Archive | January, 2019

January is National Blood Donor Month

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to save a life? It’s actually extremely easy to do: Just give blood. January is National Blood Donor Month for many reasons, but one major one is that after the holidays, blood donations drop off sharply. That means that the Red Cross and other organizations need all the help (and by help, we mean blood!) they can get. Continue Reading →

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a Day of Service

Some of you may have today off, and if you do, the Corporation of National and Community Service wants you to see it as a “day ON”, not a day off.

Why? If you’re off work, you’re allowed to relax and take it easy, right? Of course you are! Here’s something you may not know about Martin Luther King Jr. Day: while it was signed into legislation as a holiday in 1983 to commemorate the birthday of the historic man, it was designated by Congress in 1994 as a day of service. The Corporation of National and Community Service was charged by Congress to lead the effort in getting people to volunteer on MLK Jr. Day. It’s intention is to “empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘Beloved Community’.” Continue Reading →

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Driving Under the Influence: Cannabis

Medical cannabis has become much more popular, and legal in several states across the nation, although still illegal under federal law. It can be very helpful for people with chronic pain, yet is it safe on the roads?

More than 50 percent of people who take medical cannabis for chronic pain said they’ve driven within two hours of using it and at least one time in the last six months. This is according to a new study by the University of Michigan Addiction Center report in the journal Drug & Alcohol Dependence. And one in five of them said they’d driven while “very high” in the past six months. Continue Reading →

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Nurturing Optimism

What does a successful 2019 look like to you? 

Hopefulness and its cousin, motivation, both start with optimism. Optimistic people lead themselves by constantly finding encouragement within themselves and their surroundings. They treat themselves with the kindness you would treat someone you were responsible for. Here are 5 quick tips to get you on your way:

We are trying to train our brain to be more optimistic. Let’s get started.

  1. Switch your thinking from problems to solutions. It’s our inherent nature to scope out problems – an old survival mechanism – but this year we’ll leave that in the past and be more solution oriented.
  2. Pick out inspiring mentors or role models and use them as your mental coach. When facing difficult tasks, ask yourself the question “What would they do to solve this?”
  3. Meditate. I know, everyone says this. But the quiet time in your thoughts, even for 5 minutes, will open your mind to new solutions. Be specific in your meditation and visualize the success you want each day. Your mind will start looking for answers. 
  4. Set out a road map for success. You can change course, but goal setting is vital to achieving goals. Review what you’ve done well each day, as well as the challenges. Set up some perks for your significant “wins.” 
  5. Every brain needs good health habits. Sleep enough hours, eat well, exercise daily and drink water. 

Now get ready for your BEST YEAR EVER.

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Gender Doesn’t Matter to California Auto Insurance

Ever since the invention of the car (and perhaps before that, even with a horse and buggy), there has been an argument over (and jokes about) who are better drivers: men or women.

Perhaps it’s safe to say that in today’s world, with all of the distracted driving, there isn’t much difference between the two. But legally in California, insurance companies are now no longer allowed to make a distinction. Continue Reading →

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