If you’re trying to be healthier this year, here are five small changes that don’t require much effort. But they can actually make a difference . . .
- Start calling yourself a “runner.” Or if you like tennis, start referring to yourself as a “tennis player.” A study at Winona University in Minnesota found that giving yourself a label like that encourages you to do the activity more, regardless of what it is.
- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep on Tuesdays. A recent study found it’s the night we’re most LIKELY to get a good night’s sleep, because we’re less likely to drink or stay out late. So try not to waste it.
- Put a plant on your desk at work. It makes you more productive, and it can increase job satisfaction by 20%. So it’s an easy way to boost your MENTAL health.
- Record yourself brushing your teeth. If you do it every other day for about two weeks, your technique should get better.
- Wash your reusable water bottle every day. It seems like you shouldn’t have to since you’re only putting water in there. But it can actually get pretty disgusting if you don’t. Bacteria from your hands and mouth can get in there and then multiply.
So either toss it in the dishwasher every night, or let it soak in water that’s mixed with a little bit of vinegar or bleach.
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Here are 9 reasons that you should impose a “no shoes allowed” rule in your house immediately.
1. They could ruin your floors over time.
Hard shoes are more abrasive than slippers, so they scratch up your hardwoods over time. They also pick up small particles that cause wear and tear on carpet.
2. They carry toxins that pollute the air in your home.
Research has shown that things like the chemicals you use to treat your lawn or the cancer-causing coal tar that’s used on asphalt roads can easily get tracked into your house on your shoes and settle into nooks and crannies. Slipping your shoes off is an easy way to protect your health.
3. They track in dirt that ends up everywhere.
Do you really want the dust from Little League field or the soil from your garden in your home? Invest in a doormat to help trap dirt before it finds its way into your kitchen.
4. They’re a hot spot for icky bacteria.
Shoes hold lots of nasty bacteria from frequent contact with “fecal material,” thanks to your trips to public restrooms.
5. They hold back your feet from being their strongest.
Your feet shouldn’t have arch support all the time. Walking barefoot helps keep feet and arches strong.
6. They might wake up your downstairs neighbor.
If you live in an apartment building and pride yourself on being a nice and considerate neighbor, nix the shoes. They’re super loud — especially if you have wood floors.
7. Shoes are at risk of becoming your dog’s favorite chew toy, when they’re left thrown around the house.
The puncture holes your furry friend’s teeth leave are impossible to fix. Stash them out of sight as soon as you get home.
8. They just add more annoying clutter to your home.
You prevent shoes from getting lost or misplaced when you immediately take them off and put them away as soon as you get home.
9. They stall relaxation time at the end of the day.
When you remove your shoes, you’re subconsciously telling your brain that you’re done for the day and it’s relaxation time. Go ahead, you deserve it.
How many times a day do you check your phone? A hundred? A thousand? Are you literally looking at it RIGHT NOW? It’s scary.
According to a new study by the consulting company Deloitte, Americans checked their phones a total of NINE BILLION times A DAY this year.
That means we looked at our phones a total of about 3.3 TRILLION times in 2016.
About 175 million Americans have smart phones, so that means the average person checks their phone roughly 51 times a day, or almost 19,000 times a year.
The study also found almost HALF of us check our phones in the middle of the night . . . 90% of us check our phone within an hour of waking up . . . and the first thing we look at in the morning is our texts.
One way to get promoted is to work your butt off every day, and keep track of how it increased revenue or made the company stronger. Or . . . apparently you could just be funny?
A new study by researchers at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania found that being funny at work makes people think you’re more capable than you actually are.
And the best part is, you don’t have to be that funny for it to work. Telling a mildly amusing joke still has an effect, because it takes confidence just to tell it. And your co-workers subconsciously pick up on that.
The study had volunteers listen to people tell jokes, then rate how confident and capable each person was. Telling a funny joke that was appropriate for the workplace had the biggest effect. Because it made the person seem confident and smart.
If their joke bombed, it had a negative effect on how capable they seemed. But they STILL seemed more confident, just for telling it.
Making sure it’s “appropriate” for the workplace is huge though. If the joke makes people laugh, it might not hurt you. But if it’s offensive AND it bombs, people will think you’re an idiot.
I know YOU’VE never faked a sick day, but believe it or not, some people have. And when they put on their “I’m on my death bed” voice to call in sick, now we know what THEY should be saying. Again, them, not you. You’re honest.
A new survey asked 1,000 bosses which sick day excuses they’re most likely to believe. So here are the best ones to fake . . .
- The flu.
- Throwing out your back, or having back pain.
- An accidental injury. Too bad they weren’t more specific. A broken toe? A paper cut? There’s so much to choose from when you’re faking it, a little guidance would have been nice. (???)
- A cold.
- A migraine.
One more thing to keep in mind. Even though the flu is the most believable excuse, only about 25% of bosses say they buy it. Which means that no matter WHAT excuse you use, there’s at least a 75% chance your boss won’t buy it.