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Story: The Dog and The Elephant



An Elephant and a Dog became pregnant at same time. Three months down the line the dog gave birth to six puppies. Six months later the dog was pregnant again, and nine months on it gave birth to another dozen puppies.The pattern continued...

On the eighteenth month the dog approached the elephant questioning- "Are you sure that you are pregnant? We became pregnant on the same date, I have given birth three times to a dozen of puppies and they are now grown to become big dogs, yet you are still pregnant. Whats going on?". The elephant replied "There is something I want you to understand. What I am carrying is not a puppy but an elephant. I only give birth to one in two years. When my baby hits the ground, the earth feels it. When my baby crosses the road, human beings stop and watch in admiration, what I carry draws attention. So what I'm carrying is Mighty and Great"

"Don't lose faith when you see others receive answers to their prayers, Don't be envious of others testimony. If you haven't received your own blessings, Don't despair...Say to yourself "My time is coming, and when it will hit the surface of the earth, people shall yield in admiration."

7 Phrases to Ban from Your Vocabulary for More Confidence




If you have great ideas, you need to know how to communicate them. At work as in relationships, it all starts with conveying confidence. But a challenge many high-achieving women run up against are bad speech habits that have been conditioned in us over the years. Without us even knowing it, these verbal crutches can damage our internal and projected confidence levels and can even negatively impact how we're perceived at work.

Women's brains are naturally tuned for emotional intelligence and specialized for masterful communication. The female mind is hardwired to pick up nuances in spoken language and non-verbals like facial expressions, tone voice and body language, which is why many women are so adept at forming interpersonal connections. It also means that women in particular are more likely to behave in such a way to preserve relationships, which in spoken communication may sometimes be misconstrued to convey a lack of authority and low confidence.
The good news is that you can rewire conditioned language habits to both sound and feel more confident. It's not about "talking like a man" or adapting an aggressive style. It's about tapping into your inner courage and channeling it for more confident communication.

Are you putting yourself at a disadvantage due to your speech habits? Be on the lookout for any of the following cropping up in your vocabulary, and learn how to kick them.
7 Words and Phrases to Ban from Your Vocabulary for More Confidence

"Just"
This word minimizes the power of your statements and can make you seem defensive or even apologetic. Saying, "I just wanted to check in," can be code for, "Sorry for taking up your time" or "Sorry if I'm bugging you." It can often be a defense mechanism subconsciously used to shield ourselves from the rejection of hearing "no" or a way to avoid the discomfort of feeling like we're asking for too much.

How to Quit: Start by rereading your emails and texts. Scan your written communications for excess "just"s that sneak in. Delete them. Notice how much stronger and straightforward the statements sound. Then gradually shift to doing the same in real-time, spoken communication.

"I'm no expert, but…"
Women often preface their ideas with qualifiers such as, "I'm not sure what you think, but…" This speech habit typically crops up because we want to avoid sounding pushy or arrogant, or we fear being wrong. The problem is, using qualifiers can negate the credibility of your statements. We all sometimes offer opinions or observations that don't go anywhere or prove to be incorrect. That's the nature of being human, and it won't cost you your job or reputation. Pointing out why you may be wrong before saying anything is a waste of your words.

How to Quit: If you know you're prone to reflexively using qualifiers, breathe in for a count of three before speaking up in a meeting or on a phone call. This pause gives you time to think, rephrase your statement sans qualifier, giving your words a greater impact.

"I can't"
When you say "I can't," you're sacrificing ownership and control over you actions. "Can't" is passive, whereas saying you "won't" do something is active. It shows that you create your own boundaries. Saying "I can't" conveys that you don't have the skill to do something, but chances are what you're really trying to say that you don't want to do it. Throwing around "I can't" connotes a fear of failure or lack of will in testing your limits. Your words shape your reality, so saying "I can't" limits you and allows fear to win.

How to Quit: Increase ownership over what you say by replacing "I can't" with "I won't." This is a subtle yet powerful way to demonstrate agency, independence, and control – especially in work environments where you may feel ordered around. While it might feel intimidating at first, it gives you a chance to assert your boundaries for a better work-life balance.

