In the February edition of Jensen’s Healthy Home News, you’ll learn that love may be the most important factor in keeping us healthy and young. Read all about that in our cover story and learn about best practices for self-love in Healthy talk on page 2. You’ll also find Joel’s carpet tip, some thoughts about snow days, February Fun Facts and lots more. As always, the new issue of Jensen’s Healthy Home News includes the Mega Trivia Question—the first six people who call with the correct answer will win a $15 gift certificate to Pizza Ranch. Click Jensen’s Healthy Home News to download the complete newsletter. Here are some highlights:
Love may very well be the most important factor in keeping us healthy and young. Thousands of hours of research show that love and intimacy (or lack of them) are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing:
Being alone increases our chances (by between two and five times) of getting ill and dying young, no matter how healthily we live.
Among patients who survive heart disease, the ones who did best after five years weren’t married, but had someone to confide in. The next healthiest were patients who were married and had a confidant. Following were those who were married but didn’t have a confidant. The group members who were unmarried and had no close friend to talk to did worst; half died within five years!
You’d think that the more people you talk to the more likely you’d catch a cold from one of them. But research has found the exact opposite… The wider variety of people you talk to often – including partners, children, neighbors, co-workers, fellow volunteers, etc. – the lower your chances of getting the symptoms of a cold, even if you’ve been infected. Experts speculate that if you’re meeting lots of people you’ll be happier and therefore have a stronger immune system.
When women marry, they cut their chances of dying young by half. Men reduce their chances of dying young by five times when they’re married. Researchers found that married people are most likely to take better care of themselves, for example, by eating breakfast, wearing seatbelts, exercising regularly, etc. Their healthier habits may also explain why they spend fewer days in bed ill, half as much time in the hospital, and are less likely to become disabled as they get older.
Happily married men live eight to ten years longer than single or divorced men. Happily married women live three to four years longer than single or divorced women.
Women who are in happy relationships are less prone to strokes and heart attacks after menopause, when they’re most at risk for heart-related problems. Single women and women involved in dissatisfying relationships are significantly worse off than women in happy relationships in terms of heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Lonely people, particularly single men, who don’t have deep friendships, have higher stress and blood pressure, don’t get as much sleep and are more hostile.
Displays of affection, like hugging or kissing, between people in committed, meaningful relationships can help heal the sick and soothe away worries. The act of touching increases the production of oxytocin, a chemical that affects the emotional centers of the brain and can trigger warmer feelings of affection. Positive touch also boosts the immune system, stabilizes blood pressure levels, relieves stress, and produces endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever.
Fall in love all over again… with your carpet…
Five reasons why if you call us today – you’ll love your carpet tomorrow!
Love is in the air this month so we’ve arranged for you to fall in love with your carpet again. Too many people neglect their poor carpet this time of year, thinking they need to wait for sunny spring days before they give us a call. So we’re here to change all that. Here are five reasons to love your carpet by calling us today…
1: You get prime choice in our little black book (schedule book that is!)
February is usually a really slow month for us so that means you don’t have to wait for an appointment. We can usually accommodate you and your carpets within a day or two this time of year. So call today and clean tomorrow.
2: You save lots of money!
Because this is our “off season” so-to-speak, you’ll get great savings and discounts. So now you have more money to spend on life’s necessities like roses and chocolates. (See our special offer below!)
3: Love your carpet and it will love you back with healthier indoor air.
We’ll bet you’re spending more time indoors this time of year. That means you probably want your indoor air to be healthy and clean. Cleaning your carpet cleans your indoor air. Just imagine, with every step you take right now you are releasing thousands of pollutants and allergens into your home’s air. Call us today and you will breathe easier tomorrow.
4: You’ll be toasty warm inside!
A lot of people don’t like to clean in the winter because they think we’re going to leave their door open and let in all the cold air. But it isn’t so! We have special door covers to keep you warm inside and the cold outside. Plus, with our unique drying process your carpets will dry almost as fast as they do on those hot summer days!
5: Fall in love with your carpet again.
Love is in the air so don’t neglect your carpet. If you’re putting off a much needed cleaning until spring… irreparable damage and wear could result. If it’s been at least six months since your last cleaning, soils and dirt trapped deep inside your carpet are breaking down and wearing your carpet’s fibers. Call us today and after we clean you will fall in love with your carpet like you did when it was brand new. Plus, you’ll be protecting your investment so check out this great offer below…
February’s “fall in love again…with your carpet” special
If you clean in February you get a special opportunity to take advantage of our “off season” discount–$15 off your carpet cleaning. Click the “Special Offer” button on the home page for details…And if you are worried about cold air getting in/hot air escaping during your cleaning. Forget about it. We go to great lengths to minimize your home’s heat loss during winter cleaning.
Snow days: nuisance or not?
Snow can be a nuisance when it comes to shoveling driveways and sidewalks…And, snow can be a beautiful and fun addition to the winter season. There are many things you can do with snow beyond just shoveling it. Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of the snowy season. One of the most popular things to do with snow is to build a snowman. This is a fun activity for both children and adults, and it is a great way to get outside and enjoy the winter weather.
To build a snowman, you will need three large balls of snow, a carrot for the nose, sticks or twigs for the arms, and other items such as buttons, coal, or a scarf for decoration. Another popular activity to do with snow is to go sledding or tubing. This is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors, and it is also a fun activity to do with friends and family. If you don’t have a sled or tube, you can also use a plastic saucer, a piece of cardboard, or even a garbage bag to slide down a hill.
If you’re looking for a more peaceful activity, you can also take a walk in the snow. Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the winter landscape and get some exercise. Snowshoeing is also a great way to see wildlife, as many animals are more active in the winter. If you’re looking for something more challenging, you can try cross-country skiing. This is a great workout, and it is a great way to explore the winter landscape. If you’re new to cross-country skiing, you may want to take a lesson or two to learn the basics. Finally, you can also try ice skating on a frozen pond or lake. This is a great way to enjoy the winter weather, and it is a fun activity to do with friends and family. If you don’t have access to a frozen pond or lake, you can also find indoor ice skating rinks in many cities.
So, next time it snows, don’t just see it as a nuisance, but as an opportunity to have fun and enjoy the winter.
Making snow ice cream
It’s likely that your grandparents made snow ice cream when they were kids, and your grandchildren will like it too. This delicious treat is simple to make and, according to nutritionists, safe to eat if you use fresh, clean (non-yellow) snow from un-trafficked areas. Here’s the recipe:
Ingredients: 1 cup cream, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 quarts clean, compacted snow.
Directions: Mix cream, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Add snow and stir well. Serve immediately. Enjoy!