Health

Lists

Do you like to make lists?

Research shows that list makers are healthier and happier. Here’s why: New research shows that writing lists does the mind and body good in many ways, from making you happier to increasing your workout frequency. There’s more. List making can also help you:

1. Gain Control

Each time you cross something off, it’s a mental reminder that you’re making progress, an advance that’s both gratifying and empowering.
2. Maximize Brainpower

You can keep only seven to nine different things in your working memory at the same time, according to psychologists, So when you try to remember all the errands you need to run, you use up your cognitive energy. But if you make a list, you free up brainpower for o9ther things. Plus, you have a much better chance of actually picking up the dry cleaning.”

3. Make Tough Decisions

If you’re paralyzed by indecision, make a brainstorm list. Jot down anything that comes to mind, no matter how improbable. The no-rules quality of such a list can reveal themes and solutions you might not think of otherwise. The simple act of tackling the problem on paper can also help you feel better equipped to handle it.

4. Beat a Slump

List your happiest moments, such as the day you first fell in love or bought your puppy. Then close your eyes and relive an event as though you were actually there. One study found that people who reminisced 10 minutes twice a day reported increased happiness after 1 week — and the more vivid the memories, the greater the gains.

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