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Build Better Habits

3 Surprisingly Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Build Better Habits

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Writer, Entrepreneur and Behavior Science Expert


July 7, 2014

Building good habits can be difficult.

That’s especially true if you want to stick with them for the long-term. Thankfully, there are a few simple strategies that you can use to build better habits and break bad ones.

I’m not going to pretend like these ideas are the only way to build better habits — there are plenty of others out there — but these simple steps can help you make progress with most of the goals you have for your health, your work, and your life.

Maya Angelou: 1928-2014

University: Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

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Maya Angelou: 1928-2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.

"I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out."

Her story awed millions. The young single mother who worked at strip clubs to earn a living later danced and sang on stages around the world.

Fail Drug Tests

Oil and Gas Industry Says Too Many Workers Fail Drug Tests

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 Onsite Occupational Screening

Development of oil and gas fields in Ohio's Utica shale formation is expected to ramp up in the next two years. But industry leaders say they've hit a snag. Too few potential workers can pass a required drug screen. From Ohio Public Radio member station WOSU in Columbus, Tom Borgerding reports.

The richest deposits of oil and natural gas in Ohio’s Utica shale formation are believed to be in counties east and north of Columbus in the foothills of Appalachia.

K2 Spice

Teen spice user: 'It's the new crack'

Rehab, drug court gives NN teen new life

A Newport News teen recounts his addiction to spice. (Jonathon Gruenke / Daily Press / April 23, 2014) ...

By Prue Salasky,

6:14 p.m. EDT, May 18, 2014

NEWPORT NEWS — Spice took over his life in middle school. Nothing else mattered. Being high became the norm.

At 12, he picked up his first cigarette. Soon the Newport News teen, now 18, was smoking marijuana, too. "Cigarettes and weed," he said in a single breath, making no distinction.

Drug Testing Investment

Let’s look at the numbers… Return on Drug Testing Investment
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 Company with 1,000 employees
 15% of the workforce has a substance abuse issue
 Each substance abusing worker costs his or her company approximately $7,000 per year
Do the math:
•15% of 1,000 = 150 workers
•150 x $7,000 = $1.05 million annually
Re-do the Math…
 Conducts random testing at a 20% rate
 $55 per drug test
 5% of random tests are positive
Do the math:

Presidents Day

list of inspirational quotes made by 14 U.S. presidents to celebrate Presidents Day                

 Presidents Day is typically recognized as a day for patriotic celebration and remembrance. To commemorate U.S. presidents past and present, below are 14 quotes to share on the national holiday:

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington

How Do I Do a Background Check?

As a business owner or manager, you know a lot about running a business, but you may not know a lot about doing a background check on potential and current employees. That is why we like to educate people on a background checks that will shield your business

There are benefits to hiring a good company to do your employee background checks: Using a professional company will help your business comply and be the go to consultant. There are many federal, state and local laws and regulations associated with doing background checks.

Sochi Winter Olympics

sochi 2014Sochi Winter Olympics: Background Checks for All Visitors & Ticketholders


With less than five weeks before the 2014 Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi, two bombings in a southern Russian city emphasize the daunting security challenge Russia faces to prevent acts of terrorism and to keep visitors and locals safe during the Games.


According to the Washington Post, Russia's government is launching a massive effort to screen and monitor both participants and visiting spectators to Sochi.

Christmas Symbols and Their Meanings.


thanksgivingIt’s true that the Pilgrims did celebrate some sort of Thanksgiving back in 1621, and it did come with Native Americans, pumpkin, and probably wild turkey. Unfortunately it wasn’t necessarily a holiday about “coming together” so much as it was about showing off English muskets. In recent years much of the Pilgrim myth has been stripped away. …The myth has always been better than the reality, but I still find value in it. When people reflect on the Pilgrims and the Patuxet it’s a reflection not of what actually was, but what we wish to be.