By Noel Whittaker AM, writer and newspaper columnist.
Only when you’re sick do you realise that health is the greatest asset you can have. It’s absolutely necessary if you want to enjoy family, stay positive, and make the most of the short time we have.
More and more, I’m reminded that the foundation of health and well-being is, in fact, brain health. It drives everything we do so, of course it should be the #1 thing that we take care of.
Yet, if you look around, the world is filled with people who never think about how they’re damaging their brain. (Which, in my financial career, has been a great source of frustration. l never understood why people would rather be ignorant about their financial path rather than take any meaningful action to correct it.)
Last week, my son James interviewed 12x New York Times bestselling author and brain health expert, Dr. Daniel Amen. It was a fascinating conversation about all aspects of brain health.
Some of the topics covered include:
- where negative thoughts come from and how to manage them;
- the mental rehearsal practice used by the world’s top performers;
- how to stop problematic addiction;
- why some people just aren’t motivated (and what to do about it);
- how to overcome cognitive decline and genetic risks;
- and other tips to improve your brain health.
I could relate to many of the personal anecdotes and appreciated the practical tips and examples that Dr. Amen included.