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FDAK Newsletter 01/19/18

Want to Improve Your Quality of Life? Try These

Source: The Texas Director

1) Get Out! You may underestimate how important this is.  Getting out into nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person.

2) Move! We all know how important this is, but few of us do it consistently.  Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you more alert, happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about yourself.  A Harvard study tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified exercise as one of the secrets to a good life.

3) Enjoy family, friends! People- loved ones, friends, and making new friends regularly-have been identified as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives.  Relationships are worth more than you may realize.  Not feeling socially connected to those around us gives some of us a feeling of loneliness, and loneliness can lead to heart attack, stroke and diabetes.  The longest-lived people on the planet all place a strong emphasis on social engagement, and good relationships are more important to a long life, even exercise.  Friends are key to improving your life.  Share good news and enthusiastically respond when others share good news with you to improve your relationships.  Want to instantly be happier?  Do something kind for them.

4) Grateful? Say it!  It will make you happier.  It will improve your relationships.  It can make you a better person.  It can make life better for everyone around you.

5) Pray and meditate! Prayer and meditation can increase happiness, meaning in life, social support and attention span while reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue.  Along similar lines, a few moments of meditation can make you feel better-even if you don’t do it regularly. 

6) Get some sleep! You can’t cheat on sleep.  It’s harder to be happy when you’re sleep deprived.  If you lack sleep, you’re also more likely to get sick.  “Sleeping on it” does improve decision making.  Lack of sleep can make you behave badly (and sometimes unethically).  Naps are great.  Naps increase alertness and heighten performance on the job, increase your ability to learn and chase away negative thoughts while enhancing positive ones.

7) Continue to grow! Learning another language can keep your mind sharp.  Music lessons increase intelligence.  Increasing willpower just takes a little effort each day and it’s more responsible for your success than IQ.  Not taking advantage of opportunities are things people look back on their lives and regret the most.

8) Ho! Ho! Ho! When you can use humor to cope with stress, you develop a stronger immune system, reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke, experience less pain during dental work and live longer. Laughter should be like a daily vitamin.  Just remembering funny moments can improve your relationship.

9) Reach out! Touching someone-even with a phone call-can reduce stress and improve team performance.  Hugs make you happier.  Sex may help improve your immune system and extend your life.

10) Keep your sunny side up! Optimism makes us healthier, happier and helps us live longer.  The Army teaches soldiers optimism to increase mental toughness.  Yep! Being overconfident improves performance (Who knew?).


National Survey Finds Consumers Want More than Low Prices

Source: NYSFDA Directions, January 2018 via NFDA

New finding from Funeralocity.com show that price is not the determining factor when selecting a funeral home online.  Compiled from data collected from August online transactions on Funeralocity, a third-party comparison website for funeral homes, results show that consumers are looking beyond price when arranging funeral services to focus on quality and convenience.

“Seventy-six percent of those that visited Funeralocity had never made funeral arrangements before.  More than half didn’t know what providers to use, let alone what decisions needed to be made.  The internet is an important resource to consumers to help educate them on the process and also allow them to compare funeral homes,” says their CEO and founder Ed Michael Reggie.


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