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Let someone ahead of you in the checkout line

You know what its like to be in a checkout line with just a few items, and the people in front of you have overflowing cars. Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm.  Next time you’re at the store and someone comes up behind you with only a couple things in a basket, let them go in front of you. It only slows you down by a minute, but saves that person ten minutes.

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Offer up your parking spot at the mall

Remember how frustrated you were when you were looking for a parking spot?  Circling around, following people walking to the car, only to have them cross through to a different row?  Good, now that you’ve done your shopping, think of the next person. When you’re in the row your car is parked in, wave to a desperate driver searching for a parking spot to have them follow you. And jeepers, once you’re in your car, don’t spend 1o minutes fixing your hair before you back out!!

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Help someone turn a selfie into a great group shot

You see people taking selfies everywhere. Some folks just love the angles and goofy smiles you can catch in a selfie, but when you see a group of 2 or 3 people doing a selfie (is it still called a selfie if there are three people in it?), they may really just want a nice shot.  And no one has long enough arms for that. Next time you see people struggling, offer to take the photo for them.

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Here’s a surprising way to relieve neck pain

I’ve spent way too much time hunched over my laptop lately, so not surprisingly I’m feeling a lot of pain in my neck. I did stretching exercises, took Advil, even got my wife to rub my neck but it still hurt.

So I went looking for some new stretch and strengthening exercises, and read that there’s an acupressure point on the back of your HAND that can help a stiff NECK.  Of course I was skeptical because I’ve never tried any kind of alternative medicine before, but what the heck, I gave it a try. Note that my pain was on the left side of my neck so I had to find the acupressure point on my right hand, evidently the wiring is crisscrossed in your body. Here’s what I did:

I put my left pointer finger between the two bones on the back of my right hand, just above the knuckles of my pointer and middle finger, and made small circles, while also turning and tilting my head like I had done previous mornings to no avail. And within 5 minutes I had much less pain and a greater range of motion.

Hopefully this can help other people with neck pain “Feel Good”, post a comment below if you try it and it works, or if you think I’m crazy and just imagined that it feels better.

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Purpose motivates us more than rewards

I wasn’t very motivated to work on something this morning, in fact I’ve been procrastinating on it for a week. You’ve done it, we’ve all done it. It reminded me of what Dan Pink had to say about motivation in this video, one of my favorite TED videos.

Most business executives think people are motivated by money and tangible rewards. As Dan tells us, there are greater sources of intrinsic motivation, one being the feeling of purpose, which he defines as the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. That’s what ThinkGood is creating, folks.

Watch the video to learn about all three intrinsic motivators and let us know what you think.