Nevertheless, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil turned out to be the place with the kindest people on earth - more helpful than those in Copenhagen, for example - even though Rio has about twelve times more citizens than the Danish capital. (One curious thing: Copenhagen is a city where people are more likely to pick up a pen than to help a blind person across the street. The reason for this might be that Danes put a high price on personal space - or pens.) So why is there so much kindness in such a crowded place as Rio? In an article in American Scientist, social psychologist Aroldo Rodrigues, a colleague of Levine's at California State University, explains that it might be because of language and culture: There is an important word in Brazil: simpatico. <a href=''>It</a> refers to a range of desirable social qualities - to be friendly, nice, agreeable and good-natured, a person who is fun to be with and pleasant to deal with. <a href=''>It</a> is a social quality. <a href=''>Brazilians</a> want to be seen as simpatico. <a href=''>And</a> going out of one's way to assist strangers is part of this image.' The importance of simpatico could also explain the high levels of kindness in Hispanic cities such as San Jose, Mexico City and Madrid. <a href=''>Not</a> only do 90% of all very successful people get up before 6 AM, but they also have strict, precise, and purposeful morning rituals and routines. <a href=''>If</a> you look as far back as you can into the history and stories behind the world's most successful people, ALL OF THEM had some form of ritual and routine that contributed to their success. <a href=''>Gary</a> Vaynerchuk has a 3-hour morning routine that gets and keeps him on track. <a href=''>Patron</a> Founder John Paul DeJoria has 5 minutes of quiet reflection. <a href=''>Disney's</a> CEO Bob Iger is up at 430 AM to read and the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, is jogging at 530 AM. <a href=''>A</a> morning ritual helps you start your day right and puts you in the right mindset and mood for the day. <a href=''>It</a> clears the mind and gets you focused on what's important. <a href=',25/#post_4223'>It's</a> a series of actions, behaviors, and habits that, when done in the morning, lead to a better and more productive day. <a href=''>It's</a> the morning routine before your morning routine. <a href=''>It's</a> what gets you physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to take handle whatever comes your way. <a href=''>It's</a> your first goal for the day, your first target, and if you're able to accomplish that first goal, you'll have the confidence to continue moving forward and executing. <a href=''>As</a> habitual procrastinators, we generally don't like being told what to do, or when to do it--that seems to be our nature. <br /><br /><a href=''>It</a> doesn't matter if the pressure is coming from external sources, such as bills we've put off, or our internal voice telling us that we need to clean up our place. <a href=''>However,</a> it's also natural for many of us to feel depressed, anxious, and even victimized by our tasks and responsibilities. <a href=''>Some</a> procrastinators feel as if they're being followed by a black cloud. <a href=''>If</a> we reach the point where we rarely accomplish any of our tasks because of the multitude of things needing our attention, we may feel overwhelmed. <a href=''>The</a> inevitable result of this is feeling helpless and hopeless. <a href=''>However,</a> if our backs have been pressed up against the wall by the negative consequences of an undone task, we might respond to the pressure like soldiers on patrol who've suddenly found themselves under attack. <a href=''>When</a> there's absolutely no recourse, we fire back at our tasks with action: not consistent and prolonged action on one task after another, but just enough action to win that particular battle. <a href=''>Unfortunately</a> for us, those battles and our chosen method of combat take their toll on us, and we then become casualties of habitual procrastination. <a href=''>In</a> a sense, we become battle-fatigued and, like experienced soldiers, we learn to practice the tactic of avoidance, which we do on an almost constant basis. <a href=''>Unfortunately</a> for us, this only worsens our procrastinating ways by strengthening and reinforcing them. <a href=''>We</a> fight against our tasks by ignoring them, whatever the task may be; moreover, we especially avoid those tasks that appear complicated, unpleasant, or make us feel uncomfortable. <a href=''>Yet</a> despite our best efforts, "The Forces of Consequence" cold-heartedly use the extraordinary powers they have at their disposal. <a href=''>For</a> example, they can shut off our electricity simply because we've been late paying our bills, and they can also stop us from taking our car out of our driveway just because our inspection sticker has expired. <a href=''>In</a> addition to psychotherapy and treatment with antidepressant medication, there are some alternatives available. <a href=''>Electroconvulsive</a> therapy. <a href=''>One</a> of the controversial alternative treatments for depression is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which was first developed in the 1930s. <a href=''>Basically</a> involving the running of small electric currents through the brain, ECT is frequently effective in treating people with severe depression who don't respond to other forms of treatment. <a href=''>It</a> is still unclear why this treatment works, though research studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in 50 to 70 percent of the cases. <a href=''>While</a> modern ECT is typically conducted under a general anesthetic to avoid trauma, the notoriety resulting from its misuse during the 1940s and 1950s has given ECT a stigma that makes many patients extremely reluctant to try it even if recommended by a doctor. <a href=''>Anyone</a> considering trying ECT needs to be aware of potential side effects including some memory loss, temporary mental confusion, nausea, and other medical complications depending on the patient's medical history. <br /><br /><a href=''>Transcranial</a> electrical stimulation. <a href=''>A</a> more modern variation on ECT, transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) involves the running of minimal electric currents through scalp electrodes applied to different points along the skull. <a href=''>Depending</a> on the polarity of the current, electrical stimulation can either increase or decrease cortical activity in the regions where the current is applied. <a href=''>First</a> used to treat depression in the 1960s, interest in tES declined for many years due to its association with ECT. <a href=''>Since</a> the 1990s, however, numerous research studies have found tES to be as effective as different antidepressant medications with almost no side effects. <a href=''>Along</a> with relieving depressive symptoms, tES has also been used to boost cognitive functioning, including improved