A reminder of the magic that is in all of us—and the potential to be more than we ever thought…
- Your brain weighs about three pounds—about 2% of your total body weight.
- A computer with the capacity of your brain would be 100 stories tall and cover the entire state of Texas.
- Messages in your brain travel through neural connections at speeds up to 250 mph.
- Your brain generates 25 watts of power while you’re awake—enough to illuminate a light bulb.
- Experts say the brain has a “funny bone” that enables us to appreciate jokes, and it’s located in a small part of the frontal lobe.
- As Jay Giedd reminds us, “Brain maturation continues into the teen years and even the twenties, and that includes such functions as self-control, judgement, emotions, organization, and planning.”
- Researchers have found that that “brain images taken during IQ testing show that most mental activity appears centered in a handful of golf-ball-sized near the front of the brain.” ~ Don Vergano
- “Your complex brain is command central, humming along and controlling everything that happens in your body.” ~ Colleen Pierre
And for the kid(s) in your home::
- Insist on a hearty breakfast in the morning; it remains the most important meal of the day.
- Encourage short breaks between periods of intense concentration. Deep thinking consumes enormous amounts of energy and can lead to mental exhaustion.
- Strongly advise against music—especially songs with lyrics—when concentration is required. Having to tune it sounds uses even more energy.
- Encourage physical activity, as it increases blood flow, hence oxygen, to the brain.
- Engage in plenty of mind-stretching activities, such as playing such board games as chess, checkers, Monopoly, Scrabble, Boggle, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, too.
And remember: What applies to kids/students applies to us grownups, too!
With my many thanks and post-Valentine’s Day wishes, Carol