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10 Things Morning People Do That Make Them Different

10 Things Morning People Do That Make Them Different

Getting up in the morning is hard because your bed is so comfy, and you know you have an endless to-do list just waiting for you. It’s hard to change your circadian rhythm from being a night owl to a morning person, but it’s possible! Check out these ten things morning people do that make them different, and see what habits you can work into your own life. You might be a morning person before you know it!

1. They are happier.

Morning people are happier because they are more adjusted to the typical schedule. Night owls are possibly crankier because they stay up later, then still have to get up early to work a 9–5 job. Morning people, on the other hand, are ready to face the day by the time their office job has to start. Another possible cause for their sunnier dispositions is literally the sun—exposure to natural light has been shown to make people happier and improve moods.

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2. They are more productive in the morning.

Morning people get up and go. They make coffee, they shower, they pack lunches and watch the news. They get their day started. Morning people often have more energy early in the day, and find it’s better to schedule their challenging tasks for this time.

3. They don’t hit snooze.

Morning people don’t hit the snooze button. They don’t even need the snooze button. Morning people are ready to get up as soon as their alarm goes off. I’ve even known morning people who are awake before their alarms go off!

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4. They have a lower risk of depression.

Studies have shown that people who are more inclined to stay up late are more likely to have mood disorders. This could be because morning people spend more time in society during the day, whereas night owls go out when the world is less populated—if they go out at all.

5. They feel less rushed.

Morning people wake up with time to have breakfast and get ready for work at a more leisurely pace than those who hit snooze until the last minute. They have time to welcome the day with a cup of coffee and a smile, rather than already feeling frazzled about the time crunch.

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6. They are more prepared for their day.

Morning people have more time to get ready for their day because they have time before they need to fulfill obligations. They can fix breakfast and pack lunches. And, because they’re good with time management, morning people often prepare all of this stuff the night before. It might sound childish to lay out your clothes the night before work, but it helps save a lot of time in the morning!

7. They have better grades.

A study done at Texas University shows that students who are morning people had GPAs at least one point higher than their night owl classmates. This might be because they get more sleep and are less likely to skip class, and since they’re not up and out late at night, they’re into less trouble-causing activities. But never fear, just because you’re out of school doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from being a morning person—you can outperform your night owl coworkers!

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8. They’re more alert and organized.

Morning people wake up early because they go to bed earlier and get enough rest. Night owls try to cram too much in to the available hours, which wears them out and keeps them from getting all the sleep they need. As a result, their organization suffers. Morning people are alert for more of their waking hours, and this gives them more time and energy to be productive and organized.

9. They’re nicer.

This goes along with the risk of depression in that morning people have better moods and dispositions. They are out in society more, and socialize with a wider variety of people than do night owls. Morning people more than likely feel like they were more productive during the day than their evening counterparts, so they feel proud of themselves and are able to convey that positivism in their interactions with others.

10. They’re more likely to stick to a schedule.

Morning people wake up at the same time every day, which sets them on a good path to stick to a schedule throughout the day. They’re more likely to set time limits for projects at work and stick to them and accomplish deadlines.

Featured photo credit: Joeri Poesen via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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