Posts Tagged ‘resolutions’

2015 – Resolutions Engraved for the New Year!

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2015resolutions* Yes, this is actual engraving on plain metal plates.

For your Chance to Win a lucky fortune cookie key chain – where you can write your resolution on the fortune and carry it inside the cookie, to help you remember your resolution – and a $25 Things Engraved gift card, share your new year’s resolution with us on Facebook, Twitter (using hashtag #ThingsEngravedGifts), or Instagram.  5 Winners will be chosen on Friday January 16th.  The more social media pages you share with us, the better your chances of winning.  So tell us, what is your 2015 resolution?

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Giving Feels Good

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The warm and fuzzy feeling that arises when helping others is what drives many to donate money or do good for others. Studies show that altruism may actually have profound physiological effects.

Scientists have determined that the feelings of happiness associated with doing good can be traced to a particular pleasure center of the brain that can be viewed and measured with brain scans. There are physical components to doing thoughtful or charitable things, according to a 2008 report in The New York Times.

It isn’t just financial donations that make a person happy.   Any type of goodwill toward others is a way to generate the endorphins and mood-boosting properties of altruism. That means there are plenty of opportunities that can boost feelings of happiness.

Here are some feel-good ideas many of which are crazy-simple and free!

* During the holiday season, write a “Letter from Santa” to a less fortunate child and include a gift card to a toy store so that he or she can get a treat.

* Visit seniors in a retirement community or assisted living facility and sit and chat for a while.

* Knock on an elderly neighbor’s door and find out if you can help out with any chores around the house.

* Bring a friend breakfast or lunch simply because you were thinking of them and wanted to surprise them.

* Take in the trash cans for your entire street, especially if the weather is nasty.

* Tell a fast-food employee or another hard worker that they’re doing a good job. Complaints come easy in the service industry, but praise is often hard to get.

* Volunteer to watch neighborhood children so other mothers and fathers can get a much-needed break.

* Don’t ignore a phone solicitation from a charity organization. Get more information and do your best to donate.

* If you practice a religion, go to your house of worship and participate in community togetherness.

* Hold a door, smile at someone or offer to get something down from a tall shelf in a store. It’s the little things that can bring pleasure.

* Share something you have with another person who doesn’t. That may mean generator-supplied electric power during a power outage, a special snack at school lunch, a tool, a piece of clothing or whatever you can think of.

There are so many ways to give to others, and one of the biggest benefits is the smiles and positive feelings giving provides.

How does GIVING make YOU feel?

New Years Resolutions

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As New Year’s approaches, many people will start to think of their goals and resolutions for the upcoming year.  According to the Toronto Star, 54% of Canadians regularly make New Year’s resolutions.   Self-improvement resolutions are the most popular type of goals made for the New Year.  Unfortunately, only 19% of New Year’s Resolutions are successful!  To help you keep your New Year’s resolutions we’ve put together a list of tips to help you achieve your goals.

New Year’s Resolution Tips:

Be Specific: Be detailed and very specific about your goals.  For example, “save money” is a great goal to have, but if you are not specific in what your actual goal is or how – how can you succeed?  Be specific in your resolutions, such as “save 10% of earnings” or “skip the morning Tim Hortons run to save money”.

Break it Down:  A year to achieve a goal can seem like forever, and if you’re a natural procrastinator it’s hard not to think, “I have all year!”.   Give yourself monthly goals to achieve, or specific deadlines.  Achieving part of your goal or resolution will help keep you motivated and on track.

Share your Goals:  It’s great to know what your own New Year’s resolutions are but by sharing your goals with others it will make you accountable to achieve them!  Share your New Year’s resolutions with anyone, everyone,  even us!  Not only will you gain a sense of responsibility to succeed, but it will help motivate others.

Write it Down: One of the best ways to increase your chances of achieving any goal is simple: Write it Down!  The simple act of putting pen to paper can help you succeed in achieving your New Year’s resolution.  Put your list of resolutions somewhere you will see every day – such as your mirror, fridge or computer background.  An even better way to keep you on track is to  have your resolutions engraved on a keychain or charm that you will see daily.  If your resolution is for weight-loss or fitness have a Before & After frame engraved to motivate you.  Put a motivational picture in the “After” side for extra motivation.  Our Double Brushed Aluminum Frame would work great.

Tell us on Facebook: What are your New Year’s resolutions?

 

 

 

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