For the longest time, I thought that coffee was something that we should be avoiding and it’s really bad for you we should not be taking it. But I was wrong, the other day I accidentally stumbled across a video on coffee and it piqued my curiosity so I watched it and I was intrigued by what the person said about it so I decided to learn more about coffee, specifically about the caffeine in it which I believed was so bad for you. Turns out it is not that bad for you and may even have benefits.
So what does coffee actually do, well as you might know coffee contains caffeine which is the worlds most widely consumed psychoactive drug, blocks one of the neuron transmitters in the brain called adenosine. Adenosine is an inhibitory neuron transmitter and its foremost action is to hose down brain activity. So when coffee blocks adenosine it increases overall neural firing in the brain that increases the activity of other neurotransmitters like dopamine which ultimately stimulates changes in our energy, mood and attention.
Positive impacts of Coffee
Enhances memory performance
Improves memory and recall
Enhances physical performance
Improves recovery from exercise
Contains more antioxidants than green tea and cocoa.
Coffee drinkers may have a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases(including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke), type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, uterine and liver cancer, etc
Negative impacts of coffee
Can cause insomnia
Can cause restlessness
Can cause anxiety
Can cause jitteriness
Bad quality coffee can be toxic
Too much coffee raises stress levels
Coffee can seriously dehydrate you so for every cup of coffee you should be drinking two cups of water.
Can suffer from caffeine withdrawal
Pregnant women should not be having high amounts of caffeine.
So is coffee good or bad for you? There are many more positive and negative impacts of drinking coffee. The ones mentioned above are only a few. All the negative effects of drinking coffee are caused when consumed in high amounts or when the person becomes addicted to it and feels like they cannot go through the day without coffee. At the end of the day, we should remember that caffeine is a drug and we can get addicted to it. But there are many benefits to drinking coffee. So the best strategy would be to not take it regularly or take a week off from coffee every three weeks if you are a daily drinker. This builds your tolerance to caffeine.
In my opinion, I feel like people who do drink coffee can change to decaf coffee. Decaf coffee tastes exactly like normal coffee or at least very similar to the normal coffee and it has no caffeine. Even though it is labelled as “decaf” coffee when people drink the coffee since it tastes exactly like normal coffee they might believe that it doesn’t really make much of a difference and thanks to the placebo effect they will experience the same benefits they had while they drank normal coffee. In fact, there are people who drink decaf coffee unknowingly and believe that whatever outcome they were looking from that coffee occurred because they drank “caffeinated” coffee. This is just my opinion.
Yes, you read it. Don’t be content. I did not get the title wrong. The idea of being content is something that gets stuck to us from our society since childhood. I think that the idea of being content developed because we didn’t want people to be greedy. But there is a difference between pursuing your desires apart from our needs versus being greedy. Keep wanting more, never be content but…… you should be GRATEFUL. That is what most people miss.
The following passage comes from the Gospel of Mathew in the Holy Scripture, and it has been mystified, confused and misunderstood by many people and over the centuries.
“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him”
You have to admit that when you read the passage it appears unjust, as it seems to be saying that the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. But there is a mystery to uncover, the answer has eluded so many for centuries is one hidden word: gratitude.
“Whoever has gratitude will be given more and he or she will have an abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude, even what he or she has will be taken away from him or her.”
By the revelation of one hidden word, a cryptic text is made crystal clear. If you don’t take the time to be grateful you’ll never have more, and what you do have will lose. It doesn’t matter what religion you follow, or whether you’re religious or not. These words apply to your life.
When you’re content you are like stagnant water. You just lay there and receive everything that is been thrown at you. Life is about living and not just existing. But like everything, this too is a double-edged sword. You should also not be greedy. But when you’re grateful you automatically won’t be greedy. There’s plenty and more for all our needs and desires but not for our greed. Forget what society tells you about being content, instead, work hard for the things that you want and grateful. Also, don’t feel guilty for wanting things because then you don’t really manifest those things and it hurts you. It’s human nature to never be content but you should be grateful. That is what separates us from being just another species. Finding the right balance between all of this is the biggest lesson in our lives and the earlier you find it, the earlier you’ll succeed in your definition of success
I’m pretty sure that all of us at some point in our life has wondered how or why we forget things quickly. The information that you learned today very well, the next day you remember only bits and pieces. Sound familiar?. Most people think that this is their fault but actually it’s not at all your fault. If you forget things the next day after you learned you’re completely fine, this happens because of the way our brain has been designed. But there are exceptions.
Our human brain forgets things because of something called The Forgetting Curve. It is also called The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve. The theory is that humans start losing the memory of learned knowledge over time, in a matter of days or weeks, unless the learned knowledge is consciously reviewed over again. The forgetting curve is exponential because memory loss is rapid within the first few days of learning. But the rate of memory loss decreases and the rate of much forgetting are much slower from then on.
Suppose you study a topic “A” today and you review it tomorrow you have interrupted the forgetting curve. Now you will forget only 25% the following day and if you review it three days later you go back to 100% and now it’s going to take you even longer to forget it. The idea is that the more times we do this the more spaced out our repetition becomes the more likely we are to encode this information into a long term memory. Now you’ll never forget the topic “A” because we have repeated it so many times that the forgetting curve does not apply to it anymore.
The idea behind spaced repetition is that you allow your brain to forget some of the information such that when you revise it again it’s not mindless repetition it’s actually taking you some brainpower to retrieve the information. It is a scientific fact that the harder your brain works to retrieve something from it the stronger that information gets encoded in your brain. So the more brainpower it takes, the more you’ve forgotten and harder your brain has to work, therefore more strongly the information gets encoded in your brain. Studying by this method is much more efficient than any other method. You’ll save much more time and energy by this method. Even medical students use this study technique.
This is such a valuable piece of information that everyone at every age will benefit from. You can use this technique to learn any sort of information. If you got to know this at a young age then your extremely lucky because you can save so much time and learn things with much greater understanding and efficiently which will greatly affect you in a positive way in the long run. If you’re not young it’s still fine, learning is a never-ending process. Even if you have got a job, to grow in it you have to learn more, you can use this technique from now and I promise you will never go back to studying the same way as before.
Know what your goals are and make decisions based on that. It could be big life-changing decisions or small daily life tasks.
Learn from people who you admire.
Always have a plan. Plan the day the night before. Be in control of yourself and your tasks. Don’t let your tasks pile up put yourself in a place of confusion and break down. You can avoid this situation by planning and execute the plan. Make sure that you execute it.
Exercise self-control. Set goals for yourself and only after finishing it let yourself to take a break. This is a way in which you can increase self-control.
Set health as a top priority. Both mental and physical health is important
Something that people who are trying to achieve success does not know is that they should LIVE and not just exist. Enjoy life. Don’t just work and work like a robot.
Do things that you love, spend time with friends and family, don’t get me wrong, you have to work very hard to achieve success but you should not be sacrificing your health, personal relationships or your fun activities to achieve success. To an extent yes you have to sacrifice your personal interests. But there is no use if you have a Lamborghini but have no one in the passenger seat. Prince Ea recently said ” I promise you that there are a lot of successful people in the graveyard right now who would give anything to be above ground one more day and tell their family and friends that they love them. because that is what’s important.”.
Meet new people, explore, try out new things. Make mistakes and learn from them. Without making mistakes you will never know what works and what does not. When you make a mistake you are one step closer to success because you know that, that one mistake is not the solution.
Most importantly believe. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.