Take Control of Your Stress [Infographic]

July 24, 2013 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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The workplace is stressful because success, belonging, and knowing how to manage yourself and others while remaining credible are very important. People feel pressured day-to-day and push themselves to their limit and to keep their head above water. Stress effects the social realm but more importantly, it effects your body.

Employees must evaluate their feelings and be in tune with their emotions. Not only should the employee be able to recognize they are stressed, they need to be able to find a way to help ease the tension of the daily grind.

The key to beating stress is to find an appropriate outlet for it. According to the infographic, 15 minutes of exercise each day can increase a persons life by 3 years. That is a lot of time to enjoy oneself. Out of the five stress relievers listed, (acupuncture, exercise, massage, yoga, and reiki) exercise and yoga, are by far the most feasible forms of stress relief. To think, or not think, yoga could be your thing (it also helps you become more in tune with your body and its limits). If you really need to think or blow off steam, get out there and go for a run.

You only get one life. Get to know yourself a better. Take control of your stress. Create better energy in your life and at the workplace. [via]

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The Psychology of Music [infographic]

July 23, 2013 |  by  |  Music  |  1 Comment
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Did you know that music originates as vibrations, which form sound waves as they propagate through the ear? That’s certainly not the first thing on my mind every time I stick my headphones in my ears, but the more I learn about music, the more my attachment to it starts to make sense.

The University of Florida put together this infographic below on the Psychology behind music. According to the graphic, music actually involves more parts of the brain than any other human function. It also increases language skills, creativity, and overall happiness (to name a few).

I don’t go anywhere without headphones. I feel like a soundtrack is not just necessary in the movies but also in everyday life. How else are you going to decide between the regular and organic strawberries at the grocery store? Or get through the last mile on your long run? Or clean your apartment, study for a final, wake up in the morning. etc.? Music is a huge part of life, and I, for one, do not want to imagine our world without it. Check out the infographic below. It’s super interesting.  [via]

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The Evolution of the Yard Sale [Infographic]

July 22, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Recreation  |  No Comments
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Throughout our history, America has always had a thing for tradition. When you think of suburban life in the 1950s and 60s, images of baseball, white picket fences, and apple pie probably come to mind, but that’s also when yard sales and garage sales really came into their own and started booming. Everyone was starting to buy more and more stuff, so people figured why not give back to those around you (for a small price, of course) while also giving yourself a little more room around the house?

Today’s infographic from Yard Sales gives us a neat overlook at the history and development of the U.S. tradition/phenomenon known as the yard sale. Many people may not know that yard and garage sales in the U.S. really got their start in shipyards in the early 1800s with “rommage sales,” where the yards would sell unclaimed cargo at a discounted rate. Later in the 19th century the sales moved to community centers like churches and really began to thrive, until they became what we know them as today in the 1950s and 60s.

Some yard sales turn out to be a great deal more profitable than they appear at first glance, too, like a pile of treasure hiding out in the open. A man was sold a sketch for $5 at a 2012 yard sale that ended up being an Andy Warhol original appraised at $2,000,000. Another man in 2000 bought several unique glass plates for $45 at a yard sale that turned out to be some cool photographic negatives. Even cooler was the fact that the negatives originally belonged to Ansel Adams and were valued at a jaw-dropping $200,000,000!

For more info on yard sales and garage sale day (2nd weekend in August!) have a look at the graphic below and don’t forget to visit Yard Sales to find a yard sale close to you. [Via]

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The Healing Power of Cat Purrs [infographic]

July 21, 2013 |  by  |  Animals, Health  |  21 Comments
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Those crazy cat ladies might be onto something. According to today’s infographic, our feline friends provide us with more than just emotional support. House cats may actually be contributing to our physical well-being. When a cat purrs within a range of 20-140 Hertz, nearby humans may be therapeutically benefiting from these vibrations. Purring has been linked to lowering stress, decreasing symptoms of Dyspnoea, lessening the chances of having a heart attack, and even strengthening bones.

Pet therapy is apparently gaining momentum in many medical communities, and according to Animal Planet’s website, there is scientific research that suggests pet owners live longer than those without pets.

It seems that our own animals have the ability to relieve us of our troubles, or at least make our worries seem less important. The bond between pets and their owners may never be fully understood (cats in particular have always struck me as magical and mysterious–and now they have healing powers?!) but it’s nice to know having a furry confidant around can add years to our lives.

So, if you’re trying to convince Mom and Dad to let you get a kitty, go show them this infographic, and stop by your local animal shelter! [Via]

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Save Some CA$H & Do It Yourself Through Nationwide [Infographic]

July 20, 2013 |  by  |  Business, eCommerce, Lifestyle, Recreation  |  No Comments
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Is your home in need of some revamping?

If so, go through DIY (do it yourself) home improvements. “Do it yourself” home improvements shows viewers easy ways to take care of all those small-scale home improvement projects, that you might normally call a professional for, all on your own.

One of the coolest parts about choosing to remodel your home thorough DIY is that “Do it Yourself” home- improvements maps out all the financial benefits associated with working on renovation projects yourself. From re-painting your siding to updating your kitchen/bathroom layout, “Do it Yourself” gives customers economically reasonable guidelines to completing needed touch-ups on their homes.

Whatever your needs, DIY provides all of its users with convincing statistics of the monetary benefits associated with side-stepping the middle man while renovating your home.

If you’re a bit strapped for cash though, don’t hesitate to give Nationwide Bank a call for a Home Improvement Loan. Whether you’re in the market to sell, or you’re just looking for the most economically feasible way to spice up your home, renovations can drastically increase your home’s market value.

Check out Nationwide’s moving infographic detailing the benefits of carrying out a “Do it Yourself” home improvement project through Nationwide Bank.


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Here's the ROI on a few DIY home improvement projects.
Provided by Nationwide Insurance

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