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
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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
Cognitive Offloading Can’t remember the name of the actress who stared in the movie you saw last week? If your first instinct was to Google the movie title, you were engaging in what scientists Evan F. Risko and Sam Gilbert call “cognitive offloading”. This term refers to our increasing reliance on technology, such as Google […]
Motivation The brain is happiest when exploring areas you are passionate about. Learn how to make a new dish, read a book outside of your usual genre, or mix up your workout routine. Focusing on what motivates and matters to you actually increases the rate at which you learn. Source: www.education.com
Environments and Innovation Examine your work and home environments. Identify distractions and things that may be stifling your imagination. Instead of complaining – imagine, create and develop potential solutions.
Curiosity and Decisions What if you had a choice between a fortune cookie dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles or a plain fortune cookie that contained a personalized fortune, which would you eat? A new study finds that feeling curious can help people make smarter, and even sometimes healthier, decisions. Source: Medical Daily
Explore Nature Research has shown that you may benefit from a healthy “dose of nature”. Those who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have poor mental health than those who don’t, according to a study published in Nature Scientific Reports. Breathing in fresh air and experiencing the […]
Make Sleep a Priority Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Instead of burning the midnight oil, make sleep a priority. This will help you get more done during your waking hours. Also, pay attention to which times of the day you feel most alert. Use those times to schedule your most intense […]
Power down for Insight We can often get caught in a state of information overload, which can leave us deprived of deep thoughts. Learn to press pause by stepping away, unplugging from technology, and disengaging from the task at hand. Allowing our brains to rest will allow new insights, or aha moments, to emerge.
Stay Social to Enhance Brain Health Social engagement with friends and family can bring about happiness. Spending quality time with friends and family can also benefit brain health. Research shows regular social activity promotes the creation of new brain cells and supports brain repair. Keep this in mind as you schedule your next gathering. Source: […]