Scientifically-proven habits to overcome the risk factors responsible for memory-related problems.

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A plastic brain and oversized neuron
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My great-grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease. Year by year, she lost parts of herself. First, her acquaintances. Then, her loved ones. And finally, herself. At the end of her life, she had even forgotten how to eat.

After she passed away, both sadness and fear seeped into my bones. I didn’t want to lose my memories, to lose myself.

The problem? I didn’t know how to care for my brain.

That changed, though, when I came across Dr. Daniel Amen’s books. A five-times New York Times Bestselling author, he’s famous for his expertise in everything related to the brain.

His 2017…

Are you willing to do what 95% of people don’t?

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Most of us have ambitious goals that could transform our lives. The problem comes when executing. Distractions steal our time and focus, leaving us with nothing but frustration, stress, and a lack of motivation.

Whenever a daunting task intimidates us, we numb ourselves with cat videos or pictures of distant, unimportant relatives. According to a recent survey, “workers spend an average of 2.5 hours daily ‘accessing digital content’ unrelated to their profession.”

That’s a total of 38 wasted days per year!

But what if you invested that time — or parts of it — in your most ambitious goals? …

At 86 years old, she found herself with a newborn baby.

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Güita, my great-grandmother, wasn’t long for this world. During her eighties, she was obese, and, though she’d already had two heart strokes, she refused to improve her diet and exercise routine. At most, the doctors gave her a couple of years.

However, not only did she live to celebrate her 100th birthday, but, during her nineties, she lost the excess weight, hosted weekly family gatherings, and spoke fluent French.

Unfortunately, her tipping point was a tragedy: the death of her youngest daughter, Antonieta.

Throughout her life, Antonieta was a ray of light. Always joyful, she pursued a career in acting…

Use this science-backed technique to achieve your most ambitious lifestyle changes.

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Two teenagers preparing to run and looking prepared to tackle the challenge
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One of the hardest battles I’ve ever fought has been against sugar.

After watching enough documentaries and reading enough studies, I knew it was as harmful — if not more — than smoking. But every day after lunch, I stuffed myself with cookies, candies — anything to satisfy my craving.

Though I was a hundred percent sure I wanted to reduce my sugar consumption, I always failed. I felt powerless, stupid, and weak-willed.

Everything changed when I took Yale’s course, The Science of Well-being.

After two years engaged, we finally said, “I do”… during the lockdown

A couple speaking with loved ones via Zoom during their pandemic wedding
A couple speaking with loved ones via Zoom during their pandemic wedding
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My husband and I got engaged two years ago. Since I’m a foreigner, we set the date a year later to ensure most of my guests could attend.

But then Covid-19 happened.

We pushed our wedding’s date once, twice — until we realized planning the event was draining our relationship. Until we remembered that what we wanted was a marriage, not a party.

Until we decided to get married, pandemic and all.

At that moment, I truly understood what it means to want to spend the rest of your life with someone.

Many thought we were crazy. Many got angry…

Hint: It’s not six-pack abs and a Lamborghini Aventador.

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What do you want in life?

The answer to that question is often “I want to be happy”, which leads to the natural follow-up question: What makes or will make you happy?

This one is trickier. Having more than thirty adult English students, I did a quick survey. The answers included: money, ‘awesome stuff’ (a big house, a Lambo, an iPhone), a supermodel-like body, a good job, etc.

Yet, according to thorough research cited in Yale’s course, The Science of Well-being, if my students continue pursuing these things, they’ll never experience happiness.

The official term is called miswanting, the bad…

Non-fiction books that can teach you how to age well

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Long-term health starts with the choices we make today. We either ignore that extra donut — or all donuts, for that matter — or risk developing diabetes.

We either pay now or pay later.

The problem is that most of us are unaware of what those choices are, or we know them, but the thrill of the moment blinds our judgment.

Two years ago, I was like that; I lacked knowledge and motivation. But after a rude awakening — a gallbladder surgery, a consequence of my poor habits— I decided to learn about health.

After reading tens of books on…

7 dietary tips from one of America’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts.

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Woman eating a brain-healthy meal
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The brain is an energy-consuming organ. Since it uses twenty to thirty percent of the calories we eat, the dietary decisions we make affect it deeply.

As Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a multiple New York Times Bestselling author and one of America’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts, says, “If you eat a fast-food diet, you will have a fast-food mind that is less capable of thinking and reliable decision making.”

In other words, your diet’s quality determines your thinking quality.

In Dr. Amen’s 2017 book, Memory Rescue: Supercharge Your Brain, Reverse Memory Loss, and Remember What Matters Most, he…

The thief held a gun to my head

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I remember when he raised his shirt, a seemingly innocent gesture. He wanted me to know he had a gun tucked in his breeches. He wanted me to be scared.

I wasn’t.

My mind couldn’t reconcile the fact that he sold phone chargers in the street and that now he wanted to steal mine. It was ironic, ridiculous — but painfully real.

Panic building in my gut, I clutched my car’s steering wheel and looked around me. I was stuck in traffic. My door was unlocked. My phone wouldn’t stop buzzing; my grandmother wanted to speak with me.

She had…

Develop your conscientiousness to reap its research-backed benefits.

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Woman at work feeling successful and looking healthy
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My step-father is one of the people I admire most in the world.

Though this year he turns sixty, he takes bike rides that can last up to six hours, and he continues to lead his more-than-thirty-employees-strong company. By many people’s standards, he’s living a healthy and successful life. Most importantly, he’ll continue to do so for many years more.

One of his defining personality traits is conscientiousness, one of the five personality traits described in the Big Five model of personality psychology.

Also known as the OCEAN model, this theory categorizes people according to five factors:

Alexa V.S.

Certified INFJ. Travel enthusiast. Fellow writer. English teacher. Business Consultant. Fantasy lover.

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