"What if we tried…?"
You're more likely to be trusted and taken seriously when you straightforwardly state your ideas, rather than couch them as a question. Masking your opinions as questions invites rebuttal and can lead to you feel criticized. Stating an idea as a question when it's not is equal to sacrificing ownership over the idea. It's also a way of "polling," which subconsciously speaks to the fact that you don't think your own ideas are valuable, valid, or worthwhile unless everyone thinks so. This may tie back to the inner fear many women have of being "not good enough."

How to Quit: Anytime you have a suggestion, present it as a statement rather than a question. "What if we tried targeting a new set of customers?" sounds much less certain than "I think we could target a new set of customers who will be more receptive to our sales efforts."  There are situations, like when brainstorming, where throwing out questions to a group is appropriate. Before you speak up, run your idea through your head first in the form of a question, and then as an "I think…" or "I believe.." statement. This makes a stronger case for the point you are trying to get across.

"That is like, so great!"
Talking like Shoshanna from Girls – using habits like uptalk or using "Valley girl" jargon – can distract your audience from what you're saying. A common indicator of this "vocal fry" is raising your voice at the end of statements. This can indicate uncertainty, make you appear hesitant, and create a lack of trust among your audience. The solution isn't to learn to talk like a man, but to find ways to communicate more clearly so that your language habits don't detract from your message.

How to Quit: Try this technique called kinesthetic anchoring: hold one arm straight out in front of you. Begin reading aloud from a book or magazine. Whenever you reach a period, lower your arm down to your side, and drop your pitch at the same time. Your arm movement will trigger your voice to mimic its drop.

"Thanks! :)"
You don't need to use exclamation marks or emojis to express your enthusiasm about every. little. thing. The infusion of extra emotional cues into language touches on a core belief (or core insecurity) that we may be concerned about being perceived as kind, worthy, or likeable enough. It's preemptive "peace keeping": we're trying to ensure our message has been positively received (a false guarantee that's entirely out of our control). Particularly in corporate environments, gushing over how amazing a product update is or how omg totally thrilled you are for a colleague can be inappropriate.

How to Quit: Instead of general "that's sooooo great!" statements, try to make more specific observations ("The new VP of Marketing sounds like she'll be a valuable addition to our team") that shows your interest at a more professional level. For written communication such as emails, study the language senior people at your company use and tailor your "netiquette" to match theirs.

"Am I Making Sense?"
Until you asked that question, yes, you were. By periodically asking, "does that make sense?" or "am I explaining this alright?" you open up the possibility for your audience to wonder whether, in fact, you are. While you're probably doing this out of a belief that you're encouraging interaction and checking in on your own personal effectiveness, in fact it speaks to an underlying belief you may have that you're an impostor, and unqualified to be speaking on the matter.

How to Quit: If you want to check in on people's comprehension of what you're saying and open the floor for engagement, it's better to say, "I look forward to hearing your thoughts or questions." This halts your impulse to take on responsibility for "fixing" situations and making sure everyone understands you, and communicates your conviction in your competence.

As much as you may have it all together in most ways at work, subtle language cues can often detract from people's perception of your confidence and professionalism. Observing these common pitfalls and how they might slip into your vocabulary can elevate the level of confidence in your speech.
Melody J. Wilding helps ambitious women and female entrepreneurs master their inner psychology for success & happiness. Get free tools to create a better career & life at melodywilding.com.

​Article Source: forbes 
Pic Source:entrepreneur

Best Ways of Using Google's Search Options!



Google is probably the most popular search site on the web, used for finding just about everything we need on the internet. It's quick, easy and simple to use, and most of the time we find what we need in the first one or two result pages. But what if I told you that you're not really using Google as you should? It turns out that Google has a few special tricks that will make your life a whole lot easier: 

