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Cute Animals Boost Productivity!

October 15, 2012

IMG_7079We knew it! Time spent oohing and aahhing over sleeping kittens is time well spent! According to a study on work performance out of Japan  Looking at cute animals, say researchers at Hiroshima University, whether they’re actual kittens or cartoon characters like Pikachu, creates positive feelings that translate to increased friendliness and productivity.

Kawaii (cute things) things not only make us happier, but also affect our behavior,” wrote research team head and cognitive psychologist Hiroshi Nittono. “This study shows that viewing cute things improves subsequent performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness, possibly by narrowing the breadth of attentional focus.”

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Wait…How Many People Over 100 are Alive Today?

June 18, 2012

Next time there is a lull in the dinner party conversation – throw this stat out to the table. “How many people are alive today who are over 100?”

According to Laura L. Carstensen, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, who gave a speech to a room full of women in Mill Valley last month, the answer is 70,000.

Just let that sink in. This means there is a very good chance you will have a very long life. The message Dr. Carstensen, author of A Long Bright Future, gave to the eager audience was DIVERSIFY financially, emotionally and physically.

* Be prepared financially. Talk to a professional or at least create a savings plan.

* Get a hobby (or three) – Learn the ukelele, pick up a golf club and learn the rules or get those binoculars and become a birder. In other words dig in … you could be here for awhile.

* Stay healthy and care for your body, find a few sports that you enjoy doing.

As you ponder your bright new future here are some wise words from some pretty impressive ‘old’ people.

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
~Frank Lloyd Wright

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
~Henry Ford Quotes

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art.
~Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
~Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.
-Daniel Francois Esprit Auber-

If I’d known how old I was going to be I’d have taken better care of myself.
-Adolph Zukor-

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Organize Don’t Agonize – ID Your Clutter!

May 16, 2012

Just in time for spring cleaning we’ve turned to Hollie Gregory of Hour25 Concierge who is in the business of making other people’s lives run smoothly. Apparently ‘getting organized’ is the top priority for most of her clients. In the next couple weeks she will be offering our readers, the same advice she gives her clients. Enjoy!

When I ask new clients what services they could use the most from hour25, organization is almost always on the list. Oftentimes when I press them for more information about those specific needs, they take a deep breath, sigh and say “with everything.”

Organization should not cause pain and agony…ever. A new book from “The Happiness Project” author, Gretchen Rubin, entitled Happier at Home (due out September 2012), explores how all aspects of our home may contribute to our overall happiness. Organization is definitely a key aspect of home life.

Clutter comes in many forms and the reasons we hold on to items we may or may not need are numerous as well. Here are eight types of clutter excuses that can hold you back from having your own organized home:

I’d be a mean horrible person if I let this go….”

My mom, mother of three has boxes of some of our school projects in the basement closet. I don’t think she ever pulls it out for a walk down memory lane. It can now be tossed without guilt. I am the youngest at 35 and don’t think I’ll be needing any of it.

I spent so much on on it!

Did you buy this item 20 years ago? Chances are, you’ve gotten your money’s worth and if you’re not using it now, donate or toss!

I might need this someday.

Someone might actually need it TODAY!

I might do this someday.

Think you’re Martha Stewart and have grand ambitions of crafting on a rainy day? Be honest with yourself. You probably won’t. Donate the items to your nearby after-school program.

I don’t know where it goes.

If it doesn’t have a home now, it never will. Donate or toss!

My thoughts don’t have any power. Do they?

Don’t keep items in your home that create any type of bad energy. Believe me, they’re not worth keeping.

But I never wore it (Guilty!)

And you probably won’t! Most times when they do fit, you have moved on to a different style.

There’s too much stuff!

Still not ready to ‘deal’ with clutter take a few minutes to read this enlightening article in Psychology Today, called Psychology of Dress, the Doctor is In…Your Closet!

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Delegate! It Will Make You Happy ;)

March 26, 2012

Need a kick start to your day, week, month? First we’d like to you have you start off with smile …(hint, click the word smile). Why? well, there are are proven healthy benefits for those who can start the day with a giggle.

To continue the good feeling – we wanted to share a study Real Simple Magazine did on women and work life balance.  Editor Kristin van Ogtrop wrote about in her blog. Basically, the magazine commissioned a national study with the nonprofit Families and Work Institute, and surveyed 3,230 women ages 25 to 54 nationwide to better understand the relationship women have with time.

The result:  55 percent of the women were happier when they delegated tasks (like cleaning, pet or kid duties) to their spouses or partners.