Tiny Acts of Kindness

5 ways to help yourself by helping others

Do you love the idea of gratitude, but you don’t like waiting around for someone to do something nice for you to express it? Fear not, proactive and controlling one, we have another strategy. It’s random acts of kindness! You know, the small stuff that might brighten a coworker’s, or even a total stranger’s day. Doing something for someone else is one of the best ways to increase your own happiness. In fact, kindness and generosity have been linked to stronger relationships, better mental and physical health, and greater satisfaction in life overall.
 
Our advice? Start out small. Like, really small. Then, watch as your happiness grows. Here are 5 small things you can do to brighten someone else’s day:
 
1. Smile at a stranger. And if you’re brave, nod and say hello. With that simple gesture, the world instantly feels like a friendlier place. 

2. Allow someone to cut in front of you. Type As will go crazy, but just try it. Wave in the driver who is trying to merge in traffic. Allow the person with one or two items to jump ahead of you at the checkout line. See how it makes you feel to make someone else day go a little easier. 

3. Tell someone what you love about them. We’re not talking about a long, heart-felt convo (unless you’re up for that). Just a quick, “I love that you’re always so positive at work!” or, “I love how you answer the phone so politely.” You get the picture. A little love could be exactly what someone needs to hear to turn their day around. 

4. Intentionally take the inconvenient parking space. In your mind, focus on the idea that you’re leaving the convenient spaces for people who need them more than you do – like the elderly, pregnant women or parents with small children. You won’t see their gratitude necessarily, but you’ll feel your own generosity. Plus, you get a few more steps in by parking farther away. 

5. Call your mom (or any other relative you really should call). For many people, it’s tough to make time for these kinds of calls. If you’re a call dodger, alleviate the fear of getting stuck on the phone for hours by sweetly telling the person you’re reaching out to that you only have a few minutes to chat, but you wanted to check in and let them know you’re thinking about them. A few minutes to show that you care and an “I love you!” are a great place to start. 

Cool Foods

No heating required for these tasty low-temp treats

Fall may be right around the corner, but in many states across the country high temperatures tend to persist well into October. It you’re bored with BBQ, salads and sandwiches, these days are just right for indulging in the cold food trend. Easy, no-cook chilled food recipes have moved up to the next level with their eclectic ingredient combinations and unusual spice mixes. Both savory and sweet, these frosty ideas are generally packed with the healthy, tasty nourishment of raw fruits and veggies and easily prepared for both family and company.
 
Smoothie Bowls
Make a whole meal out of your favorite smoothie! Whether it’s avocado and kale, or a mix of fruits and almond or coconut milk, smoothie bowls couldn’t be easier to make. Put your favorite smoothie ingredients into a bowl and garnish with puffed rice cereal, cornflakes, granola, sliced fruits and berries, chia seeds, whatever your healthy heart desires! Drizzle with honey, syrup, or yogurt.
 
Glow Pops
Homemade popsicles can be created in a snap with a combination of juices in your fridge, or you can explore recipes with a more modern twist. Enliven your taste buds with an unusual combo of fruit and vegetable juices seasoned with a taste of cinnamon or chili powder plus a little milk and honey. For exotic popsicle creations check out Glow Pops by Liz Moody, named for her recipes formulated to make your skin glow, like her superfood recipe for Strawberry Cardamom Rose and Turmeric Golden Milk. These quick blender creations call for about an hour of freezer time before serving.
 
Cold Soups
Classic cold soups are back. Grab your mom’s favorite recipe or hit the web for revised versions for ideas. Cucumber, cantaloupe and watermelon soups are all great options, and new takes on gazpacho, like avocado and roasted veggie may become your now/old favorite.
 
Mocktails
Shaken, not stirred. Mocktails, ice cold non-alcoholic drinks, are the trendiest beverages for the day or night. They’re invented by mixologists at some of the best restaurants and hotel bars with the same care as a handcrafted cocktail. The drinks feature combinations of fresh herbs and spices, bitters, juices, and syrups to appeal to a sophisticated palate. If you have a cocktail shaker at home, look for a recipe that you find appealing and make it your house special!