1. Remove words from your search results
Let's say you are looking for bread recipes but you don't want any with "yeast" as an ingredient. All you need to do is type your desired search terms normally and then add a minus sign (-) followed by the words you want excluded without a space. It should look like this in the search bar: bread recipes -yeast.
2. Look up related words and synonyms
This is a simple way for finding out other ways for saying something if you want to use the same word twice in one sentence, and you don’t want it to sound weird. In the Google search bar put a tilde mark (~, normally located next to the 1 key on the top left of the keyboard) in front of the search term you want to find synonyms for.
3. Google can help you define a word
Type "define:" (with both " marks) followed by the word, and Google will take you straight to the definition. Use this to catch anyone trying to cheat on Scrabble and get fast definitions for words you don’t know.
4. Search for the exact order of words
If you are looking for the origin of a quote or a song you can only remember one line from, this is the just what you need to find what you are looking for. Simply put your search phrase inside quotation marks and search.
5. Search for items in a specific price range
If you are looking for something to buy but you don't want Google to show you all the price options, simply use this handy little trick. First type in your term, let's say phone, and after that type the lowest and highest prices you're willing to pay with two periods (..). The end result should look like this: Phone 100$..200$. The more accurate the item you are looking for will be, the better results you will get.
6. Limit your search to a website
If you once read a good article on a site and you can't remember its name and how you got there, it's very easy to find it again.
 
7. Search for a GIFA GIF is a type on animated picture file looping over and over like a very short (mostly poor quality) video. Finding GIFs is as easy as using the Google images search. Go to Google Images, type what you are looking for, click "Search tools" and "Type". A small drop down list will appear, select "Animated" and search. The results you'll get might look like normal pictures at first, but press on any of them and you will see their animation.
8. Setting a timer
Not really a search option, but still a very useful feature if you want to remind yourself to take a break or to take something out of the oven. Type "set timer for" into the search bar and you will see the Google timer as your first result. Enter the time you want in hours, minutes or seconds, and start the timer. Google will start beeping when the time runs out.
9. Do math
This one is really straight forward, type in an equation in the search bar and Google will give you the answer on its calculator. If possible, you can copy-paste the equation to the search bar to make your life easier.
10. Search for a file type and not just a website
If you are looking for a Word file, a PowerPoint presentation or something similar this will make your search faster and much more accurate. Enter your search terms followed by "filetype: PPT". PPT is the file type for PowerPoint, DOC is for most Word files and if you are looking for other kinds of files, just Google their file type initials.
11. Convert currency
Much like doing math for you, Google can also tell the value of different currencies and help you prepare for that trip abroad. Type the name of the currency you own, add "to" and type the name of the currency you want to get in return. Keep in mind that many places trading with foreign coin take a commission and Google can't calculate that.     
12. Search for something you forgot
If a part of your search is unknown or forgotten, you can use Google to fill in the blanks. Enter your search terms using asterisks (*) as stand-ins for the unknowns. It can also be used to answer simple question such as searching for: When you are in Rome be sure to visit *.
 

15 Tips To Help In Building Self Confidence


It seems as though some people are born with confidence and others have to work hard to build theirs up. I fall into the building category. When I was younger it was tough building self confidence. I was always comparing myself to others and always looking at the negatives – what I lacked – as opposed to what I brought to the table.
As I have gotten older though, building self confidence has become easier. I don’t know it if is because I have stopped comparing myself to others (or maybe that is a byproduct) but I’ve found some useful tips that have really helped in building self confidence. Today, I want to share with you the 15 that I have found to work best for me. Not all may be the magic elixir for you, but I am certain that some of these tips will help you build your self confidence as well.

15 Tips To Help In Building Self Confidence

Take Care Of Yourself

This is #1 for a reason. As you will see from the rest of the list, self confidence comes from within. If you are looking for outside sources to build your self confidence, you are going to fail miserably. So, you HAVE to work on and take care of yourself.
I’m not saying you have to have the body of supermodel, but you need to take care of yourself. Exercise and eat well. It all comes down to simply making smarter choices in life. And they don’t have to be huge life altering ones either.
I bought myself a fitness tracker and began tracking my daily steps. The recommended amount is 10,000. I thought I was active (even though I sit at a desk all day) and set out for that goal. To say I was surprised when I was barely hitting 5,000 steps is an understatement! It really opened my eyes to how much I sit all day long while working.
I now average close to 12,000 a day. All I did was make a few small changes to my day that have become routine. For example:
  • I park a little further away from the store when I go shopping
  • I periodically get out of my chair throughout the day and take a brief walk for 3 minutes
  • I take stairs over escalators
These simple things help me to get more steps in and be more active. When it comes to eating, you might have to be a little more drastic. Start eating more real food and less processed foods. It will be easy at first when you are motivated, but you will get cravings soon afterwards. This is just your body going through withdraw. If you can push through the cravings, you will come out stronger on the other side.

