Happy Herald - Family Feature https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8522-1-family-feature.html <![CDATA[Tap into Employer Benefit Resources in Times of Uncertainty ]]> As part of a report on mental health, employee benefits company Unum found nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of working adults feel big life events can have a major impact on their mental health.]]> <![CDATA[Five Tips to Reduce Your Pet’s Environmental Pawprint ]]> According to a 2019 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 67 percent of families across the country have at least one dog or cat, which is why it’s important to think about how your furry friends affect the planet..]]> <![CDATA[Get Away Without Going Away]]> However, a staycation – a vacation you take right in your hometown (or nearby) – can be much less expensive and fit into nearly any amount of available time with the added bonus of skipping out on potentially stressful travel..]]> <![CDATA[Celebrate Agriculture]]> Each American farmer feeds about 165 people, according to the Agriculture Council of America, an organization comprised of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing public awareness of agriculture’s role in modern society.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Skin Care 101]]> Cold weather can take a real toll on your skin. Dry skin can lead to discomfort and if neglected, can affect your skin’s elasticity, and trigger outbreaks of irritated skin..]]> <![CDATA[Maximizing Family Time]]> Building strong connections with trusted adults can give kids a sense of security and a better foundation for achieving their potential. Make spending time together a priority with these engaging activity ideas that allow the whole family to get in on the fun.]]> <![CDATA[Manage Grief with Grace this Holiday Season]]> Mental and physical preparation are your best tools for managing the feelings that may accompany holidays. While family members, particularly children, may want things to be as they’ve always been, the reality is things have changed. It can also be a time to create new traditions and memories that honor your absent loved one.]]> <![CDATA[Emergency Preparedness Tips to Help Ensure Pet Safety]]> When it comes to managing pet safety during an emergency, the unpredictable can make the preparation process even more difficult. Regardless of a pet’s size or demeanor, without proper planning, a disaster can take a toll on a pet. Keep in mind that all pets are different, particularly when the unexpected occurs.]]> <![CDATA[Steps to Better Sleep for Peak Sports Performance]]> For fans and athletes alike, fall means gearing up for a new season of sports activities. While plenty of attention goes into developing skills and talent, other important components that affect an athlete’s performance can be overlooked.]]> <![CDATA[The Benefits of Service Dogs]]> Service animals are recognized under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The designation is limited to dogs that are trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. In some cases, these tasks are highly physical in nature, such as guiding a person who is blind or pulling a wheelchair.]]> <![CDATA[Make Sense of Doggy Dental Care]]> Knowing there’s a problem with your pet’s mouth starts by understanding what a healthy dog’s mouth should look like. Teeth should be intact (not jagged or broken) and free of plaque and tartar buildup. Tongues should be moist without any lumps or cuts and gums should be salmon pink, though some dogs naturally have black or black and pink gums.]]> <![CDATA[Pet Health Tips for an On-the-Go Lifestyle]]> People who lead busy lives often seek convenient and healthy choices when it comes to taking care of their own well-being. For pet parents, a little creativity can make it easy to deliver the same level of care for their beloved pets, even when the pace of life accelerates.]]> <![CDATA[Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors]]> Without proper support, seniors may face a wide range of issues including limited mobility, chronic conditions, improper nutrition and feelings of loneliness. For example, older adults can have problems chewing or may take medications which interfere with their appetites.]]> <![CDATA[Memorable Family Moments Educational activities ideal for making memories together]]> You can explore the challenges facing endangered species, discover how community programs are spurring positive change for conservation and learn more at aza.org. After learning about animals that need help, you can visit zebrapen.com/aza for fun kids’ games, coloring pages and other activities that encourage creativity.]]> <![CDATA[6 Ways to Help Your Dog Maintain Calm Behavior]]> Summer can be a stressful time of year for dogs that experience anxious behaviors, with triggers like fireworks, thunderstorms, summer travel and more taking a toll on pets. While you may not be able to prevent your pet’s anxious behaviors entirely, there are ways you can ease your dog’s apprehension and manage the behavior it can potentially cause.]]> <![CDATA[Mindful Tips from Mandy Moore for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer]]> With plans of trips and relaxation on the horizon, it can be easy to give your wellness routine a vacation too. Before you jet set off on your next adventure, take a moment to be consciously aware of how your mind and body may react to an overly active and jam-packed summer schedule.]]> <![CDATA[To Dad, With Love]]> Truth be told, your company is probably all Dad really needs, but you can help deliver a little something he wants with these diverse ideas for all different kinds of dads. Remember, the secret to great gifting is giving something that shows you know and care about his personal interests.]]> <![CDATA[Bucket List Travel Destinations for 2019]]> “Often, would-be vacationers get so hung up on figuring out where they want to go, they forget to consider what they’ll do when they get there,” said Matthew Phillips, director of travel for AARP Services, Inc.]]> <![CDATA[5 Tips to Successfully Bring a New Pet into Your Home]]> “When you consider an option like adoption, you can make sure one less dog or cat is living in a shelter while also providing the gift of unconditional love to a furry friend in need,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities, which helps find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year.]]> <![CDATA[Hug More, Stress Less]]> As one example, sharing a hug with a loved one has been found to boost immune system responses, help fight disease and increase overall health, according to an article published by The Guardian. Hugs increase serotonin, which is the body’s natural antidepressant, can be a natural sleep aid and help reduce stress and anxiety.]]>