‘Discover the Best You’ With These Simple Lifestyle Changes

It would be great if we can just hold on to a magical diet plan and then in two weeks’ time, achieve a slim figure like that of Cinderella. But reality proves otherwise.

No matter what diet plan you decide to go by, none of those plans have the power to transform you unless you stick on to it. The problem is not with the diet, but with your commitment. Now hitting hard on with that sensitive remark might be tough, but if you examine, you’ll find what went wrong in your previous attempts.

The secret is rather simple. No matter how drool-worthy a meal looks, don’t pay heed to its urgings, or else you’ll end up feeling guilty for giving in to the temptations and would have lost another attempt with another worthy diet plan.

Being able to do this abruptly, especially when your hunger is at its peak, could be overwhelming and it’s not going to happen overnight. Start with your little baby steps as you progress to a point where you can make a healthy choice between a plate of colorful salad and a deluxe steak burger.

If you are all set to take your baby steps, check out these simple yet very effective lifestyle changes that can even get you ramp ready in no time.

1. Quit being fitness focused, be wellness focused

Fitness is nothing without wellness and health. Hoping to get in shape in the quickest way possible, if you forget about staying healthy, you’ll probably end up in the ER. It is possible that sometimes, focusing too much on getting those fancy abs, we go overboard and compromise our health. Your fitness regimen will work for your good only if your diet is equally healthy and adequate. So start prioritizing your requirements.

2. Quit jumping mountains, take one step at a time

Trying to take an instant transformation from being a junk food junkie to a complete nutritarian will only bring you back to where you started. Try taking one step at a time. Sketch out a feasible plan that imparts both exercising and healthy eating. Start working out for just ten minutes and try abandoning pizzas for a bowl of fresh, crunchy collard greens salad for lunch. Remember, “Salad is your main dish” by all means. Skip your regular diet cokes and indulge in a tall glass of Agua Fresca whenever hunger calls.

3. Quit watching and waiting, broaden your perspective

The key to enjoying proud results is not in counting your days and bearing the brunt of not being able to enjoy the meals that you once did. Fix your focus on the end result that you’ll be able to achieve. All the hardships you face today are nothing when compared to the much healthier and enviable version of you, tomorrow.

By combining these aspects of fresh thinking, smart eating, and mindful living, you’ll be able to reach where you need to be. As you move through this journey, your peers can’t help noticing the changes and it wouldn’t be surprising even if your fitness saga goes viral.

Healthy Lifestyle in a Modern World

During the recent years many people have started doing exercise, taking yoga classes and also following strict diet in many countries. The reasons behind these activities are many, like work-stress, people suffering from diabetes, people taking lots of fats in their food and due to the pollution and the ongoing urbanization. Most of the people living in the cities suffer from heavy pollution due to heavy intakes of carbon monoxide in their bodies. Due to this heavy intake there are many side effects involved in this process.

Most of the people are also addicted to smoking and alcohol, recent studies by an organization out of 100 people 60 percent drink significantly more than is healthy. Also in most of the countries even the percentage of the female population abusing alcohol is increasing. Due to this many of the doctors suggest people take regular exercises and also play sports in their leisure time. In the last ten years heart diseases has increased enormously from 35% to 70%. In recent years most of the children are born with diseases, a result of their parents poor health and lifestyle. So in these times it is necessary to follow some rules so that our health as well as our younger generations will be healthy.

Keeping healthy is nothing but keeping our body clean with healthy habits like taking regular exercise. First of all a regular jog of 2 km is enough for an individual of an average age. During the school days till college everyone is involved in one or other sport, but when people find a job they forget about health and they soon become busy in their work. One should consult their doctor every 3-4 months for a regular checkup’s. They should not be stressed – if they find stress they should take yoga classes every day, so that their blood pressure will be normal. Otherwise that would lead them to hyper blood pressure or hypo, which may lead to heart disease. Most of the corporate companies in USA as well as rest of the world are employing dietitians, physiotherapists, and also good doctors to take care of their employees.

The next thing I want to discuss is the diet because the intake food which we are taking is responsible for all the fats, carbohydrates,proteins and necessary enzymes which will be useful for the energy conversion or utilization in the human body. We should follow the diet very strictly by avoiding the junk food available in the market. A recent survey states that most of the people fall ill by consumption of junk food. A food with little fat is advisable because by taking more fat content the fat will be accumulated in the veins and arteries in the human body which result in high blood pressure which may lead to heart disease. In order to reduce the fats in the human body we should take less oil or cheese or butter in our food there by controlling the fats in the human body. Regular exercise will be helpful to control the fat in the human body.