Stand Tall

Take note as to how you walk. If you have a hard time seeing how you walk, have a friend record you walking. You may be surprised. Are your shoulders slumped? Is your head down? This is how someone walks who doesn’t have confidence. Stand up tall with your head up when you walk. Here is a great guide to walking properly.

Smile

Learn to smile. It’s crazy that I say learn to smile but many of us don’t smile that much. When you see someone, smile and say hello. Better yet, just walk around with a smile on your face. Just doing this will make you instantly feel happier inside and will do wonders for your self confidence. In fact, if you stop here and just make these 3 points habits, you will be well on your way to building self confidence.

Look People In The Eye

Nothing shows others that you have confidence like looking them in the eye when you talk to them. Additionally, when you do this while they are talking to you, it shows that you are really paying attention to them and what they are saying. Of course, make sure you blink and don’t stare when looking someone in the eye.

Change Your Habits

What are you doing that is causing you to lack confidence? Are you scared of speaking in public? Instead of hiding when you are called upon in the office or in class, make it a habit of getting past your fear and speak up.
Maybe your lack of confidence comes from being overweight. Instead of giving in to your craving for a pizza, go for a walk instead or have a tall glass of water. Both of these will help you to get over your urge and will help you to build confidence.

Think Positive

Many times we have a lack of confidence because we fear or doubt an outcome to an event. Instead of thinking negatively about an outcome, think positively. Think of the great things that will come out of it. In the off chance that it doesn’t turn out as you planned, don’t get discouraged. Instead, look at the bright side. Maybe you didn’t get that new job, but there could be better fit for you right around the corner. You never know, so don’t get discouraged so easily.
When you can find the positives in all situations, you lose your fear and this is a great step in building self confidence.

Volunteer

Helping others in need is another great activity that helps to build self confidence. I know when I do good for others, I feel amazing. That feeling stays with me for days on end. In fact, it is so powerful I included it in my 30 Days To Positive Thinking course.
Remember, you can volunteer your time and skills to great causes. It doesn’t have to be money.

Learn

Always strive to learn. If there is something you have an interest in, learn more about it. You can learn more about it for free through books from your library, online resources and guides and even at colleges. There are plenty of colleges that offer free, no credit courses in a variety of fields. As you learn more and more, your confidence in the subject matter grows and so does your overall confidence as well.

Do Something You Keep Putting Off

One simple way to build self confidence is to do the things we have been procrastinating on. Regardless of what the thing is, we are putting it off for a reason. Getting it done and off of your to-do list is a great shot of motivation.
I know for me, there are plenty of little things around the house I have to get to. I always put them off, even though they are easy to do and will take little time. When I finally do get around to doing one or two, I get on a roll and start knocking them all out. It’s amazing how good it feels to get them off my plate. Even though they aren’t big things, they still weigh me down.

Do Something That Scares You

This trick to building self confidence is related to the above. Write down a list of things that scare you and start knocking them off the list. I did this a few years ago. Each month, I had to do something that scared me. One time it was looking out the window on the plane (I hate flying). Another time it was walking down a stairway on the side of a mountain.
While they scared me at the time, they helped me to build my self confidence. When I fly, I look out the window all the time now. It might not seem like a good idea at first to challenge yourself in this way, but it is a great way to build your self confidence.

Stop Talking Negatively

Many times we put ourselves down by talking negative. We tell ourselves we can’t do this or are unable to do that. Stop putting yourself down with negative talk and lift yourself up with positive words of encouragement. When you try and fail, instead of saying “I can’t do this”, say that in time I will be able to do this, I just need more practice.
By simply changing our words, we have a huge impact on our feelings and mood. In fact, I talked about how these are all related in a previous post.

