Sharpen Brain

It would seem that in this day and age of fantastical technology and movie and video game special effects that we would be able to sharpen brain quickly and easily.

Pop in a CD, watch the computer screen for the wavy lines, listen to the music with the very slow rhythm for five minutes, and viola, the next Stephen Hawking looks at you from the mirror.

Unfortunately, sharpen brain does not happen quite like that, and it does involve some regular practice and some lifestyle changes.

According to Simon Evans, Ph.D. and Paul Burghardt, Ph.D., both neuroscientists at the University of Michigan, who have put together a wonderful guide to sharpening the brain, called Brainfit for Life, there are a number of very necessary components to sharpening the brain.

Those components involve nutrition, exercise, sleep, novel challenge, stress reduction, and for me, lots of fish oil supplementation. (Omega 3's seem to have made a big difference for me.)

Here are some interesting ideas from Burghardt and Evans about brain sharpening.

"In chapter 4, we discussed how you can adjust your brain to actually crave healthy behaviors. Once you start down this road and your brain figures out that living healthy makes you feel great, your reward centers will light up for good food, exercise, sleep and mental challenges. You will crave the things that improve your brain fitness, which will send you into an upward spiral. It’s an amazing thing that you have to experience for yourself."

So let’s get started. We’ll integrate the major points of each of the four cornerstones and help you set up a method to find what you like and what works for you. We’ll help you embark on your own ACTION plan (you didn’t honestly think you’d get through the final chapter without a good acronym), which has the following six steps:

1. Assess (where you are now).

2. Commit (to achieving your goals).

3. Tackle (your first steps).

4. Incorporate (habits into your lifestyle).

5. Observe (what’s working and what’s not).

6. Navigate (continually towards your goals).

One of the tools that

Brainfit for Life talks about using is/are some of the brain fitness, or brain exercise, programs now available online. So I am going to practice a little bit on a couple of them, while I have 1/2 grapefruit for breakfast, and digest my omega 3 supplement, before I go exercise.

But before I go exercise, I will get my daughter bathed and dressed and teased and tickled, and drop her off at her pre-school. Perhaps I will also get a chance to interact with my wife a bit too. Not that, it's a work day for us, but some casual flirtation.

My recommendations for sharpen brain tools?

The research that this program is based on is mentioned in the Evans and Burghardt book. Using Mind Sparke has helped me concentrate very effectively.

Return to Home Page

Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Pro - Software that makes you smarter

Enter your E-mail Address
Enter your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you AskMiketheCounselor2.

Would You Share Something That You Are Grateful For?

When I was beginning my personal growth journey, a wise person told me that when I was feeling resentful or afraid or sad, that I should remember the phrase "gratitude is the attitude" when I was ready to feel better. That phrase has helped me feel better tens of thousands of times.

Would you share what you are most grateful for? Your story could be just what another person is searching for to renew themselves? Thanks.

Learn from our
TOP 500

[?]You Can Subscribe Here
  • follow us in feedly
  • Add to My Yahoo!

Or get our
Newsletter below.

Awaken the higher mental, emotional, and spiritual capacities with Heartmath.


See products we recommend in our Amazon Store

Recent Articles

  1. Africa Traditonal Counseling Therapy

    Dec 16, 18 12:17 PM

    John S. Mbiti. This man has written alot of African counseling and we are aware of our method and tactics of counseling which used to be informal kind

    Read More


    Dec 16, 18 12:07 PM

    2014 01 02 ASKMIKETHECOUNSELLOR2 TO: Ms. Julie Logan Hi, I am worried and feel entrapped. I cannot yet find a way out. I was looking

    Read More

  3. Tips On How To Fix Split Up In A Marriage

    Dec 16, 18 12:00 PM

    The people that ask themselves how to save my marriage today fail to realize that it is something in their power to do. The longer we stay with someone,

    Read More