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3 Ways Science Can Change Your Life Story

Perhaps you have heard the buzz word, neuroplasticity. If you haven’t, you might be unaware of the scientific magic of increasing your willpower, motivation, happiness and health. Neuroplasticity is the revolutionary science behind creating new brain cells and rewiring brain circuitry to accommodate great change – the kind of change you have always dreamed about, but quickly lost your willpower to activate a couple of weeks after New Year’s. You can virtually mold your brain.

Butterflies experience one metamorphosis in their lifetime, while humans can experience many. Just make up your mind!

A growing number of neuroscientists and psychiatrists have been researching and fine-tuning neuroplasticity to successfully treat their patients. Dr. John Ratey, a Harvard psychiatrist, is an avid advocate of “exercise” your mind. Physical exercise releases BDNF – “miracle grow” for the brain. Working out creates new neurons in the brain and enhances those firing synapses; apparently, you can teach an old dog new tricks. And who among us has not felt clearer, sharper and less anxious after a good cardio burn?

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz,a prominent researcher of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and neuroplasticity at UCLA, author of You are Not Your Brain, clarifies the role of directed attention to counteract deceptive brain messages. Rewire the brain by reframing upsetting emotions with positive interpretations. Practice makes you more perfect.

Essentially, neuroplasticity gives you “mind” control over what your brain sees, hears and craves. You can virtually become more beautiful, empowered and younger – yes younger, because your brain is growing new brain cells and becoming less fixed and rigid. Little daily practices can change your brain to enjoy life, make peace with your emotions and insulate yourself against the assault of stress.

Here is how to access neuroplasticity:
For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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