Pausing daily, or at least regularly, to meditate can have amazing benefits for your brain, from increasing brain volume, to boosting focus and supercharging neurons. Here’s the lowdown on 7 long-term brain benefits.
Meditation serves as a gateway between the everyday lives we lead and our innermost selves, that which makes us unique and feels most authentic to who we are—in life, and in art. The more access we have to the innermost, sacred parts of our self, the more we are able to express what matters most to us in our work.
Studies have shown that you can sculpt your brain by being more adventurous in exploring your environment. Even identical twins develop unique skills and talents dependent upon how much they embrace and unleash their individual curiosity and pursue particular interests.
Dreams are our brain's way to process emotions while we sleep. If you're super stressed and suffering from restless nights, even nightmares, image therapy can be an effective way to "rewrite" your dreams.
When you feel good, your brain releases and bathes itself in what are called the feel-good chemicals—dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin, and others—which is so pleasurable for your brain that it eagerly awaits new opportunities to repeat this experience.
Both quarterbacks obviously have superior ability to absorb information, process stimuli, and integrate information faster than most of us, and both are able to overrule their emotions under the gun—so which brain wins the trophy?
Thanks to millions of years of evolution, we are highly intelligent biological organisms, but when it comes to making financial decisions, we can be unduly influenced by ancient brain skills, such as hair-trigger responses to perceived fear.
If you've created resolutions or a game plan or a list of goals you'd like to achieve in the new year, your brain stands ready to become your strongest ally in making them happen. By fulfilling 5 simple resolutions, you can significantly boost your brain's firepower.
Approximately 60 percent of your brain matter consists of fats that create all the cell membranes in your body. Do you know what kinds of fat your brain needs to function at its peak capacity, and to create all the cell membranes in your body? If not, read on . . .
One of the easiest ways to recognize nutrition deficiency is not from a change in body activity but from a change in mental functioning. This is because the frontal lobes, the area of the brain that acts like the CEO of you, are particularly sensitive to falling glucose levels.
For centuries, scientists believed that the human brain and its connections were formed during gestation and infancy, and remained pretty much unchanged after childhood. In the last decade, however, researchers have found significant evidence that something called neuroplasticity continues throughout our lives.
Focusing on negative thoughts effectively saps your brain of its positive forcefulness, slows it down, and can go as far as dimming your brain’s ability to function, even creating depression. Thinking happy, optimistic thoughts decreases cortisol and produces serotonin, which creates a sense of well-being and helps your brain function at peak capacity.
Your brain needs time to subconsciously integrate new information with existing information and make novel connections or identify hidden patterns. Being bombarded by TMI or multi-tasking clearly impinges on your ability to think creatively.
Your brain is capable of neuroplasticity, the ability to change itself, throughout your lifetime. You are not stuck with the brain you were born with and have the ability to consciously cultivate (by using your mind) which parts of your brain you wish to strengthen, rewire, or even regenerate.
If you like coffee, like we do, you probably justify excessive consumption by saying, and perhaps believing, that it fires up your brain, making you more productive and, well, smarter. You think the shot of caffeine you get from coffee is the perfect pick-me-up drug . . . but is it?
While there’s no way to know what former Congressman Anthony Weiner was thinking—or if he was thinking—it is possible to understand how his brain contributed to his demise. Basically, the man had an electrochemical itch, one that he compulsively sought to scratch.