Last Few Days!

The 20% discount on Techsmith products, including my favorite “Snagit”, a capture program I use daily & often several times every day, has only a few days to run – ends on 1st October. (Discount code at checkout: TSCAFF20)

Capture anything on your screen with one click!

Create From Templates

Pre-made layouts within Snagit to create visual documentation, tutorials, and training materials.

Create Video From Images

Talk and draw over a series of screenshots to create a quick “how-to” video or GIF.

Enterprise Sharing Destinations

Snagit 2021 now lets you share directly to Slack and Box.

See more Here: Use This Code at Checkout to get your discount : TSCAFF2

Also in the offer is Camtasia an all-in-one screen recorder and video editor software that has been around for over 15 years with over and has millions of users and is really good for creating video tutorials and screencasts.

20% Discount Applies to Camtasia 2021, Snagit 2021, Camtasia + Snagit Bundle: Use This Code at Checkout to get your discount : TSCAFF2

Top Reasons To Smile Every Day

Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress, boost your immune system, reduce pain, look more attractive and stay positive, possibly even prolonging your life. 

Try this test:

Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard, isn’t it?

Smiling can influence your feelings of positivity, even if it feels unnatural or forced. Regardless of whether or not your smile is genuine, it still sends the message that “Life is good!” to your brain and, ultimately, the rest of your body.

The physical act of smiling actually activates pathways in your brain that influence your emotional state—meaning that by adopting a happy facial expression, you can “trick” your mind into entering a state of happiness. This holds true whether or not your smile is real.

Even a simple smile can trigger the release of neuropeptides that improve your neural communication, as well as neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which can boost your mood. Think of smiling like a natural antidepressant.

We all know that stress can permeate our entire being, and it can really show up in our faces and makes us look less attractive. Smiling not only helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed but it can actually help decrease stress and boost our overall health by helping our immune system to function more effectively. It is believed that when you smile, immune function improves because you are more relaxed (those neurotransmitters again!).

Smiling Reduces Pain

Studies also show that smiling releases endorphins, other natural painkillers, and serotonin. Together, these brain chemicals make us feel good from head to toe, not only do they elevate our mood, but they also relax our body and reduce physical pain. Smiling is a natural drug.

Whether you’re trying to maintain your overall health or strengthen your immune system ahead of cold and flu season, smiling may help so, smile every day, as often as you can.

Friday, 1 October is World Smile Day 2021 so just to get you ready, here is a catchy Smile video.

A smile a day keeps the Doctor away? Who needs apples?

 

Text Effects in The Graphics Creator

Just to add a bit of color to my life quickly am playing around with the Text Effects Templates

I first used this software from Laughingbird Software way back in 1915 when it was called The Logo Creator. Since then it has grown and grown, with a wide variety of templates available to help you make your own creations very quickly. I use it nearly every day in my business, for social media posts and to add interest to my personal emails & messages.

With the desktop version you buy template packs and the software is included with the purchase. You have these forever with no extra payment. There are many different packs and I’ve added more and more over the years.

However, if you want access to ALL the templates, the online version with annual or monthly subscription is a great way to create your own graphics simply and easily.

Click this link to have a look for yourself.

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Reaction to Life’s Lessons

I came across a saying I liked recently, so made a short animation about it for my FaceBook page.

What do you think?

One of life’s lessons is that our reaction to a situation will often determine our path from that situation. So when we feel badly about any experience, it’s helpful to reflect on the process or situation we’ve been though and look for any useful insights that can help us move forward in some way. Self-reflection is a useful tool to help us grow & develop.