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How To Retrain Your Brain For The Better

February 2019Words by Mr Jim Merrett

Illustration by Mr Paul Reid

Changing your mind is as easy, or as hard, as you want it to be. That’s the big takeaway from The Source, a manual for a new and improved you from neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart. Rather than thinking of your brain as an organ hardwired to work in a particular way, Dr Swart suggests it is far more adaptable and just one part of a larger entity, your nervous system. The relationship between your heart, mind and gut is a lot more complicated than you might imagine. What’s more, changing the way you think can have an impact beyond your brain or even your body. “The elasticity of our brain means that we have the ability to change our brain pathways, and therefore our lives, for a better tomorrow,” she writes.

This isn’t just a New Age manifesto built on hazy thought experiments. Dr Swart employs the latest scientific research to back up every claim. In fact, she turns the very idea on its head, by suggesting that, at its core, science should be open to new ways of thinking. “By definition, if you stand for science, you stand for being comfortable with failure and moving forward with an appetite for new learning and continuous improvement,” she says.

Here are three things you can do right now to open your mind and, by doing so, improve your life.