Brain Hacks To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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As the end of January looms around the corner, will you be one of the 58% of people who will stick to their New Year’s resolutions after the first month? According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, more 90% of us break them. It’s not just in North American where resolutions fail but it happens all across the world, thousands of resolutions are broken every year.  

Why is that and how can you beat the insurmountable odds?

Most of us find it difficult to stick to resolutions because we need willpower. And, we only have a finite amount of it as it gets used up throughout the day. Think about all the choices you have to make: salad or chocolate, drink or run and so on. A study conducted by Stanford University divided a group of undergraduates students into those who had to remember a 2 digit number and those who had to remember a 7 digit one. And, then, they had to take a quick walk and they were given a choice between cake or fruit. Can you guess the results? The ones who had to remember the shorter number were half as likely to choose the cake.

So wait. How does this knowledge help with resolutions? Willpower is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger you use it. Keeping this in mind, here are some ways to hack your brain to maintain your resolutions:

1. Choose Just 1 Goal

Don’t overwhelm your brain. Choose the one thing that you want to change the most. For example, I’ll challenge my brain by playing Fit Brains’ games.

2. K.I.S.S Keep It Simple 

Break down the resolution into one easy, small task. Then, it will be more simple for you to make it a habit. It typically takes 45 days to create a habit. So, if we use the example above, a simple task could be I’ll play Fit Brains’ games for just 5 minutes per day. And, here’s a bonus, our games are fun which leads to our third tip.

3. Make It Fun

You’re more likely to stick to your goal if you enjoy doing it.  Think of ways to make your change as fun as possible.

3. Make Yourself Accountable

Write it down and/or tell your friends, family and colleagues. There is mounting proof that your social group can significantly affect your behavior. So you can use your social network to receive positive support.

4. Focus On Your Wins

Give yourself rewards and positive feedback to improve your likelihood of success. Research by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, published recently in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, reveals that immediate rewards are strongly linked to achieving a long term goal. And, you know what else? The study found that immediate rewards were more effective than long-term delayed ones.

It’s not too late to make a resolution or to create a new one! If you think about it, is there anything more important than challenging your brain? Make 2017 your best year yet! Fit Brains’ games challenges all areas of your brain including memory, logic, concentration, visual-spatial and speed of thinking. Plus, we’re the only brain trainer that challenges both cognitive and emotional intelligence. If that’s not enough to convince you, we have the most and widest variety of fun smart games on the market.

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The Best in Brain News: January Digest

Fit Brains Monthly Brain Digest

Happy New Year! Wishing you health, happiness and success in 2017! Read about current brain news and leading brain research in our latest monthly brain digest.

Brain Science: Why Your Brain Makes New Year’s Resolutions So Difficult to Stick To and Ways to Work Around It

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Less than 10% of Americans usually stick to their resolutions. Learn why and how you can rewire your brain for success. Discover the secret to keeping your resolution now!

Brain Research: Recent Study Shows Runners Have Stronger Brain Connections Which Helps Brain Function

Are you considering running as one of your 2017 resolutions? A study by researchers at the University of Arizona may convince you! They found that running helps brain function, especially those involving complex cognitive skills like planning, problem solving and multitasking. The scientists also believe that these benefits would also help cognitive function later in life. Read more about this interesting study then why not go for a quick run today!

Brain Psychology: The Way Complaining Sets Your Brain Up For Negativity

Did you know that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation? And, due to the wiring in your brain, the more you repeat a behaviour, the more easier it is to do? It’s the phenonmenon known as “neurons that fire together, wire together”. Complaining has negative effects on your brain and health. In fact, studies show that negative thoughts shrink the brain. Learn 4 easy methods to stop complaining and add it to your resolutions list!

Brain & Emotional Intelligence (EQ): Top Reasons Why EQ Is Increasingly Becoming A Top Job Skill  

Emotional intelligence (EQ), by 2020 will be one of the top 10 job skills according to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report. EI has increasingly become more important in the workplace. It is a key factor for job hires, promotions and salary increases. Learn more about the importance of EQ and try one of our EQ games today. We’re the only brain trainer that challenges both cognitive and emotional intelligence.

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Tis the Season for a Happy, Healthy Brain!

Tis the Season to Give for a Healthy Brain

The holiday season is here! Have you been naughty or nice? Will you make it on Santa’s list this year? We can all agree that getting gifts are fun but did you know gift giving makes your brain healthy and happy?

Gift Giving Leads to a Happy, Healthy Brain

Numerous studies reveal the positive effects of giving gifts. According to research by the National Institute of Health study, gift giving lights up brain regions linked to pleasure, social connection and trust, which leads to a healthy brain. The effects are more positive and stronger if your gift is meaningful. And, giving gifts lights up the part of the brain that makes us enjoy and like each other.

Another study by Harvard University and the University of British Columbia indicates that gift giving provides a sense of well-being and happiness. Furthermore, several other research findings indicate that generosity of all sorts, ranging from charitable donations to giving presents, leads to a happier, healthier brain.

The great news is we have a special holiday Gift promo just for you. For a limited time only, all Fit Brains Premium gift plans are on sale! Now you can gift more and spend less. Get to the top of Santa’s list. Not only will you enjoy the positive benefits of gift giving but you’ll be giving a gift that keeps on giving! Our gifts engage, delight and challenge the brain.

