Monday, July 2, 2007

JULY 2, 2007

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Freedom Run during our live broadcast on Saturday at Beach Park. As promised, we're posting the information about the Goal Setter Series, which is a great way to get exercise and learn how to get and stay fit.

I'll be honest... I go to the gym, I've tried to work out more, but when it comes to running. It makes me squeamish. Maybe you're the same. Well, that's what the Goal Setter Series is all about. Learn to run the right way-- at your pace! That's right... no overbearing trainers, no crazy goals to hit-- only the ones you feel comfortable setting. No pressure, just a way to get in shape.

Check it out... And mark your calendars... the next run presented by Profiled Lifestyle and CSUB Peak is the Harvest Run/Walk on October 27 at the Park at Riverwalk. You don't need to be a member of the Goal Setter Series to participate, but it may get you motivated to be out there!

You may be tired of going to work every day, but are you TRULY burned out at your job? Here are five signs that it's time to start thinking about a different gig. . .

1) YOUR COWORKERS AVOID YOU. If you've become really cranky and irritable with the other people you work with, it probably means you're unhappy with your job.

2) YOU COME IN LATE AND WANT TO LEAVE EARLY. Remember at the beginning of your job, you were always excited to go in and work? That does fade a little over time, but you shouldn't be counting down the minutes until you leave.

3) YOU'RE APATHETIC ABOUT THE JOB. Instead of being enthusiastic, you're unmotivated. . . and you don't have any sense of accomplishment.

4) YOU'RE NOT CLOSE WITH YOUR COWORKERS. When you started, there were probably a couple coworkers who you were close with. But if you've lost those friendships, it's probably because you have burnout.

5) YOU'RE PHYSICALLY SICK. Those fluorescent lights at the office have sucked all manner of life out of you. You'll feel exhausted, have headaches. . . and have trouble sleeping.

Whether lying about raiding the cookie jar or denying they broke a toy, all children try to mislead their parents at some time. Yet it now appears that babies learn to deceive from a far younger age than anyone previously suspected.

Behavioural experts have found that infants begin to lie from as young as six months. Simple fibs help to train them for more complex deceptions in later life.

Until now, psychologists had thought the developing brains were not capable of the difficult art of lying until four years old.

Following studies of more than 50 children and interviews with parents, Dr Vasudevi Reddy, of the University of Portsmouth's psychology department, says she has identified seven categories of deception used between six months and three-years-old.

Infants quickly learnt that using tactics such as fake crying and pretend laughing could win them attention. By eight months, more difficult deceptions became apparent, such as concealing forbidden activities or trying to distract parents' attention.

By the age of two, toddlers could use far more devious techniques, such as bluffing when threatened with a punishment.

Dr Reddy said: "Fake crying is one of the earliest forms of deception to emerge, and infants use it to get attention even though nothing is wrong. You can tell, as they will then pause while they wait to hear if their mother is responding, before crying again. It demonstrates they're clearly able to distinguish that what they are doing will have an effect. This is essentially all adults do when they tell lies, except in adults it becomes more morally loaded." She added: "Later it becomes more sophisticated by saying, 'I don't care' when threatened with a punishment - when they clearly do."Dr Reddy thinks children use early fibs to discover what kinds of lie work in certain situations, and also learn the negative consequences of lying too much.

We like you. A lot. And we want you alive. So, when you're out driving tomorrow and on the 4th, PLEASE. . . WATCH YOUR BACK.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, between 1986 and 2002, there were more motor vehicle fatalities on July 3rd and 4th than any other two days of the year.

It's even MORE dangerous on rural roads. There's less traffic, higher speeds. . . and more drivers' minds wandering. . . so crashes are almost always fatal.

Even though the 4th of July is on a Wednesday, AAA is still predicting that a record number of people will be traveling. They say that more than 41.1 million Americans will travel sometime between today and July 8th. . . and 84% are traveling by car.