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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to Give Yourself a Mental Boost-And Live Longer!


Poor Man Survival

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How to Give Yourself a Mental Boost-And Live Longer!

   Ever wish you could enhance your focus, improve your energy and memory, perhaps even spark your creativity without drinking one of those energy drinks?  You can snack your way to better brainpower by reaching for natural goodies such as blueberries, walnuts, oats or matcha tea.  Nutrient dense, antioxidant-rich foods enhance your ability to create, protect and repair brain cells, producing a renewed sense mental sharpness.

   Oatmeal, for example, has a well deserved reputation as a top brain food:  its low-glycemic index provides sustained energy or ‘brain fuel.’  Your brain will truly thank you however if you add some raisins and matcha to the mix.  Matcha is powdered green tea which has L-theanine, an amino acid that improves cognition which results in an improved creative juice flow!

   Cook your oatmeal as usual, stir in milk, cook 5 minutes longer, mixing often, then remove from heat and stir in honey to taste and macha.  Transfer to a bowl and top with bananas or raisins, berries or nuts if desired and enjoy.

Instantly Be More Creative

   Feeling uninspired?  Pretend to be someone famous or an expert at the task you’re trying to tackle.  According to recent Harvard research, this simple trick supercharges your ability to come up with creative ideas.  Why?

Imagining yourself as someone successful relaxes creativity-controlling areas of the brain, helping you come up with solutions and ideas you not have otherwise thought of.

Happiness is About Choices

   In a recent finding, people with the highest levels of well-being were those who, no matter how much money they made, were able to make choices, such as taking up a hobby, socializing with friends and family, and visiting new places.

Lovemaking Boosts Brainpower

In a recent study, adults age 50 and up who engaged in physical intimacy weekly scored higher on tests of verbal fluency, attention and memory, reports The Journal of Gerontology.  Researchers theorize the effect is linked to the release of hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin during sex.

Learn to Delegate

Some tasks are best left to others, especially as we age or if we do not have the expertise or physical strength.  For example, do it your selfers who take to climbing on their own roof clear gutters or operating a chainsaw to clear foliage can suffer horrific accidents [more than 30,000 people are hospitalized annually from chainsaw-related injuries].

Delegating such tasks are also a matter of saving money as it saves time and time is money.  In today’s economy home improvement projects can be accomplished with the help of HomeAdvisor or Angie’s List.  Other tasks can be handled with the freelance economy [or perhaps you might earn extra cash through such gigs] via Fiverr, TaskRabbit, Elance, etc.

People Who Read Books  - Fiction or Non, Live Longer And…

Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health studied 3,600 men and women over the age of 50 for 12 years and found those who read books [not just magazines and newspapers] for as little as 30 minutes a day over several years were living an average of two years longer than people who did not.  [that included fiction, non-fiction, poetry or prose].  Chapter books encourage ‘deep reading’ which forces your brain  to think critically and boosts your brainpower.

Keep Your Brain Sharp

Medical technology is increasingly becoming wearable, implantable and trackable via Fitbit, Apple Watch and other devices.  Personally, I could care less for these devices despite their so-called health advantages.  Their ultimate next step is implantable microchips into each human from birth – no thanks!  Google, for example, is working on mind reading technologies that allow people to surf the internet from a device that connects directly to their brain.

For the sake of your mental health and to keep your brain sharp, take time to read and to enjoy the real, physical world free from internet and device distractions.  Feed your brain a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and physical reading materials and include some daily exercise.

NOTE:  Books and other media have become increasingly simple today to accommodate an ever decreasing attention span limited vocabulary.  For example, presidential State of the Union addresses have from a 17th-grade level pre-1900 to a 12th-grade level in the 1900s to below a 10th grade-level in the 2000s, prompting a Guardian headline newspaper headline to declare, “The state of our union is…dumber.”

Perhaps that is why broadcast media has been reduced to near meaningless sound bites which communicate almost nothing to the public.  Gone are the basic tenets of journalism – who, what, why, when, where, when and how.  As a consequence, many Americans are left in the dark about what is going on in the world.


Yours for freedom,


Bruce, the Poor Man!



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I know everyone is short on time in this hectic world so I’ve kept this PDF short and to the point with links to expert how-to articles and guides including:


·         How to Increase Your Intelligence

·         6 Step Brain Exercise Steve Jobs Used to Boost Creativity

·         6 Simple Habits to Boost Your Intelligence

·         The Best Vitamins to Increase Brain Function

·         How a Harvard Brain Specialist Keeps Her Brain Healthy

·         A Review of the Top 10 Brain [Limitless] Pills

·         How to Protect Your Cognitive Function



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DAR said...

Interesting tips. Too bad most Americans no longer read [most cannot even spell] as they're addicted to shiny devices. We've fallen behind so many other nations it is frightening.

Larry said...

Interesting insights but certainly it is true about how citizens here are becoming dumber. The wattage has dimmed considerably.