One Good Idea Can Change Your Life: Here’s proof!

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Heather Jose

One good idea can change your life.

The simpler it is, the better.

You could stop reading here—now that you’ve read those two powerful truths. They’re true for everyone and especially for caregivers. But if you leave, then you’ll miss the proof I want to share with you today.

Why does simplicity matter? We are busy people with multiple balls in the air. We all love hearing about good ideas that we can implement immediately—it doesn’t matter what generation you may be a part of. is all about sharing ideas like this. That’s why so many people read my recent column on how to talk to a sick friend or last week’s column in which I asked for ideas on how to help folks with little-known disorders. We want to help each other—one good idea at a time.

Case in point, have you seen the latest viral video? It’s on “How to Properly Use a Paper Towel.” I watched—and the words “Shake” and “Fold” have a whole new meaning! Seriously—I’m never going to dry my hands the same way again.

One viewing. I’m changed.

Take a minute to watch and tell me if it won’t change you as well. After you’ve seen the video, please leave a comment. Do you have an idea you’d be willing to share? Come on—leaving a comment only takes a moment.

PLEASE, leave a comment below—even if it’s just a quick reaction. AND, this week, Dr. Wayne Baker also is discussing “one thing” with readers in the OurValues project.

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  1. Beth says

    Most Westerners leave the water running while brushing their teeth. Traveling to developing nations where water is scarce has taught me the importance of simply turning the water on ONLY to rinse your mouth and your toothbrush. (When traveling to a developing country ONLY do this with bottled water!)

    • Heather says

      I have also turned off the water when brushing my teeth for years now. Your comment also reminded me of my trip to India in 2002. The hotels that we stayed in had a slot on the wall where you would place your key card. With the key card in the slot the electricity worked, however when you took it out you it didn’t. I can’t remember exactly how it worked, for example, it seems like it would maintain a constant temperature, but not allow the tv or other extras to stay on. I though this was a great way to save electricity, as you would take your key out when leaving the room.

  2. Jean says

    I come from a very thrifty family, so it has never mattered how much income I have coming in; I still am very thrifty. Those paper towels that he used to dry his hands- I would have saved them in a little place and reused them when dry again(only if they were used just to dry my hands).
    I reuse kleenex if I only had a bit of mucus to put in it; it goes into my pocket to be reused later when dry again. Actually, most of the time, I don’t use kleenex- I use toilet paper instead; I keep a roll of it handy everywhere.
    Of course, I am always careful not to reuse anything that may have stuff on it that would acquire bacteria, and when I have a cold, that t.p. is always thrown away. But it has worked well for me, and I don’t buy much in the way of paper towels, cuz I usually use cloth towels and wash them after about a few days’ use. I use paper towels very sparingly.
    So, my frugality turned out to be also good for the environment!

  3. Dee Chapell says

    When preparing food in the kitchen, I use one piece of paper towel to dry my hands, then set it down and use it again as long as it is clean. Love the shake and fold.

  4. Debra says

    Loved it. It works. Anyone else hate those really loud Dyson hand dryers? Dries hands just fine but the decibels are ear-splitting. Feel like I’m drying my hands beside a fully revved-up Boeing 747. Refuse to use them.