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BRAIN SCIENCE 101

More than 2000 years ago, philosophers like Hippocrates began exploring the human brain and its many functions. Today, many scientists around the world are dedicated to the study of our body’s most complex organ, the brain. These individuals are called neuroscientists, a term that was coined in the early 1960s by Francis Schmitt, a biophysicist…

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WE LAUGH IN THE SAME LANGUAGE

Did you know that according to neuroscientists your brain is designed to be a laughter making machine? Laughter engages a large quantity of neurons simultaneously, and not just those in your head, but those located in your gut and heart, too. This is why a deep laugh can feel like exercise, because it really is…

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WHO’S THE BOSS?

Have you ever noticed, in all areas of life, there are people who naturally like to take charge and there are people who prefer to follow? What category do you fall into? Perhaps it’s situational. In some scenarios, you are likely to take a leadership position, and in other scenarios you would easily pass the…

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DIGITAL DEMENTIA

Have you heard of the new term, “Digital Dementia”?  This refers to the cognitive issues and decline that are related to the out-sourcing of our brain to technology and the overuse of tech devices. Our human brain has evolved over millions of years. It is designed to support and to work with our body in…

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LESS NEWS, LESS STRESS

Your brain’s number one priority is your security. If your safety is threatened, nothing else matters.  The reason is if you are not alive, your relationships, career path, and life goals no longer exist either. To manage life effectively and keep you out of harm’s way, your amazing brain has a built-in threat-detecting surveillance mechanism…

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CHORES GROW YOUR BRAIN!

Simple. daily life activity provides a multitude of opportunities to grow and to strengthen your brain in unexpected and useful ways. Activities ranging from making meals to washing dishes, to folding clothes, to vacuuming, to mopping the floor, to gardening and mowing the lawn… all require physical engagement and a variety of movement patterns.  These…

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THINKING WITH YOUR HANDS

When learning about a new object, or deciding upon what item to buy in a store, have you ever said, “Let me look at that more closely”?  Then you simultaneously reach out and put the object into your hands, as well? Do your hands have eyes? Not exactly, but… Our senses are the direct interface…

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ARE YOU DRINKING UP?

“If you are thinking, you are drinking…water of course!” I refer to this saying in my Brain Fitness programs, because proper hydration is essential to your brain and body functioning. The moment your water tank gets low, it causes stress, along with a myriad of other health and cognitive issues.  Most people know that drinking…

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YES, AND…

In the performing arts, improvisation is a spontaneous way of acting that does not have any specific preparation. Actors enter the stage and create a show without a script, props, or costumes. What unfolds is typically a great success because each person always responds to what another person says with: “Yes, AND…” An actor could…

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CHOOSING A NEW PATHWAY

One of my favourite poems is “Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters” by Portia Nelson. It was written and published in 1977.  It carries timeless wisdom that is just as useful today as it was decades ago. On many occasions I’ve shared this poem with groups I’ve spoken to, and it never gets old. Each time…

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