By playing sports it will be a good exercise in the human body. Swimming is also a good sport. We should maintain our body weight according to our height. There we can reduce our health problems to most of the extent. I conclude my discussion to the above topic by saying that a regular exercise or yoga and a strict diet and playing sports and regular check ups we can keep our body healthy after all there is an old saying “Health is Wealth”.

The Male Chastity Lifestyle, Male Orgasm Denial and the Single Man

A lesser-encountered problem male orgasm denial and the male chastity lifestyle is how can single men benefit from them, too?

As you’ll probably already be aware, the two biggest groups of people who seek information on male chastity are men and women already in relationships who are searching for information on what male orgasm denial really entails and how to get started with it.

And then there’s a smaller but still reasonably large group of young men, often in their late teens or early twenties who feel their constant arousal and consequent masturbation habits have got out of hand (forgive the pun), and find it’s depleting their energy, reducing their drive to go out and find a real partner and generally having a negative impact on their sex-lives as single men.

Their interest in the male chastity lifestyle tends to be skewed towards the fact it’s simply a way to ensure male orgasm denial and control, and give them more energy for other things rather than the usual reasons of improving a relationship or marriage in a number of different areas.

But there’s another group I’d like to help with this article: single men who would love to live the lifestyle but who despair of ever finding a partner who shares the same interest.

On the face of it, it’s easy to see why these men feel the situation is hopeless. After all, finding a partner for a loving relationship is difficult enough as it is without the added complication of having to find one who shares your particular interest in male orgasm denial and living the male chastity lifestyle.

Even if you frequent the BDSM scene, you’ll quickly come to find, just as with almost every other social scene, get to a certain age and everyone around you is already in a relationship.

So, what’s a single man to do?

Well, my answer may surprise you, and on first reading you’re likely to find it quite scary. But bear with me, and you’ll see it makes perfect sense.

First, if you’ve read my other articles on the subject, you’ll realise the key to making it work for both of you is clear, open and honest communication. That’s why when men (and it usually is men) ask me about how to begin the process of introducing male orgasm denial and the male chastity lifestyle into their relationship, I tell them the most important thing is to be clear about exactly what it is you want from it.

I know this simple and not always easy, but there’s no sensible alternative or substitute.

And a moment’s thought shows us it’s actually made harder because we’re introducing something new into an established relationship, and there’s no doubt that can be both difficult and scary. There’s always the fear that your partner is going to freak out and think you’re some kind of weirdo (I have never known it to happen to that extreme, but I know from my own experience when John introduced it to me, that it can be something of a surprise and a shock).

So from that point of view, single men have an easier job of things, because they are in a perfect position to begin the relationship with the desired outcome of male orgasm denial and a male chastity lifestyle.

Now, I’m not suggesting you change your style of approaching women to one where the first thing out of your mouth is “Hi, I’, Fred, and I like to be locked in a chastity belt“. I suspect that while that will get you results, they won’t be the ones you’re looking for.

But what you can do early on is make sure you communicate openly and honestly about your preferences. Look, I know this is hard, and before you have this kind of conversation, it’s best if there’s already been some physical intimacy between you. The trick is to subtly act the part and lead her into the lifestyle naturally by your combined actions rather than as making some big deal of it (the bigger deal YOU make of male chastity and male orgasm denial, the bigger deal SHE will make of them, that I promise).

And if you’re feeling really brave and you want to maximise your chances of success, I heartily recommend Internet dating. Don’t laugh. That’s how I met John, and we’re a showcase success story.

And when I think back, although John didn’t overtly bring up his kink, the signs were there so he knew I wasn’t averse to the principles of male chastity and male orgasm denial in practice even if the theory was new to me.

There’s no need and probably no mileage in posting your preferences on your “profile”, but there is every reason to bring it up at an early stage, using any one of the numerous strategies I have written a about in articles and on my Blog.

Besides, if you look around you’ll see there are numerous niche dating websites where your posting your deepest, darkest and most bizarre fantasies on your profile is not only OK, but is expected of you.

Isn’t Internet dating a bit “sad”?

Not in the least.

Because the beauty of Internet dating is you get to make a shopping list – and there’s absolutely no reason on Earth not to ask for what you want and to reject anyone who won’t give it to you. You don’t have to settle for beginning a relationship that doesn’t offer exactly what you want.

