Intelligence For Your Life

The Best Time When We Have the Most Creative Ideas

Did you know that we tend to have our most creative ideas right around mid-morning?

That’s according to Cornell University neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter. And he recommends taking advantage of that creative brainpower surge by making your environment totally quiet for half an hour – between 10 and 10:30 AM.

He says that a half-hour of quiet will help increase communication between 11 different areas of our brain – which can boost our concentration and productivity by up to 67%. And as an added bonus, that 30-minutes of quiet can boost our mood for the next two hours.

So, grab a pair of earplugs – or noise-canceling headphones – and get ready for a surge of creativity!

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Forcing Yourself to Pee “Just in Case” is an Unhealthy Habit

When you’re leaving home, how often do you go to the bathroom “just in case” before you leave? Well, experts say it’s a habit we should STOP. 

This comes from  Dr. Fei Zang, a pelvic floor therapist. She says, normally, when we have to “go,” it’s because receptors in our bladder have sent signals to our brain, saying our bladder’s “full.”

But when we regularly force ourselves to go – when our bladder’s NOT full – it can desensitize receptors in a way that makes our brain think we need a bathroom break, even if our internal tank is only at half, or even a-quarter, of its capacity. And that often leads to even MORE frequent urges to go.

Ideally, Dr. Zang says, if you can sleep all night without a bathroom visit, that’s a sign of healthy bladder control. And if you’re regularly hydrating throughout the day, it’s fine to go every two or three hours.

But here’s the bottom line: Forcing yourself to pee “just in case” is an unhealthy habit that could lead to bigger problems in the future

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Why You Should Know the “Sweet Spot” for Sleep

I’m about to reveal the “sweet spot” for sleep that can help you maintain good mental and physical health. 

Once we reach middle age, we need to sleep a certain number of hours each night to maintain good health. And that number is 7. No more, no less. 

Researchers at the UK’s University of Cambridge analyzed data from nearly half a million people aged 38 to 73. 

The result: 7 hours a night was the optimal amount of sleep for cognitive performance. The data also showed that fewer than 7 hours of sleep AND more than 7 hours was linked to reduced mental processing speed, visual attention, memory, and problem-solving skills. Study participants who slept 7 hours a night also experienced less anxiety and depression, and higher overall wellbeing, compared to when they slept longer or shorter periods of time.

The researchers say one reason is that getting less than 7 hours a night means people are getting less “deep sleep.” And without that restorative deep sleep, damaging proteins build up in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of dementia. Too little sleep also hurts the brain’s ability to flush out toxins, which can trigger inflammation and age-related brain diseases.

And sleeping more than 8 hours a night after middle age is linked to depression.

So, to maximize your brain function in middle age and beyond? 7 hours is your sweet spot. 

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This Viral Technique Can Help You Stick to a Budget

If you want to stick to a budget and save money, both of those things can be accomplished with one technique……and it’s going viral.

It’s the “cash stuffing” trend, which has nearly 400-million views on TikTok. All you need is some cold, hard cash and a set of envelopes.

  • You start by dividing up your envelopes into categories and labeling them. For example, date night, rent, utilities, vacation, et cetera.
  • Then divide up your cash into the respective category, or envelope, it’s allocated for.

That’s it – you’re just putting cash in envelopes……so what’s the big deal?

Well, credit cards and payment apps raise the risk of overspending – because they’re so fast and easy……And it doesn’t seem like you’re spending real money. But according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and MIT, when we use cash money – we actually feel psychological pain. They’ve seen this in brain scans. It’s a fact that we spend less frivolously when we pay with cash.

Also, when you pay with cash, you can only spend what you actually have.

So there you go… that’s the “cash stuffing” trend. 

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How to Reduce the Anxiety of Your Pets

According to the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, snuggling your dog can lead to a 166% reduction in anxiety! 

But we now know your dog benefits too! In a recent study, owners either petted their dog for 3 minutes – or ignored them – and then the owners left the room, leaving their dog alone for a while. 

What they found was: The dogs whose owners had petted them remained calmer and had a lower heart rate when their owner left the room – which is an indication of reduced stress – compared to the dogs who weren’t petted. 

So the journal researchers recommend that before you leave the house, give your dog some love and attention, especially a little petting.  It’ll help with separation anxiety, leaving them calmer in your absence. Just don’t make a big deal about walking out the door.

