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Rethinking Behavior

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I thought I would take the time to discuss how we live actually affects our brain. We all rely heavily on what we know and our repetitive motion of daily living more than carves out our lifestyles. What if we could do simple things that would not only improve our brain function but reverse channels of connectivity by ushering in a new perspective on living. Bet that could make a difference! We are living in unprecedented times and formulating new ways of looking at things could give us better results and prove to be useful in the years to come.

Try reading a novel instead of your usual newspapers and magazines. This immediately changes the wave patterns in the brain. Research indicates certain cerebral areas of the brain used in this manner can lead to more intelligence.


The concept of reading what you usually don’t read goes hand in hand with learning to do something new. Giving yourself space to grow—tunes up neural connections in the brain. Your nerve impulses react quicker and you increase brain productivity.

Learn how to multi-task. It’s been said that women are particularly good at this kind of thing. Did you know that white matter increases when we pick up speed, i.e. do more than one thing at a time? White matter triggers the brain to move faster when we juggle. Once you get your brain acclimated to moving quickly, you develop your peripheral vision too. What this means is the ability to see what is around you without turning your head or moving your eyes. Ever hear of the expression, “I saw it out of the corner of my eye.” There you have it, practice multi-tasking and you could be adding to your eye/brain health!

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Start new chapters in your life. Join new social groups, go to (on-line) schools and make new friends. All of these things refresh our minds, get us excited and give us brand new outlooks and perspectives.

There are so many ways to increase brainpower. I encourage you to be on the lookout for more ways to challenge your mental prowess. Once you find ways to put cognitive factors into play, do not forget one more important element: Take more breaks! That’s right, science shows that taking a break once in awhile enhances creativity and renews us with better focus to actually get more things accomplished.

I’d also like to remind you to “not to be too much in a hurry” to forget to enjoy and be in gratitude for the people and situations in your life that are already perfect as is.

**We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We have on our website a yellow brick road to engrave their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought Of The Week:

We cannot change anything unless we accept it – Carl Jung


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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

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