Did you know that the average adult generates between five and ten thousand new brain cells every day all the way throughout their life?
Recent research in neuroplasticity shows that the brain changes in response to certain activities, actions, relationship and training. We can take advantage of this neuroplasticity by purposefully doing activities that are new and exciting and expand our range of experiences.
In short, we need to do brain workouts to improve brain functionality, growth and agility
What would be in your brain workout programme?
Taking an holistic approach – it needs to be balanced and broad.
While we may not all be thrill seekers and extreme sports enthusiasts, we can all seek something that evokes transformation either mentally, physical, emotionally or spiritually.
There is a personality test called the Sensation Seeking Scale developed by Marvin Zukerman which identifies individual sensory stimulation preferences. In simple terms some people seek out higher levels of sensory experience from activities than others.
While certain risk factors need to be considered while searching out new experiences, the number of available low risk activates far outweigh the high risk ones.
We all have ‘Emotional Sensory Styles (ESS)’ A sense of what we like to do and don’t like to do that usually unconsciously informs our decisions about activities we will do. The challenge here is that if we keep within the comfort of our current ESS then we are not actively promoting the optimal level of activity for our brains to expand.
If we expand our experiences, we expand our brain activity and therefore expand our brain growth.
Seeking out new experiences can be much simpler than we first think.
For example, consider the following areas:
- Ted Talks to stimulate your mind
- LinkedIn groups that share a common interest with you
- Online courses – check out Lynda.com
- Good old fashioned books (digital or paper form)
- Movies that are in a different language
- Theater – a play that you wouldn’t normally choose to see
- Listen to a band that is playing outdoors
- Picnic with pals in a new location
What are your suggestions for seeking new activities?
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