"Caring" means acting on a commitment to your own physical and mental health and wellness. The reason caring is important is because human beings are much better equipped to help others when they are also taking care of themselves.
Put on your oxygen mask first, before you help the child next to you.
"It's how we do business that sets us apart," says Brent Blake, President of Acendas, a Kansas City-based corporate and vacation travel company that is leading the industry in managing the risk of today's travel, offering clients an array of services to reflect the travel industry's growing demands. "Our strategic recommendations combine thought leadership with cost reduction technologies, intelligent data analysis and traveler health and safety policies to ensure a strong, well-managed travel program."
Taking care of travelers is a top priority. That's good for clients, and good for business. "The stability of our ownership, combined with considerable travel industry experience, allows us to successfully execute customized travel solutions for clients around the world."
Acendas, led by Brent and Co-President Gary Davis, was founded as All About Travel in 1982. Its growth has ranked the company as a Top 25 Travel Management Company in the country, thanks to a commitment to utilizing the latest technology and hiring the most experienced personnel to provide clients with unmatched expertise and service.
Acendas' structure as a joint venture with BCD Travel makes it a global powerhouse, and it allows Acendas' clients to take advantage of BCD’s industry leading technology solutions and proprietary corporate travel discounts, as well as a variety of global resources. BCD Travel is comprised of over 1,300 locations across the U.S. and more than 3,000 offices around the world.
Is philanthropy good for your health? According to more and more emerging research, the answer is absolutely.
The Cleveland Clinic reports that philanthropy is associated with several health benefits, including lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem, less depression, lower stress levels, longer life and, perhaps most importantly, greater happiness.
Happiness and philanthropy are deeply connected. "Despite worries like international conflict, climate change, and trans fats,” writes Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project, “we enjoy an extraordinary degree of affluence and security. This prosperity allows us to turn our attention to more transcendent matters—to yearn for lives not just of material comfort, but of meaning, balance, and joy.”
Indeed, in so many ways, the act of giving is an expression of gratitude and a search for meaning, which in turn leads to happiness. In a series of studies at the University of California, people categorized as “grateful” reported feeling 25 percent more happiness and energy—and 20 percent less envy and resentment—than ungrateful people. Americans want to be happy and healthy. More and more Americans want their experiences with philanthropy to be an important component of self-worth, satisfaction, and pursuing a meaningful life.