Why Read?

We all know that reading is a fundamental element of a person’s educational growth. There is an excess of benefits associated with reading a little bit every day, including stress reduction, relaxation, and even the prevention of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. But let’s be honest, how many of us actually take the time to read every day? And if not, what are some activities we can do in place of reading that provide the same (if not more) benefits as reading does? These questions have led me to examine the benefits associated with every day, non-reading activities. Explore below-

 

  • Watching TV- Contrary to popular belief, watching TV DOES actually provide some educational benefits while simultaneously providing entertainment. The increase of technology has catapulted more educational television programs and channels into the standard household. Channels such as The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and The History Channel provide exposure to different cultures, languages, environments, and more.
  • Exercising – We all know that exercising is one of the main methods to improve your health. But did you know that exercise can actually lead to improved academic performance? Research suggests that individuals who exercise may have increased ability to focus your attention, are quicker to perform simple tasks, and have better working memories and problem-solving skills. If the gym isn’t your thing, try going on a walk, taking a swim, shopping (I swear it’s exercise!), gardening, or re-organizing your house! The opportunities are endless!
  • Cooking- Surprisingly, there are a plethora of benefits associated with cooking (especially with kids). For kids, cooking can help build basic skills, enhance confidence, and communicate effectively. Cooking can also ignite your imagination, enhance your creativity, and expand your awareness of other cultures. Spend a Saturday making a new recipe, and let us know how it goes!
  • Socializing- Reading a book can be relaxing and enlightening, but occasionally, reading can inhibit the benefits of experiencing life outside of a book. Cultivating relationships is directly associated with stress reduction. Having good relationships also decreases the tendency to engage in unhealthy habits, such as drinking or smoking. Some fun ways to enhance relationships would be to write a snail mail letter, go out with friends to a movie or dinner, start a new hobby with friends (cross stitch, sewing, crafting, fantasy sports league, etc.), host a poker night, or plan a picnic in a nearby park. The options are endless!

 

If you enjoy taking time to read a book, that’s wonderful! If not, there’s no need to feel discouraged, there are plenty of ways to receive the same benefits. Have an idea of what you could do instead of reading? Comment below and let us know!

 

 

What’s Your Travel Personality?

Have you ever asked someone what their ideal travel destination was and thought, “why would you ever want to go there?” You may be suffering from a case of opposing travel personality types!  Your travel personality type can not only determine where you will go and what you will see, but it could also influence who you choose to travel with. Besttripchoices.com has gathered all the data necessary for us to determine where we fall on the travel personality scale. Curious? Scroll below to see what the different types are, and take a quiz to find out where you fit in! Comment below with your quiz results.

Traditional                                                                                                                                      

If you fall under the traditional category, you may be the most dependable one in your friend group. You value consistency and a sense of routine. Through your stability, you always know where to seek out the high- quality, reliable spots. Some of the top destinations for you are Honolulu, Arizona, and Australia. A traditional is the glue that keeps the trip together! To find out more about traditionals, head over to http://besttripchoices.com/travel-personalities/authentic/

Venturers

Besttripchoices.com describes a venture as “someone who ventures forth very eagerly and excitedly”. You want to find all the new, unique spots before they become the next trendy tourist terminus.  You are extremely curious, and have a fascination for different cultures. Hot spots for venturers to visit are Alaska, Colorado, and Chile! The full venture description is below-

http://besttripchoices.com/travel-personalities/venturer/

Sightseers

“Laid back, calm, easygoing, happy-go-lucky, unruffled, untroubled, informal, unceremonious, casual, and carefree”, wow you guys have it made! A Sightseer has an easygoing approach to life, which inherently makes others comfortable to be around them. You have a wide social circle and love travel where you can meet others and swap stories.

http://besttripchoices.com/travel-personalities/mid-authentic/

Pioneers

A Pioneer is similarly related to a Venturer. You pursue unique and interesting travel, however, you’re not quite as much of a thrill seeker. You love history, and the old, lesser known cities may catch your eye. You have no problem with adventure travel, but don’t necessarily need the intense thrill seeking others may enjoy. Boston, Alaska, and Argentina may be cities on your travel bucket list!