This can be tough because if your dog is like my dog, she hangs out by the door. I’ve thought about tunneling out of the house but my wife thinks I’m nuts. 

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This is What Retirement Can Do to Your Health

Here’s good news if you’re thinking about your golden years……

Retirement can make you healthier! 

Researchers from the University of Sydney studied the lifestyle habits of over 25-thousand working adults over age 45. They looked at things like their activity level, smoking, diet, alcohol consumption and sleep patterns. Three years later, when around 11 percent of the participants had retired, they followed up to see how their habits had changed. And it was mostly for the better!

The researchers found that retirees were more active than those who were still working……and they sat less. In fact, on average, retired people got an additional 93 minutes of physical activity each week. They also got more sleep, sat one hour less each day – and women, in particular, were more likely to quit smoking after retirement. 

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Why Eating Sweets Can Make You Feel Tired

Why are you so tired today? It could be from all the sugar you ate yesterday! Because, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, eating a lot of sugar is linked to lighter, more disrupted and less restorative sleep. In fact, the more sugar you eat during the day, the more often you’re going to wake up in the middle of the night. 

And even if you don’t fully wake up, the sugar in your system can prevent deep sleep, making you feel exhausted the next day. And the same goes for eating a bunch of refined carbs, like white bread and pastas. Because they turn to sugar in the body and delay the release of the sleep hormone melatonin. 

So, the journal scientists suggest we cut back on sugar and refined carbs and get more fiber in our diet. Fiber improves sleep because it digests slowly and keeps blood sugar steady. And a higher fiber intake is associated with more time spent in the deepest, most restorative stage of sleep.

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Why Your Dog Needs a Fitness Tracker

Does your dog need a fitness tracker?

They might…… Because more than half of all dogs are considered overweight or obese. 

And if your dog wears a tracker, you’ll see how much activity they get in a day. And so if it’s next to nothing, you’ll know you need to do more daily walks and games of fetch. 

You can try something like FIT BARK.  The app allows you to see how many steps your pet takes, calories burned, sleep patterns and how intense or relaxed their playtime is. FitBark can also sync up with your own activity tracker – so you can see how you and your dog match up, activity-wise. You can check it out at FitBark dot com.

Another pet fitness tracker is Whistle Go . It does the same things as FitBark but it can also track your pet through GPS.

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Three Important Factors to Cut Your Cancer Risk

Get ready to cancer-proof your life!

Because, according to University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, all you need are 3 factors to cut your cancer risk by almost two-thirds!

Those factors are: Regular exercise, extra vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids. 

To reach that conclusion, the hospital tracked nearly 2,200 healthy adults over age 70 for two years to see what preventive strategies, if any, could reduce their cancer risk.    

And during the study, only one strategy made a measurable difference: People who got more exercise, vitamin D AND Omega-3 fatty acids saw their cancer risk drop by over 60%! And it didn’t matter whether their exercise was brisk walks, or household chores, like vacuuming, cleaning, and gardening.

And other studies back this up…… 

  • For example, a Harvard study found people getting plenty of vitamin D were up to 38% less likely to get cancer. Because “D” inhibits the growth of cancer cells. 
  • Research at Belgium’s Catholic University found the Omega-3s in oily fish stop normal cells from turning cancerous. So, think salmon, lake trout and herring. 
  • And research from Australia’s Edith Cowan University shows exercise boosts immunity and reduces inflammation, which can slow or even prevent the growth of tumors.

And when you put those 3 things together, the effect is magnified!

So, again the prescription for significantly reducing your cancer risk: Exercise regularly, and eat a diet rich in vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids.

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This is How to Improve Your Relationships with People Around You

It’s time to strengthen your relationships……whether it’s with friends, loved ones, or even your co-workers. All you have to do is invite them to take a walk or hike with you… But it has to be in a nature setting! Because an analysis of studies by UC Berkeley found that walking together outdoors is an effective way to connect with others. 

For example, in one study, one group of mothers and daughters spent 20 minutes walking through a botanical garden, the other group walked through a shopping mall and then they began working on puzzles together.

The result: The nature walkers showed improved interactions with each other and collaborated much better on cognitive tasks, compared to the shopping mall walkers. And, this backs up research on conflict resolution that shows it’s often far more effective to get up and move together, than to sit in a room trying to talk your way through a conflict.

The research shows you both will be more open and empathetic when you’re walking together in nature.

