, a brick and mortar store, a mobile app, a web portal, or your contact center. The term for this business-customer ongoing dynamic today is customer experience (CX). But, what is customer experience? CX refers to the ongoing relationship between a customer and your company.

Why Is Customer Experience Important?

Customer experience has been getting so much attention recently that empirical evidence amounts that being customer-centric has very real payoffs.

According to a PwC report, customers are willing to pay a premium of up to 16 percent for a good customer experience. Furthermore, Watermark Consulting reports the companies they identify as the Top 10 Customer Experience Leaders in the U.S. outperform the S&P and have three times higher returns than those they identify as CX laggards.

Customer experience shifts the business perspective from a sole focus on profit to focusing on customer needs, wants, and goals. Making that shift lets you align your investments, products, and services accordingly, ensuring that they solve the correct problems and the ones customers are willing to spend money to get solved.

This, in turn, impacts the following two metrics that are critical for any business wanting to maintain a healthy bottom line.

Improving Customer Retention and Decreasing Churn

Customers are armed with readily available information about their options and have the power to switch providers at the click of a button. This means that having satisfied customers is vital if you want to ensure they keep coming back and buying more from you. A lost customer means a loss of revenue and an increased cost in other areas to compensate for that loss. Research shows it costs five times more to attract a new customer than to retain an existing one.

Decreasing Customer Acquisition Cost

Excellent customer experience also has an impact on how effective your company is in acquiring new customers. A happy customer is more likely to become an advocate and refer you to other customers. And in an age where people no longer trust advertisements and 20–50 percent of all purchasing decisions are based on word-of-mouth (McKinsey), customer advocacy is shown to increase marketing effectiveness by as much as 54 percent and significantly decrease your cost of acquiring new customers.

What Makes a Good Customer Experience?

With more than 80% of companies expecting to compete solely based on CX, ensuring your customers have a great experience is critical if you want to keep your competitive edge. The thing with competing based on CX is that you aren’t just designing an experience that is better than others offering similar products and services; you are also building experiences that are judged (even if only subconsciously) with all the other experiences they have in their daily lives and with companies such as Uber, Amazon, and Airbnb. This “circle of influence” is what ultimately shapes their expectations about what “great” really means.

Make It Effortless

Your customers are impatient, and they expect everything to be easy and “right now.”  In fact, Google data shows that searches for “same day shipping” have grown 150% since 2015. So, a great customer experience is all about effortlessness and speed: how easy you make it for customers to do business with you and how quickly you meet their needs or solve their problems.

A great example of effortless done right is Amazon’s 1-click to buy. Amazon took the checkout process, which is the biggest point of friction for customers, and made it just as easy as selecting the item for purchase. As a result, Amazon has been able to massively increase conversions of existing customers and generate billions of dollars of additional revenue. If your goal is to improve customer experience, identify the biggest points of friction in your customer journeys and reduce the effort customers have to expend there.

Make It Consistent

According to Forrester, 95 percent of customers use three or more channels to connect with a company in a single service interaction. This means their experience is shaped, not by their interaction with a single channel, but rather by what McKinsey calls a cluster of interactions that spans multiple channels. And thus, their satisfaction and propensity to buy again from you will be the result of their overall experience across all of them. That is why consistency is so critical.

According to McKinsey, to ensure consistency, you should focus on three main aspects of customer experience:

  1. Customer Journey consistency: Ensuring customers have a good experience that spans all the channels they interact with in their individual journeys.
  2. Emotional consistency: Ensuring you elicit consistency-driven emotional connections with customers.
  3. Communication consistency: Ensuring communications and key messages convey the same values at every interaction point.

Make It Self-Service

Customers expect to have the power to solve product or service problems on their own—and they want to do it instantly. In fact, 50 percent of customers think it’s important to solve product or service issues themselves and 70 percent expect a company’s website to include a self-service application. So, delivering functionality that helps customers help themselves can have a huge impact on their satisfaction. In an analysis by Gartnerweb self-service portals emerge as one of the digital CX projects with the highest impact on customer experience and one that more easily shows a positive ROI.

How to apply for internships?

Internships are important for everyone as they will help you to gain some experience and you will be able to learn new things from their side as well. There are some things you should keep in mind before applying for internships. Some sites will ask you to fill the resume manually. While some other sites may ask you to upload the files. Internshala is one such platform where it will ask you to fill out the application manually.


It will be really helpful if you fill out the application manually as it will help you in each and every step so that you won’t miss any important details. Try to fill out all the details if you have experience in them. Writing an eye-catching resume will only lead you to get in touch with employers. If you don’t have a good catchy resume they will reject your application right after they receive it. 


Try to do some online courses. There are lots of free courses available on the internet for students to learn and most of them will provide you certificates. Adding them under your training/ courses section will increase the chances. Keep this thing in mind, don’t give too much information in your resume. Give the precise details. Filling out too much irrelevant content will clutter your resume and the employer won’t take a look at it if it is full of unwanted things.


The next thing is while applying for internships based on your interests you should’ve created a portfolio. For example, if you are applying for a content writing internship you should’ve created a word document of some articles and should upload it in google drive. So you can give that link under-sample work section. It will help the employer to take a quick look at your work. Based on that, they decide on further processes. 


