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How to Get More Energy: 8 New Secrets Backed by Research by TIME

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Here’s how to get more energy:

  • Do The “Obvious Trio”: Exercise at lunch, set your alarm for bedtime, and ask, “What would Batman eat?”
  • Know When You’re At Your Best: Night owls, schedule that job interview for later in the day.
  • Pick The Right Goals And Shut Up. Focus on getting better and don’t talk about goals. (And I’ll shut up soon, I promise.)
  • Be Optimistic. Remember: “Both hope and despair are self-fulfilling prophecies.”
  • Do Stuff You’re Good At. Using your “signature strengths” makes you happier and more energetic.
  • Actually Finish Something. “Small Wins” for the win.
  • Tired? Go With Your Gut. When you’re pooped, trust your instincts.
  • Recharge By Being Active, Not Passive. Out with friends, good. Netflix binge, bad.

So what’s that final thing that will give you more energy — and warm your heart?

Help someone.

Again, counterintuitive. Doing more here doesn’t drain you, it’s a pick-me-up. In fact, it can save your life.

Laurence Gonzales studied who survives the most dangerous situations, where life is on the line and lack of energy means death. Those who helped others were more likely to survive themselves.

Via Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why:

Helping someone else is the best way to ensure your own survival. It takes you out of yourself. It helps you to rise above your fears. Now you’re a rescuer, not a victim. And seeing how your leadership and skill buoy others up gives you more focus and energy to persevere. The cycle reinforces itself: You buoy them up, and their response buoys you up. Many people who survive alone report that they were doing it for someone else (a wife, boyfriend, mother, son) back home.

Okay, you’re done reading. I hope you’re not exhausted. If you are, there’s a simple solution:

Offer to help someone you love right now.

It’s not a selfish path to energy; it’s a thoughtful way to make both of you much happier.

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