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What to Do Before You Feel Upset to Your Partner

Before you get upset with your partner over something – like not remembering a chore you asked them to do – ask yourself this question: Will I care about this a year from now?

The journal Social Psychological and Personality Science calls that “future thinking”……and a study found that this “future thinking” trick made people less likely to blame their partners during an argument, and more likely to forgive them after a fight.

The researchers explain that taking a minute to think about where you might be with your partner in the future – and considering your overall life together – can help you gain perspective on the situation when you’re upset. And it can prevent the heat of the moment from clouding your thinking and making you say things you can’t take back. 

Also, if the future you envision with your partner is positive, with your bond getting stronger over time, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So before you start getting upset with your spouse over something, think about whether it’ll matter in the grand scheme of your relationship a year from now. If not, let it go. 

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How to Improve the Growth of Your Plants

You may have heard that playing classical music will boost the growth of a baby’s brain. It’s called the “Mozart Effect.” Well, the Mozart Effect has been debunked in children – BUT it does work on plants! 

When researchers played Bach sonatas alongside fields planted with wheat, the yield was 66% higher than in fields where music wasn’t playing.

Researchers say that plants react the best to sound frequencies between 100 and 600 hertz – which is the frequency of most classical music. But when researchers played loud rock music – which includes much higher sound frequencies – the plants tended to wither and die. 

So, if you want your vegetable garden or your houseplants to flourish, play any Baroque music – from Mozart to Bach – within “earshot” for at least 15 minutes every day. 

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Why Chore-Sharing is Important to Couples

Couples: When it comes to household chores, do you divide them between you – or do you share them, say, by taking turns washing the dishes……or folding the laundry TOGETHER?

Well, according to new research from the University of Utah, couples who SHARE at least three household chores a week tend to have happier, more satisfying relationships than those who divvy up all their chores and do them separately. And that conclusion is based on data collected on thousands of families across North America for more than a decade.

So, why is chore-sharing better for a relationship than dividing them up? Researchers found one obvious reason is that not all chores are equal. For example: There’s a big difference between buying the family groceries and being responsible for scrubbing the toilet each week.

​​And no matter how much you try to divide chores fairly, someone’s always going to feel like they’re getting a bad deal.

​​But when you SHARE chores – either by taking turns or doing them together, researchers say you use communication, planning and decision-making skills, which are essential for having a high-quality relationship. And by collaborating, you foster a sense of togetherness that makes you and your partner feel like a team. 

​​So, for a stronger relationship, the research is clear – pick at least three chores and start sharing them every week.

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A Hobby That Can Improve Your Life

If you’re looking for a new hobby……one that can improve your life – socially, mentally and physically? Try SINGING!

Robin Dunbar is an evolutionary psychologist……and he says singing with others, in a choir, an acapella group or band, will reduce stress and worry.  That’s because it’s so incredibly social – and you’re literally in harmony with others. That’s why singing produces a massive hit of endorphins, which makes you feel closely bonded to the people you’re singing with. 

But even if you sing alone – in the car or shower – it still has benefits. It can improve your respiratory health – whether you have COPD, Parkinson’s, asthma or cancer. In fact, because singing provides such a great workout for the respiratory system, it’s even being used to help people suffering from long COVID!

And psychologically, singing reduces stress because it involves the body and mind. You can’t be rehashing a fight in your head while you’re singing because the vocals over-take the communication center in your brain. Plus, it encourages what psychologists call “flow state.” That’s the feeling that you’ve lost track of time because you’re so deeply engaged in an activity. 

Bottom line: If you’re looking for a hobby that can improve your life, socially, mentally and physically – sing!

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What to Do About Arthritis and Joint Pain

1 in 4 people suffer from arthritis and joint pain.

And 60% of people who have arthritis are between the ages of 18 and 64. That’s a lot of people! So what can you do about it? Adopt a VEGAN diet! 

That’s according to new research in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.

​For this new study, arthritis patients were asked to rate the severity of their joint pain – on a scale from “no pain” to “as bad as it could possibly be.” Then, half the participants were put on a strict vegan diet for 4 months, while the other half stuck to their normal diet. And throughout the study, everyone was tested for C-reactive proteins, which are a common marker for the inflammation associated with joint pain.

The result? Without fail, those on a vegan diet reported significantly less severe pain over time. And the number of times their joints swelled to painful levels was cut IN HALF!

