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Five Ways Experience Changes Your Brain

A human baby is born with a staggering amount of neurons — somewhere around 100 billion — but they’re not connected yet. Like all mammals, our brains come “assembly required” — like a Lego super deluxe building set. Zillions of itty biddy pieces are there, and the possibilities are exciting and endless, but it’s going to[...]

Surviving The Storm Of Depression

Over the years, depression crept up on me, little by little. It was as if I was lugging around a sack of rocks, and all too often, life handed me another boulder to add to my load. My first week at college, I was raped. Here’s a rock. As a young wife, I had two[...]

The Neuroscience of Changing Your Behavior

Your life literally shapes your brain. The more often you perform an action or behave a certain way, the more it gets physically wired into your brain. This amazing adaptive quality of your brain is known as neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity can work both for and against you. Neuroplasticity Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change its[...]

7 Ways Science Says You Can Get A Happier Brain in 2017

To ensure survival, your ancestors’ brains developed a prickly awareness: always on the lookout for danger, zooming in on any potential threat, being super sensitive to painful experiences and burning them into memory, and reacting quickly physically without thinking first. Having this kind of reactive brain did a very good job helping humans evolve. However, these[...]

The Top Best Brain Posts Of 2016

Serotonin’s Role in Depression (and how to make more) Serotonin is a neurochemical that does so many different things in your body that it’s really tough to nail down its function precisely. Your brain’s prefrontal cortex, which primarily controls your personality and executive functioning, relies heavily on serotonin. Many studies have found higher levels of[...]

The Link Between Dopamine And Depression (and how to make more)

Depression is a complex illness which can show up very differently in different people. Despite popular theories, the cause of depression is not clearly understood. Whether depression is actually even a disease or a symptom is of current debate. In Depression Is A Symptom, Not The Disease, I wrote: In the 1960s, we were told[...]

How Meditation Increases Your Intelligence (in just 20 minutes a day)

In less than the time than you probably spend every day browsing your Facebook feed, you could be improving your brain and increasing your IQ. One study found that meditating for just 20 minutes a day can improve not only mood and stress levels but also deep cognitive processing efficiency, which is a core aspect of[...]

Why Your Brain Loves To Laugh

Who doesn’t love a good laugh? We all do and for good reason. There aren’t too many other things that you can do that feel good and are good for you at the same time. Laughing is not just a fun way to kill time. It has neuropsychological benefits, including improving your mood, exercising your[...]

Why Medication Isn’t The Best Solution For A Depressed Brain (and what is)

This is a guest post by Matthew Snider of Self Development Secrets. Antidepressants are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, second only to antibiotics. This is a startling statistic for a class of drugs with many side effects that works little better than placebo. Before you take antidepressants, you might consider alternatives to[...]

How Mindfulness Changes Your Brain

You may think of mindfulness as one of those far-out-there trends, but it’s been around since antiquity for good reason. Science has proven, beyond any doubt, that a steady practice of mindfulness induces real beneficial changes in the brain. Studies have shown mindfulness to significantly improve a variety of conditions including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder,[...]

5 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

Your mental health impacts every part of your life. Your physical health, happiness, relationships, success at work, financial stability – literally every single aspect of your world – is influenced by what’s happening in your head. It makes sense to me then that mental health should be at the top of the priority list for[...]

How To Calm Your Wired-To-Worry Brain

Worrying has become the norm these days. We worry about paying the bills. We nervously read up on and monitor our health. We fret about our kids getting into college. And when they do, we worry about them finding a good job after graduating. There’s an endless supply of material for mind sweat. According to The[...]