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    17 SMALL AND TOATLLY DOABLE TEWAKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR YEAR

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    YOUR GOALS MAY BE BIG, BUT SMALL CHANGES HELP YOU GET THERE.

    BY LAURA VANDERKAM

    When we think about New Year’s resolutions, we often think about huge life changes: losing 50 lbs, being happier.

    There’s nothing wrong with these goals, except that they’re so big they’re intimidating. A better approach? Look at tiny tweaks that take a few minutes, but have big payoffs. Choose and stick with anything on this list, and 2015 could end with a much happier, healthier you.

    1. PUT A FRUIT BOWL ON YOUR COUNTER

    According to Cornell professor Brian Wansink’s research, people who have fruit bowls on their kitchen counters weigh eight pounds less than those who don’t. It’s an easy way to turn mindless grazing into increased produce consumption. Try putting a fruit bowl on your desk, too, and an apple might just become your go-to afternoon snack.

    2. EAT BREAKFAST

    Various studies find that breakfast eaters weigh less than those who don’t, and that the vast majority of people who have successfully lost weight eat breakfast. Don’t overthink this meal. Hard boil five eggs on Sunday and voila! That’s a week. Grab some string cheese and eat that. Keep yogurt in an office fridge. Buy a piece of fruit wherever you buy your coffee in the morning. That alone may ward off cravings for mid-morning donuts.

    3. PACE

    Gyms are great, if you go. Most people don’t (or else they join January 1st and quit by February). But anyone can squeeze in extra movement here and there. If, on each workday, you take 200 steps during a phone call, another 100 steps while waiting for food to heat up in the microwave, and 100 steps while brushing your teeth in the morning, you’ll walk an extra mile each week. That’s 50 more miles per year than you would have been walking.

    4. FIGURE OUT TOMORROW’S TO-DO LIST BEFORE YOU LEAVE

    Mornings are a great time for getting things done. But if you show up at work unsure what you want to do, you’ll waste many of these valuable morning minutes deciding. Instead, assign yourself tomorrow’s tasks before you leave work at night. Give each task a time. Yes, you’ll probably have to change this schedule more days than you don’t. But having a plan helps you make sure that important things get their due.

    5. THINK ABOUT YOUR WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

    Anticipation accounts for a major chunk of human happiness. So take a minute or two on Wednesday night to think about what you’d like to do over the weekend. If you’d like to go to a concert, you could take this minute to order tickets, or to send a text to a friend asking if she’s free. Do this weekly and you’ll not only have more weekend fun, Thursdays and Fridays will feel better as you think about the weekend plans you’ve already made.

    6. "USE" ONE COMMUTE PER WEEK.

    Studies find that the morning commute is, from a happiness perspective, the low moment of people’s days. So take a minute on Sunday night and download one podcast worth listening to during your drive on Monday morning. Ideally, you’ll find this tweak so helpful that you’ll start figuring out ways to better enjoy all your commutes. But once a week is much better than being at the mercy of morning shock jocks in perpetuity.

    7. GO OUTSIDE DURING THE DAY

    Getting outside is linked to better mood and concentration. Whatever time you lose in leaving your desk, you’ll likely gain back in renewed focus. Run an errand, or ask a colleague to do a walking meeting if the weather’s nice. Either way, resolve not to let a day go by without seeing daylight.

    8. GET A PLANT FOR YOUR DESK

    It’s cheap and turns out to work magic in terms of productivity.

    9. LOG YOUR TV TIME.

    You don’t have to stop watching, just change your approach. Write down what you’re going to watch before you turn on the TV. That way you’ll mindfully choose programs you enjoy, rather than watching for hours more than you intend.

    10. SET A BEDTIME ALARM

    For better sleep, ask yourself two questions. First, what time do I need to get out of bed? Second, how much sleep do I need? Count back your answer for the second question from your answer for the first, and then set an alarm on your phone or watch for 30 minutes prior to this time. The alarm will provide an external signal that it’s time to wind down. That means you don’t need to be the killjoy telling your partner it’s time to turn off the TV. It’s not you, it’s the alarm!

    11. MOVE YOUR ALARM CLOCK

     

    Put it far enough away from your bed that you’re not tempted to hit snooze. Sleeping in nine-minute increments is a lousy way to start the day. Be honest about it, and set your alarm for the time you actually intend to get up. Enjoy every second of deep sleep until then. Bonus: Use a real alarm clock, rather than your phone. That way you won’t be tempted to check email within 60 seconds of waking up.

    If you have to type something daily, it may as well inspire you. Don’t use an easily cracked word like "happy" on its own. But taking meaningful words and putting a few characters or numbers in the middle could work.

    13. SEND ONE GOOD-KARMA EMAIL

    You send dozens (if not hundreds) of messages daily. Take one minute and make one a note of appreciation, or a note of congratulations, or a note sent to ask an old friend how life is going. The replies you receive may make you look forward to checking your inbox.

    14. SAVE AND DONATE YOUR CHANGE

    You might be able to swing a surprisingly big donation every six months or so with the nickels fished out of your pockets daily. Try getting your kids involved and let them choose the recipient.

