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Happy Holidays! Gifts are nice, but everyone knows that the best present is having a break from school! You might feel like throwing your school books into a closet and watching TV for a week, but why not find an activity that’s fun AND educational? Consider these amazing ways to stimulate your brain, while also taking full advantage of vacation: Read for fun. Reading is truly fundamental. Not only is reading the best way to improve your vocabulary, but this essential practice is also a killer way to improve your brain. Find a fun fiction or nonfiction book in a topic that interests you, and spend your free time indoors with a blanket and a great book. Listen to a podcast. There are so many interesting podcasts out there, you’re bound to find one that interests you. Whether you’re interested in crime, fashion, languages, or history, podcasts bring stories and…

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Meditation may be tough to master in this busy, plugged-in world, but regular practice can moderate stress, promote emotional well-being, and foster physical health. If those benefits aren’t enough to sell daily relaxation, consider this one: meditation can actually make your brain better. Consistent meditation over a period of years has been linked to positive changes in both the structure of the brain and the strength of synaptic connections. Researchers at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging found that long-term meditation promotes gyrification, which is more desirable than it sounds: …Gyrification or cortical folding is the process by which the surface of the brain undergoes changes to create narrow furrows and folds called sulci and gyri. Their formation may promote and enhance neural processing. Presumably then, the more folding that occurs, the better the brain is at processing information, making decisions, forming memories and so forth. Do you know someone…

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