Researchers say it’s because plant-based diets lower the levels of C-reactive proteins, which are commonly produced by animal products, sugary foods, and refined grains. And C-reactive proteins are like “jet fuel” when it comes to triggering the inflammation that causes pain and swelling!

Bottom line: If you’re looking for a drug-free way to treat arthritis pain, with NO side effects, researchers say your new “prescription” is a vegan diet.

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How to Remember Things You Tend to Forget 

Here’s a memory trick that sounds bizarre – but works.

It comes from the journal Memory & Cognition. When you have something you need to remember – like a new password – imagine yourself writing it on a door and then OPENING that door. Because a password gives you access, right?

​​Or if you’re trying to remember someone’s name, imagine writing it on a nametag and sticking it on their shirt. Or if you need to remember something at the grocery store, imagine putting it in your cart and then placing it on the conveyor belt at the checkout stand.

​​The point of that exercise is to link information you’re trying to remember to a related action. That helps to anchor it in your mind.

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Here’s How to Lower Your Risk of Depression

Have you been feeling more blue than usual – for no apparent reason?

It might be time to invest in blackout curtains for your bedroom! Because research now shows a strong link between depression and low-level exposure to light at night! 

Dr. Kenji Obayashi is a professor at Japan’s Nara Medical University and in one of his studies he measured nighttime light levels in the bedrooms of thousands of adults. The participants were also monitored for symptoms of depression over a two-year period. The result: The brighter the light levels in the person’s room, the more likely they were to be depressed. 

Dr. Obayashi found that even a small amount of light at night reduces production of the sleep hormone melatonin, and that can lead to interrupted sleep. And Obayashi says if that happens night after night, it could gradually lead to depression. 

So, if you want to sleep well, and lower your risk of depression – eliminate as many sources of light from your bedroom as possible. 

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Why You and Your Partner Should Go to Bed at the Same Time

Your relationship depends on your bedtime.

To improve your relationship, you and your partner should to bed at the same time. Even if you’re not speaking or touching, climbing in bed together has a halo effect. It makes you feel like you’re in sync…

The folks at the University of Pittsburgh researched couples. And those who had the same sleep schedules felt more satisfied with their relationships. And that means, going to bed within 5 minutes of each other.

It makes couples feel like they have some common ground – and it’s typically a relaxed time to talk about things besides stressors – like work, kids and money.

If you and your partner have different schedules, try this…… Go to bed together, and after the early-to-bed partner falls asleep, get up and continue with your night. You can also try napping together on weekends. It’ll help increase your relationship satisfaction.

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Why Dog Thieves are After Your Pet

According to animal rescue groups, dog thefts have nearly doubled.

Keep a close eye on your PETS! Because, according to animal rescue groups, dog thefts have nearly doubled. A big reason is because pet ownership has skyrocketed. And with the huge rise in demand, prices for some breeds have tripled! 

As a result, thieves are regularly stealing dogs from yards and cars. They’re even attacking owners out walking their dogs, and literally snatching the leashes from their hands. 

Younger animals are the main target, but all dogs are at risk…… With thieves planning on a quick sale, or using the animal to breed puppies they can sell later on.

And even if thieves are caught, they normally don’t face jail time…… Only fines. So it’s considered a low-risk, high-reward crime. So, how can you protect your pet? 

  • The American Kennel Club recommends getting your dog micro-chipped, and make sure your yard is secure.  
  • Also, never leave your dog tied up outside a store or unattended in your car, even for a few minutes. 
  • And change up your dog-walking times and routes, so thieves can’t plan ahead and wait for you.

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How Using Your Non-Dominant Hand Changes Your Brain

The secret tip that builds willpower muscle

If you’re doing anything that requires willpower – like dieting or cutting back on spending – try using your non-dominant hand more often.

So if you’re a righty, stir your coffee with your left hand – and hold the cup in your left hand. Reach for door handles with your left – et cetera. That’s because willpower is like a muscle, we need to exercise it to make it stronger. And using our non-dominant hand takes our brain off auto-pilot, forcing us to focus and think more.

That comes from psychologist Roy Baumeister, the author of “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.” He says, by overriding habits that we don’t even think about – it’ll make it easier to override bad habits. 

So it’s best if we start our day by brushing our teeth with our non-dominant hand. That wakes up the brain and starts increasing willpower right away.

