The PBFY Blog

Taking Time Off Is Good For You

Scientists used to believe that during sleep and downtime our brains would literally just shut down, with no activity at all or the barest minimum activity. They thought those moments of rest meant rest for the entire body, including the brain. Many lay people probably still believe something similar, though science is increasingly revealing that our brains are actually incredibly active during sleep as well as other so-called “downtime.” In 1929, a neurologist in Germany, Hans Berger, startled many of his academic peers by proposing that “the brain is always in a ‘state of considerable activity,’ even when people were sleeping [...]

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Small Changes You Can Make To Be Environmentally Friendly

Environmentally friendly is a term that is discussed a lot these days, with climate change regularly talked about in the media, organised protests and activists campaigning for a more protected planet, it’s no wonder that many of us are starting to become more conscious of our choices and how they affect our planet. And let’s face it, this is great news! The point of wanting to be environmentally friendly is to help to preserve our planet and make it a better, safer, greener and more sustainable home for our future generations. There are plenty of business owners, communities and [...]

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Would you survive without your morning coffee?

Recently on Twitter, a trending hashtag read: “Without Caffeine, I’d” with people responding with GIFs of puppies falling asleep or people walking into doors. The basic premise was that without caffeine, many of us would lose our ability to function semi-normally. What would you do without your morning brew? There’s some decent evidence that humans may not have advanced as far as we have, technologically, creatively, even philosophically, without the stimulating, energizing magical potion that is coffee. In the 1500-1700s coffee “had a major impact on the rise of business,” with coffee houses become the center for idea-exchanges and business meetings. “Literature, [...]

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Could Climate Change Affect Your Coffee? Fact vs Fiction

Recently on Twitter, a trending hashtag read: “Without Caffeine, I’d” with people responding with GIFs of puppies falling asleep or people walking into doors. The basic premise was that without caffeine, many of us would lose our ability to function semi-normally. What would you do without your morning brew? There’s some decent evidence that humans may not have advanced as far as we have, technologically, creatively, even philosophically, without the stimulating, energizing magical potion that is coffee. In the 1500-1700s coffee “had a major impact on the rise of business,” with coffee houses become the center for idea-exchanges and business meetings. “Literature, [...]

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Attention Workaholics…Taking Time Off Is Good For You! Here’s Why.

Scientists used to believe that during sleep and downtime our brains would literally just shut down, with no activity at all or the barest minimum activity. They thought those moments of rest meant rest for the entire body, including the brain. Many people probably still believe something similar, though science is increasingly revealing that our brains are actually incredibly active during sleep as well as other so-called “downtime.” In 1929, a neurologist in Germany, Hans Berger, startled many of his academic peers by proposing that “the brain is always in a ‘state of considerable activity,’ even when people were sleeping or [...]

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Protecting Your Business from Hacking, Ransomware & Viruses

Earlier this year, a global hack infiltrated the computers of hospitals and governments through a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Office software that had been reported about weeks previously, but not to the degree that enough people got the message before hackers took full advantage. If at the time of the original reporting, users had manually updated their Microsoft software, they should have been fine; that being said, clearly many did not and a ton of people paid the price. Not only were patients in hospitals vulnerable to the hijacked-for-ransom computers, businesses and governments were vulnerable, making this a hack that threatened [...]

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5 Easy International Spice Blends for Homemade Cooking

Do you find you reach for the same spices over and over again? Maybe you see the same mix of spices posted on each recipe you save. You can pre-mix these spices and save them in airtight containers. Many people think making their own spice mixes at home is difficult, since that’s what celebrity chefs do, right? But the layperson can easily make some flavorful spice blends at home. When you use pre-blended spices, you can ensure consistent flavor in your dishes as well as shave valuable time off your food preparation. Get tasty dinner on the table faster [...]

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