This Year, Change Your Mind

It turns out old brains can learn new tricks. And since my New Year’s resolution of getting unstuck means learning, growing and being willing to look at the world a little differently, Oliver Sacks’ article, “This Year, Change Your Mind” in The New York Times (12/31/10, ) whispered just the right sweet nothing in my ear: Neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity is the ability of brains, even at older ages, to continue growing as a result of new experiences by creating new neural connections and pathways. Neuroplasticity is what allows my father, who had a rare form of stroke a few years ago, to not only be walking, but to be hiking hills as if he were half his age.

Neuroplasticity also means that while it may be a little more difficult as we get older to learn new skills, we are very capable of it — in fact, it may even help keep us young. As Sacks wrote:

“Whether it is by learning a new language, traveling to a new place, developing a passion for beekeeping or simply thinking about an old problem in a new way, all of us can find ways to stimulate our brains to grow, in the coming year and those to follow. Just as physical activity is essential to maintaining a healthy body, challenging one’s brain, keeping it active, engaged, flexible and playful, is not only fun. It is essential to cognitive fitness.”

Read the article for yourself here: http://nyti.ms/dIabmM

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Welcome to my new website, which will be a journey of discovery — possibly more of a technical than philosophical nature for a while until I figure out how to use Bluehost, customize WordPress, and create a blog!

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Alpine Buttercup

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