Did you know the morning news shapes and rewires your brain for the day. Yes, sadly in sync with its too often glum messages of doom and destruction. New research on the brain’s plasticity shows how human brains rewire and work with the focus we emphasize daily. Have you found that pessimism leads to more of the same?
Media experts mess with your mind whenever they communicate block after block of cynical, negative, or pessimistic news. Unfortunately, over time media can reshape the brains’ plasticity across entire communities. How so? Repeated negative news rewires dendrite brain cells so that brains create cognitive maps for gloomy results nationally. It doesn’t stop there either.
In response to poor tone that portrays people who differ, for instance, you too begin to vent. Your own pessimistic communication in turn rewires your brain further by creating new neuron pathways toward more venting. It can be different – as people begin their days by communicating with the brain in mind.
Start your day with a solution or for one problem the media tosses into your ring, for instance, and you begin to hard-wire mentally for more success and answers, than problems. Have you seen it happen? Act on this one solution created, and your brain builds new neuron pathways beyond negative ruts toward further solutions too.
Are you wired for well being, prosperity and a sense of wonder today? Rather than focus on news that wires you for aggression, angry barbs, poverty from lost jobs, or broken schools, why not brainstorm over coffee for an answer to leave behind with your legacy. If you can imagine a unique offering from your corner of the world, you’ve already set the pathway forward, and your brain will do the rest.
Take the economic gloom that pounds us daily from many angles. Or consider news about broken secondary schools that fail our teens to drop out of learning altogether. Rather than read on without reflecting, why not suggest a resolution instead.
How about a partnership program between adults who need work and teens who need tutoring, with the brain in mind? It wouldn’t take that much effort to rejuvenate a few dozen adults’ minds in ways that prosper teens’ learning success. Your resolutions could be far better than mine! Yet because I direct an International Brain Based Center, and developed an approach to learn and assess with the brain in mind, it’s my 2-bits. Approaches out there prove to get higher motivation and achievement for teens and adults – and I see the potential with clarity.
No doubt, your talents will take you to different solutions. The key is to take your unique mix of intelligences into any media reports of negative, in search of solutions that work. Think of how this nation could rewire to stem the tide of negative mental ruts created through the media’s constant negative bombardment. What do you think?
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Created by Ellen Weber, Brain Based Tasks for Growth Mindset