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13 Small Choices That Can Change Your Life In Great Ways

13 Small Choices That Can Change Your Life In Great Ways
While practicing neuropsychiatry and studying neuroscience for 40 years, my interest expanded from the human brain to include evidence of mind throughout nature—in animals, plants, microbes, and other cells. Amazingly, even plants and cells have intelligence, which means that science isn't all we've been taught to believe. From my decades of research, there are simple important things that I wish everyone knew. Some of these small choices and new ways of looking at the world could change your life in great ways. 1. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is more important than most people realize. 2. Napping can increase memory and creativity. 3. Memory is not fixed. 4. If there is one magic bullet for increased body and brain health, including increased memory, it is sensible regular exercise. 5. When eating certain foods (including processed foods, sugar, and unnatural ingredients), our hormones and neurons react strongly, as if exposed to a drug. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Related:  lifeeddieeddnichnicholsLife, Awareness, Relationships

Use These 34 Simple Ideas To Make Your Home More Efficient MARCH 17, 2014 — By Sara Heddleston Sara Heddleston Sara has been working and writing online for so many years, she's unsure if she is still in corporeal form. She considers herself a jack of all trades, but would prefer it if you would stop calling her "Jack." If you want to make your home more efficient (and look better while you're at it), you don't necessarily have to break the bank. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) 13.) 14.) 15.) 16.) 17.) 18.) 19.) 20.) 21.) 22.) 23.) 24.) 25.) 26.) 27.) 28.) 29.) 30.) 31.) 32.) 33.) 34.) Some of these ideas may be more complicated than others, but I know I can handle installing a shower head, different outlet or changing my house's numbers on the mailbox. Join the new ViralNova Life Hacks Page here!

Music Training and Neuroplasticity With our multi sensory brain, music harnesses powers of nature, culture, and mind. How much is the brain changed by the effects of music training and neuroplasticity? Music is one of the most demanding cognitive and neural challenges, requiring very accurate timing of multiple actions, precise interval control of pitch not involved in language, and multiple different ways of producing sound. Auditory and motor actions influence each other in a constant interplay, which is largely unknown. Brain Lesion Effects on Music All brain imaging is done in a time scale of seconds, but the brain functions in the scale of milliseconds. A lesion in the auditory cortex causes “amusia” where a patient can speak and understand everyday sounds, but cannot notice wrong notes in tunes, or remember melodies.Another case, a 71-year-old cellist, had encephalitis and lost ordinary memory, but remembers music. But, recent research shows that when studying infants these differences do not necessarily exist.

Quit the Matrix - Build the Ark Julian Rose, Contributing WriterWaking Times Once one has got a reasonable handle on ‘what’s wrong’ the next step involves putting into place something ‘that feels right’. Not so easy. But essential of course – and in many respects a natural process of follow-through, without which, knowing ‘what’s wrong’ gradually fades away. Until there are three sharp knocks on the front door – and then it’s too late. The way we progress our conscious awareness is by bringing together, or becoming in some way part of, a group of individuals who wish to share together the experience of putting into place a manner of daily existence which fulfils our creative aspirations and practical needs. Now, the first thing which comes up is the question: “How can I find such kindred spirits?” The next question which comes up is: “Can I commit?” The third step is perhaps the most difficult. We all have a tendency to allow ourselves to believe that there are ‘some things’ that are still OK. Tough one, that.

10 Reasons Sex Makes You Beautiful Do you find yourself spending lots of money on beauty treatments? Although eating well, exercising and feeling good are great ways to boost your beauty quotient, I have another solution for you. It’s free. It’s fun. It’s natural. It’s orgasms. Sex is the consummate beauty enhancer. 1. Your hair gets shinier and your skin becomes luminous. 2. Frequent sex makes you look younger. 3. You release serotonin and DHEA at climax. 4. Pheromones make you more attractive to the opposite sex. 5. Breasts swell up to 25% during sex, according to Dr. 6. A huge dose of oxytocin is released at the point of orgasm. 7. Having increased cortisol in your system contributes to that “paunch” around your belly. 8. All the feel-good chemicals released in the ascent to orgasm, at orgasm and in afterglow, elevate you. 9. Sex isn't just good for the belly, it's good for your whole body. 10. People who know what they want are attractive. All through an orgasm.