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Strict Bedtimes Produce Weight Loss

The study involved nearly two thousand adults

Most kids have a strict bedtime – so they get the sleep they need and stay healthy and can better manage their emotions.

But research from Duke University shows that ADULTS benefit the most from having a strict bedtime. The study involved nearly two thousand adults who wore a device that tracked how long they slept each night-down to the minute.

And they found that people with irregular sleep patterns typically weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher risk of heart attack or stroke than those who kept a consistent sleep schedule.

In addition, people whose sleep and wake times varied were also the most likely to be tired during the day and less active than those who had a consistent bedtime.

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How Daily Hugs Enhance the Immune System

Why every time we hug a loved one, we give our immune system a powerful boost.

When it comes to staying healthy, there’s been an increased focus on boosting our immune system. But you don’t need supplements – or a special diet……

What you need to strengthen your immune system is a daily hug. According to the journal Psychological Science, every time we hug a loved one, we give our immune system a powerful boost. In a study, people were purposely exposed to a cold virus…… but those who got the most hugs were significantly less likely to get sick.

That’s because, when we’re stressed out, our immune function is suppressed and we’re more vulnerable to infection. But a hug – and the emotional support we feel through that physical contact – dials down our stress, bolstering our immune system, and our ability to fight off infections. 

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Earn Extra Income with These Side Hustles

If you’re looking to earn some extra money, here are a few side hustles to consider: 

  • First: Teach classes online. It’s fairly easy to share your skills for things like cooking, quilting, coding, gardening, and do-it-yourself projects. With just a smartphone camera, and a few editing skills, you can post classes on a website like Teachable or Udemy — that’s U-D-E-M-Y. The websites take a percentage, but once your class is uploaded, you earn money whenever someone watches your course videos 
  • Another way to make extra money: Selling photos of local events, like farmers markets, fairs, sporting events, and school performances. All you have to do is post them on Snapped4U……That’s Snapped, the number 4 and the letter “U”. That way, anyone who wants a copy just pays and downloads the file. 

Finally: If you’re really good at catching grammar and punctuation mistakes, try proofreading! Websites like Polished Paper and Upwork hire freelancers to proofread books, medical papers, school essays and more. And you can earn $26 dollars an hour, on average.

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Protein Snacks Before Bed Produce Weight Loss

Study subjects burned more calories while sleeping

The standard weight management advice is to resist eating before bed because it leads to weight gain. Here’s an exception: Snack on a little protein from a whole food source.

A clinical trial conducted by Florida State University found that eating 30 grams of protein, 30 minutes before bed led to a healthier metabolism, enhanced muscle growth, and did NOT result in weight gain!

And a similar study backs that up. It showed an 18% increase in muscle strength among study subjects who ate straight-up protein before bed. These results came from whole-food protein…… Like eating a chicken breast, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese.

So why does protein before bed fire up the metabolism? Because it helps muscles grow and become stronger – and stronger muscles equal a faster and healthier metabolism. So study subjects burned more calories while sleeping – AND the next morning.

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How a Laugh Improves Memory

Loma Linda University: laughing makes your brain process memories more effectively.

Here’s an amazing memory-booster. If you’ve been more forgetful than usual these days, you just need more laughs! A new study from Loma Linda University has found that laughing makes your brain process memories more effectively.

For the research, one group of study subjects watched a short, funny video…… while another group just sat calmly in the study room with no video to watch. Afterward, all the participants were given memory tests and had their stress levels measured.

The result: Those who watched the funny video scored far better on the memory test and had experienced less stress during the test. The researchers confirmed what other studies have proved…. that the less stress you have, the better your memory will function.

So here’s the way it works.

When we laugh or even just smile…. those actions reduce stress hormones, lower our blood pressure and send more feel-good dopamine to our brain. That’s a chain reaction that alters our brainwaves, and increases gamma wave activity. And the scientists conclude that those brain waves improve our memory and recall.

Bottom-lining this; We now have a terrific reason to watch standup comedies or hang out with our funniest friends. Because it’s a fact that laughing causes our brain to process memories more effectively.

