Many of us would like to have superior cognitive skills: notice and remember everything, quickly analyze information and make objective decisions, easily find a way out of difficult situations. And if we cannot become a cognitive Superman, at least to have a smart, flexible mind and maintain mental clarity while growing older. It is possible to achieve these objectives and does not take much time. Moreover, it is simple and fun! These principles have been used as the basis of brain games.

How do brain games work?
The essence of mental improvement lies in the concept of neuroplasticity: the human brain can reorganize itself by forming new neural connections. That is, everyone can think faster, remember more and perform better with regular brain training. And brain excercises are the tools you need to increase your intellectual performance and stay mentally healthy.

Today a wide range of special brain exercises are provided to awaken your brain. For instance, Yogla’s brain games help increase five crucial cognitive skills: memory, perception, attention, imagination and intelligence. Using the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology about how human mind works, Yogla developed a brain training program, which consists of clear and engaging exercises enabling you to get yourself functioning at the top of your capabilities.

Why brain training is good for you?
Your brain constantly needs new challenges not only to thrive, but even to maintain its current cognitive functions. The more you exercise your brain, the longer you will retain your mental flexibility. Furthermore, playing brain games can illustrate some particular qualities that affect how we make decisions. We have a steady tendency to see only what we expect to see. It makes us miss opportunities because we only see what has worked in the past rather than what could be. And that’s not surprising because we receive huge amounts of information every day and don’t have enough time to process it. Thanks to the challenging brain games we can become more aware of how our brain works, develop and improve logical thinking, alertness, analytical and strategic skills.

Why a game format is appropriate for brain training?
When you do things that you enjoy, you do them willingly and enthusiastically. People tend to concentrate when playing exciting and challenging games, therefore playing games provides great opportunities for learning, applying and advancing brain cognitive skills. In addition, brain exercises can be successfully applied to everyone. The more you use your brain, the faster you can think, and the faster it finds solutions to your everyday problems.

Regular mental training builds your cognitive skills and results in more successful learning, faster thinking and easier problem solving. It is a quite beneficial way to expand your mind, and, in addition, is a great fun!

 

The rule of 20 minutes can help you devote a little time each day to useful, important and even large-scale projects in order to achieve amazing results and have time for everything. It is a great tool for planning your affairs and time tracking. Indeed, twenty minutes is a magic time that can be found even in the busiest schedule. However, usually this time passes unnoticeably, yet it can be spent on things that do matter for you.

It sometimes happens that an idea comes to our mind, but we do not have enough time or motivation to start and procrastinate on its realization. As a result, this idea is lost like many other wonderful ideas. If we are not interested in tasks that we need to accomplish, we can find a lot of reasons to postpone them. Conversely, we take upon ourselves all tasks at once, planning to do everything, and again we may get not what we had expected.

Spending 20 minutes a day on any activity, you can learn to do it perfectly and achieve a valuable result. Here are some simple examples:

• Spend 20 minutes every day on physical exercises, and you needn’t worry about your health.
• Take 20 minutes a day to clean your house, and you won’t have any mess.
• Devote 20 minutes a day to listening to your partner, and you will forget about the problems in your relationship.
• Allocate 20 minutes a day for listening to yourself and making personal notes, and you won’t be lack of ideas.

Actually, 20 minutes is much more than you may think. 20 minutes a day is 10 hours per month, which is an additional working day. During this time, you can complete a training course, do a project, read a book, and much more. 20 minutes rule shows us how valuable even a small amount of time is, and that, after all, being busy is very different from being productive. Time can always be found for what is really important for you!

1. Amelie, 2001. She will change your life.
This film, made by a talented director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, has become a cult classic about kindness, sympathy and of course, love. Amelie Poulain’s sincerity and ability to enjoy any daily little things led her into extraordinary adventures and launched an incredible chain of events.
Do not be confused by the strangeness and fabulousness of this kind and naive story.  It is a tale for those who believe in miracles (or want to) – at least a little bit.

