Daily Resolution: Avoid Being a Pressure Cooker

Do you know the symptoms of high blood pressure? You might be surprised to know there really are not any, thus the label the “silent killer.” Many people do not even know what their blood pressure is or should be. You do not need a doctor’s appointment to have this checked periodically. Many local pharmacies have blood pressure stations where you can do this for a minimal cost or even free. Check your family history; you may be unaware of family members who suffer from hypertension. And even if you discover your numbers are a little high, ask your doctor or read up on it from credible sources that direct you on what you can do to lower it.

Daily Resolution: Winterproof Your Home

Regardless of the climate, there is seasonal work around the house to be done. Colder climates require such steps as checking a home for heat efficiency by sealing up places that lend themselves to draft (door frames and windows), having a heating and cooling system checked (a good idea for warm climates too), and cleaning out air ducts and vents. For warmer climates, make any repairs to windows, roofing, or siding that may be weathered. And if you live in the snow belt, get yourself a good shovel now before the stores sell out during the next blizzard!

Daily Resolution: Valorize a Vet

Go out of your way to say, “thank you” to a veteran of the military. Start with family members. Do something special for family or friends who have lost someone in the defense of our country’s freedom through a respectful and appreciative act. Discuss the importance of Veteran’s Day with young people/children if the opportunity is there. Fly your flag, email the troops, thank a friend; show your gratitude!

Daily Resolution: Go #Walletless

Last month, Wired editor Christina Bonnington decided to go “walletless”, only using her smartphone as a wallet, and even flying to Hawaii without identification. We already pay so much attention to our digital devices, so today your goal is to try and lose your wallet. For some hints, Bonnington suggests these: Google Wallet and Square Card Case for mobile payments; Uber for taxi needs; Amazon mobile for general purchases; Delivery.com, Eat24, and GrubHub for food delivery; Starbucks for caffeine; and Fandango for movie tickets.

Daily Resolution: Indulge in Lotto Fever

Have you ever noticed that when a lotto jackpot gets outrageously high, more people buy tickets? It is a common occurrence, and one that does not make sense to participate in if you look at it statistically. The more people there are buying tickets, the less chance you have of winning. Instead of getting your hopes up and then dashed in situations like this, proceed as follows. Choose your numbers and do not buy the tickets, post on your desk or carry in your wallet, check out the winning numbers, and be grateful you did not lose a few dollars when you realize someone 4 states over won the jackpot. But then, there’s always that small chance it could have been you…

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