April Newsletter - Celebrate and Acknowledge

Posted by Mindy Tulsi-Ingram on 2nd Apr 2024

April Newsletter - Celebrate and Acknowledge

April is a month of celebration and acknowledgement, marked with a variety of events.

Tuesday April 9 – Eid Al-Fitr

Eid (“festival” or “feast” in Arabic) marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and the date varies according to the sighting of the moon. It is commemorated by a large community prayer service in the morning, followed by meals and celebrations with family and friends.

Monday April 22 – Earth Day
Originated in 1970 to recognize the importance of sustainable practices to appreciate and respect the environment. (Read more about Earth Day below)

The observance of Earth Day has blossomed and is acknowledged around the world through activities relating to appreciating and respecting our environment.

Click here on how to Incorporate a fun corporate Earth Day event.

Wednesday April 24 – Administrative Professionals’ Day

April 24th is Administrative Professional Day. The day to say thank you to your office coordinators, assistants, and receptionists. Celebrate them and take a moment to say thank you to those competent hands that "move" your company.

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Remember to acknowledge their contributions throughout the year. And personalize your message by including an example or success story.

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The Power of Smell 
As the first quarter of the year winds down, April brings us a sense of a happiness and optimism, and spring to our steps.

We all look forward to the colour, beauty and scent of the hyacinth, lilac, crocus and other spring flowers, and our optimism increases as the days get longer.

The increased sunshine, the scent of flowers, and seeing new buds on the trees increases our anticipation of the days ahead and enhances our mood.

The University of Pittsburgh found that certain scents from the past bring back memories from years ago, and familiar smells and memories can help fight depression and curb negative thoughts and put you in a better mood.

Planting flowers or having plants and cut flowers in your home enhances your mood and even results in faster healing.

Humans have around 400 different types of smell receptors, and the odours molecules activate the nerve cells in our nose, creating a sense of smell. Not everyone experiences the same sense of smell as the genes cause us to respond in different ways.

We all know how important the sense of smell is. When I lost my sense of smell after contracting COVID, it was nerve-wracking and very worrisome. I really missed the smell of my morning coffee.

Smells affect taste, too.

The taste buds in your mouth detect sweet, salty, sour, and savoury, but your nose detects aroma, which when combined with taste creates flavour, enhancing our food experience.

The scent of lavender helps you sleep.

Not only is the smell appealing, but the chemicals in lavender are also absorbed into the bloodstream, having a sedating effect, reducing anxiety, and lowering our heart rate.

Rain and the Smells in Nature

The fresh earthy smells after a rainfall occur when the plant oils are released from the ground. We find the smell fresh and pleasant as we are conditioned to appreciate the benefits of rain.

Through association, we may understand why cut grass smells so good as we connect it with summer weather and outside activities, it has been shown that plants emit compounds in response to damage and these are useful in attracting insects.

Dogs have a heightened sense of smell, and they are often trained for search and rescue activities to use this ability. They can also smell fear in humans, by detecting changes in the chemicals we secrete through our skin as well as being highly sensitive to our body language.

They are also aware of changes in human odours on our skin, in our breath, and have been able to detect diseases such as Parkinson’s, cancer, and diabetes.

It has been proven that odors trigger more vivid memories either by reminding us of something pleasant in our past, or as a response to food and other stimulants. Realtor often use this connection between scent and memory by baking bread or an apple pie in the oven just before an open house. People walk in, smell the scent of baked goods, and relate it to a warm, homey atmosphere, making the property more appealing for purchase.

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