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Many of the chapters of The Praeger Handbook Of Play Across The Life Cycle touch upon the importance of play and how it physically and literally changes the structure of the brain. Those chapters instilled in me the idea that play has a physical impact on brain development, but they did not exactly reveal the essential details about how play changes the wiring of the brain. Luckily, the Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology goes into lucid details about the brain as an organ, and how it is shaped by experiences. In chapter eight of Siegel’s book, we are introduced to the curious neuroplasticity mechanisms. Neuroplasticity is defined as “the ability of the brain to change its structure in response to experience” (Siegel, 2012, p. 8-1). What a beautiful and profound ability! Our brains are not rigid structures that come pre-assembled and ready for use. Our…show more content…
In order to promote neuroplasticity in the brain, our daily lives must include the following: Aerobic exercise, good sleep, good nutrition, relationships, novelty, paying close attention, reflecting inwardly, and laughter (p. 8-8, 8-9). A healthy and happy brain requires all of what was mentioned above. It might be challenging to incorporate all eight aspects into our daily lives, but it is possible and worthwhile, especially knowing the immense benefits that that list has on our brains. It is important to keep in mind that “regularity appears to be the key in habit creation and maintenance, as well as in the promotion of neuroplastic changes” (p. 8-9). In other words, it is possible to adopt the list of eight, as long as we do those things routinely. Exposing ourselves to new and exciting stimuli, and taking time to reflect on our feelings and sensation, can have lasting positive impacts on our brains, which will lead to healthier attitudes and happier
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