Give Your Brain Hopes and Dreams

There is one thing, though, that stands above the rest as necessary nutrition for the human body, mind, and spirit: hope. Without hope, there is no drive even to live, and the more hope we have, the more motivated and enthusiastic we feel. Hope is the most powerful supplement available to us, and thankfully, we can make hope for ourselves [ … ]

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The Alchemy of Language

There is real evidence that learning a language improves our cognitive abilities, promotes intelligence, improves memory, as well as problem-solving and attention skills — all simultaneously (according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), and may even help prevent age-related brain diseases like Alzheimer’s [ … ]

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How to Fuel Your Happiness

Can you eat your way to happiness? Anyone who has ever had a bad day and found solace in a slice of chocolate cake might say yes. Dr. Drew Ramsey, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and co-author of “The Happiness Diet,” agrees, but he draws the line at [ … ]

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The Nature of Nurturing Love

Research tells us that a mother may say “hello” to her baby as often as 15 times a minute. The welcome implicit in this greeting began not only in the womb as the mother carried the infant for nine months, but already in the brains of mother and child. The brain chemicals that bind mother and child begin their work [ … ]