The Magic of Purring

 

Is there any more soothing sound in the world than a cat’s purring? No matter whether you are still in diapers or piloting a wheelchair at the rest home, everyone loves the relaxing sound of a purring kitten or adult feline.

While they are remarkably cute animals, some would argue that a cat’s primary appeal is that soothing sound it emits when happy. There is just something about it that is so calming and inviting, it helps tamp down your anger after the cat shreds your favorite chair.

Surprisingly, after so many centuries and scientific advancements, we are still not entirely sure just how cats purr. We know they do it when they are content, but could there also be another reason?

As it turns out, cats sometimes also purr when they are frightened, hungry, or injured. A few large species of cats, including cheetahs and cougars, can also purr as well (imagine one of these jumping in your lap for some affection!). Purring is also apparently a way for some cats to soothe themselves during periods of stress, and they also do it to comfort other feline friends when they are injured or distressed.

Purring can also be healing — literally. High frequency sound can aid in tissue and bone regeneration/repair. Domestic cats can reach a frequency of 26 Hertz when purring, which is within that sound range.

So, the next time a dog lover goes on about how wonderful a wagging tail is, counter with how a cat’s purr can easily beat it by being so helpful in other areas as well! A purring feline represents contentment in its most basic and appealing form and is the sort of selfless, uncomplicated love that prompts some people to accept cats into their families as valued members on the level of their own children.

You Life May Depend on Being Seen

With summer now over and fall soon coming to an end, it can be easy to forget that walking at night can be more of a concern. Nights this time of year tend to be darker and the days shorter, so extra care is required of the public when walking or jogging near roads.

It is important to make sure that oncoming traffic can clearly see you well in advance and adjust their position on the road accordingly. This danger made headlines recently in Hamilton, when a group of people walking along a road at night were almost hit by a car that swerved out of the way at the last second.

Cyclists often have reflectors or flashing lights attached to their helmets as a way of making their presence known to cars. Pedestrians and joggers can adopt such safety measures, too, by putting these attention getting embellishments on their jackets or shoes.

However, you can also start by taking some more basic precautions. If you plan on walking during low-light periods, be sure to wear light colored clothing. When visibility is low and a person is clad in darker shades, a driver may not notice them until it is too late to get out of the way.

Also, if you plan on walking or running, be aware of the hours when the sun is out. Days are shorter, and so is daylight, so think about how long your walk will take and when you should start in order to ensure you are done and home safe before dark. Parents need to impress the importance of this upon their children, and double check that they are complying.

Drivers also need to do their part by making sure to have their headlights on well before the sun has set. Be seen and avoid an unfortunate tragedy.

Keeping Things Smooth With Clients

A friend of mine once joked to me that his business would be 100% perfect if he just did not have to deal with clients. Of course, clients are the lifeblood of almost any company, and you will not be in business long if you do not know how to keep them happy. That can often be more difficult than it sounds at times. Are you having trouble with your clients? Here are some suggestions you can try that will help to smooth things over:

Know your stuff

A sure way to mess things up and lose a client’s confidence is to not do your homework. If you are not willing to take the time to know the things you need to in order for your business relationship to work, then it is doomed from the start. Make sure that you understand everything necessary to keep things moving along and also be able to answer any questions the client might have about procedure and other basic steps.

Done something wrong? Admit it

No one wants to make a mistake in a business relationship of any kind, but when it happens, and it is your fault, you need to own up to any and all mistakes. Lying to a client and trying to pass off the blame is a foolish and fatal error that will come back to haunt you.

Reputation management

No matter what your business, you will inevitably end up with a client that is more trouble than they are worth. However, if you want to sever the business relationship, you should be careful about it. Going scorched earth may feel very satisfying at the time, but it may lead to unanticipated problems that end up being far worse than the ones the client caused you in the first place. Take a few deep breaths and then do the right thing.

Having Trouble Keeping Your Chin Up?

No two people are the same and that applies to many aspects of life, including one’s level of optimism. Some people are able to find a silver lining in every cloud, and never regard the glass as being half-empty. Others, meanwhile, tend to be more cynical about the future and have trouble seeing the good things in life.

Are you having trouble keeping your chin up? If so, the following tips can help you to feel better and more optimistic about the future:

Be selective

Are there certain people and situations that tend to make you feel sad and hopeless? If so, do your best to avoid them. This may lead to some awkward situations, but in the end, it will be worth it.

Keep your mind focused on the positive

Do you have anything coming up in the near future that will make you happy? For example, a trip or a visit with friends? Even though it might still be a few days away, try to keep this at the forefront of your mind. That will help you to make you feel happier in the present moment.

Get some exercise

Physical activity is not only good for your body, it is good for your brain. When you exercise, the body produces endorphins. These are the so-called “feel-good” chemicals that help to improve mood. So by getting out there and doing something physical, you will not only be helping your body, but also making yourself feel better in the process.

Think about tough times from the past that you have survived

Another way to deal with potentially unpleasant situations is to remember that you are a survivor and you have made it through such times before. As a result, the chances are very good that you will do so again quite successfully.

How to Best Enjoy Your Retirement

Retirement is something that most of us will enjoy at some point in our golden years. However, to make the most of it, retirement does require a certain degree of planning. That includes finances, but there are many articles out there about that aspect, so it will be beyond the scope of this posting.

