Getting happy in 2013 [Infographic]
Americans are optimistic about keeping their 2013 New Year’s resolutions, with 76 percent of respondents noting their dedication will lend them a more positive outlook for the entire year, according to a recent national survey released by Hampton Hotels. To help make their goals a reality beyond January, Hampton partnered with Dr. Christine Carter, sociologist and happiness expert at the University of California, Berkeley, to provide five tips for a happier, healthier 2013: 1. Pick a resolu...
Americans' top 10 legal needs [Infographic]
Every day, working Americans with a long track record of excellent performance begin exhibiting signs of increased absenteeism and lower productivity on the job. What is causing these issues? Surprisingly, many times the problems at work aren’t even work-related. Instead, personal legal life events – such as family or financial concerns – are creating stress, occupying time and attention, and making it more difficult to be fully focused. ARAG’s Legal Town infographic illustrates Americans’ t...
Small steps keep financial resolutions within reach
(BPT) - Keeping resolutions is the hardest part of making them. If you’re like many, 2013 may be the year of getting your financial house in order. For some, that may mean getting out from credit card debt or paying off a student loan; for others, it may mean setting aside more for emergency savings or for retirement. ...
How to get more out of your Tuscany tour
The Italian region of Tuscany has taken on legendary status for travelers – it’s an absolute must on everyone’s list, whether they love wine, food, history, art or the simple beauty of nature. But with so many attractions, it’s easy to end up feeling like you’re rushing – and still not getting a complete experience. How...
Your new TV features a geat picture and a tipping hazard [Infographic]
Your new flat-screen TV may feature a great picture and incredible sound, but it also comes with something you might not know: a big tipping hazard. The average weight of a flat-screen TV is 50 pounds, which is the equivalent of three bowling balls falling on you or your family members. The statistics are scary, with young children being particularly prone to TV-related injuries. Remember, the best place for your TV is safely mounted on the wall.
Chronic pain sufferers urged to seek safe relief from pain physicians
(BPT) - When a person is in pain, he or she will seek options to attempt to reduce or eliminate the pain. For minor pains like headaches, muscle aches and small wounds, often over-the-counter drugs can help reduce suffering. But people with chronic pain may have to search for other solutions. More than 100 million Amer...
Winning weight loss tips
(BPT) - Winter can stretch for a very long time in many areas of the country, and with the extensive cold often comes the temptation to let weight loss goals fall by the wayside. If you’ve set out to lose weight and get healthy in 2013, but are not sure how to keep going another month, much less the rest of the year, t...
Hut, hut hike: Easy cleaning tips for after the big game
(BPT) - That time of year is almost here - pro football championship Sunday. According to the National Chicken Council’s 2012 Wing Report, the big game is the second biggest eating holiday after Thanksgiving. With the big game comes big prep and cleanup. Even the most diligent person can’t do it alone. While some may b...
Three beautiful new date-night looks
(BPT) - Getting ready for a date night can be fun, but finding the perfect look can be overwhelming. Going out today can mean so many things – it’s not just dinner and movie anymore, there is a style for everything. Whether it’s a cozy evening at home with your sweetie, a big date night or a night out on the town with y...
Still texting while driving? Quitting might be easier than you think
(BPT) - Most Americans know texting and driving is dangerous but it continues to be a problem, especially for young drivers. While 97 percent of teens agree that texting and driving is dangerous, 43 percent still admitted to continuing to do it, according to a recent survey. The 2012 AT&T survey of teen drivers also fo...
Think beyond the allowance to teach kids lasting money skills
(BPT) - One of the most exciting parts of parenthood is watching your children learn as they grow. Of course, life’s lessons can be tough just as often as they can be pleasant. And as you want to protect kids from falling off their bike or scraping a knee, you also want to set them up for a successful financial future, ...