Huffington Post:

If you are reading this, the good news is that you have a brain inside your head. And you have probably read about the emerging brain fitness movement: frequent articles in the media, an ongoing PBS special, more and more products and games.

Newsweek’s Sharon Begley recently wrote that “With the nation’s 78 million baby boomers approaching the age of those dreaded “where did I leave my keys?” moments, it’s no wonder the market for computer-based brain training has shot up from essentially zero in 2005 to $80 million this year, according to the consulting firm SharpBrains.”

There is a lot we can do without spending a dime. Based on dozens of interviews with scientists and recent research findings, let’s take a look at some of the habits of Highly Effective Brains:

1. Learn what is the “It” in “Use It or Lose It”

2. Take care of your nutrition.

3. Remember that the brain is part of the body.

4. Practice positive, future-oriented thoughts until they become your default mindset and you look forward to every new day in a constructive way.

5. Thrive on Learning and Mental Challenges.

For five more habits, go here.

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