10 Possibilities That You Can Change Your Life in Different Ways

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 0 comments

While practicing neuropsychiatry and studying neuroscience for 40 years, my interest expanded from the human brain to include evidence of mind throughout nature—in animals, plants, microbes, and other cells. Amazingly, even plants and cells have intelligence, which means that science isn't all we've been taught to believe.

Change Life

1. Get plenty of sleep.

Sleep is more important than most people realize. During sleep, the brain cleans debris between cells and memory is increased. This is why, when studying, it's not useful to pull all nighters. Instead, study intensely and then sleep some.  

2. Take naps.

Napping can increase memory and creativity. It allows a break to any creative logjams, new ideas, and consolidation of learning. If you don't have time to doze at your desk, daydreaming can also lead to increased creativity.

3. Choose to change your memories.

Memory is not fixed. It changes each time we re-remember some event. Therefore, the emotional impact of traumatic memories can be altered with positive input during the 24-hour window that "reloads" the memory. This period of time after remembering an event should be used to bring some compassion to the painful subject.  

4. Get regular exercise.

If there is one magic bullet for increased body and brain health, including increased memory, it is sensible regular exercise. Too much or too little exercise can be harmful, but a moderate amount is critical for brain function. Although it has been known for some time that exercise increases brain connections and new brain cells, recently, a direct chemical link was found to explain this.  

5. Food can have major effects on brain health, so eat whole foods.

When eating certain foods (including processed foods, sugar, and unnatural ingredients), our hormones and neurons react strongly, as if exposed to a drug. When strong reactions are triggered, the metabolism and brain can become imbalanced. Many fruits and vegetables (such as berries) have very beneficial effects in helping to clean debris from the brain.

6. What we think and what we focus on can actually change our brain.

For a long time, scientists believed that the brain was static after childhood. It was also believed that genetics was destiny. While most of our DNA stays the same during out lives, the networks that determine which DNA is used are completely altered by experience—by our perceptions and choices.

7. Loneliness is terrible for your immune system, so nurture your relationships.

Short-term stress is useful for learning and does not harm the immune system, but long-term stress can cause inflammation and illness. Isolation and loneliness have a negative effect on the immune system including increased inflammation.

8. For the sake of your immune system, be generous and support your community.

Generosity and community service have positive effects on the immune system. Research shows that generosity and concern for people, not objects, helps positive immune response. Recently, a study showed that community service increased happiness, which in turn decreased factors related to inflammation. These benefits were not associated with other happiness-inducing activities, such as shopping, or travel, for example.

9. Believe in your capacity for extraordinary experiences and talents.

Recent research showed that out-of-body experiences could be triggered in normal people using virtual reality equipment. Other research shows that religious/spiritual experiences can, also, be triggered in many people by many different means. Surprisingly, the capabilities of savants—who display advanced mathematical, memory, artistic and music capabilities without training—can be triggered in ordinary people who have brain injury or with magnetic/electric brain stimulation.  

10. Know that animals are far more intelligent than most scientists realize.

Those who know animals understand this. Evidence shows very advanced cognition in animals even with very small brains. Birds and lizards are, in fact, extremely intelligent—with advanced memory, planning, social intelligence and tool use. Birds also use syntax, learn singing as a language, and show mourning behavior.  
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