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Posted 05/31/2018

Keys to Boosting Brainpower  

Everyone knows that regular physical activity helps keep your body healthy and in shape. Exercise strengthens a person’s heart, lungs, and muscles, keeping them in prime working order and staving off the effects of aging. But what about your brain? Does it need exercise too? Why yes, it does. It turns out that there’s a correlation between keeping the body active and keeping the mind sharp. While it was once thought that a person was born with all the brain cells that he/she would ever have, research has found that new brain cells can grow. Physical activity increases levels of brain-derived…
Everyone knows that regular physical activity helps keep your body healthy and in shape. Exercise strengthens a person’s heart, lungs, and muscles, keeping them in…
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Posted 05/25/2018

Memorial Day

While many Americans think of Memorial Day as the unofficial kickoff to summer, the holiday’s origins remind us of the significance of this three-day weekend, which is commonly filled with cookouts and trips to the beach. Many folks are unaware that each year on Memorial Day, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. The origins of the May holiday are quite interesting. In the years following the Civil War, which claimed more lives than any other conflict in U.S. history, Americans in various towns across the country began hosting tributes to the fallen soldiers, decorating their…
While many Americans think of Memorial Day as the unofficial kickoff to summer, the holiday’s origins remind us of the significance of this three-day weekend, which…
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Posted 05/17/2018

Maintaining Productivity During Vacation Season

Vacation season is almost upon us. Days of fun in the sun and all that goes with the more relaxed nature of summer is just around the corner. And although you fully believe in the benefits of vacation time, you admit to a smidge of nerves, a tiny ruffling of your managerial feathers when you peer at the full vacation calendar. The benefits of time away from the job, as well as your daily rituals and responsibilities, are well-established. But it’s your job to make sure it’s “business as usual” during those vacationing days of summer. You know, that the…
Vacation season is almost upon us. Days of fun in the sun and all that goes with the more relaxed nature of summer is just…
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Posted 05/10/2018

In Celebration of Moms  

Mother’s Day will celebrate its 110th anniversary on this May 13, thanks to Anna Jarvis, who holds the title of “mother” of the long-standing May holiday. On May 10, 1908, Jarvis honored her late mother, Ann, with 500 white carnations sent to Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia, as well as a celebration in Philadelphia where Jarvis lived at the time. Jarvis, a copywriter, funded the mother-honoring celebration primarily by her inheritance. As she promoted the holiday, she always traced her idea back to a prayer she’d heard her mother recite in 1876. On May 9,…
Mother’s Day will celebrate its 110th anniversary on this May 13, thanks to Anna Jarvis, who holds the title of “mother” of the long-standing May…
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Posted 05/03/2018

Team Player – Part II – The Dos and Don’ts  

Understanding the collaborative nature of teamwork is the first step to becoming a sought-after team player. With attention to these strategies, anyone can improve his/her team player prowess. First off, the “Do’s”: Engage active listening mode Effective communication only happens if active listening takes place first. Only after a person has put effort into absorbing, understanding, and weighing thoughts and ideas can said person effectively (and intelligently) discuss or debate those thoughts and ideas. Teamwork relies heavily on the art of listening. And it is an art. One that too often gets pushed aside as secondary to speaking up. But…
Understanding the collaborative nature of teamwork is the first step to becoming a sought-after team player. With attention to these strategies, anyone can improve his/her…
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