To Sum Up

For some men, and you might be one of them, male chastity and male orgasm denial are a burning desire that simply won’t go away. You might push them away from time to time and they’ll disappear into the background for a while.

But they always return. And they always will.

You are entitled to want what you want, and you’re perfectly entitled to accept into your life only those who’ll give it to you. Of course, they’re free to decline and choose someone else, but that’s OK, too.

The point is, only by being clear, open and honest about your desires early in your new relationship will you know if you have a chance of living your dream before you spend a lot of time and emotional energy getting close to someone who in the long run doesn’t want what you want.

Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. It just takes the motivation to change our bad habits into good, healthy ones. Below is a list of 10 healthy lifestyle tips to get you started. Once you start, you can come up with more healthy choices that work for you.

o The first thing is to eat a balanced diet. Eat more fruits and vegetables and get rid of the high sugar, processed foods. Along with eating better is getting the right nutrients in the system.

o So the second thing is to take vitamins and minerals to help your body work properly.

o The third tip is to quit all those nasty unhealthy habits. Smoking, drinking, drugs, chewing tobacco, whatever your vice may be quit now. You are in charge of your health and living a healthier lifestyle means getting rid of the things that may kill you.

o The fourth thing to do is exercise. Exercise makes you feel good and can motivate you to get other things done as well.

o Along with exercise, number five is making sure you see a doctor each year for an annual physical. This is more important in women, but men should be seeing a doctor every 2-3 years to make sure there are no big health concerns.

o The sixth is to surround yourself with a strong support network, or a group of people who will be there for you and participate in a healthy lifestyle as well.

o Your family and friends can help you with the seventh tip, have fun and enjoy life.

o Eighth tip is to create a good balance between work and play.

o The final two tips are to accept yourself for the unique individual you are and love what you do. If you can accept yourself, the good and the bad, it will show in all you do. Your job is something you will be doing for at least the next 20 years, so you should love it. If you don’t keep looking until you find something you do love.

Start with those healthy lifestyle choices and see how you feel in the next few weeks. You should feel more energized, motivated, and positive.

Choosing the Right Foods

Food is not only one of life’s necessities, but it can also be a great source of joy and pleasure. With so many varieties of foods and so many ways to prepare them, eating should never become boring and tedious. We should look forward to mealtime with excitement rather than with apathy or even dread.

Too often in today’s society, however, people seem to be in a hurry. They eat on the run instead of taking time to sit down and savor their meals. They frequently subsist on large quantities of high-fat, high-calorie fast food, or they skip meals altogether. Good nutrition has been put on a back burner. Such poor eating behaviors can eventually create real physical and/or psychological problems.

Is it any wonder that many Americans suffer from obesity, while others suffer from anorexia or bulimia? Sadly, eating disorders and obesity go hand-in-hand with low self-esteem. More importantly, though, they increase the risk of additional health issues. Eating disorders can result in such conditions as malnutrition, severe anemia, dehydration, muscle atrophy, and even death. Obesity has been linked to life-threatening conditions such as high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Even when we want to eat sensibly, we have the tendency to indulge in larger portions of our favorite dishes, while we eat insufficient amounts of other foods. In turn, we most likely do not always take in adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

Eating should be a healthy, enjoyable experience…not a stressful or destructive one. Yes, healthy eating does require some planning, time, and effort, but it’s worth it in the end.

Choosing the Right Foods for a Healthy Life

Developing good eating habits in your home should be a top priority for the sake of every household member. What constitutes a healthy, balanced diet?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, you should “make smart choices” from all the basic food groups in the food pyramid. The USDA goes on to describe a healthy diet as one that

o “emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;

o “includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and

o “is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.”

If you happen to be a vegetarian, it is essential that you get plenty of protein from other sources, such as nuts or beans. If you crave desserts and junk food, it is okay to indulge occasionally, but don’t go overboard. You can eat a healthy diet without completely depriving yourself of your favorite treats. Moderation is the key.

In addition to choosing the right foods, it is important to monitor the portion sizes. You should try not to consume more calories than your body needs for fuel. Obviously, someone who is very active will require a higher caloric intake than one who leads a sedentary lifestyle.

For a Healthier You

As you adopt healthy eating habits, don’t forget to enjoy the sensuous pleasures that can be derived from food. Sit down and relax at mealtime. If possible, eat with other family members or friends, and avoid such distractions as work and television.

Take the time to chew your food slowly and to really smell and taste each bite. Not only will you derive more joy from eating, but you will be more conscious of what you put into your mouth. You’ll give your brain a chance to send a signal to your stomach to let it know that you have eaten enough. In this manner, you will have more control over the amount of food you consume.

