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The World’s 10 Best Cities to Call Home

The World’s 10 Best Cities to Call Home

Looking for a change of pace and want to upgrade the city you call home? Try any of these top ten most livable locals in the world and you won’t be disappointed! These rankings are from the Economist Intelligence Unit and are driven by data regarding a host of livability factors for 140 cities across the globe, so you can be sure these really are the 10 best cities around.

10. Auckland

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    New Zealand’s biggest city is also its most livable! With 32% of the country’s people packed into one place you’d think things would get claustrophobic, but not in Auckland. When the hustle and bustle gets to be too much, just take a stroll along the world famous harbor front and find out why Auckland is nicknamed the “City of Sails.”

    9. Perth

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      The world’s most isolated large city is also no slouch in the livability department. It may be more than 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles) away from any other city with more than 100,000 people, but Perth knows how to party all on its own. With an average daily temperature in the comfortable mid-60s Fahrenheit (19° Celsius), Perth won’t sweat you out like most Australian locals, either. Just keep an eye out for sharks if you hit the beach.

      8. Helsinki

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        One of only two European cities to find its way into the top ten, Helsinki is where to live if you want to take advantage of everything winter has to offer. Being the northernmost city on the list you might expect bitter cold and blizzards in Finland’s capital, but the average temperature in the winter months only sits around 23° F (-5° C), thanks to the Baltic Sea. That makes Helsinki the perfect place to do some cross country skiing before heating back up in one of Finland’s famous saunas.

        7. Sydney

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          If cold really isn’t your thing, maybe Sydney is the place for you. The world’s seventh most livable city sits on what is arguably the world’s most beautiful natural harbor. Rent a boat and explore some of Sydney Harbor’s 317 kilometers (196 miles) of coastline before taking advantage of the nightlife in Australia’s most populous city.

          6. Adelaide

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            If you’re looking for a slightly slower pace while still enjoying many of the great benefits of Sydney, why not give Adelaide a try? With a little more than a quarter the population of its larger cousin, Adelaide hosts a terrific arts scene and a great food and wine culture. Explore the Art Gallery of South Australia before heading to either the Adelaide Festival of Arts or the renowned Fringe Festival.

            5. Calgary

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              Number five on the countdown is a winter wonderland to rival even Helsinki. If you can brave the coldest days in Calgary, the largest city on Canada’s prairies, your reward might come in the form of a warm chinook wind from the mountains raising the mercury to spring temperatures in the middle of winter. Use the summer months to check out the Calgary Stampede rodeo, or explore the Rocky Mountains a short drive west of the city center.

              4. Toronto

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                If you’re more into arts and music than cowboy culture, maybe Canada’s largest city would be a good fit. Toronto sits on the shores of Lake Ontario and boasts some of the best galleries, shopping, and music in the northern hemisphere. Don’t miss the great recreational opportunities on the islands that protect the city’s harbor, the only group of islands in the western section of Lake Ontario.

                3. Vancouver

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                  If Canada seems like your kind of place but parkas don’t flatter your figure, move to Vancouver! The crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest boasts dramatic mountains, incredible ocean views and a thriving arts scene. Vancouver is also Canada’s most environmentally minded city, with an extensive network of rooftop gardens and the beautiful Stanley Park, which allows residents to walk or bike along the city’s famous seawall for all 12 snow-free months of the year.

                  2. Vienna

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                    Europe’s most livable city may be famous as the setting for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but it is so much more than romantic monster stories. Austria’s capital and largest city has history in heaps, having been lived in continuously since 500 BC. Castles, cathedrals, museums, and wine will greet you when you arrive and make you want to stay forever.

                    1. Melbourne

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                      To find the world’s most livable city, however, we must head back to Australia to explore the streets of Melbourne. Boasting some of the country’s highest ratings for education, entertainment, healthcare, tourism, and sports, Melbourne has a lot to offer, no matter what you’re into. Take in a match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground or wander the halls of the Royal Exhibition Building, the world’s most livable city will keep you coming back for more.

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                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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