June 15, 2011

whatcha reading xvii

Whatever our self-maintenance "to do" lists look like, cutting-edge brain science is uncovering the tools we need to do the work. Among the most efficient are regular physical exercise and relaxation, systematic cultivation of positive emotions, engagement with strong social support networks, frequent cognitive challenges, and enhanced awareness of our internal states from moment to moment.

Everything we learn about the resilient, flexible brain challenges the nature of our common-sense understanding of ourselves as atomistic, limited identities bouncing off one another, and reveals that each time we interact, we change each other's brains, and that each time we respond to a thought or emotion, we change our own.

- Pictures of the Mind, Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald

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