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Alzheimer’s Fundraiser: The Brainathon

Fit Brains Exiger Brainathon Alzheimer's Fundraiser

For years, the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease has been a moving target, with assumptions fueling a multitude of guesswork among practitioners and patients alike. But the past decade has been an awakening of sorts, and research has led to discovery of avenues to combat the disease. Exiger, the global regulatory and financial crime, risk, and compliance firm, sought out an innovative way to raise both the awareness of Alzheimer’s and funds to find a cure for the disease. In doing so, they partnered with Fit Brains. Fit Brains is an innovative brain training program from Rosetta Stone that helps users challenge their minds while playing progressively more difficult brain games. In joining forces with Exiger, we created a five-week fundraising event: The Brainathon. The result: over 35,000 raised for Alzheimer’s research in just five short weeks.

About the Brainathon

Exiger employees pledged to use the Fit Brains program five minutes a day, every day for the five-week period. Exiger then aimed to raise a dollar for every pledged minute of brain training. Fit Brains provided all employees with free memberships for the duration of the Brainathon, and all funds raised went to support various global Alzheimer’s organizations. Friends and families of the firm’s participations were also encouraged to play along and to donate. Prize incentives were set for certain goals eg. Most money raised, highest employee index score. Results: Leveraging the partnership and their unique concept, Exiger almost doubled their $18,000 goal. By creating a fundraiser to which all employees could contribute easily, and on their own schedules, Exiger was able to fully maximize its participation and outreach. Beyond the funds raised, a vital by-product of the Brainathon was awareness, both of Alzheimer’s disease and its’ global organizations, extending the fundraiser’s impact.

About Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, kills brain cells and interferes with cognitive abilities, emotions, behavior, and physical skills. It’s not a regular part of aging, but a progressively debilitating disease that ultimately leads to death. Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s per the infographic below created by Exiger. It is the most expensive disease in America.

Alzheimer's Disease Statistics

About Exiger

Exiger is a leading regulatory and financial crime, risk, and compliance firm (www.exiger.com). Exiger chose Fit Brains as a partner because of its reputable brand name, easy-to-use interface, multilingual capability, and fun, innovative brain games. Furthermore, as an international company with international offices, Exiger needed a global program. Of Fit Brains, Exiger said, “We chose Fit Brains as…a perfect partner in the international fight against Alzheimer’s disease.” Exiger’s fundraising efforts are chronicled at www.exiger.com/exiger-cares.

About Fit Brains

Fit Brains is a fun and challenging brain training program. It is a global, award-winning, personalized brain games app and online program that challenges you to perform at your best. Fit Brains has been ranked the #1 education app in over 90 countries, with a rating of 4.5/5 and over 18 million downloads. Fit Brains combines leading technology, world class research, and game trends to give you an exciting experience. It was designed by game experts and neuroscientists striving to make brain training accessible and affordable to all. The program challenges 6 key areas of your brain, including memory, focus, speed of thinking, logic and problem-solving, language, and visual-spatial recognition. Plus, it targets EQ, Emotional Intelligence, the ability to recognize and manage your own and other people’s emotions, in 4 key areas: self-control, self-awareness, social awareness and social skills. The program also automatically adapts to you based on your progress, and customizes training to give you the appropriate level of challenge along the way

Want to run your own Brainathon?

Exiger encourages other corporations and organizations to run or participate in a Brainathon to help increase awareness and fundraise for Alzheimer’s Disease. Please email Mark Baxter, General Manager of Fit Brains at Partners@Fitbrains.com to learn more. Together we can make a difference.

Learn more about the science of brain training with Fit Brains at www.fitbrains.com. Read the full brainathon case study here.

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Nothing that you read herein should be regarded as medical or health advice. The study statistics are written by independent third parties and the publication of any such content by Exiger does not imply any affiliation between any third parties with Fit Brains or endorsement of Fit Brains products. Information and statements regarding brain training software such as Fit Brains have not been evaluated by regulatory authorities and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you require medical or other assistance, you should consult a health professional.

 

Be Thankful for a Healthy Brain This Thanksgiving! 

Fit Brains Be Thankful for a Healthy Brain

Thanksgiving is upon us! Did you know more people celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States than Christmas? It’s not hard to see why. It’s a holiday that’s filled with delicious food, family and friends, football and good cheer. Turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing with loved ones? Mmm, yes please! That’s plenty to be thankful for!

We Want To Thank You!

More importantly, Thanksgiving is a day for gratitude. We here at Fitbrains are grateful that you’ve made us the #1 education app across 90 countries! We hope that you continue enjoying our app. And thank you for using our leading brain training program.

Gratitude Leads to Happiness

Did you know showing gratitude can lead to a happy, healthy brain? Being thankful creates dopamine and serotonin, which makes you feel good. It’s also a sign of emotional intelligence (EQ). The higher your EQ, the easier it is to feel grateful. Showing gratitude also creative a positive feedback loop within your social circle which leads to better relationships.

So what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Take a few moments to reflect upon your blessings including a healthy brain!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Fit Brains!

And, during your holiday, give your brain a boost with our fun games!

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