Change Yourself for the Better
If you say to yourself, “Why would I need to change anything in my life? I’m satisfied with things the way they are,” then this article isn’t for you.
But if you understand that you need to make some changes to achieve a better you—if you believe that you could use some improvement— then you’ll find something of great value in this article.
Personal transformation and a desire for learning play a significant role in our daily lives. Every time you learn a new skill, gather a new bit of information, or grasp a new piece of knowledge, you change your brain structure by encouraging it to make new connections, called synapses (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synapse). The more synapses in your brain, the more “brain power” you have—and a more powerful brain equals a better life.
Science offers many practical ways on how to improve life performance. One of many suggestions is to maintain a high level of interest in learning and to change your life routine, both of whichare crucial for good brain function. What do I mean by life routine? I mean the regular pattern of activities you perform every day—your practical life routine.
One way to challenge your brain is to change your routine: Put simply, activate the other side of your brain by doing the following:
- Make your brain learn something new by making it “uncomfortable,” such as writing, playing a game, or using your computer mouse with your non-dominant hand.
- Simultaneously activate the left and right hemispheres of your brain by doing new things and engaging in different activities. By doing so, you’ll help your brain, a key player in everything you do. Remember…your brain likes to learn, even if you sometimes feel uncomfortable trying something new.
- Stay physically, mentally, and socially active to maintain a happy, productive, and successful life.
- Exercise, good sleep habits, and a healthy diet featuring organic foods are musts for good health. Don’t become too accustomed to your old, familiar life: Doing so will give you a false feeling of comfort and satisfaction.
Whenever your brain is “excited” about something new and interesting, it will release dopamine, known as the “happy hormone” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/dopamine).
Why does dopamine make us so happy? Because it’s a key factor in motivation, concentration, productivity, focus, enjoyment, and even bliss. Low levels of dopamine mean low levels of energy, fatigue, and a lack of motivation: a path to depression, addictions, and anxiety.
Therefore, try to stay motivated and illuminated by learning and changing your routine. Both of these efforts produce neurological changes for the better, meaning that they enable you to change your brain structurally, biochemically, and electrically.
For instance, if you learn how to meditate, you will (no doubt) change the performance of your brain neurologically, and for the better.
Let me make this clear: Making changes in your life and transforming yourself is a challenge, but it’s achievable: All it takes is good preparation, a thorough understanding, and high levels of attention and intention, as well as persistence during the whole process.
If you don’t have time for personal transformation, make the time! (Nobody has more than 24 hours per day to transform their lives, but many do just that.) Don’t try to find “a good excuse” not to transform yourself. You’re the only one who can change your life for the better!