National Day of Prayer Has a Long History in U.S.

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National Day of Prayer Has a Long History in U.S.

Prayers are found throughout the Bible, and prayer was considered so important that the disciples asked Jesus how to pray correctly. It has also been a hallmark of United States history.

Thursday, May 4 marks the 66th National Day of Prayer, commemorating the importance prayer continues to play in our country. The day marks an occasion for the nation to humble itself before God and pray for wisdom for the country’s leaders.

The National Day of Prayer became official in 1952 with a proclamation during the Korean War. It was spurred by Billy Graham, who said, “What a thrilling, glorious thing it would be to see the leaders of our country today kneeling before Almighty God in prayer. What a thrill would sweep this country. What renewed hope and courage would grip the Americans at this hour of peril.”

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6 Tips to Increase Healthy Laughter in Your Life

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6 Tips to Increase Healthy Laughter in Your Life

Feeling depressed or even physically ill? The best course of action might be to search out a comedian on YouTube or Netflix.

Laughter has long been called the best medicine, and now medical research is showing it’s a valid statement. It releases endorphins that reduce stress and promote a feeling of well-being, may boost cancer-killing white bloods cells (according to a one study) http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1008&context=nurs_fac_pub, relaxes tense muscles and even burns calories.

Laughter also has emotional benefits. It promotes bonding between friends and it can often diffuse tense, argument-inducing situations. It can even promote learning, since people tend to remember things better in the context of laughter.

So how do you get a prescription for some of this “medicine?” Here are six tips to increase your laughter dosage.

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Keep Customers Informed with Personalized Calls

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Keep Customers Informed with Personalized Calls

Keeping customers informed is an important part of any business. You want to let them know about any changes, new products or services or important awards you’ve won. But how do you do that?

There is social media, of course. Many people turn to Facebook or Twitter to stay informed. But what if you want something more personal?

You could call each customer individually, but that could take all day – or all week, depending on the size of your business. A much simpler way is to use PostCalls to personalize your message quickly and efficiently.

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6 Ways to Honor Administrative Professionals

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6 Ways to Honor Administrative Professionals

In most companies you’ll see listings of the leaders – the president, vice presidents, board of directors. But in most of those successful companies there are the unsung heroes that make the job of those leaders possible – administrative professionals.

This is Administrative Professionals Week, and Wednesday is Administrative Professionals Day.

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Avoid These Dangers on the Information Super Highway

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Avoid These Dangers on the Information Super Highway

If you’ve ever had cause to stand next to a busy highway with cars and large trucks rocketing by, you know it’s a dangerous place that can quickly get you in trouble. The information super highway moves even faster and can present very real dangers as well.

Here are a few of the dangers to watch out for and ways to avoid being harmed by them.

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6 Tips to Prepare for the Next Tax Season

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6 Tips to Prepare for the Next Tax Season

Benjamin Franklin famously said that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” For some people every April, the two can seem almost inseparable.

Part of the problem for many people is a lack of preparation and planning throughout the year. That leaves them scrambling at the last minute to find records and receipts to squeeze the most out of their returns.

Thinking ahead and creating new habits can take much of the frenzy, and even a bit of the pain, out of the annual tax chore. Here are six tips to start now to be ready for next April.

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Prevention the Best Medicine Against Zika

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Prevention the Best Medicine Against Zika

No one likes mosquitoes buzzing them but Americans have even more reason to not want them around this year – the Zika virus.

Until a few years ago, Zika had little impact on the world. But then it began spreading in South American and the Caribbean. Last year it made its appearance in the United States, with most cases in south Florida and Texas.

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7 Tips to Manage Effectively in an Emergency Situation

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7 Tips to Manage Effectively in an Emergency Situation

As a leader, you may find yourself in a situation where you have to manage people during an emergency. Whether it is a tornado or other natural disaster, hazardous material contamination, an active shooter or a medical emergency, your employees and staff will automatically look to you to get them through it. But how do you do that? Here are seven emergency management tips:

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Spring Means Start of Tornado Season

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Spring Means Start of Tornado Season

This year’s tornado season has started off as one of the deadliest in at least a decade. That means early warning systems and taking proper precautions are increasingly important.

