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Top 10 Reasons to Become a Tutor

Education is the key to success. You’ve probably heard a statement like this time and time again throughout your life. Focus on your education and lead a more successful life later on. However, school and systemic learning doesn’t always come easily to everyone.

One such way you can lead a more altruistic life is within the education system, by giving your time and resources to become a tutor. Tutors help students young and old to better their education, improve their skills and gain more success in a field of their choice. Why should you consider becoming a tutor? Today, we give the top 10 reasons.

1. Boost a student’s confidence.
Tutoring is a great way to help boost a student’s confidence. Whether that student is beginning elementary school or is an adult learner, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching the look of understanding pass across their face in a ginormous smile.

2. Improve your own confidence.
Not only can tutoring help a student’s confidence, but it can help yours, too. First-time tutoring can be pretty nerve-wracking, so when you do see a student fully grasp a concept, self-confidence in your own skills improves as well.

3. Expand your knowledge.
We can’t all be experts on everything. When a student has a problem or question you don’t fully know the answer to, it gives you an opportunity to expand your own knowledge in various areas.

4. Gain experience teaching.
If you’re interested in teaching or working in a classroom, then tutoring is the perfect chance to gain more experience and see if it would be the right path for you. Plus, if you’re already on the path to become a teacher, then tutoring gives you that extra edge of experience for the future.

5. Add to your resume.
Whether you choose to volunteer as a tutor or work for money, tutoring still adds valuable content to your resume, making you more marketable for potential careers later on.

6. Enjoy flexible hours.
The best thing about tutoring is that it’s often one-on-one, which makes scheduling a breeze. If you’re looking for a job that can fit into your busy scheduling, tutoring provides flexible hours.

7. Earn extra income.
While some tutoring is volunteer-based, others can also provide extra income. If you’re looking for a job to give a little more wiggle room in the monthly budget, tutoring is a great option.

8. Build valuable relationships.
Of course, tutoring also gives you the opportunity to build valuable relationships with your students. Make new friends, become a mentor figure and create a lasting impression in someone’s life through a tutoring relationship.

9. Give back to the community.
If you want to help your community, then tutoring is an awesome way to do so. Support those around you by giving back through your time and resources.

10. Have fun!
Finally, tutoring is just plain fun. While school can be difficult, finding new and engaging ways to teach the material creates an enjoyable and personal environment for you and your students.

If you want to lead a more altruistic life, consider tutoring in your community. Not only are there great potential benefits for you, but you can feel confident in helping others around you, as well.

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5 Ways to Cheer Up Someone Who Is Sick

The fall season is upon us, with winter to follow shortly after. Soon we will all be bundled up in our coats, scarves and hats, with dripping noses and chapped lips. Though seasonal changes bring joy and new adventures, they also tend to bring another component: sickness.

In the coming months, bugs, colds and flu will be floating around in the air and sticking to everything we come in contact with. When a friend or family member gets sick, it’s difficult to see them lay in bed stifling their sniffles and running a fever. What can you do to make them feel better? Luckily, we have some ideas. Check out these six ways to cheer up someone who is sick in these upcoming months.

1. Listen first, then respond.
The greatest thing you can do to comfort someone you love who isn’t feeling well is simply to listen. Oftentimes when a friend or family member is ill, we try so hard to make them feel better, that we push solutions they might not be comfortable with. For example, maybe we think it’s best that they sit up, when really they just want to sleep. The first thing you can do to cheer someone up who isn’t feeling well is to actually listen to what their needs and desires are before trying to fulfill them. Don’t simply tell them what they need. Ask questions and be a comforting ear to cheer them up, before trying to respond and “fix” their problems.

2. Take on their to-do list.
Being sick can be incredibly stressful because our schedules are so full, so trying to take time off makes things come to a grinding halt. Keeping up with kids, work and chores while you’re sick is exhausting. If this is the case, listen to what your loved one is stressed about, then ask if there’s anything you can take off their to-do list. Maybe you could pick up the kids from school this week while he takes a nap. Or, perhaps you could stop by the office to drop off paperwork for her coworkers. Simple things like this will help enormously in taking the stress off of the ill person. Then, he or she can relax more and focus on getting better, rather than worrying about everything else.

3. Bring food and drinks.
When it comes to sickness, comfort food and hot drinks are some of the best medicine. Ask what you can cook up for your loved one to cheer them up. Or, if food isn’t a good option for their stomach at the moment, try a hot, refreshing beverage. Herbal tea is a great choice for comforting the ill and making him or her feel refreshed and rejuvenated. And of course, water is always a perfect choice. When we’re sick, it often results in intense dehydration. Keep your friend or family member hydrated and feeling better by drinking water consistently.

