Did You Know That The Temperature of Your Coffee is Effecting You?

Posted by Gregg Korrol on Mar 13, 2018 4:37:32 PM

Sounds silly right? It’s not. While we all think we are operating independently and making our own decisions, too often there are other factors inconspicuously affecting our decisions. A perfect example is a study done at Yale regarding how the environment affects the decisions we make. 

iStock-657636794.jpgThe study done at Yale asked participants to hold a cup of coffee for about 5-10 minutes while the researcher recorded basic information (name, address, etc). The variable was a cup of coffee. Some participants were given a hot cup of coffee to hold, others were given iced coffee. Afterwards, the participants were asked to read a paragraph and identify the character traits of the person in the story. While everyone read the same paragraph, there was something very different about the responses people gave. Interestingly, the people who held the warm cup of coffee identified the character in the paragraph as warm and caring, while those who held the iced coffee thought the character was distant and stand-offish.  

Same paragraph, yet different interpretation! Why? The only variable was the cup of coffee. So if you want to create a warm and friendly start to your day, you may want to tell your barista to make it hot. Using this knowledge, can you imagine what else in the environment is affecting you and the decisions you make?

Topics: Positivity, Environment, Personal Coach

Thunder Sounds Different in Paris

Posted by Gregg Korrol on Jul 10, 2017 12:07:41 PM

While in Paris recently, I woke up one morning to a thunderstorm. The first thing I thought to myself is that thunder sounds different in Paris than it does back home in New York.  But does it really? It's not that thunder sounds different in Paris, but the way sound travels is affected by the environment. Sound moves differently through different objects, in different environments and thus at different speeds, resulting in different sounds (think someone blasting a song in their car and all you hear is the thumping bass, as opposed to the actual song). This is yet again another lesson from nature, because like thunder, you too are affected by your environment.

Your environment is constantly giving you messages.  And while you're not always aware of the messages, your subconscious is.  Your subconscious is always picking up on all the sights, sounds and smells around you, even if you are not aware of them consciously, and each person's senses filter them differently. This is one of the reasons that Jim Rohn stated you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, because the people you spend time with do and say things, even if not directly to you, that do affect you. This is also why when your house is a mess, you may feel bothered, or annoyed, or why you have a song stuck in your head at a given moment, not because you were listening to that song, but you may have heard it subconsiously during the day at some point. And while you can't necessarily change all the different stimulus around you, you can be aware that you are being affected by your environment; awareness is very important.

Think of life like an ocean.  Sometimes the seas are very calm and sometimes the seas are very rough, there is not much you can do about the weather or the waves. You have to become a master sailor.  You have to learn to find the confidence and calm within yourself. Be aware that as your emotions flow, sometimes you'll feel sad, sometimes you'll feel angry, sometimes you'll feel happy,...these are just the tides. Let them flow, let them go. The environment is not always in your control to change. You cannot always control the people coming in and out of your life, or the events that occur. But, you can become a master sailor by focusing on yourself, and finding that space to respond to the storm, not react to it. In the storm, it is you that must become the calm.

With regards,
Gregg

Topics: Positivity, Environment

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