Stop Caring What Others Think

Related again to the above point, stop caring what others think. You aren’t out to please others, your goal is to please yourself and be happy. What makes you happy won’t make others happy most of the time. So you can either be miserable and make them happy, or just focus on your own happiness. Since you have to deal with yourself 24 hours a day, I suggest you make it a point to make you happy.
While it will be hard at first and you might disappoint them, they will get over it and so will you. As is said, you have to live with yourself, so you might as well be happy otherwise life will not be much fun.

Rationalize Your Doubts

Many times we get scared or worried and let our doubts control us. We let our minds go to the worst case scenario and allow that to determine whether or not we do something. If you are always allowing fear to rule you, you will never be self confident. Learn to rationalize your doubts.
Next time you have a doubt, go ahead and think of the worst case scenario. Then stop and think about how likely that outcome will be. Odds are it will be rare. Once you realize this, you can start thinking more positively about the outcomes.
I know for me, if I look back at the times I doubted something, 99% of the time the worst case scenario never came true. This fact alone gives me confidence to try things because I know that the odds are against the worst possible outcome.

Grow From Failing

If you hold yourself back because you are afraid to fail, I am here to tell you to go fail. Fail gloriously. Failing is the absolute best thing that can happen to you. It helps you to build character and grow not only as person but also helps in building self confidence.
As long as you look at your failures to see what you did wrong and make a change for the better, failing is a great thing. I’ve failed many times in life and I will fail many more times. I don’t let it control me or determine what I do. I know that failing is important and as a result, I don’t fear it. Ideally I want to succeed, but even if I fail, I know that I am one step closer to succeeding than if I never tried at all.

Change The Company You Keep

This is the hardest option for building self confidence and so it comes last. If you are hanging out with negative people that lack confidence, you will mimic them and be just like them. Because of this, you have to be smart with who you spend your time with.
Hang out and be friends with people that encourage you and push you to be your best. Stop hanging out with people that hold you back or put you or others down. It might be hard at first to pull away from these people, especially if you’ve been friends for a long time, but it is the best thing for you.
Remember, you only get one shot at life. You can either be miserable with others or you can be your best and live life to the fullest and be happy. It’s your choice, so you can’t get upset if life doesn’t turn out the way you want. In the long run, getting toxic people out of your life is the best thing you can do.

Final Thoughts

So there are 16 tips for building self confidence. Some are easier to apply than others. The key is that you start taking the steps to grow your self confidence. If you do this, you will notice a change in your life. As your confidence grows, you will take more chances, which can lead to more opportunities, and more success, which just snowballs into more confidence and more success.

Building Confidence

 

T
he way to find confidence is to look for challenge. Rock solid confidence and lasting self esteem cannot be handed to you, no matter how well intentioned your benefactor may be. Confidence and self esteem come from the direct experience of meeting challenges.

Confidence is well worth the trouble. With confidence in yourself, anything is possible. But confidence cannot be created out of nothing. Try to do that and you'll only get arrogance, a poor substitute which crumbles at the first tough challenge.

Confidence must be built. Just as strong muscles are built by lifting heavier and heavier weights, confidence is built by taking on bigger and bigger challenges.

Don't shy away from challenge. Welcome it. Seek it out. It will teach you. It will discipline you. It will give you valuable experience. And it will build in you something which can help take you wherever you wish to go -- confidence.


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Responding To Negative Words

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The Less you respond
To the Negative Words,
The More Peaceful
Your Life Becomes…
Save Only Those memories
Which gives away Twinkles in your eyes,
Not Wrinkles on your Face…

Indian Company to Start Shipping its $4 Smartphone This Week

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India is realizing the dream of manufacturing world’s cheapest phone by shipping the first batch of its Freedom 251 smartphone that will cost just $4 or some PKR 390.
Ringing Bells, that’s the name of the company behind Freedom 251 smartphone, said that it will ship some 200,000 Freedom 251 smartphones on June 30th, 2016 for those customers who pre-ordered their devices back in February 2016.
Freedom 251 will cost mere 251 Indian rupees or around PKR 390 for a four inch smartphone that will run on Android.