4. Do something simple they love.
Being sick can be pretty boring. So, try to engage your loved one by watching a movie with him or her, reading a book together or playing a game. If it’s something they enjoy and they’re up for, it’s a great option. Have fun and make sure they don’t get too bored while they’re sick, and they will start cheering up and feeling better quickly.

5. Give them space.
Finally, one of the greatest things you can do for a sick friend or family member is just to give them space. They probably don’t want to get you sick, and having conversation with someone may be pretty difficult at this point. So, make sure all of their needs are met, then simply leave them alone. When they have space and time to rest and relax, they will start feeling even better.

With seasonal changes coming up, illness is in the air. If your friends or family members get sick, try out some of these tips to cheer them up and make them feel better faster.

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The late Mahlon Frankhauser is Brain Injury Services’ Recipient of the 2017 Bryant Cohen Empowerment Award

On Monday, September 18, at their 14th Annual Golf Tournament, Brain Injury Services honored the late Mahlon Frankhauser with its annual Bryant Cohen Empowerment Award. This award recognizes survivors that demonstrate a commitment to their recovery process, while leading and empowering others along the way. Those who receive award are individuals who have maintained a positive outlook throughout the journey of recover despite its difficulties.

Accepting on his behalf were Mahlon’s wife Joan Frankhauser and daughter Victoria. Joan shared remarks about Malon’s career and his injury. Mahlon was a successful Securities and Derivative attorney and litigator for over 40 years – a leader in the industry. In addition, he served as adjunct professor at St. John University School of Law, Catholic University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center and authored a book on Commodities Regulation. His world changed as he was hanging Christmas wreaths on the windows of their home, a 23-year tradition. He fell two stories off the ladder onto the concrete driveway and experienced a tragic traumatic brain injury. Joan shared “After numerous surgeries and months of struggles, we connected with Brain Injury Services, they were our lifeline, they gave him a reason to live a meaningful life.” Mahlon worked hard at everything he did, and immersed himself in recovery and encouraging other survivors in the program. Joan shares ‘With Brain Injury Services, he was able to live his dream of being a contributing member of society again.” Active in Speaker’s Bureau, he shared about his life after brain injury and always ended his talks with “Never, never give up. Ask God for help, but remember he expect you to do the legwork”.

Everyone in the Brain Injury Services community celebrates his spirit. We remain optimistic as we see resilient survivors taking important steps forward in their journey.

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13 Spooky Halloween Fundraising Ideas

Boo! Did we scare you? Halloween is just around the corner, which means that the next couple of weeks will be filled with ghosts, creatures and menacing monsters. With candy and costumes, Halloween is definitely an enjoyable holiday, but the celebration doesn’t have to end there.

Halloween can be even more meaningful this year by promoting an altruistic lifestyle and giving back to your community. Check out these 13 spooky Halloween fundraising ideas.

1. Terrible T-Shirts. Everyone loves a great T-shirt. Design some T-shirts for your friends and family this Halloween, then upcharge a small percentage to donate to a cause you care about.

2. Carving Contest. Two words: pumpkin carving. It’s one of the best things about the Halloween season! Host a carving contest and ask participants or attendees to donate to the nonprofit of your choice. Then, let the voting begin and the winner can take a small percentage of the earnings.

3. Haunted House. Whether it’s yours, a friend’s, or a neighborhood house, haunted houses are a great way to have fun, charge admission and raise money for your community.

4. Petrifying Party. Maybe haunted houses aren’t quite your thing, but a house party could be. Throw a spooky get together and ask attendees to make a freewill donation at the door.

5. Creepy Cook-Off. Fall food is some of the very best: from pie, to chili, to hot cocoa. Similar to the carving contest, the cook-off could include entry and admission prices, with the winner taking a portion of the earnings, and your favorite nonprofit accepting the rest.

6. Dine and Donation. Maybe your creepy cook-off ends in everyone enjoying a meal the entrants cooked up. Offer a wonderful dining experience to friends and family, with the cost simply being a freewill donation.

7. Golfing Ghouls. You heard us. Put on a Halloween golf tournament for the community and see how much money you can raise for others in need.

8. Candle Collecting. Candles are a great gift this time of year, from the spicy fall scents to the warm glow they make as night draws in. Check out different options available to sell candles and donate the money to a nonprofit you love.

9. Frightening Football. A football tournament is an awesome way to get everyone in the community involved with a little bit of friendly competition. Prizes could be given to the winning team and to the team that donates the most money.

10. Terrifying Trivia. Trivia is very popular these days, so host some terrifying tidbits of your own. You could even make the questions Halloween-themed. All entrants can share a donation with the cause and split the winnings with a community nonprofit.

11. Boo Bonfire. Maybe your bonfire has games, food and other options available. Light up the night and raise some money with a fun community bonfire.

12. Costume Competition. Ah yes, the age old tactic. Costume competitions are always a joy for everyone involved, and are a great way to raise funds for those in need.