Every Woman

Shedding light on the amazing women all around us

Every Woman is a series of articles where we take a moment to appreciate the strong, multifaceted women that embody what JAFRA is all about; some of them are employees, some of them are just amazing women we admire. We asked influencer, music and makeup artist, Monique Benabou what it took for her to become the inspirational woman she is today and here’s what she had to say:
 
 
1. Who or what has been the biggest positive influence in your life? 
I am so very fortunate to have the example of my amazing parents who immigrated to the United States 45 years ago. They brought their desire for a great life and tireless entrepreneurial work ethic with them. They exemplified the importance of dreaming; backing up their vision with hard work, integrity and desire to raise people up with them. Even through the hard times, they showed gratitude for what was there, making the most of everything and remaining hopeful. I learned so much watching my parents and I owe my optimistic, all inclusive mindset to them! 


2. What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome (in your lifetime, or just in the last year) as an entrepreneur?
The biggest hurdle I've overcome in the last year of my life has been handling professional success while maintaining a family balance. I had a lot of fear; of my relationship failing and of never having enough time to prioritize myself, my health and my professional career. I received some great personal development coaching that allowed me to have success as an entrepreneurial woman as well as a balanced and healthy home life.
 
I was able to breakthrough this fear by changing how I thought about my success.
I adopted the mantra, "Consistency is key!" Instead of focusing on accomplishing all of my goals at once - the well taken care of relationship and family, the professional success, the personal health and the financial freedom and security – I focused on, “filling each tank” a little every day. I also created "Office Hours," "Family Time" and "Me Time". Categorizing time like this helped me become more efficient, clear-minded and happy!
 
 
3. In your opinion, what’s the best thing about makeup? 
The best thing about makeup and being an influencer in this industry is the constant reminder to myself and others to PLAY! Makeup is fun; it allows us to connect with each other through that play and makes people feel beautiful. Makeup also invites one to create time to give back to yourself and fall in love with your face over and over again. I love my makeup journey and I love the community of men and woman here at JAFRA. It's one of the most fun and energizing parts of my life! 


4. What’s your advice for female entrepreneurs who question whether or not they have what it takes to follow their dreams? 
My advice to the female entrepreneurial community is to DREAM BIG, prioritize yourself as much as you prioritize others and lock into your WHY. When you’re clear on why you are doing what you're doing, you have the vision, energy and wherewithal to make it through those tough days, weeks, months and sometimes even seasons. Lastly, but most importantly, commit to developing yourself. The success and growth of your business is a direct reflection of how much you grow and develop yourself. I whole-heartedly attribute my success to this. 
 

5. How do you think JAFRA has impacted your life? How have you witnessed JAFRA effect the lives of others?
JAFRA has enriched my life by introducing a community of caring, inspirational people into my life! From corporate, to our super stars in the field working their business, there is no lack of love, passion and desire to raise each other up. This is HUGE for me and has given me a healthy and fun work environment with purpose and fulfillment. I get to support incredible men and women who are out there making their dreams come true, putting their kids through college and experiencing life in a way they never thought possible. I have witnessed this company change and grow people into their best selves, myself included! The team I work with at the Jafra corporate office has helped me grow into the influencer I am today, and the best thing about it is, I've been able to return the favor.
 

Why Women Rock in the Workplace

Gender intelligence and how it pays off

In their new book, Results At The Top, authors Barbara Annis and Richard Nesbitt say companies that practice what they call, “gender intelligence” are the ones to watch. What’s gender intelligence? Simply put, it’s an inclusive environment that not only actively seeks to include women in leadership and decision making, but also creates a culture where female management and decision making are valued as much as the more traditional, predominately male, style.
 
Annis, who heads up the Gender Intelligence Group says gender intelligent companies, “secure and retain the best talent, make better strategic decisions, produce more relevant products and achieve superior financial results.”

Indeed, research by the Glass Ceiling Research Center shows that the 25 best firms for women outperformed the industry medians on key measures of profitability. These companies had on average:
  • 34% higher profit margin
  • 18% higher asset value
  • 69% higher stockholder equity
Similar findings from a McKinsey Report titled, “Women Matter -- Women at the Top of Corporations” state that companies with more female leadership show the best performance. In comparing the top quartile of companies in terms of share of women in executive committees to companies that have all-male executive committees, researchers found that the companies with more female leaders outperformed the male-heavy companies by 41% in return on equity and by 56% in operating results.
 
What about the newest generation of working women? Well, they’re the best educated, most diverse-oriented and most confident generation of women yet. And millennials – male and female – are the most independent minded of any generation. Rather than take on traditional roles when it comes to work and family balance, researchers say millennials are highly flexible. In fact, more millennial women (66%) than men (56%) value career success. The bottom line: breadwinner moms and primary caregiver dads are on the rise, and just may be de rigueur in the future. 
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