Up until three weeks ago, everyone thought the brain quiets itself when it’s not involved in an activity. New research proves the contrary. Even when you think you’re not actively doing anything, your brain still hums along, using ‘as much energy daydreaming as solving a tough math problem’ Continue reading “The pacific waves”
“…recently the World Health Organization decided to classify any form of nighttime shift work as a probable carcinogen,” said Matthew Walker, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. The author of the book ‘Why We Sleep’ reveals some intriguing gens on the body-sleep relationship in this creative animation!
“Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.”
How often has your smile changed the world? Have you ever flashed this million-dollar curve to a complete stranger and see a relationship develop? And see a change in your “world”?
I was mulling over what to write. A smile from a complete stranger inspired this blog post and what fueled it were the smiles by hundreds of strangers from various backgrounds and ethnicity (I was attending an international competition* that’d attracted more than a thousand people from about 112 countries- and there are 196 countries in the world. This is when and how a smile brought a change in the world).
Whether you rub your nose in a particular way when it feels itchy, or walk down from your home to the nearest convenience store (you know you can get there blindfolded), or you’re once again buying exactly the same perfume you’ve been buying for the last twenty years (you might call it brand loyalty but I call it a habit, in the context of this blog post), these are all some of our trusty old habits that don’t die. Don’t die easily, at the very least.
A habit is a behavior that’s learned and repeated so often that you perform it unconsciously. Without thinking about it. And while you do them mechanically, let’s zero in on some basic neurobiology facts there. Continue reading “To obey or not to obey: the science of habits”