The next step is answering why should we hire you? Here you can tell the talents you have or if you have done any specific courses which will be relevant for the internship don’t forget to mention that as it will increase your chance of getting hired. Give the genuine answers and also tell them what excites you to be a part of their program. Whether it’s the learning experience or whatever try to add them so that your application will catch their eyes. 
Giving them information about the start date is so important. If you are available to start the internship as soon as you get hired tell them that you are available to start the internship immediately. Because candidates who prefer to start their internship immediately will have a higher chance of getting hired. So, keep that in mind and fill out that part with precise information.


Keep these things in mind before applying for internships. These will help you to get in touch with the employers. They will give some sample assignments for you to test your skills. Take them seriously and submit them on time. If they like your work they will proceed to the next step of the selection process and will offer you the internship based on your telephonic interview.

Good and Bad effects of competition in Life

Winner Winner Confidence booster!

Get set go!! What do you make of that? If you think its competition, you are absolutely right! In Today’s fast moving life,this phrase makes sense most of the time in every field. Yes, competition,the act of trying tobwin or gain something by defeating others, is the policy we bear in mind in completing any task how much ever minute it may be.

One of the main advantages of competition is, it provides purpose and firmness to the mind. It gives us an impetus to pursue our goal, despite the difficulties that comes along the way. Here, ego also plays a major part as losing means one is inferior to the other. This might help in increasing confidence level. If its a challenge, why not gain the pleasure by surmounting it?

Even for a trifle task, one thinks that he must be the first one to finish it, thereby forcing each one to give their level best into it, yielding a better result altogether. This trait can be observed in children too. They try to compete in any task given to them and feel very good about themselves once they finish it. This simple instance shows the infuence of competition.

Now-a-days, children are very witty, which increases the level of competition.With numerous opportunities and resources come greater competition. This can be observed in various competitive exams. The cut off marks are such that, by a point difference people lose.This induces more stress in people which might be positive or negative, depending on each individual and circumtances.

Competition provides the opportunity to select the best among the bests. It is the best way to analyze ourselves and keep a track of where we stand among our peers. It also gives us chance to improve ourselves and achieve better when the next opportunity knocks our doors.

The monthly or annual exams students face is a trailor to the future competitions we might encounter. Many children as well as adults bear the opinion that exams are unnecessary and irrelevant. On the contrary, without a definite reason, it is highly unlikely that people learn what is to be learnt.

The importance of competition is such that we must always engage in improving ourselves to be on par with the bustling world. Only when we compare and compete with people, our areas of strength and weakness is revealed to us. This is help in finding direction to move forward in life.

Coming to the disadvantages, it depends on one’s mentality and view point. If one is pessimistic, the idea of competition might be discouraging to him. Whereas, if he is optimistic and ready to take on challenges, it might actually help in pushing oneself to improvise on all levels. The reality stands that competition is everywhere. One can either moan about or make the best out of it.

In conclusion, one musy always try to have healty competition in mind. Especially in this competitive world, competition is a must and the one conpeting with full determination will be the winner of the competition called life.

Importance of Training and Internship

An Internship is one that enables you to gain some hands-on experience and you will be paid for your work. Sometimes it can be an unpaid internship. But the goodness in unpaid internships is you can get work experience and sometimes the company might provide you a Letter of  Recommendation based on your work. It would be really helpful for your future interviews. Nowadays, companies are expecting freshers to have some job experience. Doing an internship is a plus to your career. 

The internship is an opportunity to learn more about yourself, It is a good place to explore your skills, strengths, and weaknesses. You will be able to learn from the workplace. Their ways of problem-solving, generating leads, and approaching people are the top skills and you will get a good overview from them. We have to work as a shadow of our team leader so that we can get all the inputs from that person which we can use in our future work. Only when we work on an internship we will be able to figure out what we like, what we don’t like, the places and areas we need to improve all these things can be learned.

On-the-job training is also an important part of your career. It is the main area to explore the facts and our duties towards the work. One main part of securing an internship in a good company is to have a good experience which should be added to your Resume. Our Resume should be captivating enough so that we can be shortlisted in the company and the company can call for our second round. There are also companies that ask for our Portfolio. For example, if we apply for a Content Writing internship the first thing the company will look for you is some experience or your work samples. We can make a portfolio of our projects or can create a new blog and posting engaging content in various niches. It will increase your chances of getting selected. 

Be it paid or unpaid, doing an internship is an important thing in everyone’s life. After the successful completion of our internship, the employer will give feedback about your work and the places that are needed to be improved. Getting feedback from an experienced person is an added advantage and it is the best thing to improve your insight and skills. 

We can use online platforms to apply for internships. The best platform to happy for an internship is Internshala where one can find a wide variety of internships on their interests. If you are not applying for work from home and instead of applying for an in-office internship you will be able to learn more about the travel experience. The hilarious thing about in-office internships is Office Politics. Office politics include gossips, the behavior of the people, and their attitude. One good thing about internships is you can make some new friends and can learn many things from them. Internships also help you to find your new interests. Interests need not be your usual ones. When you do internships you can explore your interests in other niches as well.

One of the things you need to keep in your mind while applying for internships is a good resume. The exact reason behind why you are applying for an internship at their company. Online courses done by you should also be added as it will catch their mind but please mention if you really did those courses. If they find out during the interview it will create a bad impression on you and will decrease your chances of getting selected. And your time of availability. These things will increase your chances of getting hired at their company.