IN YOUR DAILY DOSE today you’ll read research that demonstrated that people who are risk-takers and still land on their feet probably have more well developed brains than others. And the good thing, is that there are things you can do to develop your own brain matter further.
IN MAKING CHANGES today are several ways to challenge your brain and grow more white matter to improve the development of your brain.
IN FACT OR FICTION you’ll discover one marine creature who can do more than change their skin color to blend in with their environment.
In The News
In research published by SINTEF, largest Swedish independent research organization, scientist made an interesting discovery about people who are risk-takers. The surprising information was that people who often take chances but still land on their feet probably have a well-developed brain.
The research was part of an ongoing project studying the brains of young men who were either high or low risk-takers. The aim was to investigate decision making processes and study the ‘white matter’ of the brain. This network analyzes and transmits information through the brain.
The young men who were high risk-takers were also active and sought out other challenges in life. This stimulates the brain. The analysis by the researchers found two major differences in the white matter in the prefrontal cortex and in the rear of the brain that controls vision.
Daily Health Tip
The results of this research points to the probability that our actions impact the development of our brain matter. This brings home the old adage, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!”
Challenging your brain and stepping outside your comfort zone will grow more white matter and improve your ability to make connections in your brain. Here are a few things you can do to make improvements.
1. Pick up a crossword puzzle twice a week and work it until it’s finished.
2. Learn a new physical skill, like skating, bowling, biking or rowing. You want a skill that requires some coordination between your brain and your hands or feet.
3. Learn a new mental skill. Learning a new language, do math problems each day, learn a writing skill, or learning a complicated game.
My Daily Affirmation
1. How can I take a few minutes each day to help others?
2. What types of things can I do to brighten someone else's life?
3. How can I ensure that others feel uplifted in my presence?
Fact Or Fiction?
It is a marine creature who can blend with their environment by doing more than changing color.
Many animals and insects use mimicry or imitation to defend themselves from predators. However, this sea creature has them all beat. The mimic octopus from the Pacific ocean can impersonate other local species and predators. They can change their skin color, texture and can even take on the shape of objects and animals. At this time this species of octopus is the only marine animal able to mimic such a wide variety of animals.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team