Take a look at these scientifically proven brain hacks to hack your brain:
1.The Behavioral Science of Positive Reinforcement:
When it comes to the topic of neuro-plasticity or the brain’s intrinsic ability to rewire itself, there’s a lot of importance on neurochemical rewards to support new learning.
But it turns out that external or the environmental reinforcement of behavior may be a much more practical way of working with rewards to accelerate your brain based habit formation process.
A powerful case in point is a behavior-based treatment for depression that’s more efficient than drugs and cognitive therapies for actually controlling and even curing clinical depression.
Functional analytic or behavioral activation therapy as it’s called combats clinical depression by gradually increasing the amount of positive reinforcement the patient gets throughout their day – especially for healthy depression-fighting behaviors like, getting great social support, eating a balanced diet, getting regular moderate exercise and good quality sleep every night.
So if you want to add rocket fuel to learning healthy new habits, and unlearning unhealthy bad habits, you may want to start harnessing the incredible power of positive reinforcement.
2. The Extraordinary Brain Transforming Power of Gratitude: What makes gratitude such a powerful and life-transforming brain-hack is that it actually rewires your brain in a way that increasingly biases you to think positively.
And you guessed it. Complaining actually has the opposing effect:
Scientists like to define this process as, “Neurons that fire together, wire together.”
Repeated complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. Over time, you find it’s easier to be negative than to be positive, regardless of what’s happening around you. Rewiring your brain through gratitude basically puts you into an increasing frame of positive-scan, seeing and feeling the good and the opportunities instead of problems in the people around you and situations you find yourself in.
3. The Neuro-Cognitive Pruning and “Synaptic homeostasis” You Get From a Truly Great Night’s Sleep:
Now. if you really want to add a catalyst to your positive neuroplastic-learning, try adding a brain-shrinking, great nights sleep into the mix!
It turns out that your neurons actually shrink by about 20% while you sleep giving them a break so they don’t go into electro-chemical overload.
Not only that but your brain is actually pruning out thoughts and behaviors that you’re not practicing throughout the day (i.e. bad habits you’re unlearning) making space and fueling the growth of the new healthy thoughts and behaviors that you’re learning and positively reinforcing throughout your day. “We are living in a golden age of sleep science—revealing all the ways in which sleep and dreams play an essential role in our decision making, emotional intelligence, cognitive function, productivity, and creativity. Ultimately, science has proven that sleep is the ultimate performance enhancer. So it’s clear that if we’re going to truly thrive, “we must begin with sleep, the gateway through which a life of well-being must travel.
4. The Incredible Powerful of Instant Relaxation:
Positively rewiring your own brain is not just about building a new positive mindset, behaviors, and habits.It turns out that you can also train your brain to have a more positive mood. You can wire in your own neuro-affective happy switch and near instant relaxation button – so to speak.
For example, recent research into the transformational power of mindfulness-based practice in radically improving corporate leadership effectiveness, through enhanced emotional intelligence is thought to provoke.
- Stronger relationships with superiors, peers, and subordinates.
- increased output
- Better project outcomes
- Improved crisis management
- Increased budgets and team headcount
- Being trusted with sensitive organizational information
- Positive performance reviews