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The Best Brain Possible With Debbie Hampton

Information and Inspiration For Anyone With a Brain

Breaking The Cycle Of Stress

To experience absolutely no stress, you would have to be dead. Seriously. Stress is your body’s natural and necessary physical reaction to changes in its environment or circumstances where your brain perceives a response is required for your protection. When stressed, your heart beats faster, your pupils dilate, your muscles tense, your breathing increases, more[...]

Taking The Shame Out Of Depression and Suicide

The Internet was buzzing after the “The Imitation Game” writer Graham Moore’s Oscars acceptance speech. After gushing thanks to his list, he revealed that he had attempted suicide at 16 years old: Suicide is a subject very near and dear to my heart. This emotionally charged topic affects many people around the world even if[...]

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 depression.  Many have strong opinions about whether the condition is based in biology, thinking, or lifestyle. Whenever I post an article about antidepressants, I find out[...]

How To Use 100% Of Your Brain

Recently, I saw the movie Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. If you’re planning on watching it and don’t want me to spoil it for you, then skip the next paragraph. (In my opinion, you can find plenty of better ways to spend 89 minutes.) The general story is that a college student studying[...]

How Exercise Helps Your Brain

Maybe you already exercise to trim your tummy, keep your weight in check, or ward off the major killers. Good for you! But did you know that moving your body is also about the best thing you can do for your brain? While the benefits of a workout have been well-known for below-the-neck for a long[...]

Pain Is In Your Brain (and can end there)

The word pain has its roots in the Latin word meaning punishment.  Fitting, right?  But pain isn’t just your body’s way of playing some sadistic trick on you. Pain is actually an injured body’s reward and penalty system telling the person not to do something that might cause further damage and rewarding them with relief when[...]

Introvert Or Extrovert Begins In Your Brain

Whether your idea of a fun Saturday night includes a lively evening out with friends or a quiet night at home on the couch with a book depends partly on how your brain functions. In the 1920s, psychologist Carl Jung introduced the terms introvert and extrovert to describe contrasting personality types hypothesising that the main[...]

Happiness Is A Skill

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” — James Openheim Maybe you’ve always thought of yourself as being a “glass half full” or “glass half empty” kind of person.  That’s just the way you were born.  Right? The popular set-point theory of happiness suggests that a person’s level[...]

What’s The Difference Between Feelings And Emotions?

Although the two words are used interchangeably,  there are distinct differences between feelings and emotions. Ok.  Big deal. Well, it kind of is a big deal because understanding the difference between the two can help you change unhealthy behaviors and find more happiness and peace in your life.  Feelings and emotions are two sides of[...]