This post is about the 7 habits that had the largest impact on my brain function.
My goal has always been to make my brain just as plastic, resilient, and knowledge-hungry as it was when I was 11 years old. This is a tall order, but I do think that brain-friendly habits can give you a cognitive edge.
When you're a kid you soak up information from your environment. You have a voracious appetite for knowledge. After adolescence, this plasticity deteriorates and you become more fixed in your behavior and patterns of thought. This is why mathematicians tend to make their most important contributions to the field before the age of 30: math is supposed to be a young man's game.
This should take less than 5 minute of your time to read. Here are seven habits that gave me a cognitive edge:
Not motivated? Instead of imagining a grueling exercise session, focus on the immediate next step on your path to the gym. It might be putting on athletic shoes. Or finding your keys. Whatever it is, don’t anticipate the pain of the workout – focus on what's right in front of you.
Check out this brain food pyramid.
I don’t care whether it’s brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand or traveling to India – do something to get out of your routine!
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