Company behind the phone was severally criticized at the time for claiming an impossible selling price. It was largely labelled as a hoax as experts had said that no smartphone could be manufactured below USD 20.
It now appears that criticism was not entirely wrong, as company is going to lose money on each smartphone it will ship. However, it may make profits down the line as scale of production will increase after the shipment of first batch.
Mohit Goel, the founder and CEO of Ringing Bells, while speaking with Indian Express said:
“We will have a loss, but I am happy that the dream of connecting rural and poor Indians as part of the Digital India and Make in India initiatives has been fulfilled with Freedom 251.”
Company is planning to open further pre-orders after the shipment of first batch on June 30th.
Here are the specs of the phone:
  • 1.3GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB Ram
  • 8GB internal member
  • Up to 32 GB external memory
  • 8MP primary camera with flash
  • 3.2MP front camera
  • 1,450 mAh battery
  • Will run on Android 5.1
  • Dual SIM support
  • 3G enabled
  • Price: USD 4
There’s no word on the performance of the phone as Indian media wasn’t demoed the phone, instead it was only allowed to take a picture of the phone (showed above).

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35 Ways to Respect Your Parents



May God give us sense of ability to follow these guidelines:

1. Put away your phone in their presence
2. Pay attention to what they are saying

3. Accept their opinions
4. Engage in their conversations
5. Look at them with respect
6. Always praise them
7. Share good new with them
8. Avoid sharing bad news with them
9. Speak well of their friends and loved ones to them.
10. Keep in remembrance the good things they did.
11. If they repeat a story, listen like it's the first time they tell it.
12. Don't bring up painful memories from the past
13. Avoid side conversations in their presence.
14. Sit respectfully around them
15. Don't belittle/criticize their opinions and thoughts
16. Avoid cutting them off when they speak
17. Respect their age
18. Avoid hitting/disciplining their grandchildren around them
19. Accept their advice and direction
20. Give them the power of leadership when they are present
21. Avoid raising your voice at them
22. Avoid walking in front or ahead of them
23. Avoid eating before them
24. Avoid glaring at them
25. Fill them with pride even when they don't think they deserve it.
26. Avoid putting your feet up in front of them or sitting with your back to them
27. Don't speak ill of them to the point where others speak ill of them too
28. Keep them in your prayers
29. Avoid seeming bored or tired of them in their presence
30. Avoid laughing at their faults/mistakes
31. Do a task before they ask you to
32. Continuously visit them / Sit with them
33. Choose your words carefully when speaking with them
34. Call them by names they like
35. Make them your priority above anything


Parents are treasure in this world .
You are lucky if you have your parents still living, but you will
realize this only after they demise.
Please do not forget that you too
will become old and expect how
you want to be treated by your
children then.

Little Difference Big Difference

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There is little Difference in People
But that little Difference
makes a BIG Difference.
The Little Difference is ATTITUDE
&
The BIG Difference is whether its
POSITIVE or NEGATIVE

6 Signs Your Online Payment Account Has Been Hacked

6 Signs Your Online Payment Account Has Been Hacked              

We’re banking and shopping online more than ever. And we love it. But it also means we’re now more at risk of falling victim to Internet scammers. That’s why you should keep an eagle eye on your PayPal, Amazon, Google Checkout and other online payment accounts, so you can spot suspicious activity right away.
Look online and you’ll find lots of advice on what to do after your payment account has been compromised. But what are the signs that your account has been cracked by cyber-criminals? Here are our top tips for keeping your money safe.
  1. Watch for any unauthorised activity: Always know what transactions are expected. Even the smallest unauthorised transfer can be a danger sign.
  2. Don’t ignore notifications: If you get an email saying your account details have changed and you didn’t change them, your account may be compromised.
  3. Beware of bogus calls: If someone phones and claims to be from your payment provider, insist on calling them back on the company’s public phone number.
  4. Don’t trust the text: If you suddenly start getting messages or calls from a mobile number that your provider doesn’t normally use—be very suspicious.
  5. Check every email: If an email or other online communication doesn’t look genuine, don’t reply to it without checking with your provider.
  6. Look out for bogus links: If you see strange activity on your account, check to see if you’ve clicked any suspicious links in your email recently.
You should also make sure that you have a good Internet security program, with secure online banking functions. The most sophisticated cyber-criminals are now using something called a man-in-the-browser attack.
In this kind of exploit, malware on your PC invisibly modifies legitimate web pages in order to take control of your online banking activity. The web address you’re looking at will be correct, and you will be logged in to your bank’s legitimate website, but cyber-criminals will be able to intercept the transaction, steal your financial details and, more importantly, your money.
The only way to completely protect yourself against man-in-the-browser attacks and other sophisticated types of cybercrime, is with an advanced Internet security suite.
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5 Tips to Increase Your Brain Power


I don’t remember that!” You may have heard someone saying these words or even you might have been saying this to yourself quiet sometime. Sometimes you forget names, sometimes things and sometimes important events. So it’s about time you help your brain to increase its power to memorize and enhance its functionalities.

