Satisfy that wanderlust: How travel benefits mental health


In case you’re feeling stuck, burning out, or getting caught up in the stresses of daily life, there’s always travel as an option. It’s recommended to take a vacation and have a much needed change of scenery, but what does packing your bags and getting on the road actually do to your mental well-being? Here are some points to consider, according to Psych Central.


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It enhances creativity

Creativity has been linked to neuroplasticity, or how the brain is being wired, so it means your brain is influenced by experiences and environments you’re in. One way to boost your creative juices is to immerse yourself somewhere new, engage with the local culture, and embrace the varying ways to live.

It affects your personality

Since travel gets you out of your comfort zone, it entails adapting to the change, which then fortifies the “openness” of your personality. This makes you less emotionally reactive to changes that strike every day and enhances emotional stability. It doesn’t hurt that meeting new people can make you more agreeable!

It relieves stress

Travel is the great escape, providing the novelty and change you crave in the form of new sights, sounds, and sensibilities. Freed up from the usual commitments and relationships, you can reset your body and mind when you get away.

It boosts happiness – even before you go

It’s not only during and after a trip that travel makes you happy. In a study, the mere anticipation of going on a holiday can boost your mood.

It strengthens relationships

Traveling with your other half can improve your relationship, which in turn can affect your own mental wellness positively.


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Scott Jay Abraham is a industrial interior designer, fearsome traveler, blogger, and a diehard Golden State Warriors fan. Follow him on Twitterfor more updates.


Apology Bow: What Dogs Are Actually Trying To Say


If you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ve already seen it: the face a dog makes when it knows it did something that will upset you. Big eyes, bowed head. We recognize it as a dog being guilty, and it is the cutest thing in the world!


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But there is actually a scientific explanation to this behavior. According to a study by Nathan H. Lents, a molecular biologist with the City of University of New York, they have inherited the trait from their wolf relatives.

Wolves are social creatures needing the approval of its peers to feel accepted. When a playful wolf bites too hard, it will be spurned by the pack for bad behavior, and in order to return and be accepted again, the wolf must approach with an apology bow.

Dogs will do the same thing after it felt it is being punished. Lents wrote, “As social animals, they crave harmonious integration in the group and neglect or isolation is painful for them.”


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A dog will do its apologetic bow regardless of whether it disobeyed or not, as long as it feels it is being punished. So the gesture is more of an apology rather than showing a feeling of guilt. Lents summarizes it as a dog’s way of saying, “Can we be friends again?”

Hi I’m Scott Jay Abraham. I’m an interior industrial designer. I like to travel to odd places and take photographs. I enjoy walking my dog Shadow. Visit my page to learn more about me.

Interior Design Trends Of 2017


2017 will be a year filled with bright, cheery colors, happy motifs, and some. Here are the top interior design trends that will rule 2017.

Bright Green : Green is named the “2017 Pantone Color of the Year.” Thus, expect to see this color in home décor and fashion. Green represents refreshment and revitalization.


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Mixed Patterns : First seen at New York Fashion Week in fall 2016, this design will find its place in home décor this year. Mixed patterns resemble a complex mood. So if you like sophistication, go for this design.

Navy Blue : Accenting your room with this hue is the way to go. It will be the new black this 2017. Navy blue is easy to pair with any color scheme.


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DIY replaced by Artisan-made décor : For years, home designers have opted in DIY décors pulled from Pinterest and Instagram. But this year, we’ll see a return to artisanal décor. We’ll see materials made from glass, clay, porcelain and wood, things that require a high level of skill to accomplish.

Scott Jay Abraham here. I’m an industrial designer from San Francisco, California, who loves traveling. I also love walking my dog Shadow. Follow me on Twitter for more of my adventures.

A splash of this: How colors in the workplace influence productivity


Many factors affect employee productivity. Business executives are taught how to be better engaged with their workers along with other leadership qualities. There are also internal considerations to note. Yet there are external choices to decide on. One of these is the color scheme of the workplace. Financial studies show that properly utilizing colors at the office drastically impacts how employees relate to each other and work. Some generalizations are described below:

Greens and blues: These cool tones make employees feel calm and relaxed. Some medical surveys even found that the color blue can help lower heart rates and decrease blood pressure. Green, on the other hand, is easy on the eyes and reduces eyestrain. This is why blackboards in classrooms are typically painted green. This elementary device can be applied at the professional level. It must be noted that jewel tones and dark blue can evoke feelings of sadness.

Yellows and oranges: These hues energize employees. Orange makes individuals enthusiastic while yellow is welcoming and helps stimulate memories. These colors, however, should be used sparingly in the workplace since orange stimulates appetite and yellow can evoke feelings of anger or frustration when overdone.


