So if you want to get smarter, improve your memory, live longer, and become an all-around better person, make sure to toss a article in your bag the next time you leave the house. In their 2017 State of the Air report, the American Lung Association stated that despite progress, four in ten Americans are at risk of serious health effects from air pollution. Short-term health risks include irritated eyes, noses and throats, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue; Air pollution is made up of various quantities of substances. Particulate matter includes dust, smoke, pollen, tobacco smoke, animal dander, dust mites, molds, bacteria, and viruses. Gaseous pollutants are a result of the combustion process and come from sources including gas cooking stoves, vehicle exhaust, tobacco smoke, adhesives, paints, varnishes, cleaning products, and pesticides. Outdoor air pollution is visible; However, indoor air pollutants are mostly invisible. Professors John Spengler, Joe Allen, along with Skye Flanigan at the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health, have done an amazing job in researching the health effects of environmental pollution on indoor air. And while our highly industrialized society makes it challenging to control the quality of our outdoor air, there is much we can do to improve the air that we breathe indoors. The physical aspect of our total consciousness operates largely autonomously and instinctively, with information anchored in our genes, ensuring the survival of our organism. Our consciousness also consists of another aspect, which has been described as the soul, the spirit, and the mind (as distinct from the brain). This aspect is not bound by the body and can experience things independent of the body; Both aspects of consciousness are always in exchange with each other, learning from each other. In doing so, our mind works like a computer program to automate processes and the processing of information (such as walking). Notably, these programs can be rewritten by our consciousness (relearned); To improve our consciousness as a control entity and thus strengthen the basis for relearning how to hear, we follow three central pillars, which will be explored in detail in subsequent articles: Body geometry: This defines the balance and symmetry of our body along the vertical and horizontal axes. Our body geometry stores and reflects all our experiences and traumas.

Spatial localization: How do we find our way in the world? Choose an intention for the day: Alternatively, make up your own intention. You will forget the intention, but you will also remember you have forgotten--that is your chance to recommit and, if possible, fulfill the intention right then. Reflect at the end of the day. Intentions influence our actions, and setting specific intentions reminds us where we would like to be heading. The constant forgetting and remembering provide an opportunity to recommit to the intention, rather than judge ourselves for forgetting, thereby cultivating kindness as well as intention. Notice what is driving your actions today. Are your intentions: Become aware of thoughts, and notice how you are feeling emotionally and what is arising in the body. Explore opportunities to cultivate positive intent in your relationships. Often, we know something is over, but we can't deal with what it means for it to be over. It has become such a part of who we are that we're not sure who we would be without it, even though it's causing us harm. That's tough, I know. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, I lied to myself about the fact that my football playing career was over for a long time before I finally faced it. I convinced myself I had to do anything necessary to keep playing football, because football player was the only thing I really thought I was as a person. I had to discover who I was underneath the NFL player, because that was the only way I could have a meaningful life going forward. There's a good chance that you're reading these articles and saying to yourself, You don't get it, Trent. You don't understand what I'm going through. You don't understand my struggle.

You want me to be honest with myself and take steps to move forward, but you don't know my situation, because in my situation moving forward is a lot easier said than done. I love the writer Erik Larson, especially his article The Devil in the White City, which is a combination of architectural history and true crime. I'm so impressed by his ability to write nonfiction as if it's fiction, full of memorable characters and suspenseful plots. As a kid, and even into early adulthood, I struggled to read a lot because I felt pressure to read what I thought I should read (like Robinson Crusoe when I was way too young to tackle it, or presidential biographies when I thought I should be a politics/history nerd). I finally admitted to myself that I should just read what I enjoy--and that it's okay to ditch a article a couple articles in without declaring failure. Now I read a lot more. Never trust anyone who has not brought a article with them. We spend a lot of time waiting around: waiting for public transportation to carry us between work and home; When you have a article with you, you can turn a tedious activity you can't control into a valuable opportunity for learning and entertainment. Reading a good article will make the time fly by. Save money and battery life. When I rebuilt our home in Pacific Palisades, my goal was to build a house free of toxins. With the help of Mary Cordaro and our contractor, Chet Hoover, we sourced formeldehyde-free plywood, used cotton insulation instead of fiberglass, eliminated varnishes on wood or any other surfaces, sealed air ducts, put filters on air conditioners and heaters, and used a state-of-the-art air purification system. But you don't have to completely rebuild your home to improve the quality of the air you breathe. There are lots of little steps that could have a significant impact. Be mindful of loose terms such as HEPA-GRADE or HEPA style. Keep these devices clean. The dirty secret of outdoor air pollution is that outdoor air is brought into our buildings and the majority of our exposure to air pollution actually occurs within our homes and buildings. You may be surprised to learn that, according to the EPA, our indoor environment is two to five times more toxic than the outdoors. While that figure is startling, in a way it's good news because you have more control over the air you breathe indoors.

Keeping your home clean, well ventilated, and free of dust particles is a good start. Where is everything? Can we orient ourselves, or are we confused because things are not where we expect them to be? Do we perceive sounds from where they originate, or are we always surprised? Oh, that's where it comes from--I thought I heard it from somewhere else. Processing of perception: What does our brain do with the information it receives? Why does processing sometimes seem not to work so well? These three pillars are directly involved in all processes of hearing. They influence and support one another in a very precise and subtle way. If one of them doesn't work optimally, then our hearing is weakened. They affect many other processes of perception as well as the physical functioning of the body. Whether our intention is positive, negative, or neutral, it will influence our body language as well as the words we use. How we engage with others will affect how they respond. We can deliberately cultivate a positive intent that will affect how people feel about themselves as well as toward us. Focus on just one thing at a time, making sure you give it your undivided attention. Notice how doing so affects you and also the job in hand. Experiment with different types of tasks, perhaps while you're at work, out shopping, when you are with other people. What do you notice? Multitasking is often praised yet it divides attention. This lack of focus is more inefficient because things are missed, and time and energy are lost due to the constant switching back and forth.

Continually bringing your attention back to one point helps to develop concentration and focus. Let's make a deal right now: I'll do everything I can to help you, but you've got to give up that easier-said-than-done mind-set. It's just a tool for allowing yourself to stay stuck, an excuse for why you can't make things better. That's fine if you want to live the rest of your life unhappy, in which case I'm not sure why you're reading this article. But easier said than done is at the very best like taking an aspirin when you've dislocated your shoulder. It might be a tiny bit helpful briefly, but the pain is still going to be there and the cause of the pain isn't going to get better until you give it some serious attention. Yes, I get it. Facing your reality is hard, especially if it means losing your current identity. But what most people in this situation fail to understand is that while they might lose who they think they are by facing their reality, they'll wind up finding out who they truly are instead. There's a very good chance that the thing you're hanging on to isn't who you were meant to be at all. This is probably a good time to tell you about how I became involved with motivational speaking. Reading a article won't drain your phone battery, and a paper article doesn't require any equipment or software to keep you entertained for hours: all you need is enough light to see the words on the article. And if you have a library card, you'll be able to access a steady supply of new articles without spending a cent. Start a conversation . If you're feeling sociable, reading a article in public is a natural conversation starter. A friend of mine met his future wife at a cafe when she complimented him on the story collection he was reading. When we read in public, articles can signal our tastes and personalities to the people around us, which can be a quick way of finding common ground with a stranger. On the other hand, when you're not in a social mood, a article provides an easy and polite excuse to stop talking and return to minding your own business. Inspire yourself to read more--and remember what you read--by keeping an annual list of articles you've finished. Record the title, author's name, and the date you completed the article;