Keep Busy

You have probably heard about someone who was 100% dedicated to their job and lost their identity upon heading into retirement. In some cases, these people may have even died prematurely.

Never underestimate the importance of a sense of purpose in life. Without that, we are simply going through the motions. You might be thinking, “Well, fine, but I’m retiring. What purpose could I still have?” There are plenty of ways to have a sense of purpose in our retirement years by serving others. Many volunteer opportunities likely exist in your area; choose one that speaks to your interests and the type of people you wish to be dealing with. You can also consider a part-time job, though once again, make sure it something that is of interest and not just a chore.

Travel

Did you not have much time to go where you wished back in your working days? Well, here is your chance to visit all of those wonderful spots you have dreamed about for years.

Make New Friends

Get out there any meet new people by trying new things, attending events, etc. Don’t spend your golden years in front of the TV; experience the fun and fulfillment that comes from sharing quality time with good people.

Don’t Stress Out

Problems come in different forms at different stages of life; your senior years won’t be any different. However, stress can be harder on mind and body when you are older. Remember that you have conquered adversity throughout your life and this stage will be no different.

 

Signs That You May Be Experiencing Depression

 

 

It is normal to be sad on the occasion, but it is not healthy you find yourself in this state day after day. However, millions of people do find themselves in the grip of sadness and when this is a common part of your life, it is known as depression.

Have you been feeling quite down lately? You might have depression. If you exhibit any of the following signs, make an appointment with a therapist to talk about your situation.

Loss of Interest

Do you have hobbies or other pursuits that usually bring you joy in life, but they are of less and less interest to you?

Loss of Energy

Are you normally a person with a lot of get up and go, but lately, you have been feeling tired and unmotivated? Are you sleeping more or suffering a loss of energy from an inability to get a good night’s sleep?

Extreme Anger

Do you find yourself getting mad over things that would normally not bother you? Or are you getting excessively angry over situations that would usually only cause mild annoyance?

Worry and Anxiety

It is normal to have some degree of worry and anxiety in our lives, but do you find yourself constantly getting worried about what could happen in the future? Do you obsess over past mistakes?

Relying on Distractions

There is nothing wrong with having an occasional drink, but excessive amounts of alcohol are signs of a problem or an attempt to avoid coping with one. Drug use can also indicate a desperate need to escape from reality.

Do not feel ashamed if you have identified any of the above behaviors as something you are currently doing. There should never be any shame associated with mental health challenges and don’t forget that you are not alone in this struggle. Good luck!

 

How to Help Your Children Become Better Writers

Some people are born with a love of writing and language, while others develop those through practice and feedback. If your child gravitates towards English and displays a natural interest in writing, that is a wonderful asset. Even if they don’t pursue writing as a career, a solid grasp of language will benefit them in almost any vocation and give them a real edge over the competition. People may be proficient with a computer, but that doesn’t automatically mean they know how to write. In fact, increasingly these days, it is often just the opposite.

If your child is struggling with their language studies, don’t worry, there is still hope. In addition to tutoring, here are some things you can do on your end to help them become better writers:

Make Writing a Family Activity

Children consider homework to be a burden, but if you can make writing into something everyone does, then that can help to lift the curse. In addition to helping them with their writing, demonstrate that writing is something that you like to do yourself. If a child sees you writing on a regular basis, that can raise their curiosity and make them more interested in learning how to do what their parents enjoy.

Be Helpful and Encouraging

These go without saying when working with your children, but are particularly useful with writing. Even if the child’s work has notable problems, point out the positive aspects and then offer constructive criticism on how the rest could be better.

Writing Activities

Children won’t be interested in writing if their work only consists of school assignments. Encourage them to write letters or birthday cards to family members and friends, party invitations for their friends, writing lists, etc. Making writing both fun and second nature will help to cultivate a love for it.

What You Need for a Picnic at the Beach

Picnics are an age-old family tradition. It can be quite relaxing and enjoyable to eat outdoors, and a picnic is a great way to bring friends and family together.

People often have picnics in parks, but you can also enjoy them at the beach (another bonus for this location: far less chance of being invaded by ants!). Sounds like a great idea? Here are some tips on what you will need:

Avoid Foods That Can Spoil in the Heat

A quick rule of thumb here: avoid bringing anything that needs refrigeration at all times. You can always put these in a cooler, however.

Bring Fun Foods

Eating healthy is important, but doing so all of the time can be a drag. Picnics are meant to be fun occasions, so be sure to bring some chips, cheezies, and chocolate to help balance off the healthier items. It can’t hurt to break the rules once in a while, especially if you have kids with you.

Prepare for Sun Exposure

You will be out of doors for sometime, so make sure that everyone has a hat and sunscreen. An outdoor umbrella will also help to cut down on the excess UV rays and assist in keeping everyone comfortable.

Bring Water

Nothing wrong with bringing a variety of beverages, but make sure you also include water to help keep everyone properly hydrated. For extra coolness, you can freeze the bottles of water before you leave.

Utensils

Unless you are only bringing food that can be eaten by hand, make sure you have all of the utensils you will need. That includes extras, like bottle openers and a hand-operated can opener. Include some napkins and wet naps as well.

Be sure to also bring along a frisbee, football, or something else you can easily have fun with after your feast. Enjoy!