10 Simple Changes to Help You Become a Better You

1. Use Words that Encourage Happiness—Use words that encourage a smile.  For example, when someone asks “How are you?” Instead of replying with “I’m Fine.” Trying using phrases such as, “I am FABULOUS.”

2. Try One New Thing Every Day—Variety is the spice of life.  Make an effort to try something new every day for the next 30 days.  It can be a whole new activity or just a small experience such as talking to a stranger.

3. Perform One Selfless Act Every Day—In life, you get what you put in.  When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. Do something that’s greater than you, something that helps someone else be happy or suffer less.

4. Learn and Practice One New Skill Every Day—Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life.  To be self-reliant, one must master a basic set of skills.

5. Dedicate an Hour a Day to Something You’re Passionate About—Take part in something you passionately believe in.  Engage in something you strongly believe in.  This engagement brings happiness and meaning into your life.

6. Treat Everyone Nicely, Even Those who are Rude to You– Being nice to someone you dislike doesn’t mean you’re fake.  It means you’re mature enough to control your emotions.  Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you– not because they’re nice, but because you are.

7. Address and Acknowledge the Lesson in Inconvenient Situations—It’s important to remember that everything is a life lesson.  Everyone you meet, everything you encourage, etc.. They’re all part of a learning experience we call LIFE. 

8. Get Rid of One Thing A Day for 30 Days—We have so much clutter surrounding us at any given movement—at the office, in our cars and in our homes.  If you start cleaning up some of this external clutter, a lot of internal clutter will disappear as well.  Choose one needless item each and every day and get rid of it. 

9. Don’t’ Tell a Single Lie for 30 Days—With all the seemingly innocent, white lies that trickle out of us, this is way harder than it sounds.  But you can do it.  Stop deceiving yourself and others, speak from the heart, speak the whole truth.

10. Spend 10 Minutes Every Evening Reflecting on What Went Well—For the next 30 days spend 10 minutes every evening pondering the small successes that occurred during the course of the day.  This process of positive reflection will remind you of all the tiny blessings in your life, and help you to celebrate your personal growth.

Taken from the article, “28 Simple Changes to Help You Become a Different Person.”



Community Action of Southern Kentucky Receives $12,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Family Literacy

Scottsville, KY – June 6, 2016–Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Community Action of Southern Kentucky a $12,000 grant to support family literacy. This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.

“We are very fortunate to have community partners like the Dollar General Literacy Foundation that help us fulfill our mission and improve the lives of families in Allen County, KY,” said Melissa Weaver, CEO/Executive Director at Community Action of Southern Kentucky. “It is our hope to use these funds to make a difference in the lives of our families with pre-school age children and those in need of employment skills. We have no other funds that are specific to literacy in any of our other 10 counties, which makes this funding so special and efffective.”

Community Action’s literacy efforts are focused on:

• Improving math, writing, reading, grammar, and computer skills for unemployed and underemployed adults through real life experiences

• Education and early childhood development to provide all children with a safe, nurturing, engaging, enjoyable, and secure learning environment, in order to help them gain the awareness, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in their present environment, and to deal with later responsibilities in school and in life

• PACT(Parent and Child Together) time to help parents see themselves as their children’s first teacher, see how their children learn best, and to provide an opportunity for parents to interact with their children in a learning environment where teachers can model learning strategies and offer support

“Consistent with our mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

About Community Action of Southern Kentucky

At Community Action of Southern Kentucky, our mission is “We team with community partners to provide human services with dignity and respect, empowering people in Southern Kentucky to achieve stability and economic security. We have a heart for the people in our communities. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to be safe, clothed, fed, warm, educated, healthy and most of all have hope. It is our privilege and responsibility to help people achieve these things and have access to all resources. We are a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation funded by Federal, state, and local government funding, private contributions, and user fees. Community Action is governed by a board of directors, representing elected officials, community representatives, and low income citizens and advocates. Professional and dedicated support staff are assigned to the various programs in each county. With a budget and assets over $15 million, Community Action maintains approximately 35 program facilities in our 10-county area.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 12,483 stores in 43 states as of January 29, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit


Should You Replace an Old Water Heater?

Will replacing the old water heater save money?

by Paul Davis, Weatherization Director

A standard 50 gallon water heater with a set point of 120 degrees will use an estimated $500.00 of electricity per year, the new style heat pump water heaters which are designed to heat the same amount of water will cost you $180.00 / $200.00 per year.

Based on these numbers your annual savings would be $300.00 per year!!!!

The cost of the new appliance and the installation will vary but would average around $2000.00 if the life expedience of the new heaters is 15 years. If we can save $300.00 per year times 15 years our savings would be $ 4500.00 so our overall savings would be $ 2500.00 over the life time of the new appliance. Other types of water heaters are now available that conserve energy, check out the new types with your local plumbing installer for your best solution. 


Energy Saving tips from Wx

More Energy Saving tips from the CASOKY Weatherization Department

by Paul Davis, Weatherization Director

Here are three more ways to save on your energy bills!

  1. Though our energy bills for our homes vary based on the construction and design, there are things we can do to reduce our cost. Based on energy usage, the average home in the U.S. uses 36 % for heating, and cooling. Lowering our thermostats in the winter to 68 degrees and in summer time raising them to 74 degrees will reduce our cost.
  2. About 24% of energy usage is spent for water heating. Most common water heaters will cost approximately $500.00 per year, if set to 120 degrees. This can be checked with a thermometer at the closest faucet to the water heater.  If it is set higher than 120 degrees, this will cost significantly more.
  3. Another way to save would be insulating your water heater tank using an insulation blanket that can be purchased at Lowes or other hardware stores. Always refer to the water heater or product manual as some heaters already have enough and could cause problems if wrapped. Also look for warning labels on the heater such as “DO NOT WRAP”.  

Also insulating the first 6 feet of the water lines near the heater both hot and cold lines with R-3 insulation wrap that can be found at local hardware stores will conserve energy. Special cautions should be used if you have a gas water heater as you don’t want to create a fire hazard.

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