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Some mental health benefits that have been demonstrated as a result of regular exercise include:

Improved sleep  (Do you get enough?)

Stress relief (When did you take a deep breath?)

Improved mood (Are people calling you  GRUMPY?)

Increased energy, stamina, and mental alertness (Be your Best!)

Research dating back to 1981, and confirmed and extended since then, shows that regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressants for alleviating long-term depression. Or, even better—the effects of regular exercise can last longer than antidepressant drugs. Be aware, though, that we’re talking about serious commitment here: if your exercise is walking, you should be doing “fast walking” for about 35 minutes a day, five days a week (or 60 minutes a day, three times a week), according to the Harvard Medical School Special Health Report “Exercise and Depression.” Less can help, too, but you won’t be reaping the full benefits.

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There are a variety of theories about how and why exercise improves mental health:

Workouts can increase body chemicals (such as serotonin) that are known to affect feelings of well-being.

It has been shown that exercise can help to establish regular and normal sleep patterns.

Sticking to a regular exercise regimen can help provide a sense of accomplishment and make you feel good about yourself.


Here are some general guidelines for developing and maintaining an active lifestyle so that you can reap the physical and mental benefits of exercise:

  • Consult with your health care provider. Before beginning an exercise program talk to your doctor about what will work best for you.
  • Identify barriers. Think about what prevents you from exercising and address it head on. Too tired at the end of your day? Exercise in the morning or at lunchtime. Not comfortable in a gym? Exercise at home or in your daily life: take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance at work. Find out what is stopping you, you may be sabotaging your own best efforts.
  • Set goalsand track them. Write down why you want to exercise, set realistic goals, and track your achievements. Seeing on paper all that you have accomplished can boost motivation. Writing a exercise journal or food diary will increase your success!
  • Don’t do it alone. Exercising with a partner, such as a spouse, friend, co-worker, or neighbor, can help increase your level of commitment by being accountable to someone else.
  • Have fun. Exercise comes in many forms, so find things you enjoy: walking, jogging, dancing, yoga, or team sports, such as softball, soccer, basketball, etc.
  • Keep going. The best way to stick with your exercise is to just keep it up. If you miss a few days—or even a few weeks—don’t throw in the towel. Remember to focus on your accomplishments, no matter how small. And continue trying.
  • Celebrate! Reward yourself for meeting a goal….. but not with food, try a massage or a movie or a gold star. It can be off-beat or make you laugh, but learning how to Pat Yourself on the Back is a great skill.

Days to Remember for MARCH

March  from 1 to 31

Watch for Employee Appreciation Day.  It is on the FIRST FRIDAY in March!

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  1. Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
  2. National Banana Cream Pie Day and Old Stuff Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
  3. Peach Blossom Day
  4. National Pound Cake Day
  5. National Frozen Food Day
  6. Happy Birthday to Luther Burbank, American botanist (1849 – 1926)
  7. Johnny Appleseed Day
  8. International Women’s Day
  9. Alfred Hitchcock Day
  10. Jewel Day
  11. National Potato Chip Day
  12. Everything you do is Right Day
  13. Submarine Day
  14. Wells Fargo Founded in 1852 AND National Pi Day.
  15. National Chocolate Carmel Day
  16. Anniversary of the founding of the first black newspaper in the US, Freedom’s Journal, on Varick Street at New York, NY. 1827
  17. Saint Patrick’s Day
  18. National Bio-diesel Day
  19. Happy Birthday to Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren (1891-1974)
  20. National Quilting Day and Kiss your Fiance Day
  21. Selma Civil Rights March in 1965
  22. United Nations: World Day for Water
  23. National Chip and Dip Day
  24. National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
  25. Pecan Day and Waffle Day
  26. Make up YOUR own Holiday
  27. Something on a Stick Day
  28. Reba McEntire born today, country singer AND Lady Gaga, singer / performer
  29. Amy Sedaris is born today, on Strangers with Candy
  30. National Hot Dog Day AND I am in Control Day (oh sure you are!)
  31. Oranges and Lemons Day AND National Clams on the Half Shell Day

A Month to Celebrate-February! 

