A Little Fun After Work Can Help You Sleep Better!


Does work seem to follow you home? And you feel like you just can’t shake it? Well, there’s something that you can do. A new study says that the more strife you’re dealing with at work, the more you need a fun, relaxing, or at least distracting cushion activity to jump into after work before you lock into your normal nightly routine. As simple as that might sound, the benefit can’t be undervalued: you’ll sleep better, and that can improve everything else you’re facing (including work strife).

Researchers surveyed about 700 employees of the U.S. Forest Service to find out the level of distressing behavior they experienced at work.  What they found out was telling. Employees who experienced more difficulties at work, including verbal abuse, also experienced more insomnia. Nothing surprising there. But those who experienced work strife and had also developed the discipline of detaching after work with a relaxing activity of some sort tended to sleep far better. The type of activity didn’t really matter as long as it was a consistent go-to for decompressing before sliding into a nightly routine. Just going for a walk helped a lot, or even spending an hour listening to music. It’s really just about taking a mental break.

Drinking alcohol really doesn’t help. Believe it or not, alcohol is a potent sleep disrupter.  Plus, drinking to mask feelings of distress can become a dangerous pattern.

What helps is getting separation from the drama and investing mind space in something else entirely. If the activity has a physical component, like walking or yoga, all the better.

The takeaway from this one is simple: if you’re dealing with tension on the job (especially if it includes heavy strife like rudeness and verbal abuse), a detachment activity after work can help to preserve your sleep, and that has implications for your overall health.

Get the full story HERE

5 Things People with Clean Homes Don’t Do


So, you often read about the things that people with neat, clean houses do to keep their houses looking so neat and clean. But what about the things they DON’T do? I came across a neat blog post from someone who has done an informal study on the matter, and it’s pretty enlightening to say the least.

The blogger calls herself “The Nester” and here is her list of the 5 Things Tidy People DON’T do:

1/Tidy People don’t act like a slob all day, and then get their house tidy in one fell swoop.

Tidy People are smart she says, and they know that cleaning up all at once is hard and not fun.  She says that the number one thing she’s learned from tidy People is how valuable it is to develop some simple, non-drastic, tiny habits that when added together will change the level of tidiness in your home.

2/Tidy People Don’t Run out of Cleaning Supplies. They find cleaning products they love and they are NEVER without them. She also recommends some cleaning products from a company called Grove Collaborative.  She claims that Grove is her secret weapon for keeping a tidy and clean home.

Grove offers a huge selection of high-quality natural cleaning products, and you’ll never run out of products again thanks to their monthly shipment schedule (totally optional and super flexible she says).

And right now, Grove is running a limited New Customer Deal that’s too good to ignore if you’re ready to tidy up.

3/ Tidy People never let the sun go down on their filth.

You’ve probably heard this one before. When it comes to the cleanliness of your home, it’s better now than later. She says Tidy People don’t plop down in front of the TV when there’s a sink full of dirty dishes waiting to be washed. There’s different ways of tidying before bed. Maybe you enlist the help of your entire family. Whatever it is, establish that routine and “get her done.”

4/Tidy People don’t store things on the floor.

This is one of my favorites. Take a quick glance around the room you’re in right now. Do you keep stuff sitting on the floor? Well, tidy people don’t. They remove those big decorative baskets filled with throws, or that laundry basket that never seems to go where it should. Tidy people just don’t allow things to live on the floor of their home.

5/Tidy People don’t over decorate. They value a cleared off surface more than a highly decorated surface. She says she’s learned that having a bunch of pretty small things all over every surface was only making life more difficult as someone who was already prone to being messy.

She now aims for 1-3 decorative pieces per surface depending on the surface size. This allows your house to still look pretty but at the same time, it seems clean, even if there’s a layer of filth!

Maybe if you try these little tips, you’ll find that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sure couldn’t hurt, right?

Why This Teenager Took His Mom To Prom


Prom season is here, and with it come heartwarming prom stories!

So, while most teens are searching for the perfect date, an 18 year old student in Texas already had the best one picked out.

Joe Moreno chose to take his mom as his date to prom.

He explained that his mom gave birth to him at 17, and dropped out of school to take care of him.

Since she never got the chance to go to her own prom, Joe asked his school staff if he could break some rules and bring his mother as his date.

They of course said yes and Joe gave his mother the night she always dreamed of!

Joe realized how many sacrifices his mother made for him and his siblings and explained how special it felt to give her the prom experience that she never had.

How’s THAT for an early Mother’s Day gift? Get the full story HERE

The Success of Your Relationship Hinges on THIS!


Believe it or not, according to a new study out of the University of Utah, your entire relationship hinges on who does the dishes. Yes, it’s true. The dishes. Researchers found that women do more of the chores around the house, especially the really difficult ones like cleaning the toilets and doing the endless flow of laundry . . . but doing the dishes is the one chore that REALLY breaks their spirit.

So when her significant other pitches in and handles the dishes, it makes everything better.  Those couples are happier, their relationships are more stable, they argue less, and they even have better sex.

So from my lips to your ears, guys, just do the dishes. You’ll probably thank me for it later.

Get the whole story RIGHT HERE

A DIFFERENT Kind of Compromise


One of THE most quoted pieces of marital advice you hear is “Marriage is about compromise”.  But, what does that really mean? Most likely it means, you try to meet in the middle.

But you know what?

That means you each only get HALF of what you really want. Love and marriage are about meeting each others needs, and you can’t just meet HALF of someone’s needs.

For example: a husband and wife have a disagreement on what they want to do on their day off. The husband wants to sit and watch football all day while the wife wants to go on a long 7-mile hike. So they talk it out and meet in the middle of watching football for a couple hours and then going on a shorter 3-mile hike.

Now is either partner really happy? He had to cut the football game off at halftime and she didn’t get the nice long hiking workout she wanted.

What we need to do is learn what healthy compromise actually looks like.

Compromise is NOT about giving your partner SOME of what they want and need,, it’s about giving them ALL of what they want and need. It’s about SERVING your spouse. That’s what the most beautiful marriages look like. Two people serving one another.

It’s selfless. And if done with the right heart it becomes a beautiful cycle of “out-serving” the other person. The more selfless your spouse is toward you, the more selfless you want to be toward them..

Now someone has to start. You may not be living in a serving relationship now, but I bet that if you took that first step to serve him, he would want to join in. And so the cycle begins.

You’ve just discovered what it truly means to “compromise.”

Ditch meeting in the middle and take on the challenge of viewing compromise as serving the other person. So the next time you have a differing opinion or preference, I challenge you to be selfless out of love for your spouse.