memory, concentration, and problem-solving ability. <a href=''>Some</a> studies have also found positive results in treating some kinds of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease (at least in the early stages). <a href=''>While</a> tES is certainly promising, the negative stigma surrounding ECT still makes it controversial. <a href=''>Also,</a> some companies are offering "do-it-yourself" tES kits to allow people to treat themselves at home despite medical warnings about the dangers involved. <a href=''>As</a> with any other form of treatment for depression, do your research first, and make sure the treatment professional is properly qualified. <a href=''>The</a> study also showed that in societies in which people walk very quickly, people offer help but in a less kind way. <a href=''>In</a> Rio, people would walk after the person who has dropped the pen and hand it to them; in New York, people would yell that you had dropped your pen but keep walking away. <a href=''>For</a> Robert Levine, it doesn't make sense that the people of New York have a less kind nature than the people of Kolkata. <a href=''>What</a> seems to matter is what we are taught and how our citizens act. <a href=''>In</a> a time when more and more people are moving to cities, this raises the question of how we may all be kinder, even though our cities are becoming more densely populated. <a href=''>Your</a> morning routine doesn't have to be like anyone else's. <a href=''>It</a> can be whatever you want as long as it helps get your mind in the right place. <a href=''>Some</a> drink an entire bottle of water as soon as they wake up to hydrate their body. <a href=''>Others</a> hit the gym. <a href=''>Others</a> get out of bed, make it exactly how they think it should be, sit on the floor next to it, do breathing exercises, and meditate for 30 minutes. <br /><br /><a href=''>Others,</a> like me, stretch for 15 minutes to de-stress their muscles and mind. <a href=''>On</a> top of stretching, part of my morning ritual is going through my house and double-checking that everything is squared away and in place. <a href=''>Knowing</a> everything is clean and in order allows me place 100% of my focus on what I'm doing. <a href=''>Making</a> your bed goes beyond what the bed looks like and how it adds to the presentation of the room. <a href=''>It</a> goes beyond the fact that you're going to mess it up when you go back to bed. <a href=''>It</a> goes beyond looking sharp and organized. <a href=''>If</a> we are to begin changing our ways, we not only need the willingness to change, but also a calm and rational understanding that it is we ourselves who have placed ourselves in these battles as the result of our own procrastination. <a href=''>In</a> other words, there are consequences that come from our procrastinating and, for many of us, they are the emotional ills of depression and anxiety that follow us around like that proverbial black cloud. <a href=''>If</a> we hope to overcome procrastination by accepting our tasks as part of life, we must first accept the fact that consequences follow procrastination. <a href=''>We</a> also need to begin noticing that there are two types of consequences: short-term consequences and long-term consequences. <a href=''>Here's</a> a comparison of them based on what happens when we put off paying our bills: Transcranial magnetic stimulation. <a href=''>As</a> an alternative to the use of direct electric currents, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) involves the use of shifting magnetic fields to induce an electric flow in target regions of the brain. <a href=''>Most</a> forms of TMS involve the use of a magnetic field generator, or "coil," that can be applied to the head of the patient receiving treatment using a specialized headband. <a href=''>These</a> coils are available in different sizes and configurations to allow very precise placement. <a href=''>Also,</a> depending on how the magnetic fields are applied, it is also possible to stimulate the deeper structures of the brain, which can't be reached with surface electrodes as with ECT or tES. <a href=''>Along</a> with its value in treating depression, TMS has also been used in treating neuropathic pain and boosting cognitive functioning in dementia cases as well as in diagnosing different types of neurological damage. <a href=''>While</a> most applications of TMS are experimental at this point, it has shown great promise as a therapeutic treatment with few, if any, side effects being found. <a href=''>For</a> most people suffering from depression, some combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant medication will probably be all that they may need to help with their symptoms. <a href=''>Still,</a> as newer treatment methods such as TMS and tES become more widely accepted, people needing help will likely benefit from having more options available to them. <a href=''>Bypass</a> the wholeLet me know if there is anything I or we can do' thing.

You know what to do. One afternoon when I was in high school, I came home and saw our neighbour Niels shovelling gravel in his driveway. I picked up a shovel and joined him. It was obvious he could do with some help - there was no reason for me to ask. A couple of years later my mother died, and a few days after that Niels and his wife, Rita, rang my doorbell: Come over and eat with us tonight.' It was that kind of street. <a href=''>You</a> didn't ask if people needed something, you just gave them what they needed. <a href=''>The</a> point is that, sometimes, there is no reason to ask if someone needs help - so just help. <a href=''>I was in the supermarket on Rantzausgade in Copenhagen and noticed a couple in there with their son. He was about eight and had Down's syndrome. When I finished filling my basket, I went to the check-out and found the cashier on the customer side and in his seat the kid with Down's syndrome, who has the biggest smile on his face. He is scanning his parents' groceries. "Do you need anything else?" the kid asks his parents. After the parents had paid, their son handed them their receipt and high-fived the cashier. I left the store with the biggest smile and a warm feeling. I am so happy that there are people who are so fucking kind, that they take the time to do these kinds of things for other people.' This is just one of thousands of stories which have been shared, inspiring more people to be kind and do more good: people driving other people home, children giving their toys to other children who look sad, and people reporting from a waiting room at the doctor's that they found wool, knitting needles and a half-knitted scarf with a note that read: `Feel free to knit while you wait. When it is finished, we will give the scarf to a homeless person.' Making your bed is mental and the first step in a day full of accomplishment. It sets the tone for the rest of the day and kicks off your organized mindset. Making your bed is a principle. According to Navy Seal Adm. William McRaven, it's the best way to start the day.