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Thanks and Gratitude

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Blog, Happy Together

Thank you. Those two words are among the most important and appreciated in any language. He who does a good deed is often satisfied to hear “thank you” as his only reward. It’s too bad the phrase is so underused. Some people rarely say thank you. You wonder what holds them back. We should have developed the habit of expressing our gratitude by the time we were three years old. On the day of Thanksgiving, people around the United States are expressing gratitude for the bounty of their lives, but many may not realize that in doing so, they are also improving the quality of their health and increasing their life expectancies.Scientific evidence is conclusive when it comes to mood, outlook, and health. Happy people live 7 to 10 years longer than unhappy people and optimistic people have a...

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I Just Can’t Wait for Winter to Arrive

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Blog, My Favorite Things

Unless you are an avid outdoors person, snowmobiler, or ice fisherman, winter is probably not your favorite season. This is why now is the perfect time to take a close look around the house since winter is no friend of an unprepared building.Last year was a long and brutal winter for many in the Midwest. A few precautionary steps now can lead to a lot fewer cold-weather problems come the first consistent freeze and snowfall. Taking steps to prevent damage now makes for a much quicker spring cleanup.Gutters and downspouts serve a great purpose in removing water from our homes. They also are excellent in catching debris and getting clogged as leaves begin to fall. Fall is an excellent time to make sure the gutters are clean and ready to direct the water away from the home and foundation.Take...

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Don’t Let Minor Mold Exposures Shut Down Your Business

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Blog, Small Business Safety

Mold can cost your business time and expense. Taking action as soon as you see water intrusion and/or mold starting to grow will reduce your loss.You can obtain mold remediation information from a number of different resources. Most likely you will need a professional mold remediation contractor to handle those problems. You do not want to disturb the mold, get it airborne, and have it spread throughout the area and into the HVAC ducts.To keep things in perspective, indoor air samples compared to an outdoor air sample will almost always show more mold in the outside air. That is usually true even if there is a minor/small mold exposure in the house or commercial building, which is the reason you don’t want to touch the mold.Water intrusion (small leaks) and high humidity (frequently in lower levels or basements) are...

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Individually, We Are Responsible for Our Own Health

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Blog, Happy Together

Whether they are rich or poor, many people fail to see the link between their habits and their health. They may regard enjoying good health as a matter of chance or as something over which they have little control. Whatever your financial circumstances, there are basic steps you can take to protect and greatly improve your own health and that of your family. You can increase the quality of your life and avoid needlessly shortening it. By word and example, parents can teach their children to form good habits, resulting in better health. Eat WiselyEat fresh foods. Concentrate on eating “real” food—whole, fresh foods that people have been enjoying for millenniums—rather than modern processed foods. Commercially prepackaged foods and fast food from chain restaurants usually contain high levels of sugar, salt, and fat, which are associated with heart disease,...

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When Doing Your Holiday Shopping Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in My Favorite Things

Reprinted with permission from IDT911 The holiday season can be a frantic time for both online and retail shoppers. With this knowledge, identity thieves are well prepared to target shoppers—leaving shopping safely largely in the hands of consumers. Armed with awareness, shoppers can confidently make their purchases and protect their identities.There are simple ways consumers can avoid scams and other types of malicious cyber activity and enjoy their holiday shopping. A bit of forethought and preparedness is all it takes to foil thieves’ efforts.Keep these tips in mind when shopping online:•Watch the Web address. One quick way to check a site’s security is to take a look at the URL—does it read “http” or “https?” If it reads “https,” that means the page is secured—that should always be the case for pages on which credit card information is entered....

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The Perks of Having a Pet

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Blog, Happy Together

Owning a pet can have a wide array of therapeutic and health benefits. Those who have a pet know the joy that goes along with them but may not realize the benefits that accompany playing or snuggling with their furry friend. The benefits extend far beyond the love they show as we are eagerly met at the front door or the warmth they provide as they lay next to us. Studies are scientifically exploring the benefits of the human-animal bond. The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity.Studies have also found that: Simply petting your cat or dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine (the feel-good nerve transmitters in our brains), which can calm and relax you. Pets have the unique ability to calm...

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