The Daily Dose: Do Less To Do More

Today’s healthy tip: do more by doing less. Not possible, you say? Well, think again, naysayers. We all suffer from procrastination-driven drops in productivity. The invention of YouTube and the internet made it worse, but it’s been around since probably forever (rough estimate). However, a good way to use procrastination to your advantage is to replace the bad version of it (internet surfing) with a good version of it (like breaking up a long chore into smaller chunks, or reading The Daily Dose!). Just set a timer on your phone for a quick few minutes every hour to do some productive procrastination, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much you can get done by doing less.

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I’m pretty sure everyone reading this knows that a solid exercise routine can help you shed the pounds, but a new study from BYU has found that a morning workout can actually reduce your desire to eat more later in the day. Workouts in the morning, according to the study, lower brain activity in response to food (to pictures of it at least – so if nothing else, it will keep you from eating pictures of food).

Since we’re on the topic of eating, you should probably find out if you’re addicted to food. While some will read that and quickly dismiss it (we need food, after all), the reality is food addictions have a similar hold on our brain as drug addictions – particularly when it comes to pleasure receptors and self-control. Now we just need the Government to step in, and make doughnuts illegal.

20% of Americans are being controlled right now by a parasite. The culprit, Toxoplasma gondii, has been found to increase reckless behavior and enhance extroversion in the infected – a result of which has been a higher rate of traffic accidents (and, very likely, is responsible for Jersey Shore)*.

In today’s sad-but-true news, SAT reading scores are at their lowest level in 40 years while math scores are just five points higher. I don’t have a witty response for this, except that they clearly don’t get enough of The Daily Dose in schools these days. Yet.

* The most terrifying part of this story? The increased risky behavior is a product of the parasites design – it’s meant to make rodents less fearful of cats, ensuring that they will be eaten so that the parasite can prolong its life cycle. Enjoy your nightmares.

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