Brain Bulletin #102 - This is As Important for Your Brain as Oxygenin Brain Bulletin
It's not about you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once observed, "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived, and lived well." I like this a lot.
Having a purpose improves the lives of others. And having a strong purpose for your life can protect your brain, and prevent mental decline. It may even stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Patricia Boyle of Rush University Medical Center says, “This finding is exciting because it suggests that engaging in meaningful and purposeful activities promotes cognitive health….”. Exciting indeed. Dr. Boyle’s study was published recently in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
This was an interesting study. The scientists followed 246 people for ten years. They were evaluated as to what their purpose in life was, and how they derived meaning from their lives. When these people passed away their brains were examined. The finds were remarkable! Those who had a strong purpose for living had a 2.4 times greater likelihood of being free from Alzheimer’s!
The American Heart Association’s journal “Stroke” even reported that having a strong purpose in life makes you less likely to develop brain damage due to blockages of blood flow as you age.
So, when you get up in the morning, what are you excited about? You have a brilliant mind. Fill it with purpose. It seems that having a purpose in your life is a very important determinant of your health outcome.
On top of all this, having a meaningful purpose just makes life more fun. It makes you more interesting. We enjoy being around you.
Having a purpose in life differs for everyone. Chose something that motivates you. Chose something that you derive passion from. The possibilities are many: volunteer for a local organization, babysit grandchildren, travel, learn a new hobby, take up a sport, learn to dance, write a book, go back to school, teach a class, learn a new language, serve on a committee, mentor someone, learn to play music …..
Fyodor Dostoyevsky once said, “The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
Wise words to live by, and your brain will thank you.
And here's something else that all brains need:
Congratulations on learning something about your brain today. The Brain Bulletin is committed to help you to do just that. If you missed any Brain Bulletins you can find them in the Brain Bulletin Archive:
Also, something great and ongoing for your brain:
Follow the Brain Guy on Twitter:
You can join Terry Small's 4515 followers for free on Twitter: www.twitter.com/terrysmall
I just posted an interesting article: "13 Tips to Stop Multi-tasking and Get More Done" > www.twitter.com/terrysmall
I will be posting, or tweeting as it's called, regularly about the brain. What I'm reading, watching, thinking, doing....all as it relates to your brain. Twitter restricts tweets to 140 characters, so it is always quick and to the point. No time wasting!
The Brain Bulletin is now on Twitter as well: www.twitter.com/brainbulletin
Twitter has the easiest sign up page in the world. Even if you are not on Twitter you can check out my tweets here:
I would also be happy to connect with you on Linkedin:
And, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySmallTheBrainguy
My favourite book this month was "Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg. Lots of wisdom here, and brilliant storytelling. You would get a lot out of it.
It's been a busy six months since the last Brain Bulletin....62 presentations in
Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Texas, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, and of course lots of presentations in British Columbia where I live. This September, I am looking forward to returning to India to give a keynote, and workshops. I am blessed to meet so many great people along the way.
Thanks for reading the Brain Bulletin......remember, you are a genius.
Terry Small, "the Brain Guy", Independent Scholar & Learning Skills Specialist.
To purchase Brain Stuff click here .
To receive the Brain Bulletin FREE click here .
The Brain Bulletin Archives are here too.
To register for Terry's Live Public Seminars click here
This FREE Brain Bulletin is received by 32,756 brains. Please forward it to other brains.
Previous Brain Bulletins can be viewed in the Brain Bulletin Archive at:
Please note that you cannot contact Terry Small by replying to this email.
To book Terry for a presentation please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
PS. You may want to put this email address on your address/contact list: email@example.com. The Brain Bulletin goes out to so many people now that your spam filter might block it.
Subscribe to the Brain Bulletin email list.
© 2016 Terry Small Learning Corporation. All rights reserved.