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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[...]

How Your Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells, And Genes

Every minute of every day, your body is physically reacting, literally changing, in response to the thoughts that run through your mind. It’s been proven over and over again that just thinking about something causes your brain to release neurotransmitters, chemical messengers that allow it to communicate with parts of itself and your nervous system.[...]

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[...]

Easy Things You Can Do To Get A Happier Brain Right Now

We’ve come a long way in the science of happiness and have a pretty good idea of what happy looks like in your brain these days. It’s now known that what you do in your life every day, because of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change both physical form and function based on[...]

My Depression Is Not Your Depression

On the Best Brain Possible Facebook page, I’ve learned from experience to be very choosy about any posts on depression because people can get really passionate and colorfully expressive about their mental health.  Many have strong opinions about whether the condition is based in biology, thinking, or lifestyle. Whenever I post an article about antidepressants, I find[...]