2. Rain Man, 1988. A journey through understanding and fellowship.
The story of two brothers, egoistic Charlie Babbitt and Raymond Babbitt, who has autism. They have to share each other's company, which is a serious challenge for both. This is a story of friendship and love through selfishness and indifference, which proves once again that kindness can change everything. The film raises many challenging issues, revealing the complexity of human relationships and of self-understanding.

3. Pay It Forward, 2000. Is it possible for one idea to change the world?
Imagine that you perform a considerable service for someone and ask this person not thank you, but instead to help three other people, who, in turn, would return the favor to three more people, and so on,  spreading kindness and warmth on a global scale. How effective could be idea like that? Seventh-grade pupil Trevor McKinney decided to check it, starting a chain of good deeds.

4. Dead Poets Society, 1989. He was their inspiration. He made their lives extraordinary.
The film is set in a conservative English college, where a new teacher John Keating appears. His eccentric behavior, disregard of curriculum and ease of communication singles him out from other pompous teachers. He initiates his students into the mysterious Dead Poets Society. From then, each students trie to find his own voice in a faceless c 1йhorus and look at the world from a new perspective. This is a wonderful story, showing familiar things from a different angle, encouraging us to stand apart from the crowd and be free from social stereotypes.

5. Billie Elliott, 2000. Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it.
This film tells a story about human vocation, talent and dedication and reveals all thedifficulties that arise from going against the flow. This story gives good reasons to think that we need to be ourselves against all odds, believe in ourselves, never give up and realize our dreams.

6. Inside I'm dancing, 2006. Live life like you mean it.
This is a completely non-standard drama with elements of humor, created by filmmakers from the UK, France and Ireland. The wheelchair-bound Mike has almost lost faith in both is current life as well as his future. However, he meets Rory, who is also disabled, but reveals an indefatigable thirst for adventure and has no self-pity at all. Thanks to this acquaintance, Mike rediscovers all the colors of life, finally realizing that every situation is an opportunity when you change your attitude towards it.

7. Yes Man, 2008. One word can change everything.
A positive, kind, inspiring and uplifting movie with Jim Carrey in the title role. What happens if you always say "Yes"? Nothing but trouble? Great fortune? The main character decides to test this insane theory in practice. It is remarkable that comedy is based on the biographical book by Danny Wallace, a British writer and journalist, who spent 6 months answering “Yes".

Do you agree with our list? What films would you add?

The theory that disorder spreads like an epidemics was formulated in 1982 by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling. Scientists carried out a series of experiments, which showed that people often violate the norms of behavior when they see others do so. Moreover, bad behavior is emulated in a broad sense: after seeing someone else break one socially accepted rule, people may violate other social rules as well. Therefore,  to prevent social decay, if there is a broken window in the building, it must be replaced as soon as possible. If rubbish is dumped on the street, it must be taken away immediately; otherwise, for example, people may start throwing their old furniture out into the road.

 The first such experiment was conducted at the bicycle racks near the store, where researchers placed flyers on the bicycle handlebars. All trash bins were removed, so people could either pick up and keep a flyer or drop it as litter on the street. In addition, the outside wall of the store was clean and posted a sign forbidding graffiti. Only 25 of 77 cyclists (33%) acted uncivilized. The experiment was then repeated in the same weather conditions and at the same time of the day, but the nearby wall was painted with meaningless scrawls. This time nearly 70% of cyclists littered. In this way, the violation of the first rule against graffiti provoked people to break a second rule and litter on the street.

Another experiment was designed to provoke petty theft. One corner of an envelope was sticking out from a mailbox, through which paper currency (€5) could be seen. Experimenters watched people passing by and counted the number of thefts. In the first situation, the mailbox was clean, and there was no garbage around. In the second situation, the mailbox appeared vandalized by graffiti or there was litter all around. The experiment results were stunning. In a clean environment, only 13% of the passersby took the envelope. However, the envelope was stolen twice as often from the vandalized mailbox (27%) and in the littered area (25%).

These simple experiments show that the violation of one simple rule can grow like a snowball. Antisocial behavior can quickly become a habit for many, and then this behavior will support itself and spread and multiply. Each of us should keep in mind that something seemingly as harmless as one soda can thrown on the street or a single piece of graffiti may lead to serious consequences.

 


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