Synaptic plasticity is the ability of our brains to develop brand new neural pathways throughout life, prompted by new learning and experiences. Seeking out new experiences and learning opportunities requires effort and occasionally stepping outside our comfort zones but is well worth the effort. It sharpens us, seems to keep our brains young, and promotes emotional well-being, in large part by helping us sort out and select healthy perspectives.
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The beginning of a new year is the traditional time for resolutions and new beginnings; it is also the perfect time to begin working on new perspectives. Doing so just might make 2013 a happier, emotionally healthier year… no matter what happens.