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Ten Ways to Boost Brain Power - Habits of the Super Smart

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Is intelligence a function of nature or nurture? Are people born smart or do they become smart? The safest answers are it depends or all of the above. Many search for explanations for differences in …

Is intelligence a function of nature or nurture? Are people born smart or do they become smart? The safest answers are it depends or all of the above. Many search for explanations for differences in people, yet the challenge is to search for ways to maximize your own personal potential. There are some key habits, exercises, and ways of thinking that can help you increase your memory, make more strategic decisions, increase understanding, and enhance mental clarity. This workshop will expose you to simple things that you can do on a regularly basis to challenge your mind engage your thinking to access greater creativity and intellectual focus.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
a. Identify habits to increase memory and thinking
b. Explore strategies to increase creativity
c. Play brain teasing games to enhance focus

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  • Too much sugar or refined carbohydrates can actually deprive your brain of glucose – depleting its energy supply and compromising your brain's power to concentrate, remember, and learnMental activity requires a lot of energy
  • Make a regular part of your routine, setting an alarm for a short snooze 20-minute power nap – sometimes called the Stage 2 Nap – is good for alertness and motor learning skills like typing and playing the pianoLonger naps:30 to 60 minutes – help boost memory and enhance creativity 60 to 90 minutes – plays a key role in making new connections in the brain and solving creative problemsCaffeine can decrease memory performance Napping regularly may reduce stress and even decrease you risk of heart diseaseNap on a regular schedule:Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.30 minutes or less if you don’t want to wake up groggyNap in a dark room or wear an eye maskStay warm
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    • 1. October 17–19, 2013 TEN WAYS TO BOOST BRAIN POWER Sally Hanna
    • 2. Brain Quiz Question 1 Question 2 People who meditate for 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks show changes in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress? Human brains are the most complex of any living organism on earth? Answer: True Answer: True Question 3 Question 4 The brain accounts for 2% of the body’s mass and burns what % of the body’s energy? What percentage of the brain is made up of water? Answer: 20% Answer: 80%
    • 3. Brain Quiz Question 5 Question 6 How much does your brain weigh? At what age does your brain stop growing and changing? Answer: 3 lbs. Answer: Late teens and early twenties, but continues to change your whole life Question 7 Using your brain can strengthen the trillions of connections between brain synapses? Answer: True Question 8 Your brain generates enough watts of power when you are awake to illuminate a 25 watt light bulb? Answer: True
    • 4. Commit to Act
    • 5. #1 POWER OF EATING RIGHT, POWER NAPS, AND EXERCISE ON THE BRAIN
    • 6. Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power
    • 7. Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power
    • 8. Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power
    • 9. Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power Nourish – Carbohydrates Fuel Your Brain • Glucose is the only fuel normally used by brain cells • Neurons cannot store glucose, they depend on the bloodstream to deliver a constant supply of this precious fuel • This blood sugar (glucose) is obtained from carbohydrates: Glucose from carbohydrates is the fuel your brain uses to product the energy that moves and motivates you. Fatty Acids Micronutrients Amino Acids – grains – legumes – fruits – vegetables – dairy products • Too much sugar or refined carbohydrates can actually deprive your brain of glucose. Glucose Source: http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/carbs.html
    • 10. Question – What Nutrient Gives You Omega-3 • Extra Boost to Brain Power • Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
    • 11. Sleep Boosts Brain Cell Numbers Myelin Ensheaths Nerves to Protect Them and Speed Up Their Signaling Necessary for Our Nervous System to Properly Work
    • 12. Power of Quick Naps • Caffeine Can Decrease Memory Performance • Nap on a Regular Schedule 30-60 Minutes Helps Boost Memory and Enhances Creativity
    • 13. Exercise Boosts Brain Testosterone Levels, Builds New Brain Cells
    • 14. Word About Exercise • Increases Oxygen to Your Brain • Reduces Risk of Disorders that Lead to Memory Loss • Enhances Production of Brain Chemicals – Protects Brain Cells • Testosterone Surge After Exercise – Production of New Brain Cells Takes Place • Increases Dopamine Released – Dopamine Helps Your Brain Improve Concentration
    • 15. #2 POWER OF NEGATIVE/ POSITIVE SELF TALK ON THE BRAIN
    • 16. Power of Negative Self Talk I’m Not Qualified for this Job I Can’t Do This I’m Not Supposed to Be Here I’m Not Smart Enough I’m Not Good Enough
    • 17. Power of Positive Self Talk I am Qualified I Can Do This I Belong Here I am Smart Enough I am Good Enough
    • 18. #3 POWER OF STRESS ON THE BRAIN
    • 19. De-Stressing STRESS is One of the Brain’s Worst Enemies • Destroys Brain Cells • Damages a Region of the Brain Involved in the Formation of New Memories and the Retrieval of Old Ones
    • 20. Hot Buttons are things that annoy, irritate, and/or frustrate you. I get extremely irritated, frustrated, or annoyed if a person: Misses deadlines Talks but doesn’t listen Does not share information with team members Only thinks about his or her needs or interests Is derogatory Thinks he or she knows it all
    • 21. Exercise Identify Your Own
    • 22. Hot Buttons What You Can Do When a Hot Button is Pushed • Don’t React • Practice De-stressing Techniques – – – – Deep Breathing Visualization Take a Walk What Else?
    • 23. #4 POWER OF BODY POSTURE ON THE BRAIN
    • 24. Two Hormones Effects on the Brain • Testosterone – Effect on Key Cognitive Functions – Attention, Memory, and Social Ability • Cortisol – Stress Hormone Increased Levels Lead to Memory Impairment and a Smaller Hippocampus
    • 25. Closed Body Posture
    • 26. Powerful Body Posture
    • 27. #5 POWER OF MEDITATION ON THE BRAIN
    • 28. Power of Meditation on the Brain • Meditation Changes Actual Brain – Regular Meditators have More Activity in the Left Pre-frontal Cortex • Associated with Feelings of Joy – Increases the Thickness of the Cerebral Cortex • Encourages More Connections Between Brain Cells Increases Mental Sharpness and Memory Ability
    • 29. Power of Meditation on the Brain
    • 30. Power of Meditation on the Brain
    • 31. #6 POWER OF LEARNING SOMETHING NEW ON THE BRAIN
    • 32. Power of New Learning “Use It or Lose It” Working Out Your Brain, Increases the Process to Remember Information
    • 33. How Do You Get a Brain Workout • Visit New Places • Different Kinds of Books • Challenging Hand-Eye Coordination Pick Something New, Challenging and Fun!
    • 34. #7 POWER OF HAVING FOCUSED CONVERSATIONS ON THE BRAIN
    • 35. Focused Conversation Activity
    • 36. #8 POWER OF LAUGHTER AND SOCIAL CONNECTONS ON THE BRAIN
    • 37. Effects of Laughter Laughter Engages Multiple Regions Across the Whole Brain
    • 38. Effects of Laughter “Bummer of a birthmark, Ha!” Laughter Engages Multiple Regions Across the Whole Brain
    • 39. Social Connections Relationships Stimulate Our Brain • Interacting with Others is the Best Kind of Brain Exercise • Vital for Brain Health Exercise How Can I Build More Social Connections?
    • 40. #9 POWER OF TRICKS TO MEMORY RETENTION ON THE BRAIN
    • 41. Tricks to Memory Retention • Pay Attention • Involve as Many Senses as Possible • Relate Information to What You Already Know • Rehearse in Your Mind
    • 42. Use Mnemonic Devices to Make Memorization Easier 1836
    • 43. Chunking With
    • 44. Method of Loci Place Items You Want to Remember Along a Route You Know Well
    • 45. #10 FOSTERING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
    • 46. Creativity 2-4 Years – 95% Test Very Creative 7 Years – 4% Creative
    • 47. A Way of Improving Already Existing Products Innovation is Not Limited by IQ, Intelligence, or Degrees
    • 48. A Way of Improving Already Existing Products
    • 49. The 3M Example
    • 50. Increase Innovation By . . .
    • 51. Questions

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