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Then check out the Trade to Travel Draw for your chance to win a your dream vacation worth up to $4000! (includes air fare and a hotel stay) Whether it’s traveling to Paris to enjoy the finer things or just taking a weekend getaway with friends or family, we have something just for you. Stop dreaming and start playing!

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Create a homemade gift for someone special this holiday season with i-Say!

When it comes to giving gifts to friends and family, we all want the gifts we give to be fun, unique and greatly appreciated.  As we start to think about what we’ve received before, it’s always the timeless gifts that have the most meaning attached to them.home made gifts

Picture frames are no longer just for kids, adults can make them too!  Pinterest is flooded with excellent DIY picture frames that are great for everyone. Remember to include a photo of you and that special someone warming up to the holiday season!  Enjoy a cozy afghan that’ll bundle the family together this time of year. These knitted throws are a great heirloom that can be passed down from generation to generation.

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Do you have a healthy relationship with food? Learn how your emotions affect your eating habits

According to a study by the Obesity Action Coalition, there’s a direct correlation between your emotions and your food. Your mood can increase or decrease your appetite depending on how you’re feeling that day. We’re all busy during the day and often develop bad eating habits because of time and obligation restraints. We’ll break down the different ways to cultivate healthy eating habits while managing unexpected emotions.girl-with-food-fb

Comfort foods: Beware of too much sugar

The most common emotions that negatively affect how people eat are: stress, anger, boredom and sadness. This can result in binge eating or not eating at all. When binge eating occurs, it almost always contains sugar because it’s an extreme stimulant and sends feel-good receptors to the brain. Sugar is also one of the most addictive substances in the world. According to a study by Dr. Robert Lustig, lack of sleep will make you crave sugary foods much more than healthy foods. He calls this “the comfort food effect.” When a person’s body isn’t getting what they need, it releases high levels of cortisol which increases the demand for “comfort foods.”

Keep a food journal

Categorizing how you’re feeling during the day and recording what you’ve eaten around that same time can inform if you’re using food to deal with your emotions or not. Keeping a journal will help you discover the distinction between when you’re physically hungry or just emotionally hungry.

Healthy living tips

Eating when you’re stressed will often lead to fatty foods. Keeping your body and mind active will lead to healthier meal choices. If you’re upset about something, it can often lead to you going to the pantry or refrigerator in search of “comfort foods” to cope with the stress or pain you’re feeling. However, if you have a variety of fun activities prepared when this happens, you can overcome the stress and avoid binge eating.

Some healthy activities include:

  • Taking a walk outside
  • Singing
  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • Talking to a friend
  • Bike ride

There’s a huge difference between being healthy and staying healthy. Being healthy is very easy to do because there are so many shortcuts that are offered up by our culture. They consist of a wide variety of diets, work out videos, juice cleanses, etc. However, the key to staying healthy is being able to control your emotions to ensure longevity for a healthier life.

 

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1/8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime

Breast Cancer Awareness month has grown its exposure and supporters over the years in hopes to educate people on ways to fight against this disease. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, on average 100 women will die in the U.S. each day due to breast cancer and 1/8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Research shows that 1/9 women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and 1/29 Canadian women will die of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women in Canada and is the second leading cause of death among women.wooden-man-fb

Women aren’t the only ones at risk. In 2015, it’s estimated that 220 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer. A lot of men are unaware they can get breast cancer, so their diagnoses aren’t identified as early as they should be.

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The National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society are committed to providing reliable information about mammograms and breast cancer awareness to the general public. Over 3.9 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the U.S. today and that’s due to the work that the National Breast Cancer Foundation has done. Both of these groups educate people on how to battle this disease while continuing to thrive in their everyday lives.

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Off the cuff: How improv can help you succeed in your professional and personal lives

According to a University of North Carolina study, one of the ways you can succeed in life is to be able to deal with ambiguity and change in our society. Our government, technology, and economy are all rapidly changing which can create unexpected situations for ourselves and the organizations we associate with. The question becomes, how do we deal with it all?improvisation-blog

The answer can be found in the world of improv which is at it’s core: creating something on the spot without any previous planning of any kind. Improv can be seen in a variety of places including TV, music, and business. All of us improvise each and every day depending upon who we’re with and where we are. All members of society adapt to their surroundings and the world of improv is no different.

