21 Things You Can Do To Bend Your Brain To Your Will

Got a case of the bad brains? You can't fix everything with the power of positive thinking; sometimes you gotta show your brain who's boss. Dunk it in coffee, inundate and remove stimuli at will, and do it all with a smile on your face.

Here are some relatively simple things you can do to wrestle your brain into submission. It's your brain, it should work for you!

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Defeat anxiety by singing. If your brain is on overdrive before a performance or a test, singing to yourself will put it in a sleeperhold. Source: Wired

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Chug some coffee and take a nap. It takes about 15 minutes for coffee to kick in. Taking a snooze during that time is notably more effective than a coSource: PubMed.gov

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Give yourself night vision. When entering or leaving a dark room, adjust to the new lighting more quickly by keeping a hand over one eye. That's why p

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Tune out the world, start hallucinating. Halvod ping pong balls Cut a ping pong ball in half, cup the halves over your eyes, shine a red light in yourSource: Boston.com

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Fake it 'til you feel it. Faking a smile can make your brain think you're happy. Similarly, raising your eyebrows and widening your eyes can induce crSource: University of Chicago

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Stare at the Apple logo to spark creativity. 1 Advertising is, sadly, extremely effective. You might as well use it to your advantage! The ubiquitous Source: Duke

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Hit the Off switch on your gag reflex. Make a fist with your left hand, squeeze your thumb, and tell Joey Chestnut to make room at the table. Source: MindHacks

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Spend cash to save money. 0258 toet TES FD 76485899E8l Giving away physical currency conjures scarcity, and makes you more reluctant to spend. CRACKED

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Tchotchkes on your desk can make you more productive. Googk. Having a modicum of control over your work environment can up your productivity by 32%.

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Reset your sleep cycle with a hunger strike. When you eat for the first time in 16 hours, your brain overrides any light stiumuli and declares it mornSource: WiseBread

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Believe that you smell sexy. Study participants who told themselves they smelled terrific were found to be more desirable, whether they were spritzed Source: PubMed.gov

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Gargle Gatorade to get into the zone. You don't even have to swallow. Just having sugar in your mouth tells your body we're all fuelled up! CRACKED.Source: The Physiological Society

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Control the flow of time, with music. Your brain notices less time when it's distracted by music, but more time if your focus jumps between music and Source: Newsweek

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To make better decisions, ignore the future. Speakers of tenseless languages tend to make empirically better decisions on things like saving money andSource: Yale

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Listen to music for peak physical performance. Music can distract you from pain, and you expend less energy when you achieve synchronicity. Source: The Sport Journal

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Write yourself a note then throw it out. The act of simply writing something (not typing) stirs up inactive parts of your brain, and makes you recall Source: The Wall Street Journal

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No blue alarm clocks.   1:2 7 Blue light mimics daylight, AKA prime getting-eaten- by-lions time. Your brain will stay slightly alert, and you'll missSource: Harvard

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Take the day off, let your brain do all the work. Your brain needs time to digest information. You recall more information after 24 hours than you do

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Use binoculars to treat pain. Looking at an injury through backward binocs makes your problem look - and feel - like it's much further away. Source: Science Blogs

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Look at sick people for a white blood cell boost. Looking at pictures of the ill for 10 minutes makes your body react as if it had been infected or buSource: Psychology Today

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Loopy doodles clear your noodle. B People who scribble fluid, uninterrupted lines perform better on abstract, creative thinking tests. Source: Stanford