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Each year is represented by an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12 year cycle. There is also a cycle of five elements- wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Together, this creates a 60 year cycle. This means 2021 – the year of the Metal Ox – has not happened for 60 years!

The ox is a valued animal in Chinese culture because of its role in agriculture. In the Chinese Zodiac, the ox is associated with hard work and serenity, and people who were born in the year of the ox are said to be hardworking, honest, diligent, and dependable.

With a strong sense of responsibility, those born in the year of the ox are perfect for professional and stressful jobs, making good doctors, lawyers, teachers, and businessmen.

Some famous people born in the year of the ox are:

§  Barack Obama – August 4, 1961 – Metal Ox

§  Vincent Van Gogh – March 30, 1853 – Water Ox

§  Walt Disney – December 5, 1901 – Gold Ox

§  Margaret Thatcher – October 13, 1925 – Wood Ox

Want to know which Chinese New Year animal you are? Here
is a fun guide to help you figure it out. 

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National Have Fun at Work Day - January 28th

We spend the majority of our day at work (or for some these days, your work-from-home environment) so why shouldn’t we have fun while doing it?!

January 28th is National Have Fun at Work Day! This holiday is an opportunity for employees to blow off some steam and remember that just because it is your job, doesn’t meant it has to feel like work.

We can celebrate with activities such as having lunch with a co-worker or playing music in our office while we work.

So, get to work- but don’t forget…

"In every job that must be done, there is an element of FUN!"

--Mary Poppins

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Background

Source: CDC Cervical Cancer Awareness

Cervical cancer affects millions of women across the globe each year.

Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix – the lowest part of the uterus. Cancer starts when the cells in the body begin to grow out of control and can rapidly spread to other parts of the body.

Most cervical cancers begin in the cells in the transformation zone – the place where two cell types (glandular and squamous) meet. The exact location of the transformation zone changes as you get older and if you give birth. Cells that meet in the transformation zone do not suddenly change into cancer, but instead gradually develop abnormal changes that are called pre-cancerous. Although cervical cancers start from cells with pre-cancerous changes, only some women with pre-cancers of the cervix will develop cancer. For most women, pre-cancerous cells will go away without any treatment.

Detection and Prevention is the First Step

The best way to prevent cervical cancer is through regular pap tests, HPV tests, or both. These tests should be started early, as soon as age 21.

For more information about cervical cancer and prevention visit the American Cancer Society website or the CDC website.

 

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed, you can find resources and support on the Cancer Support Community website.

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"I can live for months on a good compliment."

American Writer Mark Twain

Never underestimate the power of a compliment. Sometimes a kind word is all someone needs to make a tough day better.

 

In fact, a 2012 Forbes study concluded that a compliment serves as a social reward that activates the same part of the brain as when a person is rewarded cash.

 

In the study, participants were asked to perform a specific finger pattern on a keyboard as fast as they could. The participants were separated into three groups- one in which participants were complimented individually by an evaluator; another in which individuals watched another participant receive a compliment; and a third in which individuals evaluated their own performance on a graph. The next day, those in the group who received direct compliments from an evaluator performed significantly better than those from the other groups.

This just goes to show that compliments not only make people feel better, but they also help people to do better. So on January 24, let’s all celebrate National Compliment Day and pay someone a compliment. It could make their day!

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