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Says Science: We have the power to shape the brain we want!

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What we know about the brain is changing at a breathtaking pace and in this Talk, Dr. Lara Boyd tells us about some of them.

The study of neuroplasticity is one of the most fascinating topics for me at the moment. In short, this field is delivering hope for people who suffer from mental disorders including autism, depression, and ADHD. It will lead us to alternative therapies to reset and re-sync patterns of energy in our brain, and for many cases that for years seemed hopeless, neuroplasticity is proving to be a bright shining light.

Dr. Boyd is a brain researcher at the University of British Columbia and in this talk she’s basically saying, Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

We can learn a new language at any age (and anything else we want to learn) because as it turns out, our brain never stops developing. Not even when we’re in our 90s.

My very big takeaway from this Talk is this:

All of our behaviors change our brain. Everything that we’re doing is impacting our brain function.

When we read, do daily exercise and practice other positive behaviors, we are changing our brain for the better. And when we practice bad habits, we’re also changing our brain… just not for the better.

This has huge implications for personal development work. It means, we can take heart that there’s a point to and rewards for whatever healthy behaviors we’re trying to practice. It means, we not only can change but that we should embrace the process because it matters. The alternative — unhealthy behaviors — are having an effect on our moods, self-control, focus, and the very quality of our lives.

With scientific evidence showing that not only what we do, but also what we think, the environments we live in and all the things that we expose our brains to, are having a positive or negative effect on it. We have more control over our brain and our capabilities than we ever realized.

Science is officially cool.


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Christine is a lifestyle coach who believes the way we live affects everything we do, especially our motivation. She's also a mindful living educator living in Los Angeles, California.

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