(This blog is excerpted from Better Brains by Design, Book #1: Blueprints for a Better Brain, that will be available through Smashwords e-Books, mid-November, 2015)
Better Brains By Design (BBBD) is an initiative from MINDRAMP that promotes health, personal growth and positive social interaction. Through books, workshops and webinars, BBBD teaches individuals and groups how to consciously shape the plasticity of their brains in ways that promote health and happiness.
The title explains both the goal and the approach of the initiative. The goal is to help each participant improve the health and function of their brains. We don’t accept the idea that brains inevitably decline after age 30 or 40. Current studies in gerontology and neuroscience make it clear that our brains are capable of continued growth and development throughout our lifespan. So, given a choice, we would like our brains — your brains — to get better each day. Hence, better brains!
We focus on brains with the full understanding that the human body and brain work together as an integrated system. We embrace a holistic, integrated approach to health and wellbeing. But, we also recognize the brain as the center of consciousness, the source of our ability to make deliberate, mindful decisions.
Our health and wellbeing is profoundly influenced by the decisions we make about how to behave. Our experiences, our actions, our emotions and even our thoughts influence the structure and, therefore, the function of our body and mind. By being mindful and deliberate about what we do, we can influence the health our our brains. If we understand the science of how the body and brain work, and how to influence the incredible plasticity (malleability) of the human brain, we can design brains that work better. Better brains by design.
That is the goal of Better Brains by Design - is to design clear, science-based strategies to keep our brains healthy and enhance our capacity to nurture and cultivate our wellbeing.