Understanding The Practice Of Giving Gifts

Presents are usually a gracious offering donated from one person to another, without the expectation of receiving anything in return. The process is supposed to be free of any obligation for the receiver, but often there is an amount of understood reciprocity. This process is not only performed to show care or feelings for friends and family. It has also been the staple of rituals and traditions for thousands of years. Really, any item can be a present, depending on the culture and understanding of the individual that is giving it. The reasons for which others grant things to friends and acquaintances are many. One traditional event that illicit the bestowing of a token is when a child is born. It is acceptable and generous to bequeath some sort of item on the mother of a brand new baby; many times it is dependent upon the gender of the child. Prior to the birth of the child, the expectant mother’s friends and family generally throw her a baby shower. The celebration is given this name because all of those in attendance are expected to shower the woman with presents to help take care of the infant. The gifts can really be anything; some of the most popular are diapers, clothing, stuffed animals, monitors, bedding, pacifiers, and bottles. Parties like this are usually thrown by those that are closest to the mother. Weddings are another event where bestowing gifts is customary and expected. Many couples that wed do not have the necessary items it will take to furnish their home and take care of themselves. Wedding customs have dictated in...

Avoiding Conflict Can Hurt Your Practice

The right approach to handling conflict can breed creativity, innovation, teamwork Most of us recognize that conflict is inevitable in any workplace, but I’m amazed by how many people choose to avoid addressing conflict in their practices. They think they’re doing the right thing, but in most cases, they’re hurting their practices. Conflict comes in all shapes and sizes. You can have conflict over ideas, you can have conflict over expectations, and you can have conflict over personalities and styles of communication. When handled well, all of these conflicts can result in positive results for your practice. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t avoid conflict: 1) When you avoid conflict, you miss opportunities to improve your practice There’s nothing wrong with having a healthy conflict over a particular issue. Perhaps you have one idea on working with customers or handling records or investing in new equipment, and someone on your staff has another idea. Sometimes the third idea ends up being the best idea — but you won’t find that third idea without having a conversation about the “conflict.” Some of your best ideas for improvements will emerge when you have consistent staff meetings — and when I say “staff meetings,” I mean meetings that are truly led by the staff. Let a staff member plan and facilitate the agenda; give your staff a platform to identify issues and discuss solutions. Make this meeting about the staff, not the doctor preaching to the staff. Make sure you’re given a slot at each meeting, but use your time to recognize people’s efforts. Thank them for their ideas, and point...

Symbiosis A Best Practice Approach To Market Research

A symbiotic relationship exists between the consumers and practitioners of market research, especially when the research project is a proprietary study. If you have every asked for a quote on a large primary research study you know this work can be expensive. Therefore, a best practice approach to market research involves the creation of a win-win for the buyer and seller of this highly customized work. This article and Maximize Your Market Research ROI (working title of a forthcoming book) are written for two audiences: The people who have to manage market research firms, that is, those who buy and use market research and the market research firms who provide market research services. When the idea for this approach was first presented to colleagues of mine, they asked an important question. How can you write about market research and address both audiences equally, dont they have different interests and agendas? It is a very good question and the quick first answer is yes they do often have different agendas. However, there in lies the problem or perhaps an opportunity. Too often, we only look at buyers and sellers from the point of view of having agendas getting the best deal versus making the most profit. Of course, we all want a good or better yet a great deal and all businesses need to make profits. The rationale for writing to address both audiences is that (in my opinion), these are two sides of the same coin and would be well advised to better align themselves, especially in slow economic periods to provide the best approach in support of economic...

Allergy Relief and the Practice of Yoga

Studies showed that yoga could reduce allergies over 60%. Yoga helps keep away allergies, asthma, hay fever and so on. Allergies can cause you to wake during the night, struggling to breath, since the condition can cause suffocation. Allergies affect the chest, throat and breathing cause a person to feel stuffy. Some of the problems that emerge from allergies include sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, running nose, aching head, and so on. Asthma and allergies affect millions of people each year. The condition wakes them up during the night hours causing them to gag or grasp for air. Their breathing is often affected, which makes these people feel helpless. Yoga helps, since it is a breathing exercise. The key is to focus on your breathing while controlling the body and mind. Once you control your breathing, it will help you to breathe naturally. Learning yoga is a great start to finding allergy relief. Still, you need to learn more about your condition, since allergies could include Rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, and even emphysema. Your doctor can help you decide which condition you have. The problem is many people go without proper diagnosis or treatment, since patients often fail to explain in detail what symptoms they have. Many patients fail to revisit the doctor after they find relief believing the condition is cured. Allergies are a hypersensitivity reaction that emerges from natural substances in the air, such as pollen, mildew, mold and so on. The foreign antigens that attack the immune system cause allergies to occur. Dust, mold or other particles in the air that lands on the body parts can...

How To Practice Music With Better Results

As any serious musician knows, practicing your instrument is one thing, practicing correctly is another. The goal is to consistently make the correct beautiful sounds that comprise the piece or exercise we are learning. This takes playing skill and technique, which takes the correct practice. Try this coaching for making your practice count. Don’t start out trying to go faster than your fingers want to go. A big part of learning an instrument is creating muscle memory for the fingerings used. The more we practice these fingerings correctly, the less conscious attention on our part they take to do. It’s like learning to type using the right fingers for the right keys. At first we have to consciously practice taking our right index finger off of its rest position on the letter “j” and moving it one space to the left to type the letter “h”. Quickly our brain “learns” where the letter “h” is and which finger to use to press it. The brain instructs the right index finger to move to the left, press the “h” then move back to rest position. It feels unnatural at first just like tying our shoes did when we were learning. But, just like with shoe tying and typing, the muscle movements required to play something specific on an instrument get ingrained if we practice slowly and allow the movements to become relaxed and natural. If we don’t give our fingers the chance to learn the movements slowly, they often fight with what our brains are telling them to do. By practicing in a relaxed, methodical and slow fashion, tension is...