My #100HappyDays / 1,000 Awesome Things Project

Last night, while I was getting pampered during my scheduled spa day, I was reading this article in one of my old Reader’s Digest magazines (from 2011). It was about 1,000 Awesome Things, a blog which turned into a book about a guy’s daily awesome observations, sharing some of his own simple pleasures that I know many of us can relate to. After reading this, I remembered the #100HappyDays posts I’ve been seeing lately on my social feeds (Facebook and Instagram mainly).

I was curious about the campaign and found out it’s an actual project where people post photos of what made them happy on a daily basis for 100 straight days with the purpose of finding joy in the simpler things in life.

After what happened to one of our beloved pets, I needed something to boost my mood, so I thought about doing it too. However, I felt like posting photos on social networks, especially on Facebook, will just defeat the main goals of the campaign. Why do I think so?

C’mon, let’s admit it. When you post something on social, let alone a photo, you consider (unconsciously or not) about what others would say about it. So, I chose to do this on my blog instead, plus I can also publish an all-text post. 🙂

Starting later today, I’ll begin my #100HappyDays here on my blog. Again, I may post photos… and I may not. I’m really following the 1,000 Awesome Things theme since I can already name some things that make me happy that I can’t fully convey with a photo.

Day 0: Getting Pampered and Treating Your Mom to Some Much-Deserved Pampering

Okay, so this actually happened yesterday. This entire week, I’ve been stressing about my laser ‘surgery’ to correct the blurry vision on my right eye. So, I needed to be pampered afterwards. We went to this spa a few minutes away from our home, and I treated my mom to a relaxing foot spa and mani-pedi.

I went all in with my own pampering treatments – hand spa and foot spa, with mani-pedi plus this crystal leg treatment that made me feel like I submerged my legs in jelly. It felt so good that I was moving my feet around inside that small bucket like a kid. 😀

Right after, our mom treated us at our favorite takoyaki place a few feet from the spa. It was definitely a fun Saturday for me. 🙂

Goodbye, Bechay

We don’t deserve you. This home doesn’t deserve you. I know you’re in a better place now.

Scary Bechay LOL

You looked healthy and ready to rule our house when you arrived here in 2011, even when we knew you were an old cat.

I’m sorry if we’re not the home you were hoping us to be

If it’s just you, Ken and I, you know we’d be cuddling and chasing each other around the house.

If it was just you, Ken and I, probably Lucas and Bochok will still be here with us.

I am so sorry for everything you had to endure. You deserve a better family. And I know you’re in a happier place now.

Please say hi to Stacie, Lucas, Botchok, Maui, Heidi and Negneg for me.

Meet Bochok and Bechay, our new Persian cats

I love you, Betchay. I miss you already. 🙁

I’m heartbroken to say goodbye to another pet. Bochok and Bechay have made me realize I am a cat lover.

I’m mad and heartbroken at the same time because of things I couldn’t control. 🙁

I swear to never adopt another pet until I know I have a real caring home for them. Not just a house, but a family who will sincerely care for them even when I’m not around.

Need Help with Safe and Reliable Packaging?

Dangerous goods are solid, liquid or gaseous materials that can harm people, property or the environment. They contain hazardous properties that are harmful to human health and safety, infrastructure and transportation. Most dangerous goods are subject to federal and international regulations.

Hazardous Material

In the United States, they are commonly known as hazardous materials, abbreviated as HAZMAT or HazMat. The packaging and transportation of these goods are governed by various regulatory agencies, which break them into nine classes based on their hazards. They include explosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizing substances, toxic and infectious substances, radioactive materials, corrosives and miscellaneous dangerous goods.

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Who Will Be Your Valentine This Year?

Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away and if you’re in a loved-up relationship, you’ve probably started thinking about gifts for your other half and planning a nice date. However, Valentine’s Day can be a dreaded time of the year for singletons. If you don’t want to spend Valentine’s Day alone this year then what can you do to help you find a date in time?

Valentine's Day

Of course, it’s important to remember that not having a date for Valentine’s Day isn’t the end of the world. You could always go out for dinner with some other single friends instead. However, if you’re on the hunt for a date then there are a few things you can try.

Online dating is becoming increasingly popular for singletons who are looking for love. There is no longer a stigma attached to using a dating website and it can be a great way to meet new people. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to be able to chat to your potential date before you meet them in person, as it allows you to see if you have anything in common.

Another route you could try is to consult a psychic to see if they can give you some insight into your relationship future. 😀 The reader may be able to suggest where and when you might meet your next partner as well as giving you a renewed sense of positivity about your relationship search. Sometimes talking about what you are looking for in a partner can make you more focused.

How are you spending Valentine's day

If you have a close single friend who doesn’t want to be alone on Valentine’s Day, either you could make a pact to be each other’s dates. There doesn’t necessarily have to be a romantic interest, but it’s a good way to get into the spirit of the day so you don’t feel left out!

If all else fails, there’s nothing wrong with spending the evening by yourself. Buy your favourite meal and a box-set, and simply enjoy your own company!

How Can Companies Reduce Employee Health Insurance Costs?

The cost of healthcare insurance has been rapidly rising in the United States. Some employers have been forced to lay off workers because the costs of medical insurance have been straining a company’s budget. After all, an employer pays for a significant amount of the health insurance premiums associated with company employees. Fortunately, there are solutions for minimizing the high costs of insurance in the workplace market.

Health Insurance

Trying to consider incentive programs for weight loss is an example of reducing health insurance costs. A company can reward its workers for getting healthy. One way to get healthy is to join a fitness club or gym. It’s a proven fact that regular exercise can dramatically reduce the risks of developing major cardiovascular conditions and other health problems. Therefore, employers are better off paying for the annual gym memberships of workers rather than paying for monthly insurance premiums. The bottom line is that healthy individuals simply have to pay less for health insurance.

Employees can provide direct rewards for workers that lose weight and stay in shape. For example, kiosks can be installed at the office to monitor the progress of employees. Official recordings of weight and heart rate are used to determine the costs of health insurance premiums that are shared between employers and workers. It’s no secret that insurance companies will realize that healthy workers are less likely to suffer from conditions that require costly treatments.

Another incentive for weight loss and fitness in the workplace includes cash rewards or gift cards. For example, a worker than has lost weight and maintains a healthy weight can receive monthly gift cards to various stores and restaurants. It would be appropriate to give out gift card rewards to pharmacies and health stores rather than fast food restaurants.

Employers that want to cut down on health insurance costs can also provide free seminars for workers. For example, classes on nutrition can be very helpful with establishing healthy diets for overweight employees. It makes sense for a company to spend some money on professional health seminars with the hope of reducing the long term costs of medical insurance premiums. Sometimes, professional dietitians can provide onsite seminars in an office conference room. Additional incentives for better health in the workplace may include encouraging workers to use the stairs instead of elevators. In fact, workers that use stairs daily can be rewarded for their healthy habits.