http://besttripchoices.com/travel-personalities/mid-venturer/

Journeyers

Journeyers, you’re in good company as one of the two largest personality groups on the scale! You are stable, reliable, and value common sense. On trips, an escorted tour may be your activity of choice. For the best time, consider taking a cross-country road trip! You can check out the details in the link below.

http://besttripchoices.com/travel-personalities/centric-authentic/

Voyagers

Last, but certainly not least (I promise!) are Voyagers. You are easygoing, interested, and willing to try a recommended travel destination. You prefer a diverse array of choices when considering travel destinations, and are always looking for a fresher option than most overcrowded tourist destinations. Maine, Bermuda, and Brazil may be on your “must-go” list of destinations.

http://besttripchoices.com/travel-personalities/centric-venturer/

 

How could you not be curious to find out what type of traveler you are now? We’ll make it easy and provide a direct link to the quiz. Don’t forget to comment with your results!

 

http://besttripchoices.com/travel-personalities/quiz/

Business Networking Cheat Sheet

What exactly is networking, and how important is it to be involved in an environment where interacting with your peers is encouraged? Networking goes beyond your standard specialized event. Networking is any situation where there is potential to establish and build a relationship, no matter what line of work or industry that person may be in. Although occasionally intimidating or tedious, relationships are the foundation of any successful business, so it is imperative to create connections whenever possible. Fortunately, there are ways to embrace networking as an exciting occasion rather than a necessary evil.

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The Pitfalls of Being Perpetually Busy

Raise your hand if you feel accomplished after a busy day of work. Isn’t that the way I’m supposed to measure my productivity? I was busy today, so it must mean that my time is valuable, and I’m working to the best of my ability. Our intentions are in the right place with this thought, however, we’re standing in our own way by solely approaching our success through this measurement. We may find more success in our lives by approaching our days with the thought of “how effective can I be with my time?” rather than “I need to be busy today”.

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Finding Quality

There is one main factor that we all desire when committing to a big investment. Quality is the foundation of any successful venture.  The problem is, how do we really know what is good quality, and what will ultimately be a disappointment? In material handling installations, quality is not only desired, it is imperative to proper function.

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Did Curiousity Really Kill the Cat?

When questioned about our most valuable strengths as a worker, some attributes that typically come to mind are hardworking, intelligent, and adaptable. But often times, we forget an imperative quality that makes us not only an asset to a company, but fuels our opportunity to keep learning and growing as an individual. Curiosity is a trait that cannot be taught, and is one of the most appreciated characteristics of an employee. The ability to exercise our curiosity is a strength, which if we possess, can be a catalyst to opportunity that would be otherwise unavailable.

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Gender Roles In Technology

Technology: it’s a man’s world, and it looks like that is slow to change. Women are integral players in today’s working world, but the technology sector has not caught up with the progressiveness of other industries. While women do contribute to a majority of the workforce holding 57 percent of jobs, that number is immensely smaller in the technology sector. For example, women in the U.S. held only 26 percent of computing jobs in 2013, down from 35 percent in 1990. These numbers are baffling to comprehend, especially given that women are the lead adopters of technology! Yes, it’s true, according to 2012 research by Intel’s Genevieve Bell, women are the fastest-growing and largest number of users of Skype, use most social media sites more often, and are the majority of owners of tech devices.

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Vacation, All We Ever Wanted

As the iconic rock group The Go Go’s would say, it’s time to get away! Summertime is here, and with that comes barbecues, sunshine, and most of all, vacation. For some of us, taking vacation days may be more of a stress than a relaxation. We may feel the need to work, even on our days off, or feel guilty for taking the time to unwind. So the question is, should we use all of our vacation days? Studies are now showing the answer to that question is yes. Gone are the days where it is frowned upon to use every day of your personal time off. In fact, some companies are even making PTO mandatory for employees to utilize.

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ASBECO Training!

Training is imperative to a successful job, so we are excited to provide educational sessions on the introduction of conveyor installations. Check out some pictures below to see how it went!

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Is Bad News Good News?

We’ve all been told that everyone makes mistakes, and we learn more from our mistakes than our accomplishments. So why does it still feel like we are to cover up or ignore the mistakes we make? Should we tackle a different approach when we discover a mistake has been made? Addressing our mistakes is not only important, but is vital to our growth as employees as well as the company as a whole.

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