I've stumbled upon a certain axis of cognition recently, the knowledge of which I have been able to exploit to my advantage: cognitive temperature. A bumper sticker definition of (high) cognitive temperature might be the tendency of cognitions to be directed, deliberative, and self-aware; let me expand on this.

**Like happiness or lucidity, temperature is an axis characterizing the state of your mind at a given time, and along which your mind varies; unlike these two, it is relatively easy to control (at least for short periods of time, and at least for me). It is of course easiest to control when one is aware of it, and it is incredibly useful to be able to control, but it is difficult to maintain for long periods of time for what I believe are essentially thermodynamic reasons.