For a fast way to shake off the mental fuzziness that always tends to set in on jam-packed days, turn to Christmas decorations! According to a study at the University of Rochester in New York, gazing at something red (like a poinsettia, Christmas-tree ornament or festive tablecloth) for about 1 minute sharpens brainpower and increases stamina levels. Researchers explain that focusing on the bright holiday hue increases the production of energizing brain waves. Plus, strong, pleasing aromas (like the fresh scent of a Christmas tree) activate the limbic system—the switchboard in your brain that controls alertness, helping you feel clearheaded in no time.
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