5 Brain Boosting Activities

If you don’t keep your mind active, studies show that your brain loses some of its functionality as you age, which causes memory loss, brain fog, and even Alzheimer’s. A well-stimulated brain also elevates your mood, which helps you feel better on the inside. Here are 5 brain boosting activities: 1. Play games that challenge and stimulate your mind. These include: Puzzles games, strategy games, crossword puzzles, card games, clue games etc 2. Breath deep. More air in means more oxygen in the blood and therefore in the brain. Breath through your nose and you’ll notice that you use your diaphragm more, drawing air deeper into your lungs. Some deep breaths can also help to relax you, which is beneficial to clearer thinking. 3. Meditate. A simple meditation you can do right now is just closing your eyes and paying attention to your breath. Tensing up your muscles and then relaxing them to start may help. When your mind wanders, just bring your attention back to your breath. Five or ten minutes of this will usually relax you, clear your mind, and leave you more ready for any mental task. 4. Social interaction. People are good medicine. “Social interaction” can be measured by how often people talk on the phone with friends, neighbors and relatives, how often they get together with them, how many people they can share their most private feelings and concerns with. 5. Avoid Junk Food. Junk food has been proven to decrease energy in the body and promotes “brain fog.” Delete several junk food from your diet, and reap the benefits of calmer, focused brain...

6 Ways to Spot a Liar

We’ve all been lied to and we’ve all lied at some point in our lives. But don’t you hate it when you uncover a liar? It leaves you feeling betrayed and hurt. Here are 6 ways to spot a liar: 1. Look for symmetry both in the face and in the body. Real facial expressions are usually symmetrical on both sides of the face. The same goes for body language. Gestures happen at the same time with facial expressions when someone is telling the truth. 2. The eyes really are the windows to the soul. Believe it or not, liars tend to make more eye contact for longer periods of time than truth tellers. 3. Liars never forget. For some reason liars forget that most people forget things so they will never admit they don’t remember a certain aspect of their story. Somehow the lie creates a super human memory – which of course they are inventing. 4. The tone of voice changes when lying. Listen for high pitched or lower tones than their normal speaking voice. 5. Liars tend to avoid details when speaking. Often they just stick to the bold facts and leave out small details in order to keep their story straight. 6. If you ask few questions, they somewhat take their time answering it. Like they need to think of something to...

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

“Recent research shows that laughter can produce the same health benefits as physical exercise.” “Laughter is the best medicine” is a phrase that dates back to biblical times as an old Proverb and it’s still widely used today all over the world. That’s because it’s true! Let’s take a look at what happens inside your body, mind and spirit when you laugh. Laughter relaxes your entire body. A good, hearty laugh relieves your physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 30 minutes after. Laughter boosts your immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Laughter can reduce chronic pain. Medical studies have shown that 10 minutes of laughter can diminish chronic pain for up to 2 hours. Laughter can improve your creativity. You can face challenges with more perspective with a good sense of humor.  This leads to more creative problem solving. Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use. It’s true; studies have...

Overcoming Stress On Financial

In today’s economy, financial stress is probably one of the biggest cause of stress. With so many people losing their jobs, just trying to make ends meet can cause added stress to your already stressful lives. The good news is that there’s a way out! 1. Analyze plan and let go. Taking time to analyze your finances every month is a good practice.  Looking over your budget and addressing the items that need to be changed will help you plan for those lurking expenses.  After you’ve made your plan to change spending habits or adjust your budget, then go with it. 2. The key to sticking to a budget is making sure it’s easy to implement. Ask around with friends and business associates; see if they’re using anything for budgeting plans and / or programs to do their own budgeting. But don’t take too long – you can always find a better program later. The key is to get started, and the sooner, the better! 3. Don’t default on your due payments.  It can be overwhelming to get a load of bills in the mail when you can’t pay them all back but stuffing them in a drawer and forgetting about them will only make things worse.  Contact your creditors and try to work out a payment plan.  Most likely, they will be more than happy to come to an agreement with you. 4. Finally, make sure that you will set some priorities and goals during the financial stress. That is one of the best ways to get over your financial stress quickly and also that way you will...

How To Overcome Boredom – 4 Tips

Most of us one time or another has experienced some degree of boredom. Kids are usually the quickest to say “I am bored,” but as youngsters, we experience our share, too. Don’t you sometimes wonder why you feel bored? It may be a feeling of laziness, exhaustion, or even a lack of mental stimulation. Here are some tips I’ve found to help expose the real culprit behind a feeling of boredom and get back to your normal self: 1. Discover what exactly you want to do. Boredom often masks a problem where you want to do your favorite activity but something is stopping you. This could happen when you want to watch your favorite TV show, but the cable is out. When this happens, the first step to kill boredom is to simply recognize the activity that you really want to be doing. 2. Manage your time. When you decide on a goal and you know what you want in your life, then you need to learn to manage your time effectively. Organizing your time will help you to work on achieving your goals and in the process you will be busy and boredom will not be part of your day. 3. Change your attitude. Sometimes in life, you might be compelled to do some tasks that you don’t like. In this situation, ask yourself what is the best thing that can happen if you do it and how it can benefit you. By focusing on the positive outcome of doing a task you don’t like, you are overcoming your boredom from doing something you don’t like. 4. Note...

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