How Meditation Protects the Aging Brain from Decline

A string of recent research suggests regular meditation practice may boost mental flexibility and focus, offering powerful protection against cognitive decline.   Most of us begin to misplace our keys, forget people’s names, or solve math problems less readily as we approach middle age. This is often referred to as age-related cognitive decline. Years ago,[…]

The Effects of Storytelling on Well-Being

The art of storytelling has long been a respected skill and important tradition in many cultures. Over the course of history, community elders and their stories have been regarded as a treasure trove of the society’s knowledge, history, and wisdom. Older members of a community were encouraged to share their stories with younger generations, keeping[…]

Things To Do When You Are Bored Out Of Your Mind

Things to do offline. Remember your brain … before the internet?   Become obsessed with a paint-by-numbers masterpiece.  They’re usually only $10-$15 per kit, providing hours, nay, DAYS of obsessive entertainment.   Paint all your cheap-o jewelry with clear nail polish.  It’ll keep your faux gold and silver patinas from wearing off too soon.   Send your long-distance friends surprise[…]

Awesome Things Your Brain Does When You Sleep

Sleep may leave you unconscious, unaware, drooling, and twitching, but your brain is a hive of activity. Here’s what the buzz is all about.   You go through stages Awake versus asleep isn’t black and white. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, your body first passes through a stage called non-rapid[…]

Cognitive Costs of Multitasking

Multitasking can reduce productivity, but it might also impact brain health   Multitasking seems like a great way to get a lot done at once. While it might seem like you are accomplishing many things at once, research has shown that our brains are not nearly as good at handling multiple tasks as we like[…]