Janet Davis Cleaners - February 2020

Science Wants You to Stop and Smell the Roses



For 80 -Plus Years

In a 2008 survey conducted by the National Trust in Britain, children were more likely to correctly identify a Dalek from “Doctor Who” than a barn owl. Likewise, a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study of 8–18-year-olds in the U.S. found that the average youth spends more than 53 hours a week engaged with entertainment media. These statistics, coupled with growing concerns that children are spending less time outdoors, are leading to terms like “nature deficit disorder” and global initiatives to get kids outside. Why is contact with the outdoors so important? Researchers are answering this question by studying the benefits of time spent in nature. One benefit is that outdoor time helps kids understand boundaries and learn how to assess risk. As naturalist, author, and broadcaster Stephen Moss puts it, “Falling out of a tree is a very good lesson in risk-reward.” Not to mention, time in nature may help improve focus for hyperactive kids. In one national study of youths by the University of Illinois, participants’ attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms were reduced after spending time in a green setting versus a more urban one. This may be due to the fact that natural environments call upon our “soft fascination,” a less exhausting type of focus than what is required by urban environments. Emotional benefits were discovered too, including reduced aggression, increased happiness, and improved self-esteem. Beyond just getting outside, the type of contact we have with nature also matters. Visits to nature centers and watching “Planet Earth” are two ways to experience the outdoors. But research points specifically to the importance of free play in the natural world: unstructured outdoor time when children can explore and engage with their natural surroundings with no curriculum, lesson, or activity to complete. Ever notice how kids are fascinated by the simplest things? A child visits a rose garden, but before they even get to the flowers, they become captivated by a leaf on the ground or an ant crawling on their shoe. Children are born naturalists. These are the moments we need to recapture. Take a page out of that kid’s book, and as the saying goes, stop and smell the roses — or leaves or ants — with no checklist and no plan, just time spent playing outside.

At Janet Davis Cleaners, we are dedicated to service. Ever since my family opened this business in 1938, we have operated off the same guiding principles. We love serving our community, and we work hard to meet the high standards set by previous generations of my family. For us, customer care is about more than just keeping your business. It’s also about upholding the Janet Davis standard that has been long established in this community. Delivering great customer service can mean removing a tough stain, delivering a quick turnaround, or having patience with our customers. Regardless of the situation, though, great customer care always means keeping our customers’ needs front and center. “Angela at Janet Davis Cleaners saved the day! I brought my daughter’s wedding dress in to have steamed less than two weeks before the wedding. Angela was very accommodating and assured me everything would be taken care of. Not only did they do an amazing job, but it was also finished two days early. Angela made me feel like my daughter’s dress was the only one that mattered! I would definitely recommend.” –Dawn P. “I had a midday flight scheduled and dropped off my favorite dress that same morning. They had it ready for me by noon. Very nice facility and professional staff. I will definitely be coming back.” –Nensi S. “My wedding dress was a mess, but it’s good as new now! Reasonably priced and the staff is great. I’m always toting a 4-year-old and an infant around with me, and they were very patient with us.” –Emily H. Whether you need a quick turnaround or a free at-home pick-up and delivery, we are ready to serve your cleaning needs in the Berkley and Bloomfield areas. Give us a call at (248) 543-0340 or visit JanetDavisCleaners.com to learn more! We want to thank our team for providing great customer service. Here are a few of the great things our customers are saying.

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