Seeing Purple: On Pens and Paying Attention

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

It's back-to-school time once again, and purple is IN. I'm not talking about fashion trends--thoughrepparttar September issues of most magazines are singingrepparttar 109322 praises of plum and berry shades. No, I'm referring torepparttar 109323 hottest item at Office Depot, Staples, and other school supply meccas.

Purple pens.

According to a recent article in The Boston Globe, many teachers are giving up their infamous red pens and turning to purple. Although some stalwarts are gripping their crimson felt tips, others are embracingrepparttar 109324 royal shade in all its jewel tones.

Red is aggressive. It suggests danger. It makes us stop. A returned assignment covered with red corrections is a hallmark of humiliation. If "seeing red" is a euphemism for rage, seeing red marks is a sign of failure.

Bring onrepparttar 109325 purple. Purple is friendlier. Violet checks aren't as likely to cause cringing. Lavender circles are easier onrepparttar 109326 eyes. Purple gets your attention without increasing your heart rate, and according to color psychologists, it is therapeutic for those suffering from nervous tension or mental anguish.

I feel like dancing inrepparttar 109327 streets in my orchid boots, tossing my lilac beret inrepparttar 109328 air and twirling my dozen iris scarves. You see, I am known asrepparttar 109329 "woman who wears purple" and I make it a big part of my work.

I use purple to make a statement, but I'm borrowingrepparttar 109330 idea from Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, who said: "I think it pisses God off if you walk byrepparttar 109331 color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."

Purple makes perfect sense as my color of choice. There's nothing woo-woo about it for me. It's not favored by my guru (I don't have one). It isn't about connecting with my chakras. It happens to be in style this season, but believe me, if I am considered a fashionista, it is purely by accident.

How to improve your memory in 5 easy steps

Written by Memory Improvement

Discoverrepparttar 5 easy to follow steps how to quickly improve your memory and learn more in less time. Stop forgetting things that you need to remember. Become a fast learner, remember details and be more effective. Simply follow these 5 easy steps and watch your memory improve.

Today everyone is overwhelmed with information and having a good memory is very important. There are thousands of little things that you need to remember each day. You need to remember names, numbers, prices, study material, daily tasks, foreign languages, passwords and so much more. The list could continue forever here.

But can you really improve your memory, is it hard and how much time does it take?

You can improve your memory and it's easier than you think. Withrepparttar 109321 right knowledge you can have a better memory in a matter of days. Readrepparttar 109322 5 steps carefully, try to followrepparttar 109323 advice and watch your memory improve.

Step #1: Use your imagination

Use your imagination when you face something that you want to memorize. When reading a book, imaginerepparttar 109324 things you are reading about. Imagine objects, people, situations, sounds, motion and more.

Imagination keeps you interested in a topic, makes it more fun, and gets you involved. This way your mind concentrates on what you are reading or listening and you're much more likely to remember it later

Step #2: Motivate yourself to learn

It's much easier to memorize something that you're learning with interest and motivation. It's also important to have a purpose why you want to learn something.

Understand why are you learning something and what benefits doesrepparttar 109325 new information give you. Be involved in what you are learning as much as possible because then you have a purpose and more motivation to learn it.

Step #3: Have some spacing between learning sessions

You don't have to learn all information at once when you can learn everything much better by taking breaks between learning sessions. You should take breaks as rewards because this gives your mind a chance to review what you have just learned.

When you face lots of information that you have to learn, plan your learning and divide it into parts and learn each part separately. It is better to study in two or three small sessions than to study in a long six hour session.

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