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Incredibly Unique Businesses
by Roger On April 26, 2017

The world we live in is ever changing, with new businesses popping up everyday. It seems like almost everyone is chasing the “American Dream”. A great business is one that solves a problem, and sometimes, business ideas fall flat. On the other hand, we’ve seen a great spark of truly unique businesses.

Bring your own container grocery stores

First of all, we live in a time when it’s so important not to be wasteful. The worlds population continues to grow as our resources diminish and landfills become more of an issue. To combat this, a lot of people are living more “green” lives. Plastic waste floods our oceans and impacts sea life on a daily basis. A lot of cities across the US have already banned plastic bags. One way to cut back on waste is by shopping at a reusable container grocery store. Store owners buy food in bulk from reusable containers, and sell them to consumers. Store patrons use glass jars or cotton bags to measure out the amount they need.

Cat Cafes

Secondly, one of the most unique businesses out there are cat cafes. They originated in Taiwan in 1998, where Japanese tourists took to the idea. Since then, cat cafes have gotten very popular in Japan. In fact, Japan now has over 150 cat cafes. Interestingly, many Japanese apartment homes do not allow pets. This could be a contributing factor to the cafes popularity, people just want to interact with animals. They believe that cats can help relive the stress of working and everyday life. Cat cafes have begun making their way to the states, which has been a challenge due to health and food regulations. As long as the area where cats are held is completely separate from food, it’s considered okay. What’s more, most of the cats in these cafes are up for adoption.

Glass Art Ashes

Next on our list of unique businesses, is a great way to remember loved ones who have passed on. Some glass blowers are creating beautiful keepsakes, with the ashes of a relative or pet. These can help make the grieving process a lot easier for some people. Plus, it’s a great way to display someone’s ashes rather than keeping an urn.

BarkBuddy

It’s been said that dogs resemble their owners. Maybe that’s because people self consciously adopt animals that are like them. But have you ever thought about searching for the perfect best friend on what seems like a dating app? Probably not, but what a cool idea! Barkbuddy does just that. The app allows you to scroll through dogs up for adoption in your area. You can read bios, look at pictures and “swipe left” just as you would on a dating app. With time, the suggestions get better in tune with you, until you find the perfect pup!

Sleep is NOT for the Weak
by On April 19, 2017

If you don’t get enough sleep at night, you will most definitely feel groggy the next day. Exaggerated yawns and tired eyes are just the beginning of negative effects of sleep deprivation. Over time, much worse things can happen if you continually get less than a solid 8 hours. For example, a sleep deprived person may have serious emotional problems.

There is not set formula for how many hours of missed sleep makes you sleep deprived. Everyone will feel the effects of insomnia in different ways. But, if a person doesn’t feel alert and awake in the morning, they are considered deprive of sleep. Not only can sleep deprivation lead to emotional problems but an array of physical problems as well. Interestingly, the effects take such a toll that is considered unethical to force deprivation on another individual. For this reason, when studies on sleep deprivation are done the subjects are very closely monitored in a medically safe environment. Studies like this are important, however, because it helps researchers understand how vital sleep is for mental and physical health.

Emotional Rollercoaster

In the beginning, the effects of sleep deprivation are on the smaller scale. Although, it’s obvious that when you’re tired your brain just doesn’t seem to work as well. Even the smallest amount of sleep deprivation can influence cognitive and emotional function. Usually, the effects of sleep deprivation are first seen as being unable to show positive emotion on your face. In addition, sleep deprived people will also have a hard time recognizing other people as happy too. In fact, to them, a happy person may look like they have a neutral expression. Most of the time, a neutral expression can be interpreted as negative. So sleep deprivation can really skew reality. Plus, someone who is deprived of sleep may have a hard time dealing with disappointment.

Microsleeps

Another result of sleep deprivation is what’s called microsleeps. These are essentially little sleep sessions and can last up to 30 seconds. When someone falls into a microsleep they might even still have their eyes open. The scary thing about microsleeps is the person is basically blind, and unable to process information. This can be incredibly dangerous, especially if you’re operating heavy machinery or driving.

Delirium

A lot of people say that after a sleepless night they feel a little loopy. When it comes to really extreme cases, people can even experience delirium. But actual delirium is when a person becomes totally and completely disoriented. In the ICU of hospitals, some patients get what is called ICU delirium. This occurs because there are lights and sounds that continue all day and night. Some doctors even believe that the worst thing you could do for someone who is sleep deprived is put them in a hospital. It’s actually very common for many patients to develop insomnia.

