Smile Power – What Effects It Has On Those Around You

Group smiling

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

Turns out Mother Teresa wasn’t actually wrong. We still don’t recognize the power of a smile and the influence it has on our lives and the people we are constantly in contact with. A smile is a your most valuable tool.

How a Smile Can Change Your Life and Those Around You

A woman is smiling

We often don’t think what a simple smile can do. Did you know genuinely smiling can improve your personal and professional life in innumerable ways that you can never imagine? It’s true: a smile is a powerful ingredient that can help to improve your health, show your confidence, and give encouragement to others.  Smiling is not just about you, it’s also about people around you. You can brighten everyone’s day, whether they are your loved ones at home or colleagues at work.

Smiling can go a long way, bringing the best feeling to the person around you. It’s a symbol of purpose and vitality that not only increases trustworthiness between people but creates friendship as well. Trust and friendship created through smiling are robust and unbiased. Smiling at someone, give them a safe feeling, helps them feel valued and compelled to welcome and accept you no matter your age, color, gender, status, or culture.

Studies have shown that smiling contributes to higher productivity. Smiley face symbolizes happiness, and happy people love their work and form a great relationship with others. A happy team can be creative, confident and fix problems faster. They have a positive energy that helps them make better, informed and consistent decisions. A genuine smile can help close the deal you’ve been working on. It shows your confidence and determination in yourself which translates to a positive effect on others.

Research has also proven that people with happy expression are always attractive and seen as younger than their real age. On the contrary, people with sullen expressions look older and less likable. So, if you’re constantly searching for a way to turn back the clock to achieve a more youthful-looking face, you don’t have to submit yourself to plastic surgery or purchase expensive facial creams. All you need to do is smile and make it part of your everyday routine.

It’s imperative that you recognize and appreciate all the good that can come from one little facial expression, so remember to share your smile with the world, because when you smile the whole world smiles back.

Smile face

Love A Tree Today

Love A Tree Today

“From little seeds grow mighty trees.”

 

Are you a Dendrophile? Then your love of trees can be celebrated today! May 16th is officially the day to recognize and celebrate the importance and beauty of trees.  It is “Love a Tree Day.” So even if you are not a Dendrophile, get out and love a tree.

All trees are a vital part of nature removing carbon dioxide as it creates oxygen.  They help reduce erosion, and moderate the climate. Trees are multifunctional and necessary for life.  They not only provide shelter, shade, fuel and lumber, but are habitats for many species and plants.

Did you know there are approximately three trillion mature trees in the world and date back to over 370 million years old. There are between 60,000 – 100,000 different species of trees and the number of trees worldwide total 25% of all living species.

The worlds oldest tree started its life during the Ice Age about 9,550 years ago and still lives in Sweden.  By celebrating “Love a Tree Day” you could be responsible for starting the life of a tree that could live even longer.

 

How you can celebrate Love a Tree Day.

 

  • Plant a tree.

Planting a tree is a fun activity that can involve the entire family.  Visit your local nursery and invest in a sapling that will thrive in your area.  Not sure what kind of tree to get? You can always ask your nursery for some help in choosing the best tree for your area, or you can check out this website, www.arborday.org, to get helpful advise as well.

 

  •  Take a nature walk or hike.

Walking is always a good activity whether it is for leisure or exercise.  It gets the muscles moving and stimulates blood flow in our bodies.  So, taking a walk or hike amongst the trees is a great way to celebrate today.  You know the saying “stop to smell the roses,” well on this day, stop to take in the sight and sounds of the trees. Take a rest under the canopy that they provide and just be at one with nature if even for a short time.

 

  • Go for a picnic.

Packing a light lunch or snack and enjoying it while sitting under a tree can be both refreshing and relaxing.  This will give you the opportunity to enjoy a meal in nature.  Try taking a friend or family with you for great conversation and memory making.

 

  • Get to know your trees.

Enrich your knowledge of your environment.  Find out about the trees in your local area.  Ask an arborist or find some research explaining the type of timber that grows in your neck of the woods.  Are they evergreen or deciduous? How old are they? What is the oldest tree in your area?  Getting to know your surroundings can help you have a better understanding and respect for where you live.

 

Remember to take advise from a tree.

Stand tall and proud. 
Go out on a limb. 
Remember your roots. 
Drink plenty of water. 
Bend before you break. 
Be content with your natural beauty
Enjoy the view.

 

A Tribute to our Moms!

