Tuesday, February 11, 2014

{Train Your Brain}

You know the phrase, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks"?  This phrase is a lie.
Your brain is designed with a phenomenal ability to constantly stretch and grow.
Many people think that since they are getting older means that they are going to have a harder time learning, so they choose not to learn anything new; it becomes psychosomatic.
This is not good, I say.
Your brain has the potential to keep growing by continuing to learn new things.  The more and longer your brain grows, the longer you will stay sane!
What are some simple ways to keep your brain agile?

Learn a few new words in English and then learn how to use them throughout the week.
Learn some new phrases in another language.
Try perfecting a different accent.
Brush your teeth with the opposite hand than what you're used to
Do jumping jacks! It keeps your brain flowing with blood.
and the list goes on...
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What happens when you do things differently from what you're used to?
Your brain has to create new neurological pathways to remember what it just learned.  Instead of your brain following the same pattern of doing things every time you do it, it creates a new path, and the more you use that new path, the more versatile in that activity your brain becomes.  Once you've become comfortable with that new way of doing things, try something new!  This helps keep your brain healthy, and lets you keep the ability to learn new languages, understand new concepts, and overall learn new tricks.

So in the end, as long as you train your brain every day to do so, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

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