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Neuroplasticity



Neuroplasticity, a concept only discovered within the past twenty years or so, refers to the ability of the brain’s neural pathways to grow, change, and reorganize. This plasticity can be impacted by external (physical or chemical) changes to the structure of the brain, but it can also be changed by internal, activity-dependent behaviors. This means that we can work to intentionally enhance or alter our brain function by changing our behaviors and thought patterns. Meditation is one particularly well-studied practice for brain change.

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Meditation’s Impact on the Brain | Documentary Clip

This is a clip from the feature documentary “A Joyful Mind.”

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Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time

You've heard the expression, “It’s the little things that count.” It's more than a simple platitude. Research has shown that integrating little daily practices into your life can actually change the way your brain works.

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Affirmations and Neuroplasticity

Affirmations can help us develop a more optimistic way of looking at ourselves.

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The Power of Mindfulness: What You Practice Grows Stronger | Shauna Shapiro | TEDxWashingtonsquare

How do we change? In this pioneering talk, Dr. Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.

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Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being

Resilience is the ability to face and handle life’s challenges, whether everyday disappointments or extraordinary disasters. While resilience is innate in the brain, over time we learn unhelpful patterns, which then become fixed in our neural circuitry.

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How to Train Your Brain to Chill Out

Stressed? Anxious? Can’t sleep and lacking in energy? You are not alone. 75 percent of people are experiencing the same thing every day. It is an epidemic, and this is why Poppy Jamie has built a new mindfulness app, Happy Not Perfect. She describes the need for it here.

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How Mindfulness Changes the Emotional Life of Our Brains | Richard J. Davidson | TEDxSanFrancisco

“Why is it that some people are more vulnerable to life’s slings and arrows and others more resilient?” In this eye-opening talk, Richard Davidson discusses how mindfulness can improve well-being and outlines strategies to boost four components of a healthy mind: awareness, connection,...

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Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

These days it’s hard to count on the world outside. So, it’s vital to grow strengths inside like grit, gratitude, and compassion—the key to resilience, and to lasting well-being in a changing world. True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions.

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Train Your Brain to Build Resilience

Getting back up when you stumble may seem easier for some than it does for others. The good news is, resilience is a like a muscle—here’s how you can strengthen yours over time.

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Hardwiring Happiness: Dr. Rick Hanson at TEDxMarin 2013

How to Overcome the Brain’s Negativity Bias.

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