“Successful Mother’s are not the ones that have never struggled, they are the ones that never give up despite the struggles.”
                                                                                            ~ Sharon Jaynes

A mother’s voice is the first thing that we hear; and it is her worn out yet joyful face that we see when we make our way into this world. They come in all ages, colors, sizes and shapes. They are the source of our existence and for this reason alone, they deserve all the respect and honor that we can shower them with.

No matter what advances we make and how the world evolves, there is one thing that will never change and that is a mother’s unparalleled, unconditional and incomparable love. Mothers have an abundance of hope for us in their hearts. This is irrespective of whether they are an active part of our lives or not; they always have a vision for us. They truly make us whole. They are our protectors, a beacon of light guiding us in every situation.

Regardless of our faults and shortcomings, they will always be our greatest cheerleaders and source of inspiration and motivation. They don’t have an instruction manual guiding them how to raise us, yet they do their best. Being a mother could so easily be regarded as one of the most unappreciated job in the context of our society. In today’s society, mothers are losing the reverence and respect they once received. This coupled with this job’s inherent latent nature, creates an environment where mothers usually don’t get the appreciation that they so richly deserve.

The importance of mothers is unquestionable and that is a no-brainer.  They do everything such as changing our filthy diapers, enduring our tantrums and fits of rage, packing our lunch boxes and dropping us off to schools. According to a number of studies, maternal deprivation can have a detrimental effect on the bonding process between a mother and her child, which in turn has the effect of impairing a child’s psychological, social and emotional development.

Mothers not only guide us by instilling values, responsibilities and purpose in our life, they also cultivate a feeling of well-being and security. The relational attachment that a young one forges with their mother becomes the corner stone of their personality. Mothers guide us by offering counsel, advice, emotional and psychological support. They are always at your side no matter what and make sacrifices no one else will even consider making. The boundaries and limitations they set for us keep us out of trouble and make us better individuals, even though we may not agree with their decisions.

On this Mothers’ Day thank her for things like staying up late at night and waking up early just to keep us in the best possible shape, for praying to God that we get through whatever pain and misery we are experiencing and for assisting us in completing school assignments. Also apologize to her for all the troubles that you put her through or any selfish or snarky comment that you passed. Believe me she will forgive you in a heartbeat.

Spending time with our mother and honoring her is our foremost duty as she is the real and undisputed queen of our hearts.

The Everyday Super Hero

The Everyday Super Hero

 “Teaching is the most powerful weapon which you
can use to change the world.”
~Nelson Mandela

 

If you can solve a mathematical problem, read a book, write a letter, calculate distance, or even cook a meal, then you know who you should be thanking. One of the most important professions across the world, that of a teacher, is one that commonly comes with little thanks or acknowledgement.

It doesn’t really matter what kind of community you are talking about, they all have teachers.  If you think about it, teachers have the ability to make an extreme impression and contribution to society, even changing the world.  Educating, not just our future but our present, is what allows us to function as a blooming society.  They inspire success and encourage us to venture out of our element, allowing us to prove to ourselves that “yes, we can.”

I have had many inspirational teachers throughout my life that I think of often and thank constantly.  Like many good teachers a few I had cleared the cobwebs from my brain and made the completely incomprehensive suddenly understandable.  This gave me the confidence to push myself farther and excel.  Their excitement for the subject and creativeness to make it interesting, passed to me and in turn made me interested and excited as well.  Really? Excited about Algebra? Me? Yes! My professor in college completely turned around my confidence.  Mathematics was never my strong suit in school but after learning from my college professor, I realized it takes that special person that loves what they teach to inspire you to love it as well.

Sometimes teachers are the only constant in our lives.  Someone we see on a daily basis and that you can count on will always be there.  Not just to teach but to listen, coach, guide, console, encourage, and mentor us for our future goals and aspirations.  A good teacher knows that no dream is too big or small for their students and they take the time to encourage those dreams.

Teachers also understand the importance of life skills and work at introducing those skills within their teachings which is a creative and necessary way to educate our youth on important life lessons that would be very hard to learn any other way.  A teacher usually does not ask for any thanks, they are humble and quiet.  When I tried to thank her, that college professor I spoke of earlier, told me  “no thank you was necessary.” Her thank you was seeing me succeed and enjoy Algebra and mathematics in general.

This, being teacher appreciation week, remember to thank all of our teachers.  Without them we would not be who we were yesterday, who we are now, or who we will become in the future.

