Listen and Speak Compassionately

Inspiration, Motivation, Speaking, Listening, Communicating
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Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you. -Unknown

Have a productive and wonderful day!


Every Box Top Helps

Box Tops for Education, Schools, Labels for Education

The staff of InKnowvative Concepts clipped, collected and donated Box Tops for Education™ labels and Labels for Education™ to one of our area schools. Box Tops for Education™ was born when in 1996 General Mills wanted to create a program to help support education that would benefit America’s schools.

Box Tops for Education, Schools, Education Labels
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By Clipping Box Tops, schools are able to earn cash to buy things like computers, books, and playground equipment. According to BTFE, by 2010, schools across the nation had earned over $320 million. Brands such as Ziploc®, Hefty®, Kleenex®, Scott® Pillsbury™, Old El Paso™ and Green Giant™ products were added to the program. Be sure to check with the Coordinator at your child’s school or a school you select to support, then clip, collect and donate before you recycle those containers.

Although the Labels for Education™ program is coming to a close, click here for more information about the Box Tops for Education™ program and participating schools in your area. Believe us, your contributions, no matter how small, can make a huge difference.

8 Things That Create Public Restroom Anxiety

Public Restrooms, Germaphobic, Toilet Anxiety

8 Things That Create Public Restroom Anxiety
By Kym Gordon Moore

Did you know that toilet or restroom phobias are more common than we think? Clinicians classify these phobias as anxiety disorders and a form of social phobias.

After taking an unofficial poll from random individuals regarding their thoughts about public restrooms this question was asked, “Can you name one of your biggest pet peeves when using public restrooms?” Interestingly, before they answered the question, simultaneously a strange and sudden snarl of the lip along with a look of disgust appeared.

Germaphobia is one of the conditions that heighten restroom anxiety especially when patrons are dining in a popular eating establishment. The following pet peeves are, but not limited to the overall concern patrons have with public restrooms, whether it’s in a department store, movie theater, sports stadium, office building or interstate rest area.

1. Foul odor

2. Empty toilet paper dispenser

3. Empty soap dispenser

4. Wads of paper on the floor

5. Empty paper towel dispenser

6. Overflowing waste baskets

7. Filthy toilets and urinals

8. Dirty floors and discolored build up on tile grout

If any of these answers sound remotely familiar to you, guess what? You are not alone. One often wonders about the type of hygienic habits many individuals practice at home when they do not respectfully use public bathrooms as we expect them to or have the common courtesy to avoid leaving a repulsive mess afterward. People should not simply assume that someone else is paid to clean up their mess that looks like a crime scene when they are done.

Fear and anxiety resulting in such phobias work on the mind and sends signals where the imagination envisions invisible germ monsters permeating through the air, creeping from the pores, cracks, and crevices in walls, floors, vents, toilets, and door handles. Such anxiety disorders can mimic traits of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or agoraphobia.

Parcopresis is a type of phobia where sufferers fear sitting down on toilets or being confined to the tightly enclosed space of the bathroom stall, with the inability to defecate in public toilets. Paruresis is a disorder affecting individuals who are unable to urinate regardless of how much discomfort they may be in.

Such symptoms can be stressful and crippling, but there are treatments for these disorders such as hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Business establishments have an obligation to provide and maintain clean restroom hygiene which is a direct reflection on their overall customer service ethic.

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