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Here’s How to Activate Your Brain’s “Chill Out” Circuit

This tip stops freak-outs

How can you calm down when an issue arises and you start freaking out? Here’s how to activate your brain’s “chill out” circuit, according to neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg: 

  • First: Watch what comes out of your mouth.  M-R-I studies show positive words light up the brain’s reward system…… While complaints will activate the pain centers in your brain. 
  • Also Dr. Newberg says this tip is incredibly effective during a freak out.  Name your emotions.  Right now I’m feeling x or y. And then state why. And if you can, do it outloud.  Newberg says that will immediately reduce the intensity of your emotions. That’s because naming your emotions transfers brain activity from the emotional part of the brain – to the rational part of the brain. And the freakout will be neutralized.

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Smelling Oranges Sells Homes

A recent study on the scent of orange yields powerful results

A recent study on the scent of orange has yielded some powerful results… With home-sales and students’ performance in the classroom. 

First… Here is what the scent of orange has to do with the selling price of your home:

We now know people spend 20% more on a home when they smell just the scent of orange. This was tested in a study in the Journal of Retailing. For the experiment, researchers used a home-goods store to test two similar scents that had been determined to be equally pleasant and equally subtle. 

One was the simple scent of orange; the other was a more complex blend of orange, basil, and green tea. Over several weeks of testing, the researchers found that customers spent 20% more when the store smelled only of oranges. 

Then, the researchers did another experiment……. 

This time, they scented classrooms with the same two fragrances to see if it affected students’ grades. And it did! Students who took a test in an orange-scented room solved a higher percentage of problems correctly, and solved them more quickly. 

So why would a single-note-scent be more effective? It’s because complex scents are too overpowering for the brain. Your brain ends up working in the background trying to figure out what it’s smelling, so it cannot focus on anything else. 

Bottom-lining this:  Home buyers will spend 20% more on a home, and students will perform better in the classroom when they smell the scent of orange.

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Reach Your Goals With These Proven Tips

Why you should never have a Plan B

First: Start – or re-start – things on a Monday. Studies show that we’re more likely to commit ourselves to change – and to stick with it – if we feel like we’re starting with a clean slate, like on the first day of the year, the first day of the month, or the first day of the week. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School call it the “fresh start effect.” And it’s why studies show that Monday is the most popular day for starting diets and stopping smoking.

Next: Write up a game plan. People with plans stick to their goals way more often than those who just wing it. Because “wanting” to lose weight leads to procrastination, for example…… While making concrete plans about how to lose the weight leads to success. So, put on your calendar “Eat fruit or vegetables at every meal today.” Or, “Thursday is Spin class.” Studies show that when things are written on our calendar, we’re more likely to do them.

Another tip for reaching your goals: Don’t come up with a Plan B “just in case.” In several recent studies, people who were told to come up with a Plan B were much less likely to reach their main objective. Because having a backup plan somehow makes failure feel more acceptable.

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Brisk Walks = 16 More Years of Life

Encouraging new study on Longevity

A new study is now telling us that Extending your life is as easy as going for a brisk walk! 

And we’re talking about an extra 16 YEARS of life!

This is according to brand new research from the University of Leicester that discovered a strong link between a person’s walking pace and the rate at which they age.

To break it down, brisk walking leads to longer telomeres. Telomeres are the protective caps on the ends of our DNA strands……. similar to the plastic caps on shoelaces, which keep them from fraying at the end. And the longer a person’s telomeres are, the younger a person is in terms of biological age – which is how well your body is functioning relative to your actual calendar age.

And don’t miss this:  When the scientists analyzed the genetic data of over 400-thousand adults, they found that a faster walking pace can lead to a person being 16 years younger in terms of biological age. 

So here’s the burning question: how much brisk walking do you need to get the longevity benefits?

The scientists say just 10 minutes a day!

Again this new study is now telling us that Extending our life by 16 years is as easy as going for a brisk walk! 

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How to Apologize to Your Partner – The Rules

The danger of using a text message for apologies.

If you’ve had a fight with your significant other, don’t send a text message to say “I’m sorry.”

Save your apology for an in-person conversation. Do that, and your relationship will improve. That’s according to a study in the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.

They found that couples that use text messaging for relationship maintenance – or serious discussions – had significantly lower levels of relationship satisfaction than those who discussed issues face-to-face.

The reason is because you can’t see each other’s facial expressions, body language – or hear tone of voice. That leads to more misunderstandings and less intimacy.

So save the arguments and apologies for in-person talks. However, feel free to text some sweet nothings. Loving messages – even when sent in a text message – universally enhance the bond between partners.

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