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Stop #6 on the #BeingBrainHealthy #VirtualBookTour: What Would Happen if We Expected Everything to Go Right?

25 Oct

There are days when it is OK to just get through the day. It is not a flaw or a fault or a deficit to feel like you are successful when “all” you do is get safely from morning to night.

“All” is pretty big in those cases when you don’t have any reserve to draw on and cognitive power is in short supply. Getting through is not just good enough, it is a major accomplishment.

Then there are days when you have the energy to look beyond.

On Stop #6 of the Being Brain Healthy Virtual Book Tour I spoke with the amazingly positive and powerful Melissa Reyes, host of Ten Minutes in Tinseltown about so many things but in particular (and near the end) what might happen if we just expected everything to go right.

Imagine the power of expectations and imagine how you might change your life by shifting your perspective just a bit so that you are looking at how to make this next moment more worth living.

**Warning, even though the name is Ten Minutes in Tinseltown, the show is actually two hours long! I loved every minute of this conversation — even when I did not anticipate the fact that the sun would go down and I would, bit by bit, lose all natural light in the room!

That shift from fixing what is wrong and preventing bad things from happening to looking what you can to do live well and happily is oh so powerful!

How do you feel about shifting your focus and concentration on what you can do to make this next moment worth living?

Magical Conversations, Everyday Brain Health, & Being Brain Healthy

20 Apr

It took a gerontologist, an amazing one with a heart of gold and the power to make others feel at ease, to get me to explain not just the roots and history behind Cranium Crunches but to also dig into the intent of the games on the site and how  playing them feeds into the bigger picture of living a brain healthy lifestyle.

Last fall when I sat down with Judi Bonilla, Aging Expert, I was entrenched in writing Being Brain Healthy: What my recovery from brain injury taught me and how it can change your life .  Even though it feels like light years ago the foundation, the logic, the science, the methodology, the shared passion, and the hopefulness are all there, wrapped tightly around this conversation.

We talked about practicing skills in the context of life and how using photographs that might remind us of the day-to-day make stretching our limits feel safer or more accessible.

We talked about the power of feeling successful and how varying the difficulty of a puzzle can do just that. Success breeds hope and hope leads to better coping and living.  Judi and I definitely share those beliefs.

We looked at the difference between brain training, brain games, and puzzles, and even touched on claims of improvement in cognitive functioning. Yes, I did jump up and down on my soap box and yes, I did hit those who say they can prove their style of “brain training” works for everyone pretty hard.  I just don’t believe anyone will be able to control for all the variables — the human variables, the ones that make us all unique — in the laboratory.

I guess the bottom line is that Judi and I share the belief that we know enough, right now, to take steps toward living a brain healthy lifestyle.

Grab a cup of tea, pull up a chair, and join our conversation.


Empowered in Aging Podcast with Judi Bonilla



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