    15. CHOOSE AN ALTERNATE "BIT OF TIME" ACTIVITY

    You’ve got three minutes while waiting in line. You could check your email. Or you could do something else (see our list of 17 productive ways to spend 5 minutes). Pick a fun something else (like scrolling through old photos), and aim to do this at least once a week.

    16. FLOSS

    If you change nothing else in your life, doing this daily will at least make your next dentist visit more tolerable.

    17. HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

    For any of these tweaks, find someone to email weekly, maybe on Friday, to report how it’s gone. In a pinch, you can draw a smiley face on your planner as a reward for keeping a habit all week. Intentions alone don’t make changes. Doing small things repeatedly, on the other hand, really will.

     

    MLK Day brings many ways to serve and explore Atlanta

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    For a full list of MLK Day volunteer opportunities and events, visit events.accessatlanta.com/mlk.

    January Arts Events at Emory University

    Last updated 6 days ago

    JAN 21

    Smokey and the Bandit (1977), film screening | 7:30 p.m. | White Hall 208 | Emory Cinematheque: Films Made in Georgia

    JAN 22

    AntiquiTEA | 4 p.m. | Carlos Museum, Reception Hall 

    JAN 22 – 24

    Staibdance presents “Attic”  | Jan 22 & 23, 8 p.m. and Jan 24, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. | Dance Studio, Schwartz Center | $20; $15 seniors and students | Tickets available Jan 15

    JAN 23 

    Adam Frey, Euphonium | Noon | Carlos Museum, Reception Hall | ECMSA Noontime Series

    Reception for “B-Side Modernism from the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library" | 5 p.m. | Jones Room, Woodruff Library

    JAN 24 

    Atlanta Community Choral Festival | 8 p.m. | Schwartz Center | Atlanta Master Chorale

    Jan 25

    Humbaba Monster Protector Children’s Workshop | 2 p.m. | Carlos Museum, Tate Room | Registration Fee and Reservation (404.727.0519) 

    St. Olaf Choir | 3 p.m. | Schwartz Center | $45; $35 discount; $10 Emory students | Tickets on sale now! >>

    JAN 26

    Carlos Reads Book Club | 7:30 p.m. | Carlos Museum, Board Room | Hindu Creation Stories | Registration Fee and Reservations (404.727.6118)

    JAN 27 

    Creation Stories Lecture | 7:30 p.m. | Carols Museum, Reception Hall

    JAN 27

    “Appropriate” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, staged reading | 8 p.m. | Theater Lab, Schwartz Center | Theater Emory, Global Voices: Spring Staged Readings | Free; reservations requested  

    JAN 28

    Cockfighter (1974), film screening | 7:30 p.m. | White Hall 208 | Emory Cinematheque: Films Made in Georgia

    “Neighbors” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, staged reading | 8 p.m. | Theater Lab, Schwartz Center | Theater Emory, Global Voices: Spring Staged Readings | Free; reservations requested

    JAN 30

    Creativity & Arts Awards Celebration | 6:30 p.m. | Schwartz Center, Chace Upper Lobby | Free; reservations required (creativity@emory.edu)

    “Paloma” by Anne-Garcia-Romero, staged reading | 7:30 p.m. | Theater Lab, Schwartz Center | Theater Emory, Global Voices: Spring Staged Readings | Free; reservations requested

    Pajama Concert – Music of the Night Sky | 7:30 p.m. | Carlos Museum, Reception Hall | ECMSA Family Series

    JAN 31 

    “Desert Longing or Las Aventureras” by Anne-Garcia-Romero, staged reading | 7:30 p.m. | Theater Lab, Schwartz Center | Theater Emory, Global Voices: Spring Staged Readings | Free; reservations requested

    DCVB January 2015 Newsletter

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Click on this link to view DeKalb County's Convention and Visitor's Bureau Newsletter -

    DCVB January 2015 Newsletter  It is full of fun things to do and interesting information.

    Planning your visit to Emory Healthcare facilities…

    Last updated 15 days ago

    The University Inn at Emory is conveniently located 2 blocks from the #Emory University Health Center:  Clinics A and B, Winship Cancer Center, and Emory Hospital. When you stay with us, you can comfortably walk to the hospital and clinics or take advantage of our daily complimentary taxi ride or the reimbursement of your daily valet parking cost at the health center.  It is our pleasure to support you and your family as you attend to medical issues at this outstanding institution. 

    Visit our website univinn.com for information about our family owned and managed Inn and call if you don’t find your answer there, 404-634-7327.

    A few tips to plan your medical visit

    ·         Arrive 15-30 minutes before your appointment

    ·         Bring

    o   insurance information

    o   confirmation/visit # if you received one

    o   a completed patient information form if you received a form

    o   medical records from previous physicians if appropriate

    o   x-rays and/or scans if appropriate to the visit

    o   list of medications that you are taking

    o   list of personal health questions/concerns

    It may be chilly while you wait for your appointment(s) so bring a comfortable wrap. There is a café in the Winship Cancer Center and a dining room with many options in the lower floor of the hospital when you are ready for a meal or a snack.

    After your day of appointments please join us in the lobby of the Inn for hospitality between the hours of 4 and 6.  Coffee, tea, freshly baked cookies and snacks are served along with wine and beer. This is a great way to unwind and plan your evening.

    Our staff is here to assist in any way we can to make your time with us relaxing and pleasant. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

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