Through conscious eating of a healthy, balanced diet, your overall well-being should improve. You may look better and feel better, too. You may notice that you have more self-confidence, more energy, and a more positive outlook on life. The benefits derived from consuming the right foods are definitely worth making a healthy diet part of your lifestyle change.

Note: The guidelines set by the U.S.D.A. are intended for the average public over two years of age. Individuals with certain health conditions should follow the advice of their doctors regarding what they should eat.

For weight control and optimal health, a regular exercise program is also recommended in conjunction with a proper diet. Before beginning any exercise program, however, it is wise to consult with your medical professional.

As the old saying goes, “you are what you eat.” Eat healthy and be healthy!

It’s Healthy to Treat Yourself Once in a While

For most people, eating a piece of cake while dieting would invoke extreme guilt and frustration. If you are living a healthy lifestyle and consuming the correct foods on a regular basis, then there is nothing wrong with treating yourself once in a while. In fact, treating yourself can be healthy. Find out why, and how to make sure you don’t overdo it.

Some people can afford to add a little bit of extra food to their diet. If you’re eating high-quality (preferably organic) foods, and taking in the right amount of vitamins and minerals (whether through supplementation or superfoods), then you are effectively giving your body what it needs to function at optimal levels. Since your body’s dietary needs are satisfied, it will not be detrimental to treat yourself to something extra like chocolate or ice cream, assuming you are not suffering from any medical conditions.

If you are sick, your body is working overtime to try and fight against what ails you. Obviously, this is not the time to stress your body with excess sugars and fats that it must therefore breakdown. When you are ill, it is important to eat even more powerful foods, and even less nutrient-deficient foods. Take a strong vitamin (or superfood), and make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D. Of course depending on the season and your geographic location, the sun delivers a different amount of vitamin D to everyone.

Why not make the treat itself healthy It’s hard for some people to think that cheating in your diet can be healthy, but it absolutely can. Not only does it ensure that you won’t reach your breaking point and start eating everything in sight, but the treat itself can actually be healthy as well. Take chocolate for example. Derived from the cacao plant, chocolate actually has many beneficial properties. Besides tasting great, cacao-chocolate helps with digestion, kidney function, bowel function, and a number of other things.

When I say cacao-chocolate, this is chocolate containing a certain percentage of cacao. Pure cacao is extremely bitter, and therefore most people will not enjoy it. With cacao-containing chocolate, you can still retain around 80-90% of the cacao without such a hard-hitting bitterness. Don’t take the percentage of cacao down too low, or you’re starting to take away from the effectiveness of the chocolate.

Treating yourself is a great way to ensure that you stay strong in your healthy new nutritional lifestyle, and yet another way to include some healthy foods in interesting ways. Treat yourself around once a week, and try and keep it fresh and preferably organic.

Pets – A Prescription For a Healthy (and Happy) Heart!

What do Rover, Fluffy, or Bubbles have to do with your heart health?

Apparently a lot!

When Sandra Thornton was recovering after multiple bouts in the hospital with heart problems, she was advised to get a dog. Her benefits case manager felt it would help ensure that she would get out walking every day and prevent her from sliding back into her workaholic tendencies. “You can’t stay late at work when your canine friend has an urgent appointment with a fire hydrant!” laughs Sandra.

Pets are known to have an extremely beneficial effect on a number of physiological and psychological factors that lead to better health.

Several studies have shown that pet owners have lower cholesterol and blood pressure than non-pet owners. These two factors alone can account for a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease.

A study conducted at the State University of New York in the late 90s focused on 48 stock brokers who were taking medication for high blood pressure. Those who got a pet reduced their stress-induced increases in blood pressure by half. The study also showed that pets were the best support when it came to stressful tests – more so than spouses!

Another study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 1995, found that dog ownership in particular increased the likelihood of surviving after a heart attack.

A 1980 study on animal companions and one-year survival of patients after discharge from a coronary care unit showed that pet owners have a higher one-year survival rate following heart disease. Of the patients in the study who did not own pets, 28% died whereas only 6% of the pet owners died within one year. (Friedmann, Katcher, Lynch, Thomas)

According to a study released in 2008 at the American Stroke Association’s (ASA) International Stroke Conference, people who never had a pet cat were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack over the 20-year study period than cat owners. They were also 30% more likely to die of any cardiovascular disease, including stroke, heart failure, and chronic heart disease. The findings emerged from an analysis of data on nearly 4,500 men and women, ages 30 to 75, who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study. All were free of cardiovascular disease when they entered the study in the 1970s.

