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The Number Of Trees Around You Can Affect Your Income, Here’s Why

The Number Of Trees Around You Can Affect Your Income, Here’s Why

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    Trees are more than just majestic in how they look. They provide a range of environmental, economical, and even social benefits that improve our quality of life. Trees clean our air, purify water, reduce our energy costs, and beautify our communities. People living in a community with more trees reported that their quality of life improved to the point of feeling up to 7 years younger, and making up to $10,000 more a year.

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    Trees make you feel healthier and feel younger! A recent study published in the journal Nature, “Neighborhood Greenspace and Health in a Large Urban Center,” led by a group of researchers in Toronto, Canada showed that people who live in neighborhoods with a higher density of trees on their streets reported significantly better health, and less cardiometabolic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, obesity, and more.

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      Maybe money does really grow on trees- At least in some cities.

      During the same study, using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s natural resource inventory and satellite imagery, researchers gathered economic data, including income, land prices, and disposable income.

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      They found that for every 1 percent increase in per capita income, demand for forest cover increased by 1.76 percent. But when income dropped by the same amount, demand decreased by 1.26 percent. The researchers found that wealthier cities can afford more trees, both on a private and public property. The rich can afford larger lots, which can support more trees. On the public side, areas with larger tax bases can afford to plant and maintain more trees.

      Another study published in April in PLOS ONE gives us a picture of how unequal our cities are with regards to trees. The study revealed that high-income neighborhoods in the 7 selected cities were more likely to have a high tree population than low-income neighborhoods. Fortunately, many cities understand the value trees bring to their cities.  New York for one, is doing something to change that and started the Million Trees campaign that proposed to plant a million new trees over the next ten years.

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      How can trees increase your $$?

      • Trees planted near your home or business can lower air-conditioning and heating costs by decreasing energy use, thereby increasing income.
      • Landscaping your home with trees increases the value up to 15 percent, and will sell faster than a home without trees. The property values of an entire neighborhood or business district increase when there are trees planted as well.
      • Trees add beauty to communities and business districts. Studies show that people are more likely to slow down and linger at store windows and are willing to pay up to 12 percent more for goods and services, and spend a longer time shopping.
      • Office and industrial areas with wooded settings are in high demand. Employees that have a shady area to eat and walk during lunch and breaks are more productive and stress-free on the job. Employees without a view of nature from their desks reported 23% more illnesses than those with a view.
      • Streets with little or no shade need to be repaved twice as often as those with tree cover.

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        Prefer the indoors?

        Having indoor plants can also improve your wellbeing. Indoor plants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours! Here are the top 10 indoor plants:

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        1. Rose Plant
        2. Devil’s Ivy
        3. Phalaenopsis
        4. English Ivy
        5. Parlor Ivy
        6. African Violets
        7. Christmas Cactus
        8. Yellow Goddess
        9. Garlic Vine
        10. Peace Lily

        Take all of these things, and you’ve got one powerful argument in favor of tree planting initiatives in all of our neighborhoods and cities.

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        Last Updated on December 2, 2018

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

        The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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        The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

        Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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        Review Your Past Flow

        Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

        Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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        Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

        Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

        Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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        Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

        Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

        We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

        Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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