Do This One Thing to Change and Protect Your Brain For Life

woman laughing, dancing with others at a club

Sorry but the One Thing to improve brain health is not the clubbing, but the aerobic dancing.

I know. It sounds like click-bait. But I really, really wanted you to check out this post because brain health is very important to me. And if I’d titled this —

 “30-minutes of aerobic exercise 3-4 times a week can elevate your mood, improve your focus, and protect your brain from age-related degeneration

— you wouldn’t be reading it. But it’s true.

Check out the funny but informative 11-minute TED Talk below.

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Why You Need Enough Sleep (In 18 Minutes or Less)

bi-color-tabby kitten sleeping in old boot

You probably aren’t getting enough sleep, or getting enough good sleep.

I know I wasn’t — and still struggle at times to get enough. In my twenties and early thirties, I bragged about sleeping only 5 hours a night and about the times I’d abuse my body with things like 76 hours without sleep or only 12 hours in a week.

In his eye-opening TED Talk, neuroscientist Russell Foster debunks some common myths about sleep and calls us to take sleep seriously as a society. Continue reading “Why You Need Enough Sleep (In 18 Minutes or Less)”

Isolation Is the Dream-killer, Not Your Rotten Attitude

Coyote howling in a rocky meadow of wildflowers

Social isolation damages our success as well as our mental and physical health. And I speak from personal experience. I’m  terrible at networking — online or in person. So please, take just 18 minutes to watch this delightfully inspiring TEDx talk by Barbara Sher about the power of connection — with strangers.

And discover how you can make your dreams come true.

I’m not kidding.

This is not woo-woo. As a matter of fact, Barbara Sher is going to trash-talk “positive thinking.” (And I’m pretty certain she’d have a few things to say about “The Secret” as well. She apparently doesn’t take any nonsensical guff.)

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5 Ways to Be Productive When Your Brain Says “No!”

By a rainy day window, a cat sits wrapped in a blanket and staring at nothing., apparently not being productive.

Some times my brain rebels. It merely wraps itself in a fluffy blanket and says “I’m taking a break.” A common problem during the long, grey days of winter when my brain gets lost in the fog after only an hour or two of work. Therefore, I feel the need to get things done but lack the mental motivation or even cognitive capacity. Because one of my intentional living resolutions is not fighting my body, I no longer beat myself up or reach for the cookies and caffeine. If your mind needs a break, here are 5 ways to still accomplish something while your brain recharges.

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How SMART Are Your Goals?

a white owl reminds us to make SMART goals to succeed

Roughly 40% of the population make New Year’s Resolutions. The most popular New Year’s Resolutions (in no particular order) are: lose weight, get in shape, spend less (or save more), and make more money. All worthy aspirations. However, they aren’t SMART goals. And because they aren’t SMART, they are usually dumped within 30 days. If we want to actually achieve our goals, we need to make better. We need to make them SMART goals.

What are SMART Goals?:

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