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.

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Sleep: Boost & Power Nap Your Brain!

Sleep to Boost Your Brain

A good night’s rest is one of the best brain boosts. It’s crucial for your brain to function properly. Sleep deprivation may negatively impact your cognitive function, your mood, your judgement and even your waistline. Isn’t that enough incentive to ensure you get adequate zzz’s?

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is when we dream. 25% of our sleep is in the REM stage. Researchers believe that during REM, your brain selects the most important bits of information that it has processed throughout the day.

Deep or stage IV sleep is vital to brain function. As we get older, we are in less of this phase and it’s probably no coincidence that our cognitive skills change as well.

There’s still debate on how much rest we need, but on average, most people need 7 to 8 hours per night, some require less and others more.

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4 Tips for Better Sleep
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* Reduce your caffeine intake
* Increase your physical activity
* Listen to calming music
* Meditate

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How to Meditate When You Think You Can’t

Woman Who Meditates

Meditation is a powerful practice that is good for both your brain and body. And, just like Fit Brains, you can do it for just 1 to 2 minutes anywhere, anytime with immediate benefits. So it’s a no-brainer that we should all do it.

Meditation 101 ‘Ommm’

1. Pick a general time

Meditate to start off your day but if you are too rushed in the morning, any time that’s convenient is fine. Just try to pick a time that you can do daily so it becomes easier to make it a habit.

2. Find a quiet spot

It can be your bed, a bench on a park or the beach.

3. Get into a comfortable position

Either sit or lie down. Don’t slouch. The ‘Savasana’ aka dead corpse pose in yoga is a great one, lie down with your palms facing up.

4. Keep your eyes open & soft

Focus your eyes on one spot and soften your eyes. If you have trouble concentrating, you can shut your eyes.

5. Focus on your breathing

Clear you mind of all thoughts. Follow the natural flow of your breath from your nose all the way down to your lungs. Notice how your chest, rib cage, shoulders and belly ebb and flow with each breath. If you start getting distracted (and you will), gently re-focus back on your breath. If you still can’t focus, then count to 5 while focusing on your breath. Don’t worry, in the beginning you may have thoughts flittering in and out of your mind or you may even fall asleep! Keep at it!

6. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes daily

Once you master meditating for a few minutes, increase the number of minutes the next week.

Namaste! Congratulations you’ve mastered your inner yogi. Now why not challenge your brain further?

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Discover the Brain Benefits of Labor Day!

Man Working His Brain on Labor Day

Why your brain celebrates labor every day! It’s almost Labor Day, the unofficial end to summer, and by some reports, hot dog season. But we’re celebrating anyway! Aside from the positive contributions that workers of all kinds have given our society, work is good for your brain. Doing something new and challenging, like your work, benefits your mind. Fit Brain’s own Dr. Paul Nussbaum acknowledges the challenge and stress that can come with learning a new skill at work, but reassures that “You will develop new neural circuits, and your brain will thank you for the effort.” You will benefit the most if you try to continually challenge yourself by trying new tasks and learning new ways of doing things.

Even if you aren’t employed, learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby are other ways you can keep your mind active, challenged and engaged! Music lessons, sports, or a new language, are just a few examples of hobbies that can give you a new lease on life and stimulate your brain too.

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