There are some mornings where I’m pretty sure there’s NO coffee in the world that’s strong enough to wake me up. Now I’m LITERALLY going to be able to put that to the test.
The world’s STRONGEST coffee is finally on sale in America.
It’s called Black Insomnia Coffee, and it debuted in South Africa last year. It has 702 milligrams of caffeine in a 12-ounce cup.
That’s more than three times the caffeine in the same size cup at Starbucks . . . about nine times the caffeine in a can of Red Bull . . . or 21 times the caffeine in a can of Coke.
That’s still a safe amount to drink, although you always need to be careful with extreme amounts of caffeine. A study from 2005 found it probably takes five grams of caffeine to put your life in danger . . . which would be seven cups of this coffee.
Black Insomnia just went on sale on Amazon and it sold out immediately, but you can hop on their waiting list to get an alert when it’s available again.
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Someone polled over 2,000 executives at different companies, and asked for the top five things that make you more likely to get a promotion. And working long hours is NOT number one. Here’s what they said . . .
- Being motivated to learn new skills. 30% said it’s the most important thing you need to have to get promoted.
- Strong interpersonal skills, 27%. So almost as many think THAT is the most important thing.
- Being able to adapt to change easily, 24%.
- Being okay with taking on more responsibility, 13%.
- Being willing to work long hours. Only 7% said it’s the most important thing if you want to get promoted.
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Here are five lies you’re probably telling yourself about money.
- You have “good debt.” We’ve all been told there’s a difference between “good debt” like student loans or your mortgage . . . and “bad debt” like from credit cards. And while it’s true that some kinds of debt are worse than others, it’s best to avoid it altogether.
- You don’t have enough to invest. If you have enough money for a Netflix subscription or a cup of coffee at Starbucks, then you have money you can invest.
- You’ll be earning more in the future. We all want to assume we’ll earn more as we get older and more experienced, but there are no guarantees.
- You saved money buying something on sale. If you rationalize a purchase by saying it was on sale, or that you used a coupon, you’re ignoring the fact that money still left your wallet. You only truly “save” money if you were planning to buy it anyway.
- You get paid well, so your crappy job is worth it. Financial security is important, so it’s not necessarily smart to quit your stressful job, follow your passion, and become a professional “Pokemon Go” player.
But if you live reasonably and spend wisely, you should be able to find a middle ground where bills get paid AND you’re happy at work.
If you’re one of those people who can’t start your day until you’ve had that first cup of coffee . . . you’re doing it wrong. You shouldn’t have coffee right after you wake up, because that’s when your body is producing more of the stress hormone cortisol, and that makes caffeine less effective.
Studies have shown the average person’s cortisol levels peak between 8:00 and 9:00 in the morning. And cortisol prevents caffeine from doing its thing.
So you should get to work and THEN have your first cup of coffee. Or if you wake up really early, wait an hour.
There are actually three times in the day when your cortisol levels peak . . . right after you wake up, between noon and 1:00 PM, and between 5:30 and 6:30 PM. So you shouldn’t have coffee then either.
The good news is you can just keep doing what you’re doing, and ignore all this if you want to. Drinking coffee right after you wake up won’t kill you.
But drinking it while your cortisol levels are up does make you more likely to become addicted to caffeine. Because you’ll start needing more and more of it to feel the effects.
(AsapSCIENCE / Softpedia)
If you’re having a bad day, it doesn’t have to STAY bad until it’s over. You can turn things around in less than ten minutes, using these four tips.
1. Move to another location. Just get away from your problems. Go outside for some fresh air. If you’re in a tall building, climb a few flights of stairs. Exercise is relaxing anyway, and you’ll feel better once you get some endorphins going.
2. Give yourself a treat. Have a cup of tea or some chocolate, something you really enjoy. The more you focus on it, the more you shut out all the stuff that’s bugging you.
3. Do a good deed. If you do something nice for someone and you really mean it, it’s basically impossible to keep feeling bad afterwards. You could even find someone else who’s having a bad day, and give them some encouragement.
4. Write it down. For some reason, writing about things that are bothering you can help you let go of them. Just summarize the problem and say something about how you plan to fix it, and you’ll probably end up feeling more optimistic about it.