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Mindfulness at Work For Dummies by Shamash Alidina, Juliet Adams

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Chapter 17

Ten Ways to Improve Your Brain with Mindfulness

In This Chapter

arrow Making your brain stronger

arrow Improving your sense of well-being

arrow Reining in your emotions

Brain scans show that practising mindfulness has a physical impact on specific areas of the brain, such as those shown in Figure 17-1.

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Figure 17-1: Areas of the brain affected by mindfulness.

Forget brain-training games! Mindfulness is an opportunity for the brain to strengthen and enhance itself.

Mindfulness can help you become more healthy and happy; it can even boost your social life. It can improve your sense of self-control, productivity and some say it can even make you wiser. Mindfulness is like taking your brain to the gym.

Increase the Strength of Your Brain

Did you know that practising mindfulness can strengthen your brain? Research conducted by the University of California in 2012 concluded that meditation strengthens the connections between brain cells, and that the more you practise the more you benefit.

The cerebral cortex is the outermost layer of brain tissue. It plays a key role in memory, attention, ...

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