Yes and…

The most important rule of improv is “Yes And” which means when you’re on stage with another person improvising, you always agree with whatever your partner says or has already created in the scene. You want to accept their reality and build off it. That means everything that comes out of your partner’s mouth is a great idea and your job is building on that idea and to try to make it even better.

In business, improv helps you work with different types of personalities in the office. According to an IBM study, improv helps co-workers share the spotlight instead of competing for it. Each individual on stage must buy into the “Yes And” philosophy and work together to build on each other’s ideas to create a successful scene. Improv helps create a nonjudgmental work atmosphere where each employee is open to new ideas and is willing to collaborate and listen to one another.

Listening

Listening to your partner is essential to improv. If you don’t listen to your partner, you won’t know what to say or do next because you’re building a scene together. Successful people usually surround themselves with talented and hardworking people who are humble and can effectively work with others. By listening to everyone’s idea first, instead of just deciding on your own, can open up possibilities that you hadn’t thought of which yields better creative solutions.

There are no mistakes, just unexpected opportunities   

When someone makes a mistake in improv, each member on stage must accept that mistake and try to use it to yield a better scene. It’s imperative that nobody calls that person out or ostracizes them from the group for making a mistake. The idea is to transform that mistake into a creative solution.

It can be daunting to leave your comfort zone, but if you have the support of others behind you, you’ll be amazed at the things you can create and accomplish.

 

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Explore new horizons with the Trade to Travel Draw

The new Trade to Travel Draw is here! There’ll be four winners with four amazing prizes! Redeem 200 i-Say points for one entry before December 31st for your chance to win! Two winners will receive a dream vacation worth up to $4000! Enjoy your time exploring foreign countries or just relaxing with friends or family. You control your vacation destiny! The other two winners will receive a $400 StubHub eGift card! Enjoy sporting events, concerts and theater performances from center stage!TTT_fb-travel

Don’t wait for your opportunity to travel later. Do it now with the Trade to Travel Draw! If you want to enter multiple times, take more surveys! Take a look at your available surveys to get you closer to your entry! Redeem your i-Say points for rewards before December 31st!

 

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Since 2009, NBCF has provided 674,500 patient navigation services to women in need

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we’ve added the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to our rewards catalog. (NBCF)  has been rated as a 4 star charity from Charity Navigator. Since 2009, NBCF has provided 674,500 patient navigation services to women in need.NBCS logo

 

 

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One of their many impressive accomplishments has been the creation of the Early Detection Plan. It’s an app that reminds you to complete your monthly breast self-exam, annual clinical exam and mammogram. The foundation also created the National Mammography Program, the Beyond the shock-app and website devoted to help those who’ve been diagnosed and their families. They also provide guidance to anyone seeking help or just looking for information on how to take proactive measures about their health.

 

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Do you have the qualities that make up a successful person?

Which qualities make up a successful person? As members of society, we can identify what successful people have attached to them: Money? Power? Freedom?

Another question is, what’s your definition of success? People’s version of success varies depending upon the individual. We’ll look at four different traits that can help individuals become successful.successful-woman-tw

Drive

Successful people hate to fail. Whether it comes from fear of failure or the fear of letting others down, they hate to come up short. Their incredible work ethic helps them rise above everyone else. They also know how to motivate others and can figure out what drives specific individuals to get the best performance out of them.

Passion

If you don’t love what you do and aren’t excited each day, it’s hard to be successful at it. A person can fake it for a while but truly successful people love what they do every day. Their daily life doesn’t seem like work to them which is why their work exudes power and innovation.

Perseverance

A successful person doesn’t quit. Many successful people have had several failures in their career, but have continued to push through any barriers that were in their path. Steve Jobs was fired from his own company. Seinfeld almost didn’t stay on the air because the show wasn’t popular in their first few episodes. Great minds and successful people think differently which can change the world but is not always well received in the beginning. Perseverance is what transforms adequate people into successful people.

