Can you change your life in 3 minutes?

A minute can be as powerful as an hour, if only you use it well. Cosmo tells you how.

Get smarter
Research reveals that solving crossword puzzles stimulates the brain, improves memory and ups your vocab. Also, it distracts the mind from problems and challenges the brain in a non-stressful way. Lesson: spend a couple of minutes a day working a puzzle.

Be an artist
A study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, Southern England showed that people who doodled retained more information than those who didn't. (Especially at boring conferences and seminars.)

Check your balance
Spending a few minutes balancing your checkbook, noting expenses, and organising bills, will help you handle expenses, plan better, and also prepare for future tax work. Doing it in small installments also makes it a lot less annoying.

In a recent study, University College, London, researchers noted that drinking a cup of tea, four to six times a day, reduces stress hormone levels in your body. Here's a tip to brew it perfectlyleave the bag in the water for at least two minutes, and keep the cup covered while the tea is brewing.


Dehydration is one of the key reasons of fatigue. If you drink less than eight glasses of water a day, you may be sluggish. Use every free minute to drink as much water as possible. Try it for a week and watch your general energy levels rise.

Floss away
Dentists keep saying it, and we'll say it again: flossing removes bacteria, prevents gum disease and the loss of teeth. Spend a minute or two each day to remove the bacteria between your teeth.

Take the time to clear your drawers of old receipts, papers and trash you've been collecting over the months. "Simplifying your life in any way can help you find more balance, says US-based Denise Landers, CEO of Key Organisation Systems Inc.


Scientists say the effects of laughter and exercise are quite similar. You may not have time for a full-fledged cardio session, but you can take out three minutes to watch a funny clip on YouTube.


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