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PBFY Blog Mindfulness in the Work Place

How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Performance at Work

If there’s one thing the last few years has taught us it is that we’re living in stressful times. More people than ever are suffering from anxiety or stress-related problems and are seeking help from family, friends and professional services to help deal with these issues.  Is mindfulness the answer? Many people who suffer from anxiety or stress are recommended by medical professionals to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a technique not too dissimilar from meditation, and focuses on slowing down the breathing and bringing oneself into the present moment. This technique enables people to empty their mind of worries, stresses [...]

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Why Do We Hate Fruitcake So Much?

The oldest known recipe for fruitcake dates back to ancient Rome and included pomegranate seeds and raisins. It wasn’t until the 1500s when sugar from the American Colonies became widely available and it was discovered that large quantities of sugar could help to preserve fruits that fruitcakes became a more affordable and popular dessert. Using the word popular in the same sentence with fruitcake, however, may seem a misnomer to most unless “popular” is immediately preceded by the word “least.” Fruitcake in modern times has developed, pardon the pun, a less than savory reputation. What’s behind the ire for this [...]

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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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Packaging History: The Egg Carton

Design, as both a word and a career choice, is increasingly becoming associated more with problem-solving and less with mere aesthetics. Schools like NYU are incorporating courses specifically for this trend: “Design Thinking: A Creative Approach to Problem Solving and Creating Impact.” The syllabus for that course states: increasingly, the definition of design has expanded to include not just artifacts but strategic services and systems.” This syllabus defines “design thinking” as a method increasing employed across almost all industries. “Design thinking,” it continues, “is an iterative problem-solving process of discovery, ideation, and experimentation that employs various design-based techniques to [...]

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Coffee Drinking Habits You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

When I worked in a Starbucks-style coffee shop, I saw people, day in and day out, put the same things in their coffee. Milk—dairy or non-dairy—sweetener—sugar or Splenda; or I saw them put nothing in and boldly drink it black. (This made me shudder then, but these days I prefer black coffee myself, mostly to avoid dairy and sugar). It was always a pleasant, if weird, surprise when someone put something else in their coffee. There was the guy who always used three small packages of honey for his…weird, but not outlandish. One day, however, I got asked: “Do [...]

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