Neuroplasticity in a nutshell.
Human capital is the collective resources of an individual and the degree of capacity to bring them to bear for the highest good of all.
Intention: To help people optimize their human capital: more great, less grind.
Source: Life so far, a career in financial services, domains of positive psychology, high-performance sport, mindfulness, neuroscience, and compassion.
Insight Three: Neuroplasticity ... in a “nutshell”
Executive Summary: our sometimes nutty brain changes itself throughout our lives by our thoughts, experiences, and the environment. USER CAUTION: the good news and bad news is that the brain is indifferent: what we feed will become more pronounced. Our mind directs our brain: good input, good output, bad input, bad output.
William James, a famous American philosopher and psychologist, considered to be the leading thinker of the late 19th century, knew that "The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his mind's attitudes. As you think so shall you be."
The term neuroplasticity was first used in 1948 by a Polish scientist. And in 1949, Donald Hebb, a Canadian neuropsychologist, became famous for saying, "neurons that fire together, wire together." It wasn't until about thirty years ago that it became widely accepted that the brain changes throughout a lifetime and is not a "fixed" organ after childhood.
In my previous Insight, I spoke about my journaling theme going from madness to magical. In 2010, I woke up to doing my life differently: from stress, depletion, and related health issues to an overall healthier physical and mental outlook. I began to practice being aware of and writing about magical things in my life, in effect, something for which I was grateful.
Within about three weeks, I felt good more often, felt more at ease, and more easily saw and appreciated what was good in my life: an example of neuroplasticity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "You become what you think about all day long.”