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4 Easy Tips for a Happy, Healthy Brain

4 Easy Tips for a Happy, Healthy Brain | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness |
Many people overlook the concept of actively treating their brain like a vital organ or muscle when in fact it’s one of the most important ones we have. Here are 4 easy tips for a healthy brain!

Via Susan Taylor
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

The fourth tip fits with giving your brain and mind a daily rest. I meditate for about an hour every day in two intervals. As hard as I find it, I am trying to read just to read. I have a yoga practice 2-3 times per week. All of these seem to contribute to a happier and healthier me overally.

Susan Taylor's curator insight, January 30, 2014 1:10 PM

The brain is one of the most important features in the body; yet many of us don't treat it like a vital organ.  Sarah Bolandi shares 4 easy tips for a happy, healthy brain:


  1. Get some aerobic exercise each day
  2. Eat your fruits and veggies
  3. Socially engage with family & friends
  4. Take 30 minutes to get lost in a book
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Mindfulness Does Not Equal Happiness

This is a big question, and one I was asked this week by a friend, and I thought I’d share my answer with you. Firstly let’s explore happiness and what most people think happiness is and how they feel happiness. In the modern day happiness is perceived as excitement, jumping up and down shouting “wooohoo” perhaps, or being out at a bar or club drinking and dancing and laughing with friends. When a person becomes excited a friend will often say, “why are you so happy”. And, if you aren’t smiling, a friend will often say, “why are you so miserable”. If you aren’t excited or displaying physicals signs of enjoyment it may be perceived that you aren’t happy. Happiness is therefore misperceived as a heightened state of mind, one where the mind is overly stimulated, adrenaline is rushing; a natural buzz if you like. If a person is happy in this state, does that mean they aren’t happy when not in this state? And what of introvert personalities, those who naturally don’t overtly display emotion, are they to be classified as not happy? Of course not, because this definition of happiness is wrong.

Via Susan Taylor, Bobby Dillard
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

No, it is not, but it might help us understand how to get through the ups and downs of life.

Susan Taylor's curator insight, November 8, 2013 7:16 AM

Happiness is often confused with a hightened state of mind -- a "natural buzz", if you will.  So it makes sense that people could confuse mindfulness with happiness.


Those who practice mindfulness, however, understand happiness in a different way: a natural state of contentment and balance which comes from emotional stability.


Temporary ecstasy or a constant feeling of appreciating life -- which do you prefer?