1. You need oxygen and glucose to exert your will – so it’s harder say ‘no’ when you’re feeling tired.
2. Although most of us are either left brained or right brained, we all switch sides briefly every 90 to 120 minutes.
3. The brain is approximately 75% water.
4. Information moves around the brain at a minimum speed of 260 mph.
5. There are no pain receptors in the brain.
6. The brain contains something called mirror neurons. Thus, if you see someone else fall and cut themselves you’ll automatically flinch in reaction to their pain.
1. If you’re not sweating then it doesn’t count. All forms of exercise are good for the body. If you’re sweating it just means that the body’s cooling down.
2. Stretching prevents injuries. This is a very common exercising myth. In fact, it’s general warm ups that prevent us getting injured (like gentle jogging or some jumping jacks).
3. No pain no gain. Although it’s normal to feel pain when you’re exerting yourself, exercise need not be painful if it’s part of a regime. In fact, pain may be a sign that you have injured yourself.
4. Workouts turn fat into muscle. Fats and muscles have different cell structures so you can’t turn fat cells into muscle cells! What you are changing is the body’s ratio of muscle to fat.
5. The more exercise the better. Half an hour day will help keep your body in good shape. You don’t have to do hours and hours of exercise. Also, be aware that high amounts can undermine the immune system. Hence, be sure to rest between your times of exercise.
6. Cardio burns more calories. It’s generally assumed that a cardio workout like jogging, kickboxing, and going for a cycle, are the most efficient ways of burning excess calories. However, other types of exercise (like lifting weights) can increase your metabolism for about a day - so those have a beneficial long term effect.
1. Have a nap. If you want to solve a problem, or come up with new ideas, then instead of always thinking - relax and have a nap. We’re usually more creative when we’re feeling wide awake.
2. Get into the habit of making small talk. A casual remark can change the way you look at things - so talk and listen to everyone you meet.
3. Sign up for classes and seminars. Listening to the ideas and opinions of others increases the connections you make in your brain. Also, it is usually inspiring and highly motivating.
4. Make sure you spend time with creative people. Often these are people who think outside the box, and are highly individual, and independent thinkers. It will encourage you to follow their example of free thinking, and give you permission to follow wild ideas.
5. Make sure you have time to just “hang” and relax. Things that can seem pointless or a waste of time to others – such as watching movies, reading books and magazines, taking time out to travel, or spending time with friends - are all ways of helping your brain to percolate. And it’s often when we least expect to have a great idea that something quite amazing just pops into our mind!
6. Get some exercise. Allow your mind to wander and to do its own thing while you’re jogging, swimming or going for a run. This is often a time for generating new ideas.
7. Experiment with working in different places. Try taking your laptop to lots of different places as that stops your thinking from getting in a rut. Just a change of environment can make a difference and help to generate some fresh ideas.
8. Make brainstorming a normal part of life. Whatever you are doing, even if it’s “normal stuff”, allow your mind to wander and think outside the box. Continually flirting with possibilities will become a habit, and make you more creative.
1. Be willing to make lots of mistakes. Mistakes are life lessons – you learn from them. It’s better to do something than to never take a risk.
2. When you’re choosing a career, think of jobs that you will love. It doesn’t feel like work if it is something that you love. And if you follow your passion, then success will follow you.
3. Keep trying out new interests and exploring new ideas. The more things you try and experience in life, the more interesting and rich your life will be. You only live once, so try and live life to the full.
4. Sometimes less is more. Choose an area, or two, where you think you can excel - and build a reputation for being highly skilled. You need to narrow your focus to master anything.
5. Take the opportunities that come your way. If you don’t act quickly someone else might get there first – and that great opportunity may not come round again.
6. Don’t worry too much about what others think. Do NOT let other people define who you’ll become. Be true to yourself – and seek to follow your own dreams.
7. Make other people feel good about themselves. The secret of life is having good relationships. Treat everybody well, and show them patience and respect. If people feel good when they’re with you, it will open lots of doors (and you’ll enjoy life more, and have some great relationships.)
When we’re around people who are stressed and negative it can upset our own sense of inner peace and calm. Here are some suggestions to help you with this:
1. Imagine there’s an invisible shield that separates you from them. See their attitudes, reactions and high expectations as being their choice and decision- they’re not a part of you. You are two separate people – don’t let them influence you.
2. Disconnect from the source of negativity. End the call, close your email, or get up and walk away. When we feel stressed and angry we’re more likely to react – so maintain your control by taking steps to decompress.
3. Avoid toxic people if you possibly can. Avoid people who guilt trip you, or are constantly complaining, or who like to sit in wallow in their misery. They’ll quickly drain your energy and drive you to despair.
4. Be a positive person. Go on the offensive and reach out to people who need some encouragement, a smile or a kind word. That will keep you feeling peaceful and positive.
5. Spend time with people with whom you can connect, and who inspire and motivate you to be a better person. Look out for people who improve your self-esteem, who are positive role models and live life to the full. They’ll broaden your capacity to give and grow as well. (So let them be your focus – and not the stressed out people!)
Handwriting analysis, or graphology, produces a personality profile by studying a person’s handwriting. Here’s how it pieces together a picture of the person “behind the pen.”
1. Begin by looking at the handwriting in general. What are the outstanding features? How much emotional energy does the writer appear to have? This is determined by assessing how much pressure is applied by the pen to the paper. Is the writing light or dark? Heavy pressure and dark writing are associated with vitality and confidence
2. Check out the slant of the writing. This tells you something about the way the writer responds to external pressures. A right slant (////) indicates a person whose heart rules their head. They are caring, warm and friendly. A vertical slant (llll) indicates a person whose head rules their heart. This is someone whose emotions are controlled. A left slant (\) indicates an individual who hides their emotions, and is generally aloof, cold and detached.
3. Look at how straight their writing is. Graphologists believe that a very straight baselines means the person has perfectionist tendencies and tend to be over disciplined. A very wavy baseline means the person is unstable, and on an emotional roller coaster. An ascending baseline indicates a positive and optimistic personality. A descending baseline indicates that the person is tired, pessimistic or depressed. A slightly wavy, but generally level, baseline indicates a balanced personality.
4. Examine the size of the writing. Small writing is a sign of someone who can concentrate for long time periods, and is not easily distracted. This person prefers to work alone, is hard working, focused and self-motivated. Average size writers work at a “normal” pace, and are not overly interested in the details. People with large handwriting are more easily distracted.
5. Look at the spacing between the words. Average spacing indicates a relatively laid back and confident person. Compressed writing indicates a person who always likes to be around others and wide spacing indicates a person who prefers to live a more isolated life.
Note: These are only general principles as our can mood affect our handwriting as well – but we still have a typical handwriting style.