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Reds: The bright shade increases brain wave activities and heart rates. As such, it should be used as an accent color because it can overstimulate employees. Red is a particularly suggested color for areas where employees work late at night.

Neutrals: White, light gray, or cream can help tone down brighter colors. These colors do not evoke any emotion and are good base colors. Brown can evoke warm feelings but can make a room look dark.


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It is best to speak with an interior designer to ascertain the correct shadings and placement for a specific area.

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A Hot Dog: How To Take Care Of a Dachshund

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Taking care of dogs (or any pet for that matter) is a huge commitment. So for kids who want to adopt or buy a dog, you need to be ready for the responsibility it entails. Dachshunds, in particular, require slightly different caring from other dogs. Here’s a few tips on taking car of your pet:


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Dog-proof your house

When you decide to get a dog, the first order of business is to adjust your home for the little bugger. Be sure wires are safely plugged or hidden and there aren’t any choking hazards left of the floor. It’s also important to get all your doggy essentials beforehand like food bowl, pet bed, and stock up on quality dog food.

Carry them up the stairs (when you can)

This is a breed specific requirement. Because of the Dachshunds’ body structure, they are prone to back injuries like disk problems. When you can, carry them up the stairs so they won’t have any back problems as they grow old.


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Watch their weight

Despite how cute fat and fluffy dogs are, obese dogs aren’t exactly healthy and can cause many health risks. This is especially true for this particular breed. Becoming overweight can cause unwanted back issues so it’s good to watch their diet and also to walk and play with them often.

Hi, I’m Scott Jay Abraham and I have a dachshund named Shadow. For more care tips for dogs (and other pets), like this Facebook page.

Office Space Jam: Personalize Your Office Space


I have friends who are office dwellers—the types who camp out in the office with boxes of cereal and snacks while drafting a presentation the following day. These friends always complain about being stuck in a boring cubicle that reminds them how routine-dependent their jobs are. While I don’t believe that their jobs are entirely boring, I think that they can do some things that would make their workspaces livelier. Blame the interior designer in me but white walls and L-shaped desks are a blank canvas that I’d like to play with.

For those who would like a more vibrant office space, there are simple details they can add to make their spot stand out. Adding a photo board of the places you’d like to visit could be a good motivation or a calming sight during a stressful day. If you prefer posting motivational quotes, that’s also good as long as it’s tastefully placed. Or if you dabble in music or love movies, album or movie posters are a good touch.


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Decorating your table with accents that are in your favorite colors can give a laid-back feel while you’re working. If you’re into woodsy accents, choose penholders, coasters, mouse pads, and other accessories of a similar design. If you love geometric patterns, do the same with the organizers, covers, and other knickknacks in your desk. Even if it’s an office space at the corner of a room, put a little bit of your personality in it and own that territory.


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Scott Jay Abraham here, an industrial interior designer from San Francisco, California. I’m also an avid traveler, and I usually bring along with me my pet dog and usual companion, Shadow, in almost all of my getaways. Oh, and we’re both rooting for the Golden State Warriors. Subscribe to blog to know more about me.

Diving in Bonaire: From Karpata to Hilma Hookers


With a warm, dry climate year-round and an effortless access to magnificent underwater gardens, Bonaire is easily one of the top diving destinations in the Caribbean. It caters to a number of avid snorkelers and divers who are keen on taking a closer glimpse of the island’s astonishing natural environment. Lucky me, I was able to explore four of its top diving sites last year:


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Alice in Wonderland.
This dive demands divers to take caution on their depth gauge while delving into the wonders of the double reef. The depth of this popular dive ranges from 30 to 100 feet.

Hilma Hooker.
Lying 60 to 100 feet below water surface, this site features a sunken cargo ship that has been covered with stunning orange coral across the decades. This wreck is home to a wide variety of marine species, including eels, barracudas, and tarpons.

Known for its dramatic underwater landscape, Karpata is a visual Mecca for photographers, both amateur and professional. This world-class dive offers enormous elkhorn coral formations, in addition to a remarkable marine wildlife. Moreover, Karpata caters to all levels of divers with its 18 to 100 feet depth.


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One Thousand Steps.
Although it takes more than just 1,000 steps from the beach shore to get to this popular site, One Thousand Steps is outright phenomenal. It possesses a high temple-like star coral formation where different reef creatures thrive. In its hollow cores, divers may keep an eye out on male sergeant majors guarding their eggs. In addition, this 20- to 100-feet dive offers an encounter with manta rays, whale sharks, and hawkbill turtles.

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