Febuary Days 24th & 25th!
April Days are Here!

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Recycling Phones Securely

Step One: Charge the battery: Locate old BlackBerry, iPhone or iPad devices and charge the batteries.
Step Two: Wipe the device:
BlackBerry: Enter an incorrect password into each device 5 times.
iPhone or iPad: Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings.
Step Three: Verify the wipe: Verify device wipe completed successfully.
Power on each device.
Device may start with New Password prompt or will start with no password required.

You can send devices to Charities that recycle or return to your service provider….(include all related cords, chargers). If you need to dispose of a phone, make sure to use a e-waste recycler with an ethical and clean disposal policy.

Leadership Quotes

My company has a fun activity that gets everyone involved. We share Leadership quotes on a common thread. Everyday there are a few new ones and a few comments on what is posted. I have discovered that everyone has a different idea of what a leadership quote is, and this multitude of quotes have such a variety. Here is a sample from the last few days.  Some people don’t add the author, that would be nice, but that is also part of how we communicate and share what is important to each of us. ENJOY the quotes!!  We hope you are inspired!

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.   - Edmund Burke

If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.      –Marvin J. Ashton

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” ? John Wooden

“Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.”

Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

One who loves truly never loses entirely – Napoleon Hill

No doesn’t move you forward – Michael J. Fox

The opposite side of the coin if you dare to look might be brighter – Jane Pauli

Action is the real measure of intelligence – Napoleon Hill

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and do something about it. – Dale Carnegie

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire. – Dale Carnegie

“Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal?” — Mike Ditka

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole stair case.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

“Not all who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“God does not play dice with the universe.” – Albert Einstein

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein


 And for Valentine’s Day, one team member added these:

    Spread love wherever you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.  –Mother Theresa

    Love cures people….both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.  –Dr. Karl Menninger


TechSmith: Loud and Proud

I enjoy using their products. Many good innovative products, but they do way more. I signed up for the newsletter and look what I found!  Here are just THREE amazing, stellar, innovative and yes of course, INSPIRING things that the inspired employees of the company spend time on.

I’m impressed!

What does YOUR Company do? How can you get your team members inspired?

How can you get your community inspired? How can you help some who is a customer say, This is a great company! Take a look. Thanks TECHSMITH.


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Local Museums

TechSmith believes in supporting STEM education for everyone. We support local science centers, allowing them to build custom exhibits unique to Michigan, fund summer science camps, as well as GO (girls only) camps, and making sure everyone in our community has the opportunity to learn more about science and technology.


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Giving Back and Sponsorships

TechSmith also gives back by supporting robotics teams around the state and sponsoring employee participation in local charity races. We host food drives, animal supply drives, and hold various activities for giving back around the holidays.

Environmental Awareness Links

Environmental Awareness Links
Some are odd, some are regional, but it’s a LIST and that helps. These can really be fun team building events! Tree planing is my favorite team event. Everyone gets to do something.

Your Company Town

Does your company have a home base city or a special bit of history? Help your employees know. Most companies that I work for have a home base of either San Francisco or Santa Clara. It is surprising how few employees know where they are!

It is a fun out to explore your ‘hood. We can take walking tours in SF or visit the Computer History Museum in Santa Clara. There are possibilities where your HQ is located. If you have a small company, you can still get to know the environs – find the Better Business Bureau, the Association Retired Folks, the Toastmasters, or service groups in your area and get to know them. The Chamber of Commerce is an obvious but often overlooked ally in making local business friends.

For example, on a typical Monday there are several walking tour companies that will be glad to give a tour. There are food tours, architectural tours, ghost tours, or you can try a wonderful group San Francisco City Guides that gives free tours all over the city (wow) – just look at this sample of walks:

9:30 am – Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am – Chinatown
10:00 am – 1906: Earthquake And Fire
11:00 am – Fisherman’s Wharf: A Hidden History
1:00 pm – Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm – Chinatown
3:00 pm – Palace Hotel – Lecture

Maybe your group would rather a book to read and share? Riffle is a organization focuses on books and has published this list





What a great way to explore your NYC area. Learn the history of your company location no matter where you are. There is always something of note to discover!