11 Productivity Hacks to Boost Your Mental Focus Making a dent in the universe requires focus. So we've collated 11 simple and easy to use tips on improving your mental concentration. Most of it is a basic stuff that I tried myself, so I selected what got me the best results. What works for me may not work for you but the best way to find out is to keep testing new ideas all the time ( and eventually adopt what works and move on from what doesn't )! #1. Lack of sleep decreases production of chemicals such as dopamine or adrenaline that regulate your attention. Our tip: Have a fixed time to wake up and go to bed when your body gets tired. - This way you let your body regulate how much sleep it needs. #2. Simple carbs digest very quickly and cause insulin spike which pulls excess glucose out of your bloodstream. Complex carbs take longer to digest delivering your brain a steady supply of energy. Our tip: Eat complex carbs while working. #3. Our tip: Track your energy / focus and mood levels every hour for a week or two. #4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World 40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized Read our BRAND NEW AND IMPROVED Life Hacks post by clicking HERE! Our recent blog 50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World did so well that we thought we’d do another one. We all want to simplify and improve our lives; especially when a solution to a common problem is cheap, effective and easy to-do! After spending a lot of time sifting through reddit, Buzzfeed’s Life Hack posts, we came up with the list below. Want to see more like this? 5. 13. 20. 28. And don’t forget, if you’re looking for a piece of original art to hang on your walls, check out artFido HERE! You might also be interested in:

30 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die {Via studioflowerpower on etsy} “Rather than money, than fame, than love…give me truth.” ~ Thoreau I woke up this morning and my life clock marked 30. My first sleep-deprived idea was to pack a small suitcase, get on the first train, move to another country, change my name, change my hair color (or get plastic surgery if needed), and start from scratch. When I don’t know how to deal with life, I hide sometimes. By now, I’m good at both: fighting and disappearing. A true warrior doesn’t feel forced to do either, but moves through and with and for life, like water. So after I washed my face and considered the costs of running and those of fighting, I decided to do neither and have some juice instead. {Alkaline Espresso / Click for recipe.} We are a constant process, an event, we’re change. As such, our smaller houses, our temporary homes can only be made of cards. Loving the questions means to love yourself. So here is an exercise we can do together: a tweak to your usual bucket list. You.

“Inner Beauty Doesn’t Exist” | Sophieologie Oh lawdy lawd. Ok, many of my blog posts are often prompted by people being assholes, and me explaining exactly what about their behavior makes them crappy human beings. Osmel Sousa, the president of the popular Miss Venezuela beauty pageant, pretty much takes the trophy for crappy human being of the day (because there’s always a new one tomorrow). The following video, produced by the NY Times, is only about 5 minutes long, but if you don’t feel like watching it, Sousa’s opening statement pretty much sums it up: “Inner beauty doesn’t exist,” he claims, “it is something that unpretty women invented to justify themselves.” The first issue with this statement was summed up really well by Erika Nicole Kendall, another blogger whom I admire very much: “I think it’s pretty f—ing jarring to hear someone say “I say that inner beauty does not exist; it’s something that unpretty women invented to justify themselves.“ They need to justify themselves? Why do mannequins even matter that much?

How To Break Any Bad Habit Learning to understand the self is a lot like stirring water in a glass. If we don’t stir, sentiments stay at the bottom of the glass and our water stays polluted. Take a simple goal: Eat better. For me, eating always starts with a craving. First, the feeling. I imagine what I’m craving. Then I become obsessed with this image. Reasoning turns into deals. It’s on. On the way home, I feel guilty about myself and the pizza is never as good as I imagined it. If I take this process and apply it to other areas of my life, is it the same? Study patterns in your thoughts and behavior around fitness and nutrition. Filtering your cloudy water means breaking patterns you believe are unhealthy. Now, if you’re able to get stronger at rewiring your thoughts and behavior with food cravings and exercise habits, including all the fears you hit while working out, can you apply those new muscles to breaking patterns in other areas of your life? I believe you can. Here’s how. 1. Usually it’s from a feeling. 2.

Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good In the workplace and in life, we are little more than the sum of our habits. Who we are and what we accomplish depends largely on a vast network of routines and behaviors that we carry out with little to no thought whatsoever. As neuroscientist David Eagleman writes in Incognito, “Brains are in the business of gathering information and steering behavior appropriately. It doesn’t matter whether consciousness is involved in the decision making. And most of the time, it’s not.” Habits are the brain’s own internal productivity drivers. In The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, writer Charles Duhigg does a deep dive into the science of habits to explain how they work and how we can change them. How Habits Get Formed. When we first engage in a new task, our brains are working hard—processing tons of new information as we find our way. How Habit Loops Work. Habits consist of a simple, but extremely powerful, three-step loop. Both of those rewards are valid and necessary.

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too. The first hour of the workday goes a bit differently for Craig Newmark of Craigslist, David Karp of Tumblr, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, career writer (and Fast Company blogger) Brian Tracy, and others, and they’ll tell you it makes a big difference. Don’t Check Your Email for the First Hour. Tumblr founder David Karp will "try hard" not to check his email until 9:30 or 10 a.m., according to an Inc. profile of him. Not all of us can roll into the office whenever our Vespa happens to get us there, but most of us with jobs that don’t require constant on-call awareness can trade e-mail for organization and single-focus work. Gain Awareness, Be Grateful Choose Your Frog

PsyBlog’s 10 Most Popular Psychological Insights From 2012 How the mind works, the dark side of creativity and how to be a great leader: these and more… Here’s my review of the psychological insights covered here on PsyBlog in 2012 that have proved most popular with you, the readers. 1. Never let it be said that the titles for my articles lack ambition! Insights included the fact that suppressing your thoughts is counter-productive, brainstorming doesn’t work and hallucinations are more common than you’d think. 2. Six factors seem to set apart the truly great leaders from the rest: decisiveness, competence, integrity, vision, persistence and, perhaps most surprisingly: modesty. We could really do with some more modest leaders, don’t you think? 3. Creativity is always a favourite topic here on PsyBlog but usually we’re talking about the positive aspects. In fact research suggests that creative individuals are also more likely to be arrogant, good liars, distrustful, dishonest and maybe just a little crazy—OK, let’s say eccentric. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

10 Ways To Talk To Your Kids About Sexual Abuse (Content Warning: Sexual abuse, sexual violence) The idea of someone molesting your child is terrifying for any parent (unless the parent is the child molester, which is 37% of the time). The pain, fear, and trauma they may experience at such a young age are frightening to consider. And then we hope it will just never happen to our own child. Except your daughter has a 1 in 4 chance and your son has a 1 in 6 chance of being molested before the age of 18. I know you don’t want to hear it or believe it. And these statistics are too high for any parent to risk staying uninformed about the reality of child sexual abuse and not talking to their child about it. On top of that, the majority of children never report sexual abuse when it’s happening. Now, you can never protect your child fully from ever being molested. You just need to talk to them directly about it and do it many times. Why Talking About Sexual Abuse Is Like Talking About Crossing the Street Ways of Approaching the Conversation 1.

9 Everyday Ab Exercises To Develop Core Strength You don’t need to spend hours, or even minutes, at the gym doing ab workouts to get a six-pack. You’d be surprised by how often you can tone your six-pack in everyday life. If you use the following core strength tips to pay close attention to how you move throughout the day, you'll see amazing changes in your abs. Below is a list of simple tips that will help you tone your core: 1. Stand evenly on two feet. How you bear your body weight is critical to attaining flat abs. 2. When you finish eating, battle your core’s desire to lapse into an inactive food coma. 3. When you’re at work, eating a meal, or watching a movie, try to sit in a cross-legged position. 4. When you’re picking up your kids, pets, boxes, or lifting work-related heavy loads, use your core strength for power rather than that of your legs or back. 5. You'll immediately grow taller and slimmer as the crown of your head rises and your gait becomes lighter. 6. 7. 8. 9. Photo Credit: