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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."

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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:

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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!

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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 simply 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. 

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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!

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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:

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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 yourself.

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1/29/2016 2:26:00 PM  

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 coloring.

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1/29/2016 12:56:00 PM  

A Study in Solitude

There are big advantages for carving out alone time. It allows you time to clear your head and recharge. If you are an introvert, recharging is a necessity in your life. Solitude can also give you time to reflect and daydream.  This is all helpful for coming up with creative ideas, as well as finishing important tasks. It could even make you work harder and more efficiently.

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1/29/2016 12:06:00 PM  

Playing Solo can Help Improve Focus & Attention, as well as Creative Problem Solving Skills

Social media, instant communication, open office: solitude is not only illusive sometimes, but actually can have a bad rap.  However, our constant interaction, whether face to face or virtual, can take its toll on our creativity and our ability to focus.  Here are some highlights from a Boston Globe article that discusses ways that solitude can be good for you.

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