Valentine’s Day Alternatives

Grumble, grumble!

You’ve been walking around with a dark cloud hanging over your head all day because you don’t have anyone to share Valentine’s Day with. NEVER FEAR! Studies have proven that by busying yourself with other activities, you can successfully take your mind off of whatever it is that’s bugging the stew out of you!

So here are some things you can do instead of sulk about not having anyone to make big puppy dog eyes at and spend boatloads of money on for Valentine’s Day:

VolunteerHands On Charlotte is always looking for those ready, willing and able to help! An excellent resource, this website details and chronologically lists all current and upcoming activities! From tutoring to helping at the soup kitchen, this site has it all!

Exercise – Been thinking about slimming down or running a marathon? Check out Run For Your Life, which details various distance-running events. The weather’s getting nicer – now’s the time to start! Head to your gym or to the park and enjoy the fresh air!

For Goodness Sake, Get Out! – Grab a Creative Loafing and go do SOMEthing on that list! Don’t sit at home alone, festering about your loneliness! Who knows? You may meet someone interesting while you’re out and about!

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Driving And Smartphoning Don’t Mix

Have any of you seen the It Can Wait video? Powerful imagery.

We’re all guilty of it: driving down a busy street trying to hold a conversation with one hand on the steering wheel and the other fumbling the keypad of our smartphone with our thumb. We all think we’re pretty good multitaskers, don’t we?  However, studies like Your Brain And Multitasking show that “multitasking actually reduces productivity and increases mistakes.”

Further studies show that “multitasking” for humans is nothing more than context switching: the brain can only focus on one thing at a time, so when you think you’re doing three things at once, what you’re really doing is switching concentration between all three things very quickly. It’s when your mind is constantly switching that details can be missed and mistakes are made.

As the video shows, it doesn’t take much to become distracted – simply typing in “Lol” could make a difference between staying safely on the road and ending up rammed into a tree or oncoming vehicle.

Be safe. It can wait ’til you reach your destination!

Wellness Update!

Have you started your Wellness Initiative yet?

Here are the results of our Week 1 so far!

Shannon – 235 – Drinking water, using the Buddy System, exercising on the treadmill, healthy meals!

Yvonne – 262 – No soda all week!

Stacy – 144 – Exercising on elliptical and drinking water!

Bridgette – 155 – Healthy meals and volunteering!

Keep up the good work, guys!  We still have more reports of points trickling in!  How are YOU doing this week?