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6 Ways Gratitude Can Affect Your Brain

6 Ways Gratitude Can Affect Your Brain As the holiday centered around thankfulness approaches, here are six ways gratitude can affect your brain: Your brain floods with reward chemicals Anxiety and depression symptoms may lessen Your hypothalamus works better You can become more resistant to stress Falling asleep becomes easier You experience more positive emotions […]

Synthesize Your Thoughts

Synthesize Your Thoughts The next time you go see a movie or read a good book, try to synthesize your thoughts afterwards. Synthesizing complex thoughts or ideas requires taking in facts, filtering the meanings, and transforming these into abstract concepts by drawing upon the rich experiences and knowledge that come from your uniquely built mind.

Leverage Stress to Benefit Your Brain Health

Leverage Stress to Benefit Your Brain Health “While we tend to want to limit negative events in our lives, the research is clear that moderate stress, properly handled, increases alertness which in turn helps brain circuits function more efficiently,” says Center for BrainHealth’s Dr. Ian Robertson in a recent Q&A. “We can learn to better control […]

Sleep Quality Affects the Brain 

Sleep Quality Affects the Brain  Research has shown that the brain needs time to recharge for the next day, which often happens when we are sleeping. Recent studies have shown that lack of sleep can mean more than a change in brain function and mood; it can also have adverse effects on one’s personality and ability to learn. Source: […]

Exercise Can Slow Memory Decline

Exercise Can Slow Memory Decline Exercise has been known to stimulate the release of proteins that directly benefit the brain. A recent study found that walking three times a week and gradually increasing the intensity benefited older adults who with early onset cognitive problems. Aerobic exercise may also reduce the risk of vascular cognitive impairment. […]

Volunteer for Brain Health Benefits

Volunteer for Brain Health Benefits A recent study from Arizona State University found that volunteering regularly over time may have help older adults preserve memory. Analysis of the information gathered over a 14-year period showed that older adults who volunteered — even at a single point in time — showed a decreased risk for developing […]

Brain Health and Exercise

Brain Health and Exercise What benefits your body also benefits your brain. Before you decide to skip your next workout, you may want to consider how it could impact your brain. A new study finds that the benefits of exercise on your brain can evaporate if you stop being active, even for a week or […]

Sleep Benefits

Sleep Benefits New research suggests that sleep deprivation blocks memory formation and the brain’s ability to repair from daily wear and tear. As a result, lack of sleep can lead to shrinking brain volume. The scientists behind the study recommend getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night to help stave off accelerated cognitive […]

Optimistic Thoughts

Optimistic Thoughts Negative thinking and self-doubt can actually destroy neurons and prevent the creation of new ones. However, optimism can provide a buffer to protect the brain from stress. For example, writing in a gratitude journal each morning can help drive positive thinking. Source: Huffington Post

Focus

Focus A recent study found that the brain can best focus on one sense at a time. For example, when someone is reading a taking an exam while the radio is playing in the background, the auditory cortex activity in the brain decreases and sound is distorted. Source: ScienceDaily