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Exercise Your Brain

Try using your mouse with your other hand for a day. This will stimulate the neural connections between the right and left hemispheres on your brain. The result? A larger number of nerve fibers connecting your left and right brain hemispheres (this is scientifically proven).

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that is such a neat lil idea----ya know---it is the lil things we CAN do numerous times through out the day that can really make a difference---ty for the idea

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersue

Some other ways to exercise your brain, according to the book Neurobics, include:

1- Take a different route to work. The different sights and the different thinking involved in breaking your routine will fire off more and different brain cells.

2- Take a shower with your eyes closed. (Don't do this if your balance is lousy.) Pay attention to the things you "feel". By using a different sense (touch instead of sight) in order to do this routine, you're exercising a whole different set of neural pathways.

3- Wake up to a different smell besides coffee. Routine is a mind-numbing thing, and since your brain always associates coffee with waking up, you can break that mental routine and fire more neural pathways by waking up to the smell of vanilla or lime or melon.

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March 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRandy Ray

I noticed that this blog post was noticeable shorter than the others. Were you using your other hand on your mouse to write it? :-)

Cool idea.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGerard McLean

This is proven...I do it at times when my right wrist hurts.

Another trick is to write backwards. Or write with both hands at the same time...left hand forward right hand backwards.

It's a real nifty party trick. I have this uncanny ability to exercise both sides of my brain at the same time.

Not sure if the psychiatric world has an official section in the DSM-V for that? :-)

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPamela Reitmeier

This is so true! There are times when I feel as if I am stuck in a rut or need to think outside the box and I'm just not getting there. I will do simple things like brush my teeth with my left hand; try to remember everything that is in the refrigerator at the moment without looking; and go outside, close my eyes and listen to every single sound because even the silence is deafening.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJane Farmer

So, if I'm left handed and I already use the mouse all the time with my right hand, does this mean that I'm already well connected across those hemispheres?

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

this a cool exercise [writing and mousing 'lefty'] ... power of the corpus callosum (?) ... everything id backwasrd ... and, to Pamela [above], i do not think the DSM-V has a diagnosis for that party trick! ... perhaps MIT is a better place to study it ... cool stuff!

April 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterty

Pretty cool idea - I can definitely see how this would work - thanks!

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

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