New Year – new helpful habits.

Happy New Year! How did your New Year resolutions go? Like most of us, were your good intentions short-lived? Why is that? What does your brain need to do to turn a resolution into a new habit? First, we have to interrupt the brain’s autopilot. Yes, your brain...

Why HOPE matters.

Sometimes, everything seems like just too much! Losing hope is the last thing that your brain needs. Your brain is better when it’s hopeful, says Dana smith of Elemental In the brain, people experience optimism about the future in two key areas: the amygdala, our...

Why some brains resist sweets.

Does your brain crave something sweet? Are you a “can’t keep a carton of ice cream in the freezer because I’ll finish it” kind of person? Or can’t you really be bothered about sugary treats? There are reasons for the differences! And there’s been research on it,...

Your Brain Needs a Party.

Your brain wants to anticipate the good times 🥂 My fiancé and I started planning our wedding last weekend. (Don’t worry, it’s many months away and will be small, outdoors, and masked.) It feels a little crazy to think about throwing a party while the pandemic...

Why ‘Brainfit for Life’ Classes Work.

Research Study Actual, sustained practice–not mere knowledge–is needed to harness neuroplasticity and improve cognition over time September 14, 2020 (reported by  SharpBrains) Lifestyle improvements may lessen cognitive decline (Wiley): ” … 19 individuals older than...

Can you read these faces?

Quickly describe the emotions depicted here …..   Need some help? Line 1: Thinking, Tears of joy, Shush – it’s a secret. Line 2: How awful! Sad and pensive, Happy Line 3: Super happy and hugs, Screaming in fear, Surprised, Oh no! Line 4: Nervous or smiling...