A tornado, or twister, forms when warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico collides with cool, dry air from Canada. For southern states, that’s most likely to occur in the spring, while summer is the more prevalent time further north. This weather condition spawns about 1,000 tornadoes a year in the United States.

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7 Qualities to Become a Great Leader

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7 Qualities to Become a Great Leader

What makes a great leader? Leadership guru John C. Maxwell lists 21 qualities. Forbes magazine presents 22. Other writers list 10, or even boil it down to five essential qualities.

Like beauty, what makes a great leader is often in the eye of the beholder.

One unique character study on leadership can be found in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.

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6 Reasons You Need to Train Your Staff

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6 Reasons You Need to Train Your Staff

Many companies focus on giving their customers the best service and products, but the key to providing the best is having great employees. The key to creating great employees is making sure they are trained to do their jobs and do them well.

Whether you’re hiring employees for a Fortune 500 company or gathering volunteers for a church event, training is vital to make everything work smoothly. Training requires an investment of time, effort and even money, but the long-term rewards make it worthwhile.

Here are six reasons to spend time to train employees properly:

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Fresh Ways to Use PostCalls This Spring

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Fresh Ways to Use PostCalls This Spring

The beginning of spring means a fresh start – green grass, baby birds and, of course, spring cleaning. PostCalls can help you enjoy a fresh start in your business. The automated phone call system is easy to use – record your message once then quickly and efficiently send it to a group of any size.

Here are some fresh ideas of how to use PostCalls this spring:

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First Day of Spring Celebrated in Many Ways

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First Day of Spring Celebrated in Many Ways

There is something fresh and exciting about the first day of spring, pushing even those with gloomy dispositions toward optimism.

This year, spring arrived at 6:29 a.m. (Eastern Time) on March 20. That is the time the vernal equinox occurred – when the sun crossed the imaginary plane of the equator. It marks the day when nighttime and daylight are virtually the same length. After this, the number of daylight hours will continue to increase.

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A Little Encouragement Goes a Long Way

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A Little Encouragement Goes a Long Way

Everyone has experienced a moment when, in a time of discouragement, someone has said the right words or done the right thing to encourage them. It may have been a little thing but it meant a lot.

We all have a need for some encouragement. It fosters a positive attitude and inspires people to be their best. Encouragement often comes in simple forms.

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Make Meetings More Efficient and Productive

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Make Meetings More Efficient and Productive

Meetings are a bane for many office workers. While often necessary to move forward and to create a sense of team work, they can also rob people of productivity and cause a sense of discontentment.

So when it’s your turn to schedule a meeting, how do you make it productive and to the point?

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A Brief History of Daylight Saving Time

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A Brief History of Daylight Saving Time

Changing clocks to take better advantage of daylight hours is an idea that has been around for almost 100 years, but only a mandated national event in the United States for the past 50 years.

Daylight Saving Time begins on March 12, when we turn our clocks forward an hour (yes, it means “losing” an hour).

For most people in the United States, DST has been an annual rite of spring and fall. Although Benjamin Franklin sarcastically wrote about the concept...

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It's Time to Manage Your Time Wisely

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It's Time to Manage Your Time Wisely

Twenty-four hours.

That’s all we get each day. It is the great equalizer – the rich can’t buy any more, the elite don’t get an extra share, no apps exist that will extend the 1,440 minutes in a day.

The question, then, is how to make the best use of those precious hours. With the change to Daylight Saving Time looming on March 12 (when we “lose” an hour), now is a great opportunity to consider how to best manage your time.

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10 Ways to Appreciate Employees All Year

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10 Ways to Appreciate Employees All Year

It has long been known that the better employees are treated, the more loyal they will be, and the more loyal they are to a company or employer, the better they will do their jobs and serve their customers. Friday, March 3 is Employee Appreciation Day when employers get to show their employees a little extra love for the work they do.

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The Most Important Ingredient to Success

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The Most Important Ingredient to Success

It has been called the “most indispensable part of any organization.” It has been found to “outperform those without it by up to 202 percent.” In Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it takes up the entire second half of the book. “It” is effective communication, and the results of encouraging it are astounding.

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