 

 

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”
~Ben Franklin

Our apologies…

It
seems that a recent update with our hosting provider caused a major
issue with emails.  Specifically, rule reminders, updates and every
other healthy email were not being sent.  And then, to top it all off,
once we fixed the problem, the flood gates opened and the backlog of
messages were sent all at once.

For this, we apologize.

We also want you to know that Health Month has not been forgotten and
there are still plans in the works for a version 2.  We welcome input
(even a helping hand if anyone is interested), as Billy and I are busy
boys.

All the best,

Derek

Maintenance is underway!

We had tried to do some maintenance about two weeks ago but things didn’t go as planned and we had to cancel it at the last minute.

Today we ran into just the opposite issue.   All of the stars aligned at the last minute and we realized that this afternoon would be the best time to do the maintenance even though we had not planned on it.

Normally we would prefer to give more notice but a new security update for our operating stack is available.  Since we take security seriously we wanted to update to that as soon as possible and it made the most sense to do that at the same time as our maintenance.

So some of you may potentially notice a quick bit of downtime with HealthMonth.com but I do promise it will be back up and running quickly and we are working on it.

Stay Healthy!

Quick Maintenance – UPDATE

I know we took a rest only a few weeks ago but we need to take one more quick maintenance break.

HealthMonth will be offline for about 2 hours (give or take a few minutes) starting at approximately 2pm PST on Monday, December 23rd.

We have found that to be one of the best times of the week to update the site so that it conflicts with the usage of as few Health Monthers as possible.

**UPDATE**

This ended up being cancelled at the last minute.    It will be rescheduled for another day in the near future.

We need a rest, then back to work!

I know, it sounds crazy, but sometimes even technology gets tired every once in awhile.  We’ve been working hard to keep HealthMonth, well, healthy and as a result we will need to have a little bit of downtime (approximately 20-45mins) on Monday December 9 at 4pm PST.

We chose that time so that it hopefully doesn’t conflict with people checking in for the end of the day with their rules, etc.  We do appreciate that not everyone is in the same time zone and we simply needed to make a judgement call.  We hope you understand.

Summer Lovin’…HealthMonth style!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer thus far.  Just a quick note to keep everyone up to date regarding some changes we’ve made and will soon be launching to the live site.  So check out the details below and let us know if we break anything in the process (we have lots of crazy glue if we need it)!

Thanks,

Derek & Billy

Facebook/Twitter Integration – we have enchanced the integration we use with Facebook/Twitter so that you can properly post things simultaneously on HealthMonth and the rest of the world.

Emails for inactive games – we had a number of complaints that people were getting “Time to check in” emails during a month when they didn’t have an active game going.  This should now be fixed.

Comment Posting – users were having troubles posting on comments on a post they had created unless they reloaded the page.  This has now been fixed.

User Subscriptions – a number of issues arose with the introduction of monthly subscriptions.  These have been fixed.

Summer Promo – if you haven’t already seen it, we’re running another promotion for the balance of the year.  Afterall, why would anyone just do 1 month, right?

Follow 150+ users – it wasn’t possible to do…until now.

Lots of excitment!!!

Hello fellow Health Month-ers,

It has been quite some time since the last blog post (we do apologize), but please don’t take this to mean that we haven’t be hard at work – we have been!  And we’re pleased to announce a new batch of changes coming your way.  See below for a list of updates that will hit the site within the next week.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at team@ and we’ll get back to you.

Thanks,

Derek & Billy

Change Rule Reminder Settings – applicable to paid accounts only

For already finalized games, you may now toggle or change the schedule for rule email reminders from “Notification Settings” under “Game in Progress” and “Play Next Month” in the footer.

Health Month Widget

Do you want to embed your live Health Month statistics into your blog or website! Well, now you can.  Get your widget embed code from your Health Month home page.

Email Nofications for Updates from Followed Users (Optional)

You can now receive email notifications for game wall notes from people you follow – even if you are not on the same team. Simply enable this setting under “Email Notifications” in your profile management page.

Improved Compatibility for IE browsers

If you are a frequent user of Internet Explorer, you have probably already noticed that this has already been improved. We appreciate your feedback regarding this, and do let us know if you encounter any more glitches.

Daily Updates

Daily emails are much smarter now and will no longer ask you to play for the day if you have already checked in.

Invitation Rewards

We are always grateful when you ask your friends to join our community. We now track metrics for determining which users are most active at doing so and will be using these metrics to implement a reward system that gets you really cool stuff.

Private Rules in Emails

Emails we send to you should now have proper descriptions of your private rules.