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1. Swap the details or add new ones. Rearrange your furniture, repaint photo frames, move all the pictures to one wall in the room. Put the sofa cover away or replace it with another one, place a table for books and magazines, and your room will look differently.

2. Choose the main wall. Select one of the walls and paint it with a bright color or pattern. This undoubtedly will refresh your room. In addition, a certain color can visually enlarge it or, conversely, make it more cozy and small.

3. Change the lighting. It is up to you whether you use a spotlight or overhead light. Both of these light types may set the mood of the room and its owner, as well as its visual design. Spotlights can help you make a comfortable and warm corner for reading books with a delicious tea or talks with friends. Top light sometimes helps to tune in to the workflow and light up the whole picture.

4. Create a mood board. Creating your own mood board can be very joyful and useful. It can include anything that inspires you, memories of pleasant moments or your loved ones, schedule appointments, any inspirational items, maps, herbaria, drawings, sketches, notes, and so on. This board is very motivating and uplifting, and can help you set the right course for your everyday life.

5. Add some fresh flowers. If you like natural flowers at home, a new plant in a nice pot will give a new breath to your room, especially if it is flowering or has beautiful green leaves. If you find it difficult to take care of them, choose undemanding air-cleaning plants, such as sansevieria, aglaonema, zamioculcas or golden lotus. Other unpretentious plants that and look good in the interior are bamboo, ficus, ivy, syngonium and succulents.

6. Unleash the color! You need not buy something new; it is enough to brighten up already existing furniture and decor. For example, paint the chair legs or decorate your desk. Use a bright veil, new armchair cover and curtains of bright or, conversely, deep color. Beautiful braids, ribbons or beads can give your home a creative and fresh look.

7. Make a soft place. Add more cushions of different sizes and color to a place where you like to spend time relaxing with a book or with your friends.

8. Style your floor. Small rugs made of natural materials can add a welcoming atmosphere to any room. Multiple colors, sizes and patterns are available in stores and on the Internet.

9. Give your room a unique character. Complete your room with details that characterize your personality, your tastes, interests and hobbies – make your room reflects its owner. Find a place for souvenirs brought from travels or your collection of shells, dream and experiment. On the other hand, you can reset your room. Clear your space thoroughly, throw out the old furniture and paint the walls white, starting a new chapter in your home life.

We are fond of people who thinks like us. If you agree with someone’s point of view, it is likely that you have already added this person to the list of your potential friends. We tend to subconsciously ignore or push away the information that does not match our outlook, and we tend to surround ourselves with people who share our opinions. This effect, called confirmation bias, applies when we search for the information that corresponds to our own views. The same thing happens with our memories.

In 1979, a group of scientists from the University of Minnesota conducted an experiment, in which students read two versions of the story about a girl named Jane.  In the first version, this girl’s behavior presented the extroverted personality type, while in the second version of the story Jane was described as an introvert.

A few days later, students were divided into two groups. The students from the first group remembered Jane as an introvert, so when they were asked whether or not a librarian job would fit her, they answered in the affirmative. The second group, on the other hand, was asked if Jane could be an estate agent. The participants of the second group were convinced that Jane was an extrovert, which is why they decided that working as an estate agent would be more suitable for her than a boring library. This proves that the effect of bias confirmation applies in our memories as well.

Another study conducted in 2009 in the Ohio University, showed that people spend 36% more time reading articles relevant to their point of view on the topic. When our beliefs and principles are interwoven with the strong idea about ourselves, we cannot discard them without harming our image. That is why we make every possible effort to avoid such situations.

In the human body, alternation of sleep and wakefulness is controlled by epiphysis, or pineal gland - a tiny organ located in the center of the brain. In the daylight, it produces serotonin, also called a hormone of pleasure and happiness. However, when it gets dark outside, the pineal gland begins to produce another hormone - melatonin, which is responsible for healthy and restful sleep.

Being produced only at night and in complete darkness, melatonin helps us fall asleep and then restores our body, normalizing our nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems. What is more, this hormone has a rejuvenating effect and prolongs our lives. Melatonin shortage leads to stress, insomnia and can eventually link to serious health problems.

These problems can be avoided if follow the natural circadian rhythms, as our body was programmed. Melatonin is most actively produced from 12 to 2 am, so these two hours we need not just to relax but sleep a deep sleep, so that our body could produce enough melatonin for our recovery. The highest concentration of melatonin accumulated in our blood is in the early morning.

Our body cannot reserve melatonin for the future, and a portion generated during the night will last only until the evening. In addition, napping does not compensate night sleep. Therefore, even if you are trying to catch up on sleep during the day after a sleepless night, your body will not produce melatonin and your rest will not be regenerating. What can you do if there are too much streetlight coming in your window? First, it is necessary to close the window with thick dark curtains. If this is not possible for some reason, there is another way.

The fact is that darkness, as such, is not as important for our body as what tour eye’s retina perceives. Therefore, wearing a sleeping mask, you can trick your epiphysis and force it to produce melatonin, even with the lack of darkness in the room where you sleep (though, not in a daytime). Keep in mind that if you wake up at night and turn on the light, melatonin production stops, which is why it is difficult to fall asleep again.

The amount of melatonin produced by our body decreases with age. That is why babies sleep a lot, and the elderly people suffer from insomnia so often. Nevertheless, you can increase the production of this hormone at any age, at least to a small extent. For this purpose, follow a few conditions:

1. If possible, do not break your natural biological rhythms, stay awake in a daytime and sleep at night.

2. Try to spend more time out in a daytime. The natural day light contributes to the normal production of serotonin, without which our body cannot form enough melatonin.

3. Remember that many medications, coffee, alcohol and nicotine reduce the production of melatonin.

4. Include in your diet more foods containing the amino acid tryptophan, a building block for both serotonin and melatonin. Tryptophan is mostly contained in hard cheese, eggs, lean meat, beans, kidney beans and nuts. Melatonin itself can be obtained from corn, rice, oats, tomatoes and bananas.

Have a good sleep and strong health!


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