Wellness

5 Ways To Increase Your Motivation

Motivation pushes you to perform certain behaviors to achieve results. But what exactly is motivation, and how can you give yours a boost? Motivation is based on reward prediction and value-based decision-making. It is your brain’s way of pushing you to perform certain behaviors

Happy Teachers Make Happy Students

Implementing a brain-friendly, “happiness school” culture and informing teachers about how the students’ brains react in various social interactions in the classroom have positive effects on student learning and behavior. Faculty and staff training sessions have been conducted in these areas, and periodic training

Giving It Your All: How Your Brain Decides If It’s Worth It

“Quitters never win” is an adage that has been drilled into too many of us, while never giving up is seen as admirable — and perhaps you have been criticized before for “giving up too easily.” In some cases persevering may be sound advice — but there are times when quitting can and should be seen as an

Light Up Your Brain, Not Cigarettes

Although there is overwhelming evidence smoking is harmful to people’s health, many smokers claim that it is helping for releasing stress and improving concentration. Is that true? Research into smoking and stress has shown that instead of helping people to relax, smoking actually increases anxiety and tension

Are Brain Games Effective?

Go into any bookstore and you’re sure to see them: entire shelves full of brain teasers, puzzles, crosswords, sudoku, etc. These books are loaded with all sorts of mental exercises and brain games that supposedly will improve your brain fitness and function simply by playing them. You can find thousands

Your Brain On Social Homeostasis: Reconnecting With People

With the number of COVID-19 vaccinations going up and quarantine restrictions being lifted throughout the United States, people are finally beginning to emerge from their homes to go to restaurants and movie theaters again for the first time in over a year. However, you might still be feeling reluctant to re-enter the world, even if you are

Preparing Your Home To Welcome Your Senior Parent

With over 20 million baby boomers living through their retirement, the odds are that you may have a senior parent that is preparing to move into your home. For many families, bringing a parent into the home is a preferable option to retirement facilities or nursing homes. Welcoming a parent into your home can be both a stressful and joyful

6 Alternatives To Back Surgery

If you’ve suffered from a back injury, and you’re living daily with back pain — having a back surgery operation may seem like your only choice to find relief. While back surgery can prove beneficial and treat back pain for patients, many others have benefitted from one of the many alternatives to back surgery.

How To Keep Your Brain Sharp

A quick and sharp brain is important to be effective in everything from work, school, and even playing games. We rely on our brains for pretty much everything — and we generally perform the best when our brain is firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, if you don’t use or challenge your brain as much as you once did — it might not be

Multa Cultura Cerebrum: Immigration And Your Brain

Here’s a quick trivia question for you: What is the motto of the United States? Is it A) “E pluribus unum” or B) “In God we trust”? The technically correct answer is “B” — the phrase that was legally adopted through a joint resolution passed by the 84th Congress and approved by President Eisenhower in 1956. While it previously had

Catch A (Brain) Wave

Your brain is composed of neurons, which deliver information to other neurons. In the process, they generate electrical changes, which gather and generate brain waves. Their frequency is a reflection of your brain activity, which can be measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG). Generally, there are four types of brain waves.

4 Simple Secrets To Brain Health

Don’t view stress as a problem, but as a challenge. A skier on a mountaintop may interpret her pounding heart, fast breathing and sweaty palms as fear or excitement. Every stressful situation creates physiological symptoms — but you can decide how to play it.

Overcoming Perfectionism During The Pandemic

On the surface, perfectionists seem to possess an abundance of admirable qualities: they are exceptionally driven, detail-oriented, and highly motivated. But the flawless image they present to others may actually be masking serious distress. “One of the big concerns about perfectionists is they often put on a front,” says

Seeking A Healthy Mind During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 epidemic has raised concern among mental health care professionals worldwide in regard to how containment protocols, increasing death rates, and further social isolation procedures may negatively affect our mental health. A wave of new mental health disorders may indeed be on the way, especially as COVID-19 cases

Finding Your Natural Rhythm To Sleep Well

Sleep is integral to a healthy life. It helps our bodies heal quicker — and our brains to rebuild so that they can function to the best way possible. Despite this many people aren’t sure of how much sleep they should be getting and how that can affect their brain function throughout the day.

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