Positive sides of nicotine intake

When I was younger, I hated the smell of cigarette smoke and I couldn’t stand the smoke from a cigar. I always wondered why anyone would start smoking, especially since it’s written on (probably) every cigarette pack that smoking can cause cancer.

But recently I’ve been thinking… I was raised in Christianity and Christians are taught that God doesn’t make mistakes. Also, God made everything for a reason. Now bear with me: nicotine is extracted from tobacco leaves. Leaves refer to plants, so nicotine is a biological product. Hence the conclusion: God intended for nicotine to be on earth.

So if nicotine is every bit as bad as people want you to believe, why would God make it?

Nicotine research

Out of curiosity I started googling. And I actually found out that nicotine has quite a few medical uses. Nicotine has a positive influence on many conditions such nicotine-health-benefitsas:

  • Depression;
  • Schizophrenia;
  • ADHD;
  • Pain;
  • Mild cognitive impairment;
  • Tourette’s;
  • Alzheimer’s;
  • Parkinson’s disease.

Nicotine against (unwanted) movement

The first thing that came to mind when I read this list was that most of these conditions include a lot of (unwanted) movement. This came as no surprise to me, because many smokers I know also say that the cigarettes calm them down for example when they’re angry or stressed. I can also picture nicotine helping against depression, because (in cigarettes) it can make you feel drowsy.

Making your mind work better

Many people in the creative business world say that smoking boosts their creativity. Apparently, this is also true. British psychologist David M. Warburton wrote a paper titled “Nicotine as a Cognitive Enhancer”. This paper suggests that nicotine helps with various tasks requiring attention. The benefits to memory are often linked to improvements in attention (if you pay attention to something more effectively, then you’re more likely to remember it), but there are also some suggestions of improvements in memory unrelated to attention.

Nicotine in the brain

So as you see, nicotine has quite a few positive sides. Does this mean that you should start smoking if you’re not a smoker? nicotine-in-the-brainNo, it does not.

If however you want to get nicotine in your brain to take advantage of the positive effects, then the most effective way to get nicotine in your brain (where most effects occur) is by smoking tobacco. One particular reason for this is that smokers can modify their nicotine intake on a puff-by-puff basis (called self-titration of nicotine). Nicotine is then a very suitable drug by which you can get the effect you need at the time you need it, because inhalation with tobacco smoke (or with e-cigarette vapor) brings nicotine to the brain very quickly (actually faster than an intravenous injection).


Smoking is not for everyone. But if you are a smoker, at least now non-smokers can understand why you do this.


Review of the “Maak 2017 jouw beste jaar ooit!” workshop

I am and have always been a big fan of personal development. If I think that a workshop or course will have a positive impact on my life, I do my best to take part in it. This is one of the reasons why I took part in the workshop “Maak 2017, jouw beste jaar ooit!” (Translated: Make 2017 your best year ever). Our host for the evening was Ruth Sinkeler. I had previously taken part in one of her other workshops and thought she was amazing then too.

My experience at the workshop

After having experienced Ruth Sinkeler’s energy and motivation the first time, I had no doubts that this workshop would be educational, inspirational and motivational. After having taken part, I’m happy to say that it was all this and more.

Of course, I will not say too much about the content of the workshop, because you need to take part in it yourself if you want the knowledge. What I can say about it, however is that you will let go of bad habits and bad thoughts and those will make place for new, inspirational ideas. The workshop lets you see yourself: the good, the bad, your hopes, your dreams and so on and so forth. You also get tools for actually realizing your goals/dreams.

The best part was that the workshop was interactive. There was not a dull moment, because it’s not one of those workshops where the host/trainer just goes on and on and all you have to do is listen. You really feel like you’re part of a group of motivated people.


We all have hopes and dreams and for many of us these stay just that: hopes and dreams. However, after taking part in this workshop, you will feel like nothing is impossible. All you have to do is go for what you want. If you work hard and use the tools you get from this workshop, you can make your life great(er) and become (more) successful!


PS don’t worry if you missed this edition of the workshop. Just contact Ruth for information about upcoming workshops.

Prognosis for Christmas 2016 in Suriname and cheap gift ideas

As most people know, the current economic situation in Suriname is not very positive. economic-situation-in-suriname-christmas-2016Because of the instable exchange rate in the country and the devaluation of the Surinamese dollar, most people probably won’t have enough money to really celebrate Christmas.

I don’t have a prognosis of the end of the year festivities in Suriname, because that is a tradition in our beloved country. People from all around the world come to Suriname to be here for the festivities around December 31 and January 1.

A sad Christmas

In my opinion, Christmas was never a huge celebration in Suriname. Yet, I feel that this year the celebration will be even smaller. A good example of how it might look can be seen in the Digicel Get Gifted commercial, where the saddest Christmas gifts you can imagine, are exchanged. Making fun of a bad situation is what Caribbean people, and in this case Surinamese people, are great at. This is why we cannot blame Digicel for taking advantage of the situation and twisting it in their favor.


Anyway, I think that Digicel’s portrayal of Christmas 2016 in Suriname might be accurate. Since most Surinamese citizens will not have the money to get expensive gifts, if they want to give someone a present it will probably be something small. Alternatively, we could use the word that’s trending in Suriname “precair” (precarious) to describe how the gifts will be.

Cheap/free gift ideas for Christmas

If you’re not struggling financially, I’m happy for you and I would advise you to take a look at my previous blog with Christmas gift ideas that you can buy online. However, if you live in Suriname and you don’t have a lot of money, then I have some cheap gifts in mind that may be perfect for this upcoming Christmas:

  • A poem;
    cheap-christmas-gifts-a-poemThis is a great Christmas idea because it costs you nothing, but it can still make the person you’re giving it to feel warm and happy on the inside. If you’re not great at writing poems yourself, you can just google some Christmas poems, write the chosen one on a piece of paper and decorate it with colors or stickers.
  • Bake something;
    If you’re good in the kitchen, you could bake someone you hold dear a cake, for example. Maybe you can even decorate it with icing sugar, fondant or butter cream to make it more special. Alternatively, you can bake something else such as profiteroles or cookies.
  • A mixtape;
    No one uses tapes anymore, but you could make a mix-CD for example, for someone you hold dear. Just download this person’s favorite songs and put them on a DVD or a memory stick.
  • Clothes;
    cheap-christmas-gifts-clothesIf the person you want to give a present to likes clothes, you could get them (cheap) clothes. Just go to a Chinese clothing store and pick something out. Alternatively, you can give someone a shirt with a unique print. Just buy a plain shirt, choose a design and bring it to a printing company to get the desired design on the shirt.

I hope this article has made your Christmas expectations a little brighter. If you have any cheap Christmas gift ideas, don’t hesitate to write about it in the comment section.