Today (May 8th) is Teacher Appreciation Day, so it’s time to remind all the educators out there how much we value them and what they do for the young minds of the world. They have one of the toughest jobs around and deserve some extra kudos for their hard work. So teachers, thank you for everything you do! And here’s where you can score free food today to treat yourself.
- Chick-fil-A - Show your teacher ID to get a free sandwich at participating locations today (May 8th), so check to make sure your local Chick-fil-A is in first.
- Chipotle - Teachers, faculty, and staff can get a buy-one-get-one-free burrito deal in-stores today (May 8th) with a valid faculty ID.
- Cici's Pizza - When teachers show their valid school ID and use this coupon today (May 8th), they get a free buffet.
- Raising Cane's - This chicken chain is giving a free box combo to teachers and educators who show their school ID today (May 8th).
While some people may think having a glass of wine or two at night will help them get to sleep faster, they are really kidding themselves. While it may be true that you’ll pass out quickly, the quality of that sleep you’ll be getting likely won’t be all that good.
A new study finds that heavy alcohol consumption, meaning two glasses a night for women and three for men, can reduce the quality of a person’s sleep by 39.2%. And being young doesn’t necessarily help you. In fact, the study suggests the booze will likely affect a young person’s sleep more than an older person's.
And it isn’t just heavy drinking that is ruining your slumber. The study finds that moderate consumption, as in two drinks a day for men and one for women, can reduce a person’s sleep quality by 24%, and low alcohol intake reduces it by 9.3%.
Source: Daily Mail
We’ve all had a heated argument or a crazy day at work that left us stressed out and in search of a way to decompress. And when that happens, experts say the best way to handle it is to deal with the negative feelings and let them go. Of course, that’s easier said than done.
We may have our own ways to de-stress, like a glass of wine or two, but there are other more effective methods out there. So next time you need to reset and relax, try one of these:
- Do something else - After you have a tense experience, get your brain focused on a smartphone game, which makes it less reactive to stress. Playing a game lets you detach emotionally so you can solve the problem or move past it. Playing puzzles or memory games like Tetris works best.
- Work out slower - While you may feel like taking out your tension with an intense sweat sesh, light exercise may be better at easing anxiety. Research shows working out at 40% capacity lowers levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, but pushing yourself harder in a workout actually raises it.
- Write it out - Go old school and pull out the pen and paper to document your stressful situation. Mithu Storoni,author of “Stress-Proof” explains that writing helps remove the emotion of the situation, which reduces its intensity.
Having trouble navigating the digital dating world? According to Joanna Coles, Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, who literally wrote a book on it, “Love Rules: How to Find A Real Relationship in the Digital World,” it’s like driving a car - in that you have to know the rules and how to signal to others what you want to do. And the more you do it, the better you get.
Coles also says online dating is kind of like Costco, there are so many options, you just need to know where to find what you’re looking for. More folks in the over-40 set are using dating apps and sites now and Coles knows it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so here’s her advice for making meaningful connections in the digital dating world as a 40-something.
- Don’t put all your eggs in one basket - Online dating is just a tool, so don’t stop going out and meeting folks in real life just because you joined Bumble.
- Take it offline as soon as possible - Coles research for her book shows people keep talking online too long before meeting in real life, only to find they’re not a match in real life. “My strongest piece of advice is do not waste your time in a lengthy text, flirty exchange with someone, which people often do,” she explains, “because it may turn out that you are connecting with someone online, and you have nothing in common at all.”
- Do date night right - Coles advises having your first date be something you do together, like a wine tasting, taking a walk, or seeing a play, instead of just sitting across from each other trying to assess if you like each other.
- Don’t press fast-forward - Texting or talking on the phone can give you a false sense of familiarity, but you need to really spend time in person to get to know each other over time.
- Set realistic expectations - Dating apps are just tools to help you meet new people, so let them do that and remember, dating is supposed to be fun.
Source: NBC News
Are you someone who loves donuts? Do you dream about them and think up different flavors and toppings you’d like to see at your favorite donut shop? Well, Entenmann’s is looking for you.
The company is currently accepting entries for their first-ever Chief Donut Officer. Now if this sounds like a job that’s too good to be true, it sort of is. Thing is, it’s only an honorary title, but there are some great goodies - including $5-grand and a year’s supply of donuts.
Want in? You have until June 30th to enter for a chance at the title, and will be required to explain your love of Entenmann’s donuts, as well as offer some ideas for product innovation. Entries will be judged based on passion, creativity and originality, and then five finalists will be chosen to submit video testimonials about why they deserve to be named Chief Donut Officer, with the public getting the chance to vote for their favorite.
The winner will be announced August 7th, but the other finalists will also be rewarded for their efforts. Runners up will receive $1,000 and free donuts for a year. Click here for more info.
Source: Market Watch