How to best use the days of the week.

It started on a Monday when I found myself staring at my computer screen plunking away on keys mindlessly. What was the point of that besides nothing? So, I researched how my mind and body would best operate on a Monday, then moved through the rest of the days of the week. Makes sense to put these day tips to use, hope they can help make your day more productive, more efficient nd a little more loved.

Pantone's color of the year - as a scent.

GREENERY

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A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

The Science Behind the Power of Storytelling

Unlike statistics, stories trigger emotions—actual physical and chemical changes in our body. In a thoughtful post on Greater Good, a science publication associated with the University of California, Berkeley, Jeremy Adam Smith crystalizes why good stories are so powerful: “Stories are told in the body.”

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This 20-Minute Daily Ritual Will Make You Smarter, According to Science

Yes, in addition to improving stress levels and your physiological health, daily meditation has also been shown to make you smarter. Research into brainwave training, a type of meditation, found that those who incorporated the practice into their daily routine showed an average gain in IQ of 23%. What's more, when participants were analyzed one year later, they had developed strong skills relating to creativity, concentration, and self-awareness.

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Spend More Time In The Shower by Simon Sinek

Find the place your mind wanders, the place you solve problems or have ideas and spend more time there.  If your morning commute is when you have all your ideas, for example, then, from time to time, just go for a drive without having a destination and just enjoy the drive.  Let your mind wander.

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Five Surprising Facts About Daydreaming

Daydreaming makes you more creative.

Many times the "dialogue" that occurs when the daydreaming mind cycles through different parts of the brain accesses information that was dormant or out of reach, notes Eugenio M. Rothe, a psychiatrist at Florida International University.

Likewise, the daydreaming mind may make an association between bits of information that the person had never considered in that particular way.

"This accounts for creativity, insights of wisdom and oftentime the solutions to problems that the person had not considered," Rothe said by email.

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Smell Dating

SMELL SCIENCE

The idea is based on the science of pheromones: the chemical signals that creatures from gerbils to giraffes to humans send out to entice mates.

Olfactory communication, or communication by scent in humans, has far been underestimated in the past according to researchers at theUniversity of Vienna. They argue that many recent studies have found that pheromones not only play a role in the behavioral and reproduction biology of humans, but also in human sexual behavior.

Here is a quick video on the smell of attraction:

Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland tested their curiosity of humans’ ability to detect specific smells and pheromones by asking women to smell different sweaty T-shirts worn by men for 2 days straight without deodorant, cologne and other distracting scents. The women were asked to rate each man’s shirt for “sexiness,” “pleasantness,” and “intensity of smell.” They found that the ratings were all determined by MHC. MHC, major histocompatibility complex, is a segment of our DNA related to the immune system. It was discovered in this experiment that the women preferred the smell of the shirts from men with very different MHC profiles. Conversely, the women did not like the smell of the shirts from men with similar MHC profiles. This again confirms the idea that our sense of smell has something to do with attraction.

Do scents affect people's moods or work performance?

The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets or perfume-makers. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion. Smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where ‘cognitive’ recognition occurs, only after the deepest parts of our brains have been stimulated. Thus, by the time we correctly name a particular scent as, for example, ‘vanilla’ , the scent has already activated the limbic system, triggering more deep-seated emotional responses.

How scent affects emotion

The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets or perfume-makers. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion. Smell sensations are relayed to the cortex, where ‘cognitive’ recognition occurs, only after the deepest parts of our brains have been stimulated. Thus, by the time we correctly name a particular scent as, for example, ‘vanilla’ , the scent has already activated the limbic system, triggering more deep-seated emotional responses.

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