Caring for a pet can also reduce stress levels, fight depression, and lower triglyceride levels – all risk factors for heart disease.

The reasons for these benefits are not fully understood. Part of it may be that pets offer unconditional love and acceptance. It’s hard to stay angry, grumpy, or sad when faced with absolute love! A pet can be your confidant, but never talks back or gives unsolicited advice.

If you have a dog, it needs exercise – and regular walking is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Just 30 minutes a day of brisk walking can reduce heart disease risk, possibly by as much as 30 to 40 percent. You’re far more likely to get out for that walk, even when you’re tired or the weather is inclement, if there is an anxious and expectant pet waiting by the door. According to a study published in a 2006 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, dog owners living in urban areas generally walk almost two times more than their neighbors without dogs.

Another benefit is socialization. Sandra notes that she and her husband stop and talk to just about every person they encounter when they are out walking their dog.

What kind of pet?

Dog or cat? What’s your preference? There are benefits for any type of pet ownership. A pet will have the same calming effect and impact on blood pressure, regardless of species or breed.

If you live where pets are not allowed, one option is an aquarium. Watching fish swim about the tank can have a similar relaxing and soothing effect as meditation. The calming effects can also help lower blood pressure and stress levels. The downside with fish is you can’t pet them, they don’t smile at you or lick your hand, you can’t take them for a walk, and you can’t pack up your aquarium and take it with you on holiday.

Birds can also bring years of enjoyment. You may think that having a bird is less costly and time-consuming than other pets; however, owning a bird takes no less responsibility than a dog or a cat.

Things to consider

In spite of the many health benefits of owning a pet, the most important consideration prior to getting one is not your own health benefit – it’s your readiness to take on the responsibility of an animal. Obviously you need to have the space and the ability to make a long term commitment to its care and exercise.

But once these considerations are settled, if a pet is in your future, you can look forward to some well-established health benefits for years to come.

What Do the Categories of Hypertension Mean?

Plain and simple, blood pressure is the force of the blood against your artery walls. It will normally go up and come back down throughout the day; however, when it stays up (elevated) then it is called high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term).

No matter what you call it, hypertension is very dangerous for a number of reasons:
1. Often there are no signs or symptoms that you have problem. To find out, you have to have your pressure taken.
2. High blood pressure makes your heart work very hard contributing to hardening of the arteries. The medical term for hardening of the arteries is “atherosclerosis”.
3. Hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. These health problems are the first and third leading causes of death among Americans.
4. Other conditions associated with hypertension are: kidney disease, congestive heart failure, and blindness.

Blood pressure is divided into categories (mmHg stands for millimeters of mercury):
Normal blood pressure: less than 120/80 mmHg
Prehypertension blood pressure: between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg
Hypertension: 140/90 mmHg and above

If you have prehypertension, that means you don’t have high blood pressure yet. This also means that if you do nothing to control your pressure, in the future, you probably will develop high blood pressure. When you are at the prehypertension level, you still have a chance to prevent it by changing your lifestyle. At this point, eating healthy, moderate exercise, losing weight and stress management techniques can help keep your pressure from slipping into dangerous hypertension.

Once you are diagnosed with hypertension (140/90 and above), you can change your lifestyle and, in most cases, control it without medication.

If you are 50 or older, the top number (systolic pressure) is the one that will more accurately diagnose hypertension for you.

But what is systolic blood pressure?
Systolic blood pressure is the pressure against the artery wall as the heart beats. If it is 140 or above, then it is considered high.

Diastolic pressure (the down number) doesn’t need to be high for you to have hypertension. When this happens, it is called “isolated systolic hypertension,” or ISH.

Is ISH common, I never heard of it?
Actually, it is more common for older Americans. For most older individuals, it is the systolic pressure that increases with age. Diastolic pressure increases until about 55 years of age, then it begins to decline.

To find out if you have ISH (isolated systolic hypertension), you need to have it checked. Remember, hypertension often times has no signs or symptoms so don’t fall into the mindset that you can tell if you have it or not – go have it checked!

Once you have ISH, you have it for life. It cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. The alternative to not controlling your blood pressure is: stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, kidney damage, blindness and decrease in the quality of life. How does that sound for a great retirement plan?

The treatment for ISH is a healthy lifestyle and, if necessary, adding medication to control it.

