Overtake the whole world. If you get a jump start on your day, you can enjoyan amazing and powerful feeling when everyone else is just waking up or coming to work, and you have already done so much!

Enjoy the morning sun and silence. You have a chance every day to wake up with the first sunlight and birdsong. Even if you live in a big city, go to your balcony or just to the window, take in the sun’s energy and think about how much you can do during this long and beautiful day.

Prepare a healthy breakfast. The earlier you get up, the more time you have before you need to run to work, to sit down at your computer or to gather your children for school. You have enough time to make a green healthy smoothie or a cut fruits for your favorite cereal without rushing. Moreover, you have time to prepare lunch boxes for yourself and your loved ones.

Jog, practice yoga or use this time for meditation. Rising earlier literally pushes the boundaries of your day, adding several free hours of productivity and accomplishment! Go out for a run (do you know that it is better to jog in daylight?), do a Surya Namaskar yoga cycle. Start your morning right, do what will make your body and mind fresh for the whole day!

Get to work without traffic jams. If you work in an office, getting to work earlier can help you avoid rush hour. You can have breakfast in a nearby cafe with a friend or colleague. You can also hold a morning meeting or take advantage of the silence in the office and work on tasks that require your full concentration. If you work from home, you have a great opportunity to start your work earlier and enjoy a free evening.

Go to the cinema in the morning. Not only are early shows at the theater cheaper, it can be a perfect date with yourself.

Walk your dog. If you have a four-legged friend, give it not just a five-minute sortie, but bring your dog for a long and exciting walk. Make time for plenty of running and playing together, so that your dog will be able to wait for you until the evening, and you will be full of energy for the rest of the day.

Beautify yourself. Use the extra time to create a new and more complex image of yourself. Today you need not run at breakneck speed, so you have time to dress up thoughtfully and elegantly.

Spend time with your family. Spend the beginning of the day, when you are still full of energy, with your loved ones. Cozy evenings together are important, yet morning is a great time to make plans, discuss important things and enjoy productive communication.

Be the best of yourself. Many studies show that the better your sleep schedule is synchronized with daylight, the better you rest while sleeping, the more fresh you are in the morning and the more effective your day is. People who get up early are proactive, as they have time to plan their days, are more willing to take responsibility and follow their targets, instead of going with the flow.

Some tasks are generally possible only in the morning – watching the sunrise, taking photos in the morning light, buying fresh products at the farmers market, walking around the city before the din and chaos of rush hour, drinking water 30 minutes before your meal, and may others.

 

Dr. Stefan Bode and Dr. Carsten Murawski from the University of Melbourne were able to predict human emotions through graphical representation of brain waves. Using an electroencephalography (“EEG”) test, researchers measured the electrical brain activity of 20 students who were looking at various pictures. The volunteers were shown pictures of food, scenes of daily life and status symbols.

The researchers found that while students viewed pictures, their brain encoded decisions with reference to time. During the experiment, the students’ brain activity was recorded, and then decrypted. Researchers could then predict how interesting the students found a particular image, and whether they thought more about the future or the present.

After the EEG test, students were shown the same pictures and asked questions. For example, what impressions did they have about the pictures, and whether certain images made them think about the present or the future.

The experiment proved that image information is processed in our brain automatically, without conscious awareness. That is, you may not even know that your brain has already made a decision. Moreover, these findings suggest that is much more information encoded in the brain activity by than it was previously thought.

According to scientists, this study will help to understand human impulsive behavior better. It turns out that if people, for example, try to quit smoking, their brain can unconsciously process information from ads for cigarettes and return the earlier model of behavior. Conversely, images that refer to the future can program the human consciousness to a specific future scenario. Moreover, cognitive processes that take place outside of human consciousness may even control the mechanism of complex long-term decision-making.

1. Fatigue is the peak of creativity. Our biological clock has a direct impact on our daily life and productivity as a whole. If you are an early bird, it is most reasonable to perform complex analytical work requiring serious mental efforts from the early morning until noon. The best time for night owls, however, it the afternoon and evening.

Scientists recommend doing creative work that requires activation of the left hemisphere when you are physically and mentally tired. In other words, an exhausted nervous system is more effective when working on creative projects. At these moments, people cannot concentrate as well, and, as a result, can accept a wider range of information. This openness allows us to evaluate alternative solutions and see problems from a new angle, which promotes the creation of entirely fresh ideas.

2. Stress affects the size of our brain. Stress is one of the strongest factors that influence the functioning of the human brain. Recently, researchers from Yale University have shown that frequent feelings of depression literally reduce the size of our central nervous system.

Scientists explored brains of dead people that had suffered from depression before they died. It turned out that their prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for complex cognitive and behavioral functions, was deformed. In addition, prolonged tension and anxiety has a negative effect on the hippocampus, a part of the limbic system of the brain involved in the formation of emotion and memory consolidation.

3. Sight is the key to our sensory system. Three days after studying any text material, you will remember only ten percent of what you read. However, viewing certain relevant images may increase your retention to 55%. Illustrations within in the text are much more effective in increasing retention, because these images are easier to process and remember than countless pages of similar text. Our brain perceives each word in the form of a small image. To grasp the meaning of a single sentence, you need more time and energy than to see a colorful picture.

In fact, we rely on our sight too much and there are some negative aspects of it. Here is one of them. We live in a three-dimensional space whereas the light falls on the retina of human eye in a two-dimensional plane. That is why our brain constantly makes conjectures to understand where exactly visible objects are. In such a way, we think up everything that we cannot see. 


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