Change your Brain for the Better

The most exciting news in all of psychology, neurology and self-help is that recent research proves our brain remains “plastic” and – that we can “rewire” or – form new neurological connections – well in to our 70’s through – visualization. 

Harvard Medical School did an astounding study in this area.  Two groups of adults were taught a simple one-handed – five finger – piano exercise.  One group physically practiced two hours a day for five days.  The second group practiced the same length of time but ONLY IN THEIR IMAGINATION.  At the end of 5 days, growth in the motor cortex was identical in both those that physically practiced and those that mentally practiced.  Talk about the power of visualization and brain plasticity!!

Everything points to having a powerful, clear and emotionally driven vision of the futures acts as an agent of change. 

The reality is that everything is about the story we tell ourselves.  We are genetically built to learn and grow from stories.  It is the power of the story that changes the brain.

If I asked you to recall a vivid memory that caused you stress, the adrenal glands would release a chemical blast, including adrenaline and cortisol.  Not good unless you are preparing for battle. 

If you recall a story that was joyous, happy or loving – a little burst of the feel-good chemical dopamine would be released in the brain. 

By visualizing different stories, you can slow down or speed up your heart rate, raise or lower your blood pressure, mute pain and even heal faster.

The power of the story literally changes your brain.  So, as reluctant as I am to give advice, change your brain for the better by telling yourself and others hopeful, healing and positive stories.  And, surround yourself with people who change your brain for the better.