Your body completely relies on your brain to keep it going. For a healthy body keeping a healthy mind is equally important. Looking after your brain the right way can save you from diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Your body completely relies on your brain to keep it going

It is a common phenomenon that as we age we tend to forget things but if we follow the right steps and make the right moves we can save ourselves from brain problems caused by degenerative changes.

So here we are with some brain boosting tips that will help you get rid of the habit of forgetfulness and would also serve as a guideline for aging minds.

Fitness
Fitter bodies lead to fitter brains, so keep in mind that for physically fit body and mind regular exercise is a must. There are a lot of researches that show a positive link between exercise and positive cognition. Another interesting fact, revealed by some researches is that, “maintaining a healthy weight with a low ratio of “belly fat” can significantly lower our risk for a memory disorder, even beginning in middle age.”

Some researchers also claim that exercising for 30 minutes for 5 to 6 days a week, improves the brain’s processing speed. It reduces the risk of developing dementia up to 38%. A low impact physical activity such as walk is good for your brain but if you want to qualify for MENSA then you need to do a lot more tough routine. Yes! You will have to hit the gym and lift those weights. Why? Studies reveal that weight lifting can increase BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) levels, a substance responsible for the growth of the nerve cells of the brain.

Ruth Day, a cognitive scientist says that physical activity like dancing can help sharpen your memory.

Sleep Well
To get a well functioning brain, maintaining a healthy life style is very important and for a healthy lifestyle a good night sleep is vital. Studies reveal that sleeping regularly for 7 to 8 hours in a day can enhance cognitive skills; it improves your learning and memorizing skills. Another important mind boosting factor, called power naps can be very effective. Researchers say that a 90 minute nap is favorable enough for stimulating the “gray matter” while some say that only a few minutes sleep can be of great help. A sound sleep gives your brain a fresh start as a result you can work efficiently for longer hours.

Play games
Playing board games with your kids can actually benefit your brain. You can play chess, solve a puzzle or play video games. There are many games available for brain fitness training as well such as timed activities. Researches show that playing such games boost your ability to concentrate and memorize and also increase information processing speed of your brain. Playing strategic games save you from developing diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s and also enhance your ability to recall. No matter what age group you belong, add games to your daily routine.

New Information
Keep on learning something new and different. You can try learning new language or words, read bestselling books. The trick is to break the routine and expose your brain to new experiences. Even traveling can be of great help. Pondering over new things and being curious can result in improved brain power. It widens our imagination and boosts our memory.

For new experiences you can also opt for volunteer work, such activities improve your intellectual performance and keep you engaged both socially and mentally. Such activities can also lower your risk of developing dementia at a later age, proven by Rush Medical Center, Chicago.

Foods
Keep in mind whatever you eat does affect your brain health. A well balanced diet, with lots of healthy foods for brain can support our power to memorize, and lower the risk of brain associated diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids are very beneficial for the effective functioning of membranes surrounding the cells of the brain. You can find omega-3 fatty acids in tuna, sardines and walnuts. For boosting your memory vitamin B6 is a very essential nutrient and you can find it in nuts, fish, whole grains and beans. Vitamin A is known for stimulating brain cells.  Eggs, yellow and dark colored vegetables and dairy products are the best sources of vitamin A. For retaining information and enhancing concentration, increase your intake of vitamin E, you can find it in nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables. Beverages like coffee can improve your short –term memory and concentration. Make sure you take a well-balanced diet and stuff your brain with all the essential nutrients.


Try to incorporate these tips to your daily routine, before it gets too late. Always guide your brain towards positive thinking and have faith in your memory, as Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”
 
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