Today on the BLOG....
The Neuroscience of Creative HOBBIES & My NEW Junkin' Truck!
For those of you who know me... this will come as NO shock,
and for those of you who don't.... this may very well cause you
to curl up your nose in disgust..... but either way it's TRUE!
I LOVE to dig through junk yards, garage sales, old abandoned buildings,
and YES.... I have even been known to climb INSIDE a dumpster
to rescue a lonely abused furniture friend that needed a new home!
AND... I have always had to bring these NEW friends home in my car,
which has torn my seats, ripped my window tinting, & scratched my dash.
I have even driven down the road with a table hanging out my sunroof
while my friend held the legs of the table on the inside of the car.
Because of this intense desire to save unloved items.....
I have wanted my OWN junkin' truck for over 20 years now......
and guess what my husband bought me this week?
YES...You got it.... my very own 1993 Chevy Truck!
She is the same age as my daughter and I thought that had to be a good sign. Though she hasn't held up quite as well as my daughter...
I decided to just think of her as having been SUPER LOVED for 25 years.
So... what in the world does this have to do with Neuroscience you say....
well, LOTS actually. Did you know that people who have creative hobbies are happier and more resilient than those who do NOT have a hobby?
A recent article in Psychology Today by Dr. Jaimel Kurtz says,
that people have come to wear their "BUSY" as a badge of honor."
In fact, most high functioning 21st century societies, look down on those
who make time for FUN hobbies and consider them "time-wasters".
According to a brand new study published
in January 2018 by Neuroscience News,
FMRI brain scans revealed people who engage in a creative hobby
or endevor actually have more blood flow to multiple areas of the brain.
Brain scans also found that those partaking in a creative activity
have a higher degree of brain connectivity throughout the inter-networks
than those who merely do nothing or watch TV in their "free-time".
One of my favorite lines from Dr. Brenae Brown (I'm paraphrasing)
is when you tell people you are having F. U. N.
they think you should get another J. O .B. !
So... today as I sit outside scrubbing on this old girl,
I have to just smile and think... man-oh-man, my brain is in TOTAL Overdrive
while I imagine all the wonderful things I will find on the side of the road
and be able to BRING HOME in my very OWN truck.
Right now my truck is looking a little tired,
but when I take her to get her new paint job....
she will be driving' down the road as "Lucy the Lemondrop" !
And... she will be filled up with treasures someone else threw out
because they saw the lemon, and I saw the lemonade !
So... if you're one of those people in the world
who have a creative hobby of any kind.
SMILE today and give yourself a NEW BADGE of HONOR
because you now know that people whose brains CREATE
are the only people we know of...
who are simultaneously using
a combination of the brain's controlled thinking power
and their spontaneous abilities ALL AT THE SAME TIME!
Wear your new Badge with Pride realizing that your brain
is firing on all cylinders and connecting multiple networks
while also increasing blood flow and boosting endorphins.
AND... let those who think you're having too much F. U. N.
go back to their J. O. B.
Staci is a one-of-a-kind mix of JOY and Neuroscience who is teaching people all over the world to BUILD a BETTER BRAIN by using Gratitude to create a BRIGHTER future. She has a Master's Degree in Educational NEUROSCIENCE and 25 years of teaching experience where she developed a reputation for being able to uncover potential in others like no one else could. Let her teach you how to live a HAPPIER Life by using the neuroscience of GRATITUDE to rewire your brain and build a better future!