Willingness to fail

If you aren’t failing, you aren’t growing. It’s imperative for successful people to take risks. A successful person isn’t afraid of being vulnerable in a meeting or pitching an idea that seems crazy or impossible to his or her’s team. A successful person thrives on taking risks and is able to bring everyone they work with up to their level of high standards.

So the question is, which qualities do you have?

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Fly away from worry: Tips to overcome the fear of flying

Every day, there’re around 28,500 commercial passenger flights in the air around the United States. Thousands of people fly each and every day trying to forget the unsettling fact that they’re 40,000 feet off the ground.facebook-post-goodflight

Roughly 40% of people experience some type of anxiety when flying. The fear of flying is prevalent among so many people who fasten their seat belts hoping for minimal turbulence as they ascend into the sky. What isn’t prevalent is the knowledge on how to cope with flight anxiety in a productive way.

If you’re flying, be sure to let the flight attendant know of your anxiety as well as nearby passengers so they’re aware of the situation. Most often, they will understand which will help the flyer be more at ease before takeoff.

If you’re experience turbulence, it helps if you try to move your body into the way the plane is motioning. This will eradicate stress and help the flyer relax. It’s also helpful to keep yourself occupied by either watching something on your laptop or reading a good book.

A study by the National Institute of Mental Health shows that close to 6.5 percent of the world or 20 million people feel the fear of flying so much that it qualifies as a phobia.

Aviophobia, the fear of flying, accounts for 20% of the Australian population, 36% of the Swedish population, and 28% of the Dutch population. Women tend to be more prone to Aviophobia than men which manifests itself in early child hood.

When a frightened person steps on a plane, they forget to breathe. Whether it’s taking long, deep breaths or inhaling in a paper bag, it relieves stress and anxiety if you remember to just breathe.

There’s a variety of anti-anxiety medication that’s available through your doctor such as Zoloft, diazepam or lorazepam. There are several organic remedies such as lavender, lemon balm and kava which can produce calming effects as well.

 

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To swipe or not to swipe? Learn the different ways men and women use online dating sites

Online dating doesn’t have the negative connotation attached to it that it once did. It has become widely accepted and utilized throughout our current culture. Some of the most commonly used dating sites are eHarmony, Match.com, OkCupid, Tinder, Plenty of Fish and a variety of other derivative sites.laptop-girl-blog

Online dating is a great way to expedite the process of meeting different people and going on dates but, does it actually work as a matchmaker? Another question is, what are people trying to get out of online dating? Marriage? Someone to hang out with? Option value- someone to hang out with and if it turns into something special, that’s great. We’ll dive into some of the statistics of how men and women navigate their way through the complicated world of online dating.

How accurate are online dating profiles?

According to a New York Times study, about 81% of people lie about their physical attributes on their dating profile including height, weight and age. When men are deciding on who to contact on dating sites, looks matter a great deal. According to a Freakonomics study through OkCupid, an extremely attractive woman receives 4 times the messages as an average woman gets and 25 times the messages as an unattractive woman gets.

What do men and women look for when online dating?

For the most part across the board, people prefer to date someone who’s their own race. According to a Freakonomics study conducted by OkCupid, women tend to be more attracted to lawyers, doctors, firefighters and men in the military. According to a Freakonomics study, in regards to the attractiveness of your profile picture, looks matter but your weight doesn’t. People we’re more concerned with the attractiveness of the face than the weight of a person’s body.

How important is income when online dating?

A man who makes $250,000 per year gets contacted 2 ½ times as much as man who makes $50,000 per year or less and looks the same. Levels of education don’t have a direct correlation on the success of the profile. However, if you have more years of education, statistics show that you’ll make more money which will help your online dating chances if you’re a man. In addition, studies show that men care less about income than women. According to a University of Chicago study, relationships tend to be less stable and happy if the woman makes more money than the man.

It’s clear that men and women look for different things when searching for a potential mate while online dating. What’s unclear is the elusive subjective equation needed for the perfect match.

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