A Four Step Strategy for Training Your Brain to Better Understand Your Emotions

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It’s not uncommon to get a little swept up in the overwhelming feeling that often accompanies a busy schedule and an ever-growing to-do list. But often, when it comes to being productive, or even just maintaining a general sense of overall well-being, simply ignoring that feeling and pressing onward just isn’t the answer. That’s why I wanted to pass this along to you. It’s a four-step strategy from Dan Siegel, MD that we can use to slow our brain down and really connect with what we’re feeling – he calls it SIFTing the mind . . . . . ….

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Changing Brains All Over the World (and at Home)

There are so many new things happening in brain science and I am thrilled that I get to share them with you . . . . . .but I had no idea when I started this webinar series that it would reach so many viewers. People from all over the world tune in every week to watch our broadcasts, and this week 8,139 people tuned in to watch our webinar with Helen Fisher, PhD. Although we see people from across the globe tune in, since we’re located in the USA, it’s interesting to see how many states are represented. From…

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How Your Brain “Grows Up”: Brain Change from Adolescence to Adulthood

Growing up, do you remember counting down the days until your 18th birthday? For many of us, 18 meant adulthood and, most importantly, freedom from the rules and restrictions that often come along with adolescence . . . . . . rules meant to protect teenagers from what we might think of as risky or impulsive behavior. According to Dan Siegel, MD, these behaviors may have to do with the structure of the teenage brain. In this video, he explains one fundamental change that happens in the brain during adolescence, and why it may hold the key to understanding the…

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Can the Brain Change? A New Way of Looking at It

When we talk about changing the brain, exercise tends to come up over and over again. Just take a peek at my last couple of blog posts (especially this one), and you’ll see just how important keeping active can be for a strong, healthy brain. But sometimes it takes more than just talking about research to get people moving. Often, another way of looking at it can really drive home how important exercise really is to brain health. So, here’s a different way of getting the message across. It’s creative, and a just a little bit quirky. Let me know…

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Recovering from Rejection – It Starts with Your Brain

If you’ve ever experienced it first hand, you might agree that heartbreak can often feel worse than the pain of physical injury or illness. Not only that, but the recovery period can often seem twice as long. But according to Helen Fisher, PhD, the way we feel in the aftermath of a breakup may have a lot to do with our brain chemistry . . . . . . and in the video clip below, she walks us through a few simple ways that we can pump up the “feel-good” chemicals in our brain, and find relief from the painful…

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Changing the Brain: The Impact of a Sedentary Lifestyle

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We often hear about the benefits of exercise, and how it can even change your brain. But let’s take a moment to look at the flipside – how does living a sedentary lifestyle impact your brain? Researchers at Wayne University School of Medicine wanted to find out, so first, they gathered up some rats. They put half of the rats in cages with running wheels (on which the rats averaged about 3 miles a day) while the other half were kept in a cage with no wheels, and left to a more sedentary existence. After 3 months of either running…

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