Foothill College selected to launch 4 year degree program

Not only is Foothill a beautiful college, nestled in the Los Altos foothills (yup, the name is descriptive) but it will give dental students a LOW COST option.
Dental-hygiene baccalaureate (cost:$10,500/year) will begin in fall 2016

Foothill College is officially one of 15 community colleges in the state that, for the first time in California’s history, will offer a four-year baccalaureate program.

A total of 34 colleges up and down the state were in the running to launch four-year degrees under a new bill that allows up to 15 community colleges to offer one baccalaureate degree in select vocational fields, as long as they meet a local workforce demand and don’t compete with or duplicate any programs already offered at University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses.

The chancellor of the California Community Colleges announced his 15 recommended selections to the system’s Board of Governors Tuesday afternoon, which unanimously approved the initial list and will give its final stamp of approval in March after additional review by the Chancellor’s Office, as well as further consultation with the CSU and UC systems.

Foothill’s new four-year degree will be in dental hygiene, and will launch next fall with an annual tuition of approximately $10,500.

by Elena Kadvany / Palo Alto Weekly

February Days to Remember!

This is a short month, so let’s make the most of it!! 

1  National Baked Alaska Day
2  Groundhog Day and World Wetlands Day
3  National Carrot Cake Day
4  National Stuffed Mushroom Day
5  Primrose Day and National Chocolate Fondue Day
6 National Wear Red Day
7  National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
8 In 1910, The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce.
9  National Inventor’s Day
10  National Umbrella Day and National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
11  In 1990, Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.
12  National Plum Pudding Day
13 In 1931, New Delhi becomes the capital of India.
14 Valentines Day
15 National Gum Drop Day
16  National Almond Day
17  National Cafe au Lait Day
18  In 1930 – While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
19  National Chocolate Mint Day
20 National Cherry Pie Day
21  National Sticky Bun Day
22 World Thinking Day (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts)
23  National Banana Bread Day
24  National Tortilla Chip Day
25  The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.
26  National Pistachio Day
27 This is International Polar Bear Day
28  National Chocolate Chip Day
29  National Surf and Turf Day

January is a Great Month to Celebrate!
Feb 18 – Quite a Day!
MARCH DAYS are here!

BRR – FEBRUARY is often the coldest month of the year.… take a look at ways to stay warm!!

January is a Great Month to Celebrate!

Have you been dragging your team to the same old boring meetings? Hmm. Before they start calling in sick on meeting day or volunteering to Clean the Fridge (eww!) at meeting time…. build in some fun!


Each day of every month has many events associated with it. Your company may also have interesting history tidbits for a particular day.

You can make a recognition strategy plan to start great traditions. Do it with your team or club.

A new year is here!

Here are some fun and interesting themes for JANUARY:

1  Happy New Year
2  National Cream Puff Day
3  National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
4 National Spaghetti Day
5 Bird Day
6 National Shortbread Day & Bean Day
7 National Tempura Day & Old Rock Day
8 National English Toffee Day
9 National Apricot Day
10 National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
11 Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from HI to CA in 1935
12 National Marzipan Day
13 National Peach Melba Day & Make your Dream Come True Day
14 Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
15 Hat Day
16 In 1920, The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, France.
17 In 1982, “Cold Sunday“: in numerous cities in the United States temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years.
18 Winnie the Pooh Day
19 In 1966, Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India
20 National Butter-crunch Day
21 In the United States, It’s National Hug Day!
22 National Blonde Brownie Day
23 National Pie Day
24 National Peanut Butter Day
25 Opposite Day
26 National Peanut Brittle Day
27 National Chocolate Cake Day
28 National Blueberry Pancake Day & National Kazoo Day
29 National Carnation Day & National Puzzle Day
30 National Croissant Day
31 National Popcorn Day (& it occurs again on Super Bowl Sunday!)

In honor of January 13, Make your Dream Come True Day, we will share this quote.

As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.

-Barbara Sher

December Days to Remember are here! 

Days to Remember in February! 

What Happened on this day in February? The 24th and 25th