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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Tackling a sinkful of dirty dishes may be just the thing to boost your creativity. That’s because doing mundane tasks and simple chores can provide time for more deep thinking. The technique has some big proponents like billionaires Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos who have both said that they do the dishes at home. Source Link 

When it comes to the most effective way to argue with your spouse or significant other, the eyes have it. Experts say looking eye-to-eye provides the visual cues that add context to what you’re hearing and help you avoid misunderstanding what’s being said. It’s only after you each get better at communicating that you should consider a debate that’s done by text. Source Link 

You may have heard that the acids in sparkling water aren’t good for your teeth, but here’s something to smile about. Studies have shown that the effects of sparkling water versus regular on your teeth are about the same. But if your sparkling drink has citrus you should have it all at once like during a meal instead of sipping it slowly. Source Link 

Staying light on your feet could keep your body in shape and brain sharp as you age. Studies have shown that physical activity like dancing helped people remain independent as they age. Dancing requires balance, strength, endurance, concentration and memory for choreography and all of that can be good for mind and body. Source Link 

Some of the giants of technology want a bigger role in keeping you healthy. Experts say you may see Amazon opening health clinics and Apple is diving deeper into tracking your medical records through its Apple Health app. Even Uber wants to get into the act with a new service that focuses on non-emergency medical transport. Source Link 

Keeping a gratitude journal could be a key to better health. Research has shown that people who count their blessings sleep better, feel less stress and improve interpersonal relationships. Experts say you don’t have to focus on the big things and finding everyday small joys can be just as helpful. Source Link 

Beating those bad habits takes some planning and some alternatives. Avoid triggers like walking past a bar, seeing an ashtray or browsing the dessert menu. Replace a bad habit with a better one and give yourself concrete reasons to make a change, like more years with family if you quit smoking or having more energy after you lose weight. Source Link 

Making fitness a habit takes some lifestyle changes. Decide what you’ll cut back on, like TV watching or web surfing, to make the time to exercise. If you go to a gym or workout at home look at what time of day fits best for you. And find ways to add exercise to everyday life such as walking with the whole family. Source Link 

Despite safety improvements, baby walkers still injure thousands of children each year in tip-over accidents down steps and stairs. Experts say a sunken living room or finished basement may be the only safe spots to use one. Baby walkers don’t speed up a child’s ability to walk and a stationary activity center is safer and better for infant development. Source Link 

If watching your weight is on the to-do list for the new year, make it a daily task. Weighing yourself every day can be a powerful motivator and an early warning system when your weight starts to creep up. A daily weigh-in can be part of a self-monitoring plan that includes counting your steps and recording fruit, vegetable and water intake. Source Link 

Here’s a pop quiz - what’s the value of everything in your home? It’s a good idea to document your belongings room-by-room and your smartphone can make the job easier. Take a video of each room that you can pause to see everything that’s there when making a list. It’s also good to have individual photos of big-ticket items like electronics. Source Link 

You can raise kids who are smart about money by starting early. Point out prices on a menu or on sales receipts at the supermarket and explain the costs of living like paying for a house, a car, and utilities. And use that magic word “no” to teach budgeting and demonstrate the difference between wants and needs. Source Link 

Eating like the Greeks or Italians is still the best diet in America. The Mediterranean Diet is number-one for the second year in a row in the annual rankings from US News & World Report. The DASH diet for hypertension was number two and eating Flexitarian with limited meat was number three. A Mediterranean-DASH combo and Weight Watchers round out the top five. Source Link 

If you wait to warm up your car before driving in cold weather, you’re wasting time and could be harming your vehicle. Waiting 30 seconds before driving is all that today’s cars need. Idling longer wastes gas and puts extra fuel into the combustion chamber, which can get into your cylinder walls. Source Link 

Drawing a blank when you try to remember things? Then it’s time to do some real drawing. Studies have shown that making a drawing of an important thing can help you remember better. It doesn’t have to be a work of art because the process of drawing is what helps your brain lock in the memory. Source Link 

Day by day may be the best way to keep a New Year’s resolution. Find a few changes that you can make to reach your target and set smaller daily goals for them. That’s important because every victory rewards you mentally and builds momentum to accomplish that long-term resolution. Source Link 

A credit freeze to stop identity thieves is a good idea for everyone in your family, including the kids because their names could also be used to open bogus accounts. All three major credit bureaus allow a parent to request a credit freeze for a child. You’ll need to mail a copy of their birth certificate and Social Security card to set it up. Source Link

What new food trends will pop up in grocery store aisles in 2019? Look for more plant-based alternatives like non-dairy milk and vegan burgers and natural “gut healthy” foods such as kombucha, kimchi and kefir. You’ll also see probiotics in more foods including ice cream and natural sweeteners will be used in more desserts. Source Link