This is another incredible way that your mind can change your brain for the better.
What you can do: Become aware of pleasant or happy experiences. Bring them to the foreground of your mind. Linger on these experiences for 5 seconds or more. More details here. Enriching your mind by learning new things rewires your brain. The effect applies to both young and old. As neurologist Oliver Sacks said :. Even new nerve cells can be generated. Of course, everything has two sides.
You could choose to use your mind to make yourself miserable, but I hope you won't. If you find it hard to think in constructive ways, please see a therapist. If you enjoyed this post and would like to learn more about happiness , health, and habits, please follow me on Facebook , Twitter, or LinkedIn. Just scroll down to my photo and click on the appropriate icon. I do my best to not look at the authors to omit any biases while reading, and find I am always pleased with your articles!
I scroll to the bottom, see your picture, and am like "of course! Very articulated and concise articles, your formula so to speak does in fact employ positive outcomes not just in the mind but your entire being. It is through clear understanding of our mindful potential that we can obtain abilities to live and or strive toward the ultimate mindscape, peace of mind.
Outstanding meg,. Thank you, Meg, for once again providing important information about a complex part of us in such a clear and easy-to-understand way. Read some late Wittgenstein. Mind isn't an independent entity. In a strict sense, mind doesn't exist at all; we're merely used to speaking about it like it does so it exists conceptually , but custom doesn't verify its existence on ontological level.
Mind isn't something we own or have, it's simply a linguistic practice that misguides us to believe that this specific language use refers to something 'real'. If you want to share my blog on your site, copy the first paragraphs only and then link back to my Psych Today blog so readers can finish the blog here. Otherwise I will not receive credit for the page views. Also, include my name and copyright notice. I really appreciate your interest, Kixx, and I'm so glad you find the blogs inspiring!!
Anon, could you say more about why the first point is misleading? Evidence from science would be appreciated.
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One good thing? You can fake being smart especially with these easy ways to look like a genius , but what really makes us intelligent, if not brain size and folds? Raise your awareness throughout the day. Plus, the brief breaks will give you a chance to take a breath and refocus when necessary. In other words, you are influenced by your genetic makeup as well as your environment surroundings. Recent Posts. As if you needed another excuse to get it on, sex may actually help your brain think better as you age.
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Thanks, V. Submitted by Meg Selig on November 3, - pm. Very interesting point of view. From a hot bath and a book or a walk with a friend to a few days away from my family, these can help revive and rejuvenate both my body and mind. And while your indicators may vary from mine, knowing what they are — and what works best to alleviate them — will help you take care of yourself. Angie Ebba is a queer disabled artist who teaches writing workshops and performs nationwide. Angie believes in the power of art, writing, and performance to help us gain a better understanding of ourselves, build community, and make change.
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