Appreciation

Why It Pays For Your Health To Be Grateful

It’s the things in life that we never really stop to think about, like being able to put food on the table, having enough money to pay the bills and just being alive and living a healthy life. When things get busy and you’re stressed and feeling down, it’s easy to fall into the trap of asking why things are so hard for you.

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That’s why being grateful is so important in life. It’s about remembering how lucky you are to have what you have, being humble and helping out those who are less fortunate than yourself. When I was younger, I always used to complain about how ugly my feet were and how my feet would never look good wearing open heels or sandals. My mother would look me right in the face and say: “At least you have feet to walk on,” – this really hit home for me.

Being grateful is about valuing what you have in life and it’s fantastic for your attitude, your happiness, and your health. Gratitude in your life leads to lower levels or stress and depression, as well as more positive emotions and higher levels of life satisfaction.

By ignoring the urge to dwell on the things that haven’t gone your way and being thankful for the things that you have received in this world, you are allowing yourself to see the positives in life.

Those who show gratitude are more likely to take better care of themselves by engaging in regular physical activity and eating a healthier diet. Being grateful is also said to be an immune system boost as being optimistic leads to better immune function. They are also said to engage in more protective behaviours when it comes to health, like scheduling regular check ups and taking a ‘prevention over cure’ attitude.

One way that you can start to focus on what you are thankful for is by keeping a gratitude journal and writing down daily the things of the day that you are grateful for. By focusing on the positives of the day, you are helping yourself to de-stress and become a happier, healthier person.

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August 24, 2015

5 EOFY Gifts For Staff Or Clients To Show Your Appreciation

Both employees and clients play a big part of your business success story, so occasional rewards to show your appreciation should be a priority. Celebrating the end of the financial year is the perfect opportunity to sit back and look at the hard work your staff have done, and also thank your clients for their work.

Most workplaces will organise some sort of EOFY party – whether it’s just for the staff or for the clients too. But regardless of what your workplace policy is, it’s nice to at least treat valued staff and clients with a small token of appreciation, a gift to say ‘thanks’. It makes your employees feel appreciated (and gets them continuing the good work too!), and it shows your clients mean a lot to your business. EOFY gifts don’t have to cost a fortune or be something huge, just a simple token of gratitude that fits into your business budget, values and the needs of your employees and clients. Here’s a few corporate gift ideas to get your started.

1. Corporate hampers

Corporate hampers are the best no-fail work gift. Suitable for employees, clients or the big BIG boss, they can be tailored to suit absolutely anybody. It can filled with edible treats, a few much-needed drinks after a busy start to the year or just something simple you know they will love. Gift hampers are perfect for both scenarios – knowing everything about the person and what they are into, to not really having a clue but needing a gift that’s nice anyway!

If you want to be really cleaver, you can choose a corporate gift hamper that incorporates their favourite hobbies – maybe they’re a sports enthusiast, a part-time baker or a garden lover. For clients, you can use hampers as a great marketing tool too, and implement some branded coffee mugs or office items they’ll be sure to use. Whatever you decide, there’s enough corporate hamper options out there to suit practically every budget and individual person.

2. Branded goodies

With the oodles of options of branded goodies you can create these days, it’s so easy to find a corporate gift that can wow both your employees and your clients. Last year, we gave our clients branded mini speakers that connect up to your phone or IPod and they were an absolute hit with clients using them on boat trips and family BBQs – all the staff were wanting some too. Branded gifts don’t have to just be a way to ‘sell’ your business, you can make them into some really cool and useful ideas that staff and clients will be using (and talking about!) for years to come.

You can be as creative as you want with branded goodies. Don’t just think inside the ‘office desk’ box, find something they can use with the whole family, at home or out indulging in the favourite hobbies. This way, it creates an element of fun for the gift too. Don’t go over the top with branding too, a simple logo and if relevant company slogan can go a long way.

3. Terrarium craze

There’s a terrarium craze that’s hit Perth (and all of Australia!) and it’s brightening up every office space, complementing home décor and just ‘hanging around’ in outdoor settings. Filled with your very own succulent garden, they are very easy to look after and are a great gift for any employee or client that loves a little lush green in their environment.

With a variety of different designs to choose from, you can purchase terrariums that are basic and beautiful, to stylish glass cubes that take on a very modern design. Terrariums don’t need much water or maintenance so they make for an easy excuse to transform dull office desks and can be filled with succulents, small flowers, ferns and decorations to suit every taste.

4. Corporate wine basket

Considering EOFY is about celebrating a good start to the year, it would make sense to involve a little wine or beer in the gift. Corporate wine baskets are like a gift hamper – but with wine and tasty goodies that go well with it. There’s gourmet ones to choose from and like with regular hampers, can be found in a variety of different price ranges to suit every business budget. Wine hampers are perfect for the female employees in the office complete with cheese treats and roasted almonds. For the blokes, you can go for something a little more manly like a beer hamper with beef jerky treats or tasty numbers to complement their next grill up.

5. Subscription gifts

If you want your business to stay on your client’s mind all year round, then subscription gifts can be a great way to do so. Like with corporate gift hampers and branded goodies, they can be tailored to suit the individual tastes of everyone.

Use subscriptions to customise gifts based on what you already know about your clients or staff. Perhaps they are always coming into the office with a café style coffee, so help them out by giving them a yearly subscription of it. If your client is always talking about their pets or is an obvious animal lover, perhaps an online pet store like BarkBox would show your appreciation too. When it comes to subscription gifts, there’s heaps of ideas out there and some can even be set out for shorter periods of time too.

But, no matter what you give your clients and staff this year – it’s the thought that counts. Not only will they feel appreciated, but it’ll bring a smile to everyone’s face which is the perfect way to celebrate the end of a busy financial year.

By Jayde Ferguson, an online blogger and copywriter who recommends the corporate gifts at Boxt.com.au for the perfect client or staff appreciation gift this end of financial year. Boxt are a leading online provider of hampers and other gift ideas and do delivery throughout Australia.

July 3, 2015

Mums Are Appreciated: Fact Or Fiction?

Making sure that your family thrives is not an easy job and it’s one that doesn’t come with bells and whistles. Mums don’t get paid for their hard work and they don’t get nominated for awards, but are they at least being appreciated by their families?

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Australia Post has just released its Mother’s Day Survey results and nearly 80 per cent of Australians say that mums are the most appreciated member of the family. However, almost 40 per cent have forgotten to buy a Mother’s Day gift at least once, with 9.1 per cent admitting that they forget to buy a gift every year. So much for showing appreciation!

Australians are just as likely to forget to buy a Mother’s Day card, also – 42.6 per cent of all respondents have forgotten to buy a card at least once and 10.5 per cent forget every year. Those who remember to buy gifts often don’t put a lot of effort into it, either, with 43.9 per cent admitting that they’ve bought a gift voucher instead of a thoughtful gift, while 23.4 per cent say they’ve sent the mum in their life to buy her own gift. Some people (5.4 per cent!) admitted to buying a washing basket – that would have to go on the worst ever Mother’s Day gifts list.

Are these numbers making you depressed? Here are some better ways to show your appreciations to the mum in your life:

  • Put some effort into figuring out what she’d like and shop early.
  • Tell her how much you love her and what you appreciate about her. If you have young kids, ask them to list the things they love about Mum and turn their answers into a card, artwork or a video.
  • Spend time with her on Mother’s Day, but also give her some time to herself.

Showing mums how much we appreciate them doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. It just takes some thought and a loving heart.

May 10, 2015