This Week’s Health Goal: Spend 15 Minutes Every Day Learning Something You Are Passionate About
<h3 style="text-align: center;">Do brain games work?</h3>
The simple answer is, surprisingly, no. I almost wrote this post on brain games, such as the well-known Lumosity, as a fun way to keep the mind sharp. However, after going through the science, it turns out that they don’t help at all! A study published in the journal of <em>Psychological Science In The Public Interest</em> went through all the research on brain training games and brain training programs, and it concluded that there was no measurable difference in overall thinking or memory.
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Now, these games can be useful for training your brain at very specific tasks. If you have ever used any of the brain game apps, you already know of some of the interesting games they have come up with to keep you entertained. For example, there is one game where you have to tap the direction the arrows are pointing, not the direction the arrows are moving. After a while, you get really good at being able to quickly select which way arrows are pointing and not moving. But how often does this translate to real life? Very rarely.
<h3 style="text-align: center;">How Can You Help Your Brain?</h3>
Apparently, brain games also do not help critical thinking, increase memory, or stave off neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. So what does help improve these different areas? Learning about and engaging in activities that you really enjoy or are passionate about! Some studies have shown that the more interested we are in a subject, the more the health of our brain increases.
Let’s say someone is going to Japan in a few months and they really want to learn some of the language before they go. This person decides to spend 15 minutes every day for the next 2 months practicing Japanese. Another person was told that learning languages is good for brain health. They’re not especially interested in any particular language and they’re not going anywhere that would require them to use a foreign language. However, they decide to spend the next 2 months forcing themselves to spend 15 minutes a day practicing a new language.
So who’s brain has improved more? Both people spent 15 minutes a day for 2 months practicing a language. However, research shows that the person who was excited about learning the language gained many more positive effects than the other person.
That’s why this week’s health goal is to spend 15 minutes a day learning something that you are passionate about! Maybe you are interested in learning a new language. If you’re an outdoors person, you might try learning new knots to tie or figuring out which plants are safe to eat in your area. Do you really enjoy working out? Spend some time committing new yoga sequences or workout routines to memory. Be creative and as long as you’re interested in what you are learning about, you will be helping your brain in the long run!
<h3 style="text-align: center;">Here are some other sites to get your creative learning juices flowing!</h3>
Coursera (free on-line courses in a variety of different subjects): https://www.coursera.org/
Home-Depot (hands-on workshops): <a href="https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#change_store">https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#change_store</a>
REI (outdoor learning classes): https://www.rei.com/learn.html
<h3 style="text-align: center;">yours in health, dr samanth boldt</h3>
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