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How Your Business Can Serve the Community

company executive giving free symposiumIt’s incredible how the world of business has changed in the past decade. Not only are companies becoming both customer- and employee-centric, they’re also taking their initiatives to go green and give back to the community. Experts from Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty believe in the importance of serving the community. You can organize feeding programs, host events for children, or even come up with promotions that can help solve your customers’ pain points. Here are four more ways your business can give back to the community that supports you.

Join Community Events

Most towns have their regular share of festivals and events that are meant to strengthen different communities in their area. You can join by hosting one or sponsoring an existing event. Events that are easy to organize include fun runs, food festivals, and musical concerts.

Organize Free Talks

Sharing your industry’s best practices is a good way to help those in your community who want to be part of the team. It could be as easy as producing a webinar or hosting a one-day seminar to discuss topics that can be helpful to your community.

Take Part in Environmental Cleanups

Taking part in environmental cleanups may take more funding and planning, but it’s a great way to show your community how much you care about the environment. Also, more than taking care of the environment, taking your community service out of the office is also a good way to build teamwork between your employees and any outside volunteers who have joined the program.

Make Monetary Donations

If all other events or programs fail, your business can always make monetary donations to organizations in your community that you feel can benefit from you the most. It doesn’t even have to be a tremendous amount of money. It just has to be given with a cheerful heart.

No matter how big or small your business is, you can always find ways to serve the community that helps you survive today’s marketplace. Sit down with a team that can help you come up with the best programs for your community. Not only will you find a sense of fulfillment from helping people out, but you’ll also notice an increase in customer loyalty because of how you take care of everyone around you.

Mind Your Manners: How You Eat Matters as Much as What You Consume

healthy burritosThe movement towards healthy eating is changing the way consumers chose restaurants when eating out. Consumers are more likely to seek affordable, fast-casual healthy food places. Baja Fresh Franchise, a Mexican restaurant chain offering all-fresh, fire-grilled fare, notes that all-natural and farm-fresh ingredients keep customers coming back to these restaurants. There is even a market willing to pay a premium for healthier meals.

Healthy or mindful eating doesn’t end there, however. The manner of consumption is as much of a factor as the food itself.

Healthy Food and Healthy Techniques

The mindful eating trend involves considering how ingredients are sourced and switching to sustainably produced food — but it also emphasizes the manner in which the consumer eats the food.

The principle of eating mindfully, which is rooted in mindfulness or meditation, forgoes eating mechanically and quickly. Instead, the eater is encouraged to take their time with the activity. It’s a collection of techniques designed to help people pay more attention to their body’s cues, their cravings, and eating habits.

Slowly but Surely

Practicing mindful eating a little bit at a time helps form the habit. Instead of switching gears immediately, it’s better to try one or two mindful eating techniques each meal time. Two simple techniques to help slow down when eating are to unplug from technology and pausing in between taking bites of food.

Smartphones, computers, and TVs are distractions during meal times. Paying more attention to technology contributes to eating too quickly and more than recommended. Pausing between each bite, either by putting utensils down while chewing or chewing food more, lets you savor the food and also aids in digestion.

Eat to Lose Weight

It takes the brain nearly 20 minutes before it recognizes the chemicals the stomach released to signal that it’s full. Therefore, people who eat slowly are more likely to feel full faster — and with less amount of food — than those who eat too quickly. Those who finish eating a full meal in less than 20 minutes would often continue to feel hungry, leading to overeating.

While it’s important to be aware of how food is sourced and prepared, it is equally important to pay attention to one’s eating habits. Applying both aspects of mindful eating leads to healthier lifestyles.