13. Trick and Treat. Finally, the big day: Halloween. If you or your little ones go trick or treating, do it with a purpose. Ask for any donations possible to give to a local nonprofit, and see how much money you can raise, while still having a great time.

Halloween is definitely a fun holiday, but it can also be so much more. Try out some of these fundraising tactics this year and see how you can celebrate Halloween altruistically.

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How Positive Thoughts Make You Healthier

Negativity. It’s all around us, on our social media feeds, on the news, even in our thoughts. Sometimes it seems like there is no way of avoiding it. Negativity can swallow us up, bring us down and ruin our days, weeks, months, life. And once you start feeling negative, it can be very difficult to push those thoughts out and focus on something else.

On the other hand, positivity is often a scarce commodity. In the effort toward living an altruistic lifestyle, positivity helps us stay focused on what is most important—moving forward—rather than being bogged down in negative circumstances.

Turns out, living a positive lifestyle has more benefits than just “feeling better.” Focusing on positive thoughts can actually impact your overall health. How, you ask? Today we dive in and see how positive thoughts can make you healthier.

1. Positive thinking fights depression.
What better way to fight depression and negative thinking than with positive thoughts? Recent studies have shown that one of the major factors leading to depression is negative self-talk. When you make the switch from pessimistic thinking to focusing on positivity, you combat depression and drastically change its effects. Now, this isn’t to say that depression in its entirety can be overcome simply by changing your mind, but it can help in resisting and refocusing your mind away from the depression.

2. Positive thinking decreases stress.
With positivity comes the release of happy hormones such as serotonin and endorphins. These hormones help to decrease our stress levels, making us feel more relaxed and energized. And, with decreased stress levels comes overall better health, including a better cardiovascular condition. When you refocus your mind on thinking more positively, you help to decrease your overall stress and improve health.

3. Positive thinking helps you live longer.
When your stress levels are decreased and your health is improved, you are more likely to live a longer life. A recent study in Denmark found that hospital patients who had a more positive outlook were 58% more likely to live at least another five years. Other studies have demonstrated that positive thoughts lead to a lower rate of death from illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension or diabetes. Sounds like a whole lot of benefits for one simple mindset change. So, if you’re hoping to avoid illness and live a long, happy life, start with a positive first step.

4. Positive thinking strengthens your immune system.
One of the reasons you live longer with positive thinking is because it strengthens your immune system. Thinking negatively has been known to cause greater electrical activity in areas of your brain, weakening your immune response and making you more susceptible to conditions such as the common cold or influenza. However, when you focus on positive thinking, this tends to have the opposite effect, and strengthen your immune system to fight off smaller—and sometimes larger—ailments.

5. Positive thinking gives you coping skills.
Finally, positive thinking gives you coping skills when your physical and mental health encounter difficulties in the future. For example, when something goes wrong, such as losing a job, having a strong positive thinking process makes you more likely to respond optimistically, helping you to overcome the challenge faster and bounce back quickly. The more you practice positivity, the more likely it is to have a lasting impact on your life.

If you want to feel better and live a healthier, more altruistic lifestyle, try implementing more positive thoughts into your self-talk. Next time you’re feeling down, turn that around and focus on positive aspects, and increase your overall wellbeing.

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Brain Injury Services Announces New Chair for the Board of Directors

Brain Injury Services, Inc., (BIS) announces the election of Kendel Paulsen as chair for the Board of Directors. Ms. Paulsen joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and replaces Rick Ferarro, of Deloitte, who served as chair for 9 years.

Ms. Paulsen is committed to being a servant leader and to volunteerism. In her two years of service at BIS she has represented its mission at many community-based events and has been a vocal state and county advocate for people with traumatic brain injury.

When asked why she joined Brain Injury Services, Kendel says, “I believe in the mission of this agency’s work and support their dedication to a community that is misunderstood and underserved. Brain Injury Services has been around for 28 years and there still continues to be opportunity to raise awareness about traumatic brain injury and to increase programs that serve children, women and men who have suffered a TBI from a concussion, stoke or even a sports-related injury.” She continues, “BIS is about bringing people from the darkness into their life.”

“Kendel has committed so much to our mission,” says Denise Hyater, executive director for Brain Injury Services. “She has been a strategic resource for fundraising and furthering the mission of BIS and we look forward to her leadership.”

Ms. Paulsen’s history of service includes volunteering with the American Red Cross, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Children’s Haven, Quigley House, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Melanoma Research Foundation and is a co-founder Miles for Melanoma, co-founder of Children’s House of Old Town; as well as, a variety of smaller initiatives with Burke Presbyterian Church, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Commonwealth Academy and ECHO.

Ms. Paulsen holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management. She has her own business, Purpose Driven Life Coaching, LLC. She lives in Burke VA with her husband Kevin Stenstrom and their three children Jacob, Ronan and Avery.