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Ten Suggestions for Brain-friendly New Year’s Resolutions

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You are enjoy­ing the shop­ping and hol­i­day sea­son. Great!

Now it’s time to start shift­ing gears and focus on the year ahead…

Let’s review some good lifestyle options we can all fol­low to main­tain, and improve, our sharp brains. Per­haps they will inspire some New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions to help make 2017 a year of Brain Health!

1. Thrive on Learn­ing. The point of hav­ing a brain is to learn and to adapt to chal­leng­ing new envi­ron­ments. Once new neu­rons appear in your brain, where they migrate and how long they sur­vive depends on how you use them. “Use It or Lose It” does not mean “do cross­word puz­zle num­ber 1,234,567.” It means, “chal­lenge your brain, and often, with nov­el activ­i­ties”… for exam­ple, here you have quite a col­lec­tion of brain teasers and games for adults of every age.

2. Remem­ber that the brain is part of the body. Things that exer­cise your body can also help sharp­en your brain: phys­i­cal exer­cise enhances neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis, at any age!

3. Learn more about the “It” in “Use It or Lose It.” A basic under­stand­ing will serve you well to appre­ci­ate your brain’s beau­ty as a liv­ing and con­stant­ly-devel­op­ing dense for­est with bil­lions of neu­rons and synaps­es.

4. Take care of your nutri­tion. Did you know that the brain only weighs 2% of body mass but con­sumesgood brain food over 20% of the oxy­gen and nutri­ents we intake? As a gen­er­al rule, you don’t need expen­sive ultra-sophis­ti­cat­ed nutri­tion­al sup­ple­ments, just make sure you don’t stuff your­self with the “bad stuff.”

5. Prac­tice pos­i­tive, action-ori­ent­ed thoughts until they become your default mind­set and you look for­ward to cre­at­ing some­thing mind­ful and beau­ti­ful every new day. Too much stress and anxiety–induced by exter­nal events or by your own thoughts–can kill neu­rons and pre­vent the cre­ation of new ones. physical exercise for brain health

6. We are, as far as we know, the only self-direct­ed organ­isms in this plan­et. Aim high. Once you grad­u­ate from col­lege, keep learn­ing. Once you become too com­fort­able in one job, find a new one. The brain keeps devel­op­ing ALWAYS, reflect­ing what you do with it.

7. Explore, trav­el. Adapt­ing to new loca­tions forces you to pay more atten­tion to your envi­ron­ment. Make new deci­sions, use your brain.

8. Don’t Out­source Your Brain. Not to media per­son­al­i­ties, not to politi­cians, not to your smart neigh­bour… Make your own deci­sions, and your own mis­takes. That way, you are train­ing your brain, not your neighbour’s.

9. Devel­op and main­tain stim­u­lat­ing friend­ships. We are social ani­mals, and need social inter­ac­tion. Which, by the way, is why ‘Baby Ein­stein’ or all those edu­ca­tion­al apps have been shown not to be the panacea for chil­dren devel­op­ment.

10. Laugh. Often. Espe­cial­ly to cog­ni­tive­ly com­plex humor, full of twists and sur­pris­es. 

SharpBrainsGuide_3DNow, remem­ber that what counts is not read­ing this article–or any oth­er– but prac­tic­ing a bit every day until small steps snow­ball into unstop­pable, inter­nal­ized habits. Please revis­it the sug­ges­tion above that real­ly grabbed your atten­tion, and make a New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion to try some­thing new in 2017.

–> To learn more about what you can do, check out The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age.

The Nine Habits of Highly Effective Brains

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While we are still (hope­ful­ly) enjoy­ing some down­time, let’s review some good lifestyle options we can all fol­low to not only main­tain, but improve, our vibrant brains. Read the rest of this entry »

20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Aware­ness Month, so let me share these 20 Must-Know Facts to Har­ness Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty & Improve Brain Health that come from the hun­dreds of sci­en­tif­ic and med­ical stud­ies we ana­lyzed  Read the rest of this entry »

Now Available — Lecture Recording: 25 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Technology For Better Brain Health

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On April 21st, 2016, three well-rec­og­nized experts dis­cussed 25 fun­da­men­tal facts around neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, brain health, resilience, cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, Alzheimer’s pre­ven­tion, brain sup­ple­ments, brain train­ing, med­i­ta­tion, neu­ro­feed­back, neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis,  and more.

Avail­able online from any­where with an Inter­net con­nec­tion, this 90-minute lec­ture record­ing pro­vides par­tic­i­pants with the must-know foun­da­tion to under­stand the val­ue and the lim­i­ta­tions of emerg­ing brain sci­ence and relat­ed tech­nolo­gies, empow­er­ing them to nav­i­gate the grow­ing stream of news arti­cles, research reports and mar­ket­ing claims. Click Here to Pur­chase and View Record­ing (20%-off dis­count code: SB20)

Upcoming webinar: 50 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Technology For Better Brain Health

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What will you be doing on Thurs­day April 21st?

We encour­age you to join a fas­ci­nat­ing Sharp­Brains webi­nar that day, and dis­cov­er 50 core facts required to bet­ter nav­i­gate and apply lat­est brain sci­ence. Our dis­tin­guished Fac­ul­ty–Dr. Robert Bilder @ UCLA, Tan Le @ Emo­tiv, Alvaro Fer­nan­dez @ Sharp­Brains–will clar­i­fy hot top­ics such as genet­ics vs. lifestyle, IQ vs cre­ativ­i­ty and resilience, left/ right brain hemi­spheres, cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, brain sup­ple­ments, learn­ing styles, brain train­ing, med­i­ta­tion, neu­ro­feed­back, neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis, neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, and more.

When: Thurs­day, April 21st, 2016. 10:30am-noon US Pacif­ic Time/ 1.30–3pm US East­ern Time.

To Learn More & Reg­is­ter:

  • Click HERE (USD 50)
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Cheers and let’s all become well-informed brain own­ers and brain health ambas­sadors!

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