Mental Stimulation and Your Brain

Mental stimulation is essential for brain health and fitness. However, it must be cognitively challenging to be helpful.

In these articles, you'll learn how the right kind of mental stimulation rejuvenates your brain. This can be life enrichment activities, mainly hobbies and skills, that involve creativity, fun or learning (like music, dancing, second languages, woodworking or travel).

It can also be brain training, an activity that uses technology-based products to systematically exercise the brain. You'll also discover how social interaction and learning how to manage your thoughts contribute to better brain health and fitness.

Brain Exercises That Keep Your Mind Sharp

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The right brain exercise delivers real improvement in memory, clarity, focus, and mood. Learn about neurobics, brain training, meditation, even knitting! Just as your body benefits from doing a variety of physical exercises — aerobics, strength training, and stretching — your mind benefits from doing various kinds of brain exercises, too.  But understanding what kinds of exercise your brain really needs […] Read more »

100 Ways to Increase Attention, Focus and Concentration

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We’re always on the lookout for ways to make your brain work better and your life run a little smoother — and for tips to increase attention span, focus and concentration. Today we’ve got a special treat from Chris Bailey, who not only “talks the talk “about living productively, but “walks the walk.” After graduating from college, he […] Read more »

Brain Training Programs Compared – Which Is Right for You?

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The brain thrives on mental stimulation, which can be accomplished in a number of ways. Online brain training programs have become very popular. In 2013, over $1 billion will be spent on them, making this an exploding industry. If you’re considering starting a brain training program, how do you know which one is right for […] Read more »

Overcome Resistance to Change by Rewiring Your Brain

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Throughout this website we stress the importance of adopting a brain-healthy lifestyle. You may have the best intentions to take the advice offered here. Maybe you’re trying to implement the lifestyle changes we recommend, but are struggling.  If you’re like most people, you’ve tried to change, but you find it really, really hard (as in “impossible”). […] Read more »