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Up in Smoke – Clearing the Air About Marijuana’s Medical Benefits

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Up in Smoke – Clearing the Air About Marijuana’s Medical Benefits

    For years studies have purported to show that marijuana use has a wide range of ill health effects, but recent research has shown positive results in the field of medicinal use. How can that be? Marijuana, also known as cannabis, comes from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical THC that acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals. These natural chemicals play a large role in brain development and function. Marijuana is a...

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Strangle Your Stress

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Strangle Your Stress

    Leave your work at the door says executive business and lifestyle coach Lesley Colcord. As hard as that may seem when your head is overcome with the tsunami that is your workload, the best way to hit the wave front on and ride it out is with a clear and relaxed mind. Business people and entrepreneurs alike can get so caught up in their work life that it begins to dominate them. What people tend to forget is we work to support our chosen lifestyles. Personal life and happiness should always be top priority, Lesley says. It’s the...

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10 Signs That Your Emotional Intelligence Needs Work

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EI accounts for 85 to 90 percent of success at work. If you are displaying any of the following 10 signs, you may need to work on your own level of EI.  1. You’re easily stressed and irritated A strong feature of emotional intelligence is the ability to understand emotions and recognise when you are feeling them. This enables you to better control emotions and not get overly stressed. If you get easily irritated and lose your temper, without consideration of how this may affect behaviour towards others, you may want to take some steps to...

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Smarten Up – Seven Ways to Improve Your Memory

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Smarten Up – Seven Ways to Improve Your Memory

    1. Meditaton  “Mindfulness meditation has been reported to enhance numerous mental abilities, including rapid memory recall,” says Catherine Kerr of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher Research Center, both of which are located at Harvard Medical School. “Our discovery that mindfulness meditators more quickly adjusted the brain wave that screens out distraction could explain their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts.” 2. Diet  Studies suggest a diet rich in antioxidants,...

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Six Steps to Flexibility

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Six Steps to Flexibility

    Our lives are becoming increasingly hectic. It’s been proven time and again when personal life is well looked after then productivity in the workplace goes up. Our lives are becoming increasingly hectic. It’s been proven time and again when personal life is well looked after then productivity in the workplace goes up. 1. Launch a test pilot Practice makes perfect. If you feel you are missing a level of flexibility in your workplace, but you don’t know how to approach it, look at how other people in your situation are handling it...

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Claim Games

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Claim Games

    Do you know what business expenses you can claim? Claiming back expenses can be a tricky business and there a few sneaky tips that are always good to know. For example – if you shout coffee for meeting purposes and decide to drink it at the café, you can only claim back 50 percent of the cost back – whereas if you order takeaway and have it at the office, you can claim 100 percent back. Takeaway coffees from here on out! What counts as an expense? Thanks to business.govt.nz for compiling a neat little list of...

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Making It

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Business isn’t for the faint hearted. Roughly only 20 percent of businesses are still in operation after their first year. The good news for those who are is that the longer a business lasts, the more likely it is to continue lasting. Survival rates for businesses 1 year   – 21.4% 2 years – 31.4% 3 years – 38.4% 4 years – 44.0% 5 years – 48.6% Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Business Employment Dynamics Figures related to businesses started in 2010. Also according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: About...

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Seven Simple Rules for Finding Success in Australia

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Seven Simple Rules for Finding Success in Australia

    What do you get when you blend the insights of a digital entrepreneur with the discipline of traditional marketing? You get a company called Aamplify, a darling of marketing across Australasia. By any measure, the meteoric rise of Aamplify over four years in New Zealand and Australian markets has been a success. Now employing 25 people in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, Aamplify could be truly said to understand the psyche of the new economy more than most marketing companies. So how did Aamplify manage to capture the Australian...

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Three Kiwis, Two Charities, and One Epic Adventure

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Three Kiwis, Two Charities, and One Epic Adventure

    Sometimes it’s okay to live a little. For four to six weeks, from mid-July, three brave Kiwis from Christchurch are off an experience of a life-time. Robert Trott, alongside partner Michele Wilson and good friend Matt Wills, have signed themselves up for The Mongol Rally, dubbing themselves the Pirates of the Car I Be In (the pirates). It takes a unique personality to have the ability to drop everything and set off on a harrowing adventure through the Mongolian desert with no set route and no support teams, but this witty and...

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The Lesser Evil – Marijuana, Aociety and the Impact of Heavy Consumption

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The Lesser Evil – Marijuana, Aociety and the Impact of Heavy Consumption

    And so, the debate continues; as stated in our previous articles, an overwhelming number of New Zealanders are in favour of law reform when it comes to the Class C drug marijuana. It appears marijuana can do no wrong and everything is pointing in its favour – even Sir Richard Branson is suggesting we use marijuana to our advantage. Economically speaking it seems to stack up. But socially – that’s another story. The age-old argument is that marijuana is the lesser of two evils when compared to alcohol, unfortunately that is a...

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