What about diastolic blood pressure – what is that?
Diastolic pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart relaxes between beats. It is the bottom number. A good way to remember Diastolic (Down number). For younger individuals it is the diastolic number that is important. If the number is higher, the person is in greater risk of heart attacks, kidney failure and strokes.

There are some illnesses that are out-of-our-control, but others, like hypertension, can be controlled or prevented. Life is always a matter of choices, so whatever decision you make with regards to your own health, will be something you and you alone will be dealing with later.

The 5 Key Benefits of Eating Healthy

Most of us know that the biggest benefits of eating healthy are that we will stay physically fit, feel better, and have fewer illnesses. We can lower our risk of illnesses like heart disease and diabetes as well. Another key benefit of eating healthy is being able to maintain a healthy weight. In this age of epidemic obesity, this is one of the simplest weight loss plans.

But how many of us teach these benefits to our children, and insure that the habit of eating healthy becomes a part of their daily lifestyle? If we did, we could see healthier, happier children, and teenage obesity could become a thing of the past. Here are the 5 major benefits of eating healthy every day:

1. Eating healthy is probably the easiest and most important way in which you can keep active and shield yourself from the many diseases that are now common as we grow older, including heart disease and diabetes. By eating healthy you are boosting your energy levels, improving your bodily functions, and helping to improve your immune. By eating a healthy diet and combining this with exercise you could end up leading a longer and more vibrant life.

2. You will meet your daily nutritional needs. Your daily food intake should include some amounts of grain, fruit, vegetables, milk (or other dairy products), beans, oils, and protein. There are vitamins and minerals in healthy foods which can boost your immune system and shield you from many common illnesses. In some cases, by eating a healthy diet you can actually reduce the risks that are often linked with such serious diseases as cancer and diabetes.

3. You will enjoy life more and have more energy to face the tasks before you. Healthy eating can reduce your stress levels. Combine this with daily exercise and you will increase this effect even more.

4. You will sleep better and be more rested when you wake up.

5. If you are currently overweight, you will be able to lose that weight more easily – and maintain it long term! Most people who lose weight with fad diets gain it right back again when they go back to their normal eating patterns. With a healthy diet that you maintain for life, you will lose that weight once and maintain it long term.

Once you implement a healthy diet, you will be surprised at how fast you will start reaping these rewards. The benefits of eating healthy will continue to reward you for the rest of your life.

What Is Amazon?

Amazon is a multinational electronic commerce corporation, but you probably know it as a giant bookstore on the Internet. Selling lots of stuff besides books, but most people know Amazon best as a book retailer.

Amazon.com is America’s largest and most successful online retailer. Amazon does three times as much business as their closest competitor in terms of online retail business, Staples. Amazon (which can be found online at the URL Amazon.com) sells everything from books and music to movies, eBook readers, clothes, furniture, toys, and even food items.

History of Amazon

Businessman Jeff Bezos founded of the company in 1994–when dinosaurs roamed the Internet. When Bezos created the company it was called Cadabra–the latter half of the classic magic word “Abra-cadabra.” Bezos quickly realized that people thought the business was called “cadaver” (another word for “dead body”) and he soon changed it to Amazon.

Why did Bezos pick the name “Amazon?”

A few different reasons. First of all, Amazon starts with “A”, placing it near the beginning of any alphabetical list. Another reason Bezos chose “Amazon” for his online retailer is because the Amazon river is the largest in the world. Lending Bezos’ company a very “big” sound.

Amazon started out as a small online bookstore. Bezos eventually diversified Amazon to include music downloads, eBooks, and the entire product line you find today at Amazon.com. Amazon now operates all over the world, with companion websites dotted across Europe and Asia. Amazon is now the most popular music and book retailer in the UK, and ranks third in Asia as well.

Amazon Coupons

The best thing about buying books and stuff from Amazon is the big variety of coupons available online. Even though Amazon’s regular prices are competitive with other book retailers, using any of the massive number of Amazon coupons to be found on the Web drops the price even more.

There’s always a free shipping coupon or discount code available with a simple Google search. If you want to dig a little deeper, check out TechBargains.com or the classic third party coupon site RetailMeNot.com. TechBargains has over two dozen different coupons for Amazon.com at any given time, including free “super saver” shipping (on your order over $25) and large “percent off” deals on select items and brands. RetailMeNot tends to have more specialized Amazon coupons than TechBargains, so if you’re in the market for a particular book or CD, check them out first.

According to their website, Amazon’s vision is “to be earth’s most customer centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.” As Amazon’s product line swells and they corner more markets around the world, they are coming closer and closer to reaching that goal.