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3 Strategies for Genuine Community Involvement
Even if most of your clients are located in other parts of the globe, the place your business calls home is a huge part of your identity. When a company makes a point to get involved locally, it’s doing more than making new connections and getting its brand out there — it’s also making a positive impact on the place it calls home. Most companies experience a slowdown in the summer. Here are some strategies to take advantage of that lull and create a plan for your business to get involved in the community and be a good neighbor. Support a Local Charity Every town boasts its share of charities and nonprofits looking to make a difference. Find a cause you believe in, then help out. This
could mean donating a portion of your revenue to a local women’s shelter, volunteering as a company at the soup kitchen, or sponsoring a gala that raises money for a children’s hospital. Supporting charities demonstrates your values and attracts the kinds of customers who share them. Join a Parade This sounds unconventional, but sometimes it pays to think outside the box. Most towns put on a Fourth of July parade in the summer, so why not join in? Building a float could be a great team-building exercise, and a lot of people will turn up and see your mobile advertisement in the parade. Being in the parade shows that you’re part of the community, and when you top it all off by tossing candy to the kids, you’ll really make an impact.
Work With Local Schools Your company could donate school supplies or even sponsor a program. Art and music programs are often the first to suffer from budget cuts, so support from a local business could make a huge difference. Donate art supplies to the classroom, sponsor high school theater productions, or offer scholarships to help young musicians pay for new instruments. Keep the arts alive by helping the kids in your community do what they love. These suggestions require time and resources to pull off, but making the effort can transform your company from just another business in a sea of many to a pillar in your community.
Strange and Magical Beliefs of Ancient Dental Care A CURE FOR TOOTH WORMS P rior to the birth of modern dentistry, “I shall give thee the ripe fig, [and] the apricot.” Mesopotamia, you would see an ashipu , which is essentially a sorcerer. Your ashipu would
dental health involved a big dose of superstition and folklore. Here are a few strange things people used to believe about their teeth. A Case of Tooth Worms Starting in antiquity and persisting until the 18th century, there was a widespread belief that dental cavities, periodontitis, and toothaches were caused by tiny worms eating away the
“Of what use are they to me, the ripe fig and the apricot? Lift me up and among the teeth and the gums cause me to dwell! The blood of the tooth I will suck, and of the gum I will gnaw its roots!” Schedule a Checkup with Your Ashipu
diagnose the cause of your ailment, which often included determining which god or spirit was responsible. They would then prescribe some charms or spell to drive the spirit out. Magic in Your Smile Throughout medieval Europe, a number of superstitions about baby teeth took hold. In England, children were told to burn their baby teeth after they fell out, otherwise they would spend their entire afterlives looking for their lost teeth. Other traditions warned that if a witch got hold of a baby tooth, they would have power over that child. Parents would burn baby teeth to protect their children. Scientific research has successfully debunked all of these old myths, though to be honest, patients might be more willing to floss if they had tooth worms to worry about.
Ancient Mesopotamians were very concerned with dental
inside of the tooth. The earliest mention of these fictitious worms is from a Babylonian cuneiform tablet, “The Legend of the Worm”:
care. Hundreds of records from Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian physicians have been discovered with recommendations for dealing with anything from gingivitis to bad breath. However, health care in Mesopotamia was a mix of medicine and magic. If you were suffering from a toothache in ancient
The worm went, weeping, before Shamash, his tears flowing before Ea: “What wilt thou give for my food? What wilt thou give me for my sucking?”
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