A new book confirms what most of us already suspect—timing is everything. In The Book of Times, which was published in early February, Lesley Alderman, a health and finance reporter, compiled data from hundreds of studies to offer insight into how we spend our time.
“I initially meant to write a short-term time guide to how long we spend each day on grooming, eating, gossiping, but the book grew into something broader.” Alderman told Yahoo! Shine.
Some of the most interesting data is her insight into the best times we should do everything from scheduling appointments to celebrating happy hour. Sometimes it's less about how you do it, and more about when you do it.
Best time to exercise 鍛煉的最佳時間
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., body temperature is at its peak, meaning your muscles are more flexible. Plus, muscle strength peaks between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and and hand-eye coordination is sharpest in the evening. (Fascinatingly, employees who exercise more earn more money—approximately 7 to 11 percent more than those who don’t.)
Best time to have a cocktail 品雞尾酒的最佳時間
Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., the liver is most efficient at detoxifying alcohol. That said, it can still take an hour for your liver to complete the detox.
Best time to solve problems 解決問題的最佳時間
At 10 a.m., your mind is at its most alert. Also, when making major relationship decisions, keep in mind that men's brains don't fully mature until they're 25. Women's brains complete their growth spurt at 22.
Best time to avoid stress 避免壓力的最佳時間
Cardiac arrest is most likely to occur at 7 a.m. Not a good time to have a stressful conversation or argument.
Best time for surgery 進行外科手術的最佳時間
Grab that early appointment: at 8 a.m. according to the book, "your clot-formingplatelets are at their stickiest," and a study from Duke University claims that complications are more likely as the day goes on.
Best time for the dentist appointment 看牙醫的最佳時間
If you can't stand going to the dentist, Alderman says to make an appointment for the afternoon, when your "dental pain threshold is at its highest." Dr. Oz echoes the idea, claiming the best time is 2 p.m., when local anesthesia lasts longer.
Best time of your day 一天中的最佳時光
Turns out, most of us are morning people. The a.m. hours are generally when we're in the best mood.
Best times of the year 一年中的最佳時光
The happiest days of the year are holidays: Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, July 4th, New Year's Day, and the day after Christmas—presumably because there's plenty of time to sleep in and relax.
Best time of your life 生命中的最佳時光
Your post-mid-life crisis years. People aged 60 to 70 have the highest levels of happiness.