Hallucinations

Lastly, another side effect of chronic sleep deprivation is seeing things or hallucinations. Whether or not true hallucinations happen as a result of being sleep deprived is still an unanswered question. Although, your mind can definitely play tricks on you which can be scary.

Hit the Snooze Button

If all of these effects of sleep deprivation doesn’t make you want to immediately take a nap, maybe some positives will. Those that get a full 8 hours a night can look forward to increased mental clarity. Plus, a good amount of sleep can help you learn new things easier and improves memory retention. A lot of people would agree, being fully rested helps you live a more enjoyable life. Sleep is good for the brain, but also the body. Athletes who are well rested perform much better, and those hoping to lose weight have more success.

Be There and Be Dumb: Tips for your First Day on the Job
by On April 12, 2017

Ah, the first day: racking your brain trying to figure out what the person in charge wants, worrying about the timing of your bowel movements, unpacking your crayons, and well, that was just second grade. Though you’ve hopefully graduated from wax to ink in terms of writing utensils, those same worries also come with your first day at a new job. For that reason, we decided to some advice to anyone preparing to sit down at a new desk.

Be There

The similarities between elementary school and workplace don’t stop at nerves, because a crucial key to success is similar: just be there. My dad’s take on school was always: “50% of it is just showing up.” and unpacking the phrase, you find it has some hidden wisdom. Being punctual and concentrating on being in the moment are two things that are often taken for granted, but go a long way in making a first impression. If you establish yourself as reliable, responsible, and focused in the office, regardless of your work output, superiors will see you as someone who has potential to add value to the company.

Being there also means taking advantage of the day to day opportunities to interact with co-workers. Often the toughest part of starting a new job can be finding where you fit in the office’s social environment, and being there means jumping at every chance to find out. Somebody invites you to lunch? Be there. Darts after work? Be there. Morning roller derby league on Wednesdays? Be there.

Be Dumb

Yes, everyone says it. So, why aren’t you listening? ASK QUESTIONS. The first few days in the office are a safe zone where you can clear up any confusion, and be inquisitive with the guise of being the “newbie” to protect you. It’s almost complete stupidity immunity.

Again, everyone has been told this before, so ask the questions that will separate yourself from the other recent hires. Be patient during explanations and have the courage to ask about processes. You were hired in part for your perspective, so being afraid to question how things are done is doing both yourself and the company a disservice. Now, do so without sounding like a cocky-know-it-all. Make sure you understand the dynamic, before you suggest improvements. However, getting involved in a discussion about how the company does things not shows you care enough to about what your superior is saying to apply critical thinking, but also shows your aptitude as an employee.

So, there you have it, if day one nerves have your mind racing, you can rest easy, knowing all you have to do is be there and be dumb… A few extra crayons pens might help too.

“You got the spreadsheets? Your zen?”: Meditation in the Workplace
by On April 5, 2017

Nothing. Millions of dollars are flooding into meditation: the industry of essentially teaching people how to do nothing. So, why not incorporate that into my blogs? Ready? Breathe deep. Close your eyes. Say, “Om.”

Okay, so it might be a little harder than that: actually, way harder than that, and that’s because meditation is a legitimate practice. It’s recent trip from hippy taboo to mainstream trend is in large part due to studies showing legitimate benefits to practitioners well-being.

 

These developments in this niche of the health and fitness industry provide a lot of opportunities. Innovators and high level executives have long used meditation to increase their own performance, and with the right culture in place, you and your employees can reap those same benefits by practicing meditation in the workplace.

Meditation and Business Skills

The exact boost that meditation provides is so intangible that it is tough for many to describe. However it boils down to increased focus, determination, and compassion. Meditation provides a forum for you and your employees to ground yourselves and eliminate distractions that hinder performance. It also can reinforce purpose, motivating a workforce. Lastly, it can take others outside themselves to see the troubles of others, taking teamwork from a cliché poster to an actual practice in the office.

How to Incorporate Meditation in Business

Meditation in the workplace does not have to be a time consuming affair. Granted, the greater emphasis you put on it, the greater benefits you will receive, but if focused meditation sessions can be as short as two minutes. Employers don’t even have to invest money into learning or teaching meditation. Riding meditation’s wave of popularity, two very popular apps, Headspace and OMG I Can Meditate! , have made it possible for anyone with a smartphone to have access to a spiritual guide.

 

What’s more important than the investment of resources, is simply creating a culture that emphasizes well-being, where employees can dedicate ten minutes to meditation without feeling guilty for not staring at their screen.

Meditation may just be the health world’s latest fad, but it’s benefits have long been what great companies foster in their employees. Those that can cut through the connotations and unneeded fluff of meditation, can use the tool to drive success.