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The Best Brain Possible With Debbie Hampton

Information and Inspiration For Anyone With a Brain

How Happiness Can Actually Be Unhealthy

It seems counterintuitive that happiness could be anything but good for you. Right? Turns out that researchers classify happiness as falling into two categories. One type of happiness has many health benefits, while the other, not-so-much. Click To Tweet Eudaimonic happiness is the happiness that comes from meaningful pursuits, doing and being good, and aspiring to[...]

What You Need To Know About The Link Between Depression And Dementia

The relationship between depression and dementia is complex and still being unraveled. It’s unclear if depression is an early symptom or consequence of, or risk factor for dementia, but growing evidence suggests that there’s a definite association. People with more symptoms of depression tend to decline more rapidly in thinking and memory skills, and both conditions[...]

How To Make Friends With Your Mind

Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy. The thoughts in your head can give you the stuff you need to go after and be successful in the profession of your dreams, maintain loving, healthy relationships, and be pretty happy and optimistic on most days when slogging through muck and mire of[...]

How Your Neurons Make You A Nervous Wreck (and how to rewire them)

For far too many people, being anxious, nervous, and worried, has become a way of life. It’s just the norm. Anxiety disorders are chronic, disabling conditions that are seen across the world in epidemic proportions. Globally, anxiety disorders were the sixth leading cause of disability in 2010. According to the National Institute of Mental Health,[...]

Are Your Habits Messing Up Your Memory?

Guess it’s soup for dinner because you completely forgot to stop at the grocery store on the way home and get spaghetti fixins. You drew a complete blank on your next door neighbor’s name that you’ve lived beside for two years. You’re already running late for the body sculpt class at the gym, and you[...]

15 Ways To Kick Your Brain Out Of Its Comfort Zone

Your brain loves routine. Like your old bathrobe with the fuzz balls and coffee stains, it’s cozy, comfortable, familiar, and most important to your brain, known to be safe with minimal stress and risk. Because anything new and different wakes up your fear circuits causing mild to extreme anxiety depending on the circumstances, your brain[...]

Why Being Scared Silly Is Fun

  Fear is your brain reacting to the expectation or anticipation of possible harm, which really doesn’t sound the least bit fun. So, why then do so many of us purposefully seek out experiences that produce that heart pounding, can’t-catch-your-breath, sweaty palms feeling? Well, the answer is also in your brain. Because your brain’s number[...]

The 10 Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain

Neuroplasticity has become a buzzword in psychology and scientific circles, as well as outside of them, promising that you can “re-wire” your brain to improve everything from health and mental wellbeing to quality of life. There’s a lot of conflicting, misleading, and erroneous information out there. So, exactly how does it work? What Is Neuroplasticity[...]

How To Turn Up The Happiness Synthesizer In Your Head

Over the process of evolution, the human brain tripled in size, mostly gaining girth in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), giving us our big foreheads. In this case, it’s not just that bigger is better. It’s what having a bigger brain allows us to do that makes all the difference. While plenty of cool abilities come[...]