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Train Your Brain

A few weeks ago
I was in Montana visiting my sister.
And I found myself on horseback, on a cattle drive.

As I looked up, I saw a bull slowly lower its head
and drag its front hoof against the ground.
You know that thing they do before they charge?

Thankfully, a fence was between me and the bull.
But I am not the most experienced rider and I was nervous.

At the end of it all, safely back on two feet and back in Wisconsin
I realized how alive I had felt
after doing something so completely out of my normal routine.

It’s easy to get caught in routine.
Going through the motions with low energy
when a life you could feel grateful for feels like an obligation instead.

Scientists are learning you can benefit from change and new experience
and it doesn’t have to be on a cattle drive in Montana.

It can be as simple as taking a different way to work
or striking up a conversation with a coworker you don’t know;
your brain will see it as adventure.

Change helps your brain make new connections
and as your neurons get exercise
you feel a rush of endorphins.

Train your brain to seek out and respond to novelty
because even simple changes in daily routine
can return energy and aliveness to your life.

Enjoy,
Dr. Laura