BVNN Stories

With the BusinessVoice News Network (BVNN), your callers on hold will hear news and lifestyle stories mixed in with your existing On Hold Marketing. We upload three new BVNN stories each weekday. And with the no-touch system we provide, your staff doesn't have to do a thing.

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Being bored can boost your creativity and brain power but only if you do it the right way. Don’t confuse relaxation with boredom, which can happen when you’re doing a familiar activity that requires no thinking or you’re just sitting quietly. The key to reaching boredom is letting your mind wander without stimulation from anything like music or a screen. Source Link 

Even in this online age, that resume is still an important tool for a job search, so make sure yours is working for you. Customize your resume for your industry - a designer’s should be creative but someone looking for a finance job needs more numbers. Either way, keep it simple because employers are more likely to read a clean and concise resume. Source Link 

If your phone’s photo gallery is overflowing there’s a technique popular with home cleanup experts that also works on a cramped camera roll. Look at each photo and ask yourself if seeing this makes you happy or if you’d want to see again. If you answer “no” to either question, the photo can probably go in the trash bin. Source Link 

Looking forward to retirement and not having to live by paycheck? You may want to think again. One way to stay on-budget during retirement is to draw a “paycheck” from your savings on a weekly or monthly basis. That’s how much money you’ll have to spend on necessities and extras during that period. Source Link 

To make cars safer you may need to be voice-free as well as hands-free. Researchers say mental distractions can last as long as 27 seconds after drivers use voice-assisted technology to dial a number, change music or send a text message. Even a quick 2-second glance at your smartphone or vehicle infotainment system can double your risk for a crash. Source Link 

Even if you’ve reached middle age as a lifelong couch potato it’s not too late to get in shape. A study found that people who started exercising in their 40s and 50s trimmed their risk of early death as much as those who had exercised all their lives. Exercising in middle age cut the odds of death from heart disease and cancer. Source Link 

You can make it easier for your child to be ready for the arrival of a new brother or sister. With toddlers, you can read picture books about new babies but pre-schoolers need more involvement. Encourage them to help plan for the new baby, let them play with their old baby toys before they’re handed down and assure them they won’t be loved any less because of the new baby. Source Link 

A personal trainer can help you strengthen your body and the same concept might help you tackle that overflowing inbox at work. You can team up with an online virtual assistant for encouragement to power through the most challenging emails. Or try a free service like FocusMate that lets you pair up with others online to keep each other on-task. Source Link 

How can you make five into ten? A 30-year study found that five good health habits could add 10 years to your life. The five good habits are maintaining a healthy diet, exercising daily, keeping a healthy weight, limiting alcohol intake and not smoking. People will all those good habits were up to 82% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65% less likely to die from cancer. Source Link 

A young child will get the most benefit if you go low-tech when reading to them. Children whose parents used print books instead of a tablet or other digital device got more out of the experience. Researchers say a tablet can be distracting with its touch features and e-books with sounds and music blocked interaction between parent and child. Source Link
Are you guilty of these bad driving habits that annoy others who share the road with you? Top complaints are about people who ride in the left lane instead of using it only for passing, not using headlights in rain or snow or sitting at a green light. And if you’re behind that driver who doesn’t go on green, be kind and give them to the count of three before using your horn. Source Link
If you take vitamins your body might be better off if you put that money toward healthy foods. A study found that vitamins A and K, magnesium, zinc and copper were linked to a lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke but only when the nutrients came from foods and not from supplements. About half of those surveyed took supplements and one-third used a daily multi-vitamin. Source Link 

Want to take a walk that can improve your mood? Spend about 10 minutes walking through your office or in a store or down the street and mentally wish everyone well as you see them. A study found that people who did this reduced their own anxiety and increased happiness and feelings of social connection. Source Link
Food and drink with added sugar can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease in childhood. American Heart Association guidelines say children under two should have no added sugar and kids up to age 18 need less than 25 grams of added sugar daily. Sugar-sweetened soft drinks and sugary breakfast cereals are some of the biggest sources of added sugar. Source Link
That rental ride on your next vacation doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Booking your rental car early is one way to save money but don’t pre-pay because you might find a better deal later. Consider if you want to buy separate insurance and have an accident show up on your own policy and take photos of any scratches or damage that you find before you head out. Source Link 

It may be a simple prescription for longer life -- get out of that seat and move for 30 minutes a day. Researchers found that getting up for half an hour of light activity like walking when a person would usually be sitting reduced the risk of early death. Make that 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise and the benefits were doubled. Source Link
If those vente vanilla lattes are starting to show up on your hips there’s a simple first step to kicking the flavored coffee habit. Try ordering your coffee drink unsweetened and add your own sugar to see just how much you’re using. Lots of sugar in morning drinks can increase food cravings and lead to poor eating all day long. Source Link
When it’s time to clean up your act on that laptop make sure you have the right tools to get rid of the grime. Start with short sprays of canned air to blast away crumbs or dirt in the keyboard and dust that’s blocking the cooling vents. Then use a dry microfiber cloth to remove smudges from the screen and add a bit of water to that cloth to wipe down the case. Source Link