Music Lessons Make You Smarter [Infographic]

November 12, 2012 |  by  |  Education, Music  |  4 Comments
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If you’re like me, math might not be your strongest subject in school. There are a lot of ways to get better at the subject, such as getting a tutor or doing extra studying, but one method for improving math skills may surprise you: music lessons.

Today’s infographic from TakeLessons.com shows some of the learning benefits gained from music lessons, especially at an earlier age. Music lessons can help not only with mathematics but also with reading comprehension. Even some of the most recognized names in science and invention had some musical training, including Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Bill Gates to name a few.

For more information on the benefits of music lessons refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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Stress Less [infographic]

November 11, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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It is that time of year. Everyone is running around like a turkey with its’ head chopped off. SO. MUCH. IS. GOING. ON.  Even if you don’t have “stress at the workplace”, this infographic touches upon some things that everyone can apply to their own lives, no matter the producer. Let’s face it—everyone has stress in their life. Hopefully this infographic will enable you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It can be incredibly hard at times, even with the right management.

I read an article about a study evaluating the different forms of stress management for one of my social work classes. The study within the article brought up four different ways of managing stress: 1) source management, 2) relaxation, 3) thought management, and 4) prevention (Epstein, 32).  Through the study conducted, the researchers were able to conclude that “the…study showed clearly that prevention is by far the most helpful competency when it comes to managing stress” (Epstein, 34).

So, although things like yoga and acupuncture help to lighten the load, avoiding stress in the first place is the number one way to deter the bad feelings and physical harm caused by it. We must practice self-care. This will enable us to further help others. Happy Sunday, y’all. [via]

 

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Epstein, Robert. (2011).Fight the frazzled mind. Scientific American Mind, 30-35.

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Happiest Airline Employees [infographic]

November 9, 2012 |  by  |  Travel  |  2 Comments
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Flying has always been one of my favorite ways to travel. As a child I would use American almost every flight for their frequent flyer program. Now as a pay-my-way adult I use exclusively Southwest and JetBlue. I do noticed that the employees of Southwest and Jetblue actually seem happier. A happy flight attendant makes me enjoy myself better.

At South by Southwest a couple of years ago, there was a panel on company culture and keeping employee moral up. One of the sitting experts was from Southwest Airlines. Did you know Southwest has over 20 employees who’s only job is to find ways for all of the other Southwest employees enjoy their time at work? Not only that, but there is a social network online exclusively for southwest employees to interact with each other and react to company press releases and major decisions.

Besides workplace transparency, Southwest is a company actively trying to make flying fun. I know you’ve seen the rapping flight attendent, but I’ve been on multiple Southwest flights where crying babies are sung lullabies or some other great tunes.

I hope more airlines start including a fun atmosphere, but I respect travelers who want to be left alone. [Via]

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Some Facts about Ramen Noodles [infographic]

November 8, 2012 |  by  |  Food  |  20 Comments
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Ya’ll, I don’t care how bad Ramen is for me, it is damn good. And so filling also. You can really get your bang for your buck with all that salty water and noodles floating around in your tummy. I haven’t had Ramen in years, but when I see or it smell, I’m like a drug addict who needs another fix. It’s really a win- win situation when it comes to Ramen; its a filling meal for less than a dollar! The perfect college student’s snack! However, I’m sure all that Ramen cant be good for you.

Today’s infographic lists some facts about Ramen, it even gives out some neat recipes to try also! You should defiantly give them a try tonight. Heck maybe I’ll try a recipe also! [via]

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Turkey & Travel: How We Celebrate Thanksgiving [Infographic]

November 7, 2012 |  by  |  Holiday  |  1 Comment
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One of my all time favorite holidays has to be Thanksgiving. A day solely devoted to eating, drinking, napping, football and family is always a great time. Turkey, potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, pecan pie, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, gravy, etc. Ugh I’m drooling already. Apparently though, these Thanksgiving foods were not always the main entrees.

In fact, the first Thanksgiving between the fabled Pilgrims and Indians included goose, duck, deer, fish, shellfish and eel. I don’t know how many households are gonna eat eel this Thanksgiving but I can bet it won’t be a whole lot. In fact, Thanksgiving wasn’t even widely celebrated until Lincoln’s incumbency in 1863 in suggestion from Sarah Hale. Other interesting facts in this infographic include where Turkeys are raised, the total weight of Turkeys raised in terms of EMPIRE STATE BUILDINGS, some myth-busting as far as Tryptophan is concerned, and travel facts about this holiday. All in all, I’m pumped about Thanksgiving this year and I cannot wait to get super stuffed and pass out on a couch in front of a blaring football game. Cheers ya’ll. [via]

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