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Alone Time is Really Good for You
By BrainCoach Derik
2/3/2016 4:02:00 PM  
Alone Time Really is Good for You Roughly 85% of American believe it's important to have some alone time throughout the day. The occasional desire for solitude is driven by the your body and mind to take a breath and fully experience everything around it. As it turns out, the boost of attention and focus is highly rewarding. Here are just a few benefits from cashing in on some much needed "me time." 1. Boost Creativity Even though brainstorming is often promoted as the best way to gather i Read More

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10 Ways to Play Together
By BrainCoach Derik
2/3/2016 3:59:00 PM  
10 Ways to Play Together There's no denying the brainy benefits of playing with the latest techy activity, gadget, or software. Sometimes, you have to power off and allow tangible play to take over for various areas of you and your child's brain to activate and grow! Here's some tips from ParentsCanada.com: A HUG. Sometimes all we have to do is stop and give our children a cuddle. We hear about "failure to thrive” in babies who do not get touched. How about toddlers and older childre Read More

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What can Games Teach our Kids?
By BrainCoach Derik
2/3/2016 3:17:00 PM  
What can Games teach our Kids? There is new evidence to suggest that families who play together are doing much more than just having fun. Games as simple as Chutes & Ladders provide social and brainy benefits for youngsters. It's high-time you bust open your board game closet and explore the brain-building possibilities inside! Playing games as a family teaches kids important social skills that they take with them throughout their lives. They'll be communicating verbally, sharing, wait Read More

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Your Brain in Love
By BrainCoach Derik
2/2/2016 3:57:00 PM  
Your Brain in Love   What if we were to tell you that love, in it's most basic sense, is a chemical reaction in your brain that gives you those lovey-dovey feelings? It may not be romantic, but it's SCIENCE. It truly is a wonder why humans feel the need to fall in love, but when brain science breaks it down for us it becomes elementary.  Researcher Helen Fisher scanned the brains of her subjects when asked to think about the ones they love. The scan showed areas of the brain assoc Read More

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Being Together is Better!
By BrainCoach Derik
2/1/2016 3:35:00 PM  
Being Together is Better! Based off of new research coming from sharpbrains.com, playing together can make a bit difference in your brain. Whether you're having a game night with your favorite board game or solving a crossword together, working on a mentally stimulating task with your favorite brains can actually increase the cognitive benefits of the task! In 2008, three different groups of people were put together to a) discuss a social issue, b) watch episodes of Seinfeld, and c) solve Read More

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Therapeutic Science of Coloring
By BrainCoach Derik
1/29/2016 3:39:00 PM  
The Therapeutic Science of Coloring We've been talking a lot about how coloring affects your brain in a positive way, but what's the actual science backing it up? From an article posted in MedicalDaily.com (The Therapeautic Science of Adult Coloring Books: How This Childhood Pastime Helps Adults Relieve Stress. Dana Dovey. 10/08/15), they lay out all the information in an accessible and readable way. Here are some highlights: 1. Art therapy is used to help patients cope with a recen Read More

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What should your Coloring Goals be?
By BrainCoach Derik
1/29/2016 2:28:00 PM  
What should your Coloring Goals be? An article published in USA Today (Why the latest coloring book craze can be good for you. Nancy Monson. 11/14/2015) explored the numerous ways coloring is healthy for the adult and child's brain. Citing a 2006 study made by the National Endowment for the Arts, people 65 and older that engaged in artistic activities made fewer trips to the doctor than those that didn't. Here are a few ways they listed to finally make the commitment and get coloring yourse Read More

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7 Reasons to Start Coloring Now!
By BrainCoach Derik
1/29/2016 2:26:00 PM  
7 Reasons You Need to Start Coloring Now Scientists discovered over 100 years ago that the act or coloring provides therapeutic effects to people of all ages. Today, that research is filtering into the mainstream and is most likely why coloring books made up 1/3 of the Best Selling books on Amazon in 2015. According to an article in Bustle.com (7 Reasons Adult Coloring Books will Make Your Life a Whole Lot Brighter. Wilson. 8/04/2015), here is a quick digest exploring the brainy benefits of Read More

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New Year, New Brain Part II
By BrainCoach Derik
1/15/2016 1:51:00 PM  
New Year, New Brain Part II You didn't think we were done yet, did you? There's still a multitude of easily sustainable resolutions to keep your brain (and body) healthy this year. Here are five more tips to keep your brain in shape! 1.) Go Outside A study in Am J Public Health showed that there appeared to be a connection between spending time outside in "green" environments and reduced ADHD symptoms. Plus, the outdoors provide more energy than a cup of coffee after just 20 minutes. G Read More

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New Year, New Brain
By BrainCoach Derik
1/14/2016 3:48:00 PM  
New Year, New Brain!   Well, brainy fans, 2016 is here. You're one year older, one year wiser, and there's no more perfect time to take charge of your brain health. We challenge you to mold your brain into tip-top shape with these simple tips: Get a Good Night's Sleep Exhaustion from lack of sleep is can happen to the best of us-- but be careful you're not doing too much harm to your brain! Being too tired leads to lack of productivity, your ability to concentrate, and corcing yours Read More

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