Keeping Yourself Busy Can Boost Your Mental Health, Science Says 61

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What most people want is to have a relaxing day (every day) and earn money without being busy. You also want to do as much as possible in and around the home or regarding your family or social life, without being too busy as well.

Although we dread having busy lifestyle, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find something positive about it. In fact, a groundbreaking study published recently discovered that keeping yourself busy boosts mental health.

Busy Schedule and Mental Health

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas discovered that sustained engagement in mentally challenging activities improves memory in older adults. The groundbreaking research suggests that busy people may have better-functioning brains in old age than those who are less busy. For the purpose of the study, scientists included 330 participants from the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study (DLBS) aged between 50 and 89. They had to complete the questionnaire as well as series of neuropsychological tests which measured their cognitive performance.

For the purpose of the study, scientists included 330 participants from the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study (DLBS) aged between 50 and 89. They had to complete the questionnaire as well as series of neuropsychological tests which measured their cognitive performance.

One of the authors of the research, Denise C. Park, stated all team members were shocked when they found how little research has been conducted on this subject because the modern lifestyle is characterized by busyness.

Findings, published in the Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, showed that greater busyness was strongly associated with better processing speed, working memory, episodic memory, reasoning, and crystallized knowledge.

Interestingly, the interaction between age and busyness wasn’t present while predicting cognitive performance. What does this mean?

This finding indicates that busyness was similarly beneficial in different age groups. The level of education was, also, unrelated to the impact of busyness on mental health, meaning one doesn’t necessarily have to possess higher education diploma or have a well-paid job to experience brain-health benefits of busyness.

After reading these results, it’s only natural to ask yourself why busy schedule improves mental health.

Scientists assume it is because busier people have more opportunities to learn through a wide array of situations they find themselves in, thus heightening cognition, the Independent reports.

Another potential explanation is that busy individuals socialize more which is beneficial for brain health and cognitive functioning. On the other hand, social isolation poses as a significant contributor to depression and poor cognitive health.

Of course, it is necessary to make a clear distinction between the healthy and unhealthy level of busyness.

When an individual is overly busy, it could lead to increased stress and weak cognitive functions. The key is to create a schedule to enrich the lifestyle with different activities that stimulate the brain. Below, you can see how.

Read.

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Reading is one of the best exercises for your brain, and if you’ve ever wondered how to improve memory, you have your answer now.

According to a study carried out by researchers at the Liverpool University, it’s not just about reading any book you find. In fact, opting for more complex texts such as classics is more beneficial for memory, learning, and cognitive functions.

Reading was also found to lower the levels of a protein involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

Furthermore, research from the journal Neurology revealed that people who read books have healthier brains in old age compared to individuals who don’t.

Crosswords.

Crosswords, puzzles, and other brain games have been found to delay the onset of memory decline in patients with dementia in a study published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Brain games are one of the easiest ways to engage your mind, improve learning and memory as well as problem-solving skills.

When making a schedule to improve brain health, including some time to do crosswords, Sudoku, or other mind-engaging activities is beneficial for it.

Do Aerobic Exercise.

Scientists at the University of British Columbia discovered that aerobic exercise appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area responsible for verbal memory and learning.

Benefits of this exercise come from its tremendous ability to reduce insulin resistance and inflammation and promote the release of growth factors, chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, Harvard Health reports.

A sedentary lifestyle is bad for your waistline, both physical and mental health, which is why your daily or weekly schedule should include physical activity.

To get the most out of your exercise, you have to pair it with proper nutrition. This is an excellent opportunity to include Omega-3 fatty acids, blueberries and dark chocolate, known as best brain foods, and other healthy items in your menu.

Other Activities to Stay Busy.

  • Travel;
  • Take up a hobby;
  • Socialize with your friends;
  • Play an instrument or take a class to learn;
  • Learn how to cook a new meal;
  • Paint;
  • Do some gardening;
  • Learn a new language.

Conclusion

A Recent study found that people with busy schedules have better brain health and the results weren’t associated with one’s educational background or age.

These findings indicate that keeping yourself busy with different activities can help improve the cognitive functioning.

Of course, you should have some time for rest, but try incorporating different things into your schedule. Every opportunity to learn, develop new skills and socialize does wonders for your brain.

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.