Total concentration on the ever-changing breath brings us squarely into the present moment. The same principle can be used in the midst of movement. You can coordinate the activity in which you are involved with your breathing. This lends a flowing rhythm to your movement, and it smoothes out many of the abrupt transitions. Activity becomes easier to focus on, and mindfulness is increased. Your awareness thus stays more easily in the present. Ideally, meditation should be a twenty-four-hour-a-day practice. This is a highly practical suggestion. A state of mindfulness is a state of mental readiness. The mind is not burdened with preoccupations or bound in worries. Whatever comes up can be dealt with instantly. When you are truly mindful, your nervous system has a freshness and resiliency that fosters insight. A problem arises, and you simply deal with it, quickly, efficiently, and with a minimum of fuss. You don't stand there in a dither, and you don't run off to a quiet corner so you can sit down and meditate about it. You simply deal with it. And in those rare circumstances when no solution seems possible, you don't worry about that. You just go on to the next thing that needs your attention. Your intuition becomes a very practical faculty. The concept of wasted time does not exist for a serious meditator. Little dead spaces during your day can be turned to profit.

Every spare moment can be used for meditation. Sitting anxiously in the dentist's office, meditate on your anxiety. Feeling irritated while standing in a line at the bank, meditate on irritation. Bored, twiddling your thumbs at the bus stop, meditate on boredom. Try to stay alert and aware throughout the day. Be mindful of exactly what is taking place right now, even if it is tedious drudgery. Take advantage of moments when you are alone. Take advantage of activities that are largely mechanical. Use every spare second to be mindful. Use all the moments you can. Give rebounding a try. Rebounding involves steady, gentle jumping on a trampoline or rebounder, as the mini trampolines are often called. As you jump up and down, the gravitational pull is believed to create circulation in your lymphatic system, flushing toxins from your body and boosting your immune system, blood flow, and digestion. Make green smoothies your new best friend. Fruits and vegetables have great detoxing properties, and many of them are perfect ingredients for a healthy morning smoothie. Be sure to include some of the following: green apples, green leafy vegetables, flaxseed, hemp seeds, avocado, lemons, oranges, limes, green tea. Start your day with a tall glass of lemon water. Lemon water helps flush toxins, improves digestion, fights germs and bacteria, and provides you with vitamin C, which your body needs to produce collagen for younger looking skin. Two Decembers, exactly 130 years apart, helped define the face of the European continent we know today. In the summer of 1812, French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte assembled the largest army ever gathered in the history of the world up to that point.

In June 1812, more than six hundred thousand men took part in the invasion of Russia. Just six months later, an army only one-sixth that size had escaped--defeated, starving, and demoralized. Fast-forward to 1942, and once again, Russia was center stage in an epic clash of massive armies. This time, it was Hitler and the Nazi army that invaded the Soviet Union, hoping to gain valuable territory for the Third Reich. Having left Germany the previous June, by early December 1942, the German force was nearly defeated. In both cases--Bonaparte and Hitler--a major factor in their military failures in Russia came down to a simple fact: there just wasn't enough food. Quoting Frederick the Great, essayist and philosopher Thomas Carlyle famously wrote in 1866, "An Army, like a serpent, goes upon its belly." Playful overreaction is hilarious if done properly. Making jokes about how long something takes or how big something is and blowing it out of proportion is good material if delivered in a playful tone. It also works for less direct things. Just take a look at a comic strip and look for easy, overreaction jokes in images. They only have three panels to work with, so it makes sense that they could go over the top with a couple strokes of the pen and it would be funny. For example, Garfield eats an unhealthy, generally impossible amount of food - often times in the form of cheesy goodness that should have killed him 20 years ago. That cat is like 32 years old and he just keeps eating. How the heck is that possible? I don't know, but a lot of people over the years have found it quite funny (note: not everyone thinks Garfield is funny). The most common type of wordplay is sexual innuendo (at least the most common if you're in a bar or are a teenager). Taking something said by someone out of context and using it sexually will almost always get a big laugh. A note about this type of humour - it can quickly get you in trouble with people if you're not careful. Making sexual jokes to a male co-worker, for example, can get you fired (or at the very least stuck in a two day seminar discussing why you made said joke). Watch the word play if you're unsure of what the words mean.

You'll embarrass yourself. When it comes time to tell a joke, share a funny thought or otherwise engage people with your charming, sophisticated self, you'd better be ready for it. Remember how bad that joke was when told by someone who wasn't ready for it? Awful - simply awful. So, we're going to churn things up a notch and kick them out at a different pace, using careful approaches to humour that actually work. Walk down the street and point out anyone you think is funny. The guy wearing the suit, with a pale complexion, pleated pants and brand new briefcase? Not funny. The guy wearing the checked pants, big hat, and bright red nose? Hilarious (and also a clown). The goofier you are and the goofier you act, the funnier you will be. It's the same reason people will laugh at a horrible movie when at a movie theatre. They are in a theatre, with other people laughing and therefore they feel that they are supposed to laugh. Their brain plays a cruel trick on their eyes and convinces them that what they are seeing is funny. I'm not saying that someone laughing at your joke is simply the victim of cruelty inflicted upon them by their subconscious (for your sake, I hope not), but if you play the part, they're a heck of a lot more likely to laugh when you say something funny. How do you act goofy? Pretty much just relax and sink into the role of the funny guy in the group. Remember the class clown from school? He pretty much said whatever was on his mind and did things that were borderline against the rules. Follow his lead - people will find it hilarious.

We make many decisions in groups, and they're obviously not all bad. In fact, group decision making is often more accurate than individual decision making. Consider the following problem. A man bought a horse for $60 and sold it for $70. He then bought it back for $80 and again sold it for $90. How much money did he make in the horse business? The correct answer is $20, but many people get it wrong. You can solve the problem a couple of ways. The man started with $60 and ended up with $90, a difference of $30. However, he had to put in $10 more when he bought the horse back, leaving him with $20. Or think about the transactions as involving two separate horses, each netting $10, for a total profit of $20. When working alone, college students answered the problem correctly only 45 percent of the time. However, when the students worked in groups of five or six, they were accurate 72 percent of the time with an inactive leader (who just sat there) and 84 percent of the time with an active leader (who encouraged all the members to participate). Active leaders were especially useful when only one member of the group initially arrived at the correct answer. In this case, 36 percent of the groups with inactive leaders answered correctly, while 76 percent of the groups with active leaders were correct. As we found with groupthink, one of the best ways to increase group decision accuracy is to have a leader encourage dissenting opinions. To further examine group decision making, psychologist Reid Hastie compared groups and individuals on three different types of judgments: general knowledge, brain teasers (e.g., the horse trading problem given above), and judgments of quantities (e.g., how many beans are in a jar). Across all three tasks, groups made more accurate judgments than the average individual in the group--but the best individual in a group outperformed the group judgment. That is, groups generally outperform individuals, but the best member of a group does better than the group when she works alone. This conclusion has been supported by over fifty years of research on group decision making.35 And so, group judgments are often more accurate than the judgments of many individuals, but not all individuals.