Are you interested in improving the quality of your personal, social and professional life? If so, you will absolutely want to read John Medina's fascinating 12 Brain Rules. I want to discuss how this book has transformed my life for the better and how it can do the same for you.
How John Medina’s 12 Brian Rules Convinced Me To Get A Gym Membership, Which Has Transformed My Life.
To say that life is stressful is an understatement. As humans, we all face tremendous pressure to meet expectations in various facets of our lives, whether it is in our personal or professional lives. These expectations can either be self-imposed or societal. We can be brutally hard on ourselves when we fail to meet these expectations, which are most often unrealistic to begin with. The first of John Medina’s 12 Brain Rules, which is that “exercise boosts brain power,” has completely transformed my life for the better. It pushed me to join a gym and adopt a healthier lifestyle centered on vigorous, daily exercise. Of course, exercise is excellent for the body and does wonders for your physical appearance. Regular exercise can absolutely help you develop that sexy, chiseled physique that will boost your confidence. However, as Medina points out, the most valuable benefit of exercise is that it is amazing for the brain.
Medina makes it crystal clear that consistent aerobic exercise helps destroy toxic stress chemicals and expands our problem-solving, planning and attention. As our stress chemicals are blasted away, we find ourselves to be in a better mood and, as a result, we can be kinder and friendlier to others. Since I started exercising vigorously and on a consistent basis just four month ago, I have noticed that others are far more attracted to me and I am a much better person to be around. I emanate positivity and others are naturally attracted to this. Medina also makes it clear that exercise increases oxygen flow into the brain, which results in a boost in mental sharpness. Memory, quantitative skills, reaction times and the ability to execute spatial tasks are all positively influenced through exercise. Since I started exercising, I have become much sharper and more efficient in completing writing assignments.
About 12 Brain Rules
Medina’s 12 Brain Rules is chock-full of valuable and insightful information that will help improve the quality of your work, home and social life. Medina effectively conveys and translates complex topics in neuroscience to practical tips that any individual can use in dealing with real-life situations and circumstances. For example, he debunks the idea that multitasking is a beneficial and useful tool in getting things done. He highlights the point that multitasking deprives us of the ability to focus sufficiently on a given task, which consequently leads to inefficiency and mistakes. At some point in our lives, we have all heart about the importance of getting enough sleep each night. Medina presents this information in a highly engaging and entertaining light. We need sleep so that we can learn and a loss of sleep can have serious consequences, including diminished memory, mood, focus, logical reasoning, quantitative skills and motor dexterity. The society we live in generally equates naps with laziness. However, Medina debunks this as a myth. According to a study, NASA pilots’ performance was boosted by 34 percent as a result of just a 26-minute nap. Avoid multitasking and take short naps in the afternoon to improve your life!
12 Brain Rules was released on February 26, 2008 and was greeted with very strong critical reception, as evidenced by the fact that it made its way to the New York Times best seller list. Medina’s 12 Brain Rules has had a major impact on education and classrooms in that many courses have integrated the book into its curriculum. The book has been used in introductory neuroscience courses as well as in the social sciences.
The 12 Brain Rules
You will want to read John Medina's 12 Brain Rules thoroughly to understand the importance of each rule. For now, here is the list of the rules that you can expect to read about.
Rule 1: Exercise boosts brain power.
Rule 2: The human brain evolved, too.
Rule 3: Every brain is wired differently.
Rule 4: We don't pay attention to boring things.
Rule 5: Repeat to remember.
Rule 6: Remember to repeat.
Rule 7: Sleep well, think well.
Rule 8: Stressed brains don't learn the same way.
Rule 9: Stimulate more of the senses.
Rule 10: Vision trumps all other senses.
Rule 11: Male and female brains are different.
Rule 12: We are powerful and natural explorers.
John Medina: Molecular Biologist Who Teaches Us How To Fully Harness The Power Of Our Brains
John Medina is a highly accomplished developmental molecular biologist who has devoted much of his life to better understanding the genes involved in human brain development. Medina has a deep passion for the underpinnings of the human mind and is particularly interested in how the mind organizes and reacts to information. He is very well-respected and regarded in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries where he worked as a private research consultant to better understand mental health. He is also prominent in academia, as he is an affiliate professor in the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Bioengineering Department as well as director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research. Medina even writes for the Psychiatric Times. It is clear that Medina is a very credible and knowledgeable authority in the area of the human mind and his Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School is a New York Times bestseller that will help improve the quality of your life.
Medina has earned several impressive awards over the course of his professional career. He has been named Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the University of Washington; the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year; and the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year. Medina enjoys speaking to public leaders, professionals in business and medicine, schools, and non-profit leaders. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons. Having two sons has motivated Medina to better understand how brain sciences impact the way children are taught.