Never before has the information flow been so large, time for making decisions been so small, and the density of events been so high. Everything has its price, though, and super stress is what we pay for such a high pace of life. Events flash with a kaleidoscopic speed and we cannot get away from the feeling that we not have time for anything. Fortunately, the cure for the super stress has been already found.

Slow Life. The basic principle of slow life is to enjoy every moment, live here and now and, most importantly, keep up everything without hurrying. However, if you wish to stay relaxed and listen to your own internal clock, you need to put some efforts. To start with, turn off the TV and reduce time spent at the computer in order to get rid of unnecessary news and information noise. Do not try to manage everything. Instead, bring in a simple rule: one day - one event. Check your wish list: the way to happiness lies not in your ability to buy everything, but in minimizing your wants. The only thing you need to do is find out what your true desires are. Do what helps you relax and stay calm as often as possible: walk in the fresh air, admire the snowfall and other natural phenomena.

Slow Food is a movement created contrary to fast food. Slow food supporters say "no" to eating on the run, junk food and convenience foods. Taking meal should be a ritual in which not only food is important, but also dishes, tableware, interior design and good company. Slow food is prepared with seasonal ingredients grown on native land. Learn how to cook. This is a surefire way to double your eating pleasure!

Slow Work. When you hear about the idea of ​​slow work for the first time, it seems unrealistic. However, many consultants argue that happy and easy going people work ten times more efficiently than those who are constantly nervous and afraid of being late. Delegate your responsibilities, divide big issues into smaller tasks, and plan your affairs so as to work on only one task at time. Make pauses, giving your brain time to rest and find new ideas. Stop placing your career above all: switch your attention and thoughts in your spare time, communicate with different people and do pleasant things.

Slow Travel contemplates thoughtful travelling. Stay at one place for a long time, live there to feel it, meet the locals, and you will grow from a tourist to a traveler.

Slow Parenting is a rejection of early child development methods. The authors call on you to listen to your own child’s biorhythms and recommend spending more time with your son or daughter by playing simple games or reading books instead of teaching them a foreign language from the age of three months.

Slow Reading encourages you to enjoy the process of reading, re-read favorite books and read aloud not only to little children, but also to your family and friends.

Slow Life permeates all spheres of life - indeed, anything can be slow! The main thing here is to enjoy as many moments of your life as possible, to take pleasure from what your present, and to feel happy and alive.

Your brain demands a reset. If you come home and can hardly stand on your feet, having accomplished ​​only ten of twenty tasks planned for the day, do not blame yourself for being inefficient! Your brain cannot continuously carry out your orders because it also needs to take care of itself. The brain should reboot and clear itself, so avoid any outside information for a while.

False kindness. You only think that you help when solving other people's problems. People must solve their problems themselves, because they develop as their problem-solving arsenal grows.

There are harbingers of things and events to come. Moreover, they increase in number! One dirty cup on a table tends to turn into the pile of filthy dishes. One inscription on a freshly painted fence will not be lonely for long, as soon the whole fence will be covered with dozens of them. Try to recognize and prevent adverse events in the bud. It is much easier to melt a snowflake than to stop a snowball.

Less is better than too much. This applies to absolutely everything. For example, if you make a speech, finish it before people get bored. As Voltaire once said, ‘The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.’ If you go out on a date, say goodbye earlier than your partner does. Leave your friends’ house before they yearn for solitude.

The magic word. It turns out that the magic word is ‘No’ rather than ‘Please’. Many problems can be avoided if you learn how to turn people away. The main reason people are afraid to say ‘No’ is that they are afraid to be disliked! Nevertheless, you cannot please everyone. When you reasonably refuse, it improves your self-esteem and increases self-respect. Learn to react calmly on other people's negative emotions about your refusal.

Ideal conditions do not exist. There will never be perfect conditions. Of course, it would silly to deny that the favorable circumstances occur occasionally. However, someone is wise enough to use them even less often, partly because the opportunities are usually hidden under the guise of the problems that must be solved.

The law of once organized. Once organized well enough works great!

Influence of the environment. Environment affects the way that one develops. Even if people do not possess outstanding talents, in one environment they can become intelligent, while another milieu can make them primitive. Environment matters a lot as we become similar to people who are close to us.

Polar reaction to the talent. Talented people always cause polar reactions, either adoration or hate. People cannot perceive them indifferently and it is impossible not to notice, ignore or forget them. Therefore, if you are talented, do not expect universal approval.

Not your people. People who are not yours will go anyway, no matter how hard you try to save your relation.

Shared memories. Shared memories of the events that happened tie people together more than anything else. So if you want to build and maintain affection with your close people, create common good memories.

Losses are inevitable. People make mistakes in everything they do, so losses are inevitable. We can influence many things but not everything. We cannot achieve perfection in all our actions. Knowing this, do not take it to heart too much.

Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently carried out an interesting study. A group of students were given a number of tasks of various kinds, from memorizing numbers, solving crossword and spatial puzzles to physical exercises, such as shooting the ball into the ring.

In order to increase productivity of volunteers, researchers established three levels of awards: small financial incentives for acceptable results, a bigger money prize for a good outcome and a valuable money prize for outstanding achievements.

While students performed tasks requiring only mechanical actions without the complex mental work, the system worked as it should be: great prizes resulted in high performance. However, when the task required intellectual skills, the opposite happened. The better the encouragement seemed, the worse the performance was. Then sociologists, economists and psychologists conducted similar experiments and each time the result was the same.

Consequently, it becomes clear that the basic principle of motivation does not always make sense. If the assigned task requires cognitive intellectual efforts, the simplest method of motivation does not work and decreases overall performance.


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