I've recently started to do some research about brain health (mentally and physically). I need some concise resources (hopefully a book) to have a general study about brain. Anything from brain hormones to brain ability to learn and its weaknesses (like prejudice!)
My goal is to gain a better understanding of how we can have a healthy lifestyle or let's say wellbeing.
- I do believe that for a youngster with no disabilities, all the wellbeing starts and is controlled by brain!
- I'm a web developer and it's my first question here, please let me know if my question does not fit in this website :)
Update: I share some basic understandings and fun facts about brain, so you can figure out what I'm searching for (It's verbose, So you can skip it!):
Recently US companies show a huge interest to corporate wellness programs. It simply means finding a way to get employees involved in physical activities. Setting some incentives like:
If you take at least 7000 steps a day for 10 consecutive days you'd earn 4 hours of PTO (Paid Time Off). It seems fine in the first glance, but I believe it's a mitigation, not a solution. It's like pushing a car instead of driving it!
This the point I introduce my own non-technical definition of a healthy brain:
A healthy mind is a source of a momentum to what is believed correct, based of brain logical reasoning and experiences.
A healthy mind doesn't need any incentive to do what is supposed to be right. If you know seating behind a table and staring to a screen for a long time is not supposed to be a good idea, simply stops doing it. A healthy mind is more a responsible source of decision making, rather than emotional one.
So what about emotions, love, etc. ? If you have played any music instrument, probably you are familiar with music scales. A single music is written in a specific scale. A talented composer selects a note or more out of the default scale. That's the same about life. You should have a normal and healthy lifestyle to fall in love, go for your emotions, etc. And you should know where and how you should select your excepted notes! Otherwise it'd be a chaos (and a healthy mind does not like a chaos)
In order to recommend a healthy mind we need a better understanding of brain (medically and psychologically). Phenylethylamine is a hormone persuading the brain to experience some adventure and even fear. Alcohol makes your brain more emotional. Suppose someone has a crush to another one and either of them are married. Is it a good idea to take alcoholic drinks for a while!
In a Recently I heard some news about brain learning capabilities. A normal human brain can learn up to 70 years old brain works like muscles. The more you put rational pressure, the more you learn. If you know all this facts about your brain, you won't waste your time watching stupid TV shows, just because you're 60 years old and you're retired! If you believe how much fun reading a book has, you'd put your time on studying instead.
In a nutshell, having an apprehension of brain, will help me create some meta models of healthy lifestyles, so I can help myself and some other people :)