Linda Nakanishi, from The Noun Project

Linda Nakanishi, from The Noun Project

Over on AmEx OPEN Forum, author Bruna Martinuzzi gives us five examples of how to use brain research from the past decade to train ourselves for success. She writes:

Use visualization to learn a new skill

When we repeat a skill that we are trying to master, we strengthen the neural networks that represent that action. The same happens physically in the brain whether we perform the action, or simply visualize it. In a Harvard University study, two groups of volunteers were presented with a piece of unfamiliar piano music. One group received the music and a keyboard, and was told to practice. The other group was instructed to just read the music and imagine playing it. When their brain activity was examined, both groups showed expansion in their motor cortex, even though the second group had never touched a keyboard.

Smile to improve your mood

The Facial Feedback Hypothesis indicates that facial expressions representative of an emotion trigger changes in your body that are similar to those that happen when you experience the actual emotion. For example, your brain cannot tell the difference between a posed smile or a genuine smile. A posed smile will elicit, physiologically, the same pleasure or happiness response as a genuine smile.

Note that these aren’t simply hand-me-down, “feel good” tidbits of advice for your day. These are now scientifically-backed, actionable tips you can use to improve your odds of success in your work and regular life (and, of course, feel good along the way).

Get more examples on how you can start training yourself to be more effective using the power of your mind by reading the full article here.

  • Mark Stanley

    Love #2 and #5 – thanks!

  • Medialoot

    I really like this list. I haven’t heard these tips a million times (besides the smiling one) and it’s very refreshing. Thanks for sharing guys!

    • tannerc

      Thanks, glad you found the tips helpful.

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