“Mini Pleasures” Method BOOSTS Brain Power

Maybe it’s the midafternoon slump when your mind starts to wander…

Or perhaps it’s that fuzzy-headed feeling you get when burning the midnight oil.

Whatever the cause, your brain power is fading fast.

If you’re like many folks (including me), that’s when you head to the coffee machine.

But caffeine isn’t the only way to sharpen your mental abilities…

A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports confirmed that coffee can give us a cognitive lift. No surprise there.

But it turns out you might not need that stimulant to get a brain boost.

Volunteers strapped on skin-monitoring wristbands and brain-monitoring headbands for the new study. Then they were tracked while listening to music, sipping coffee, and smelling perfume.

These “mini pleasures” triggered increased beta-band brain-wave activity, a state associated with peak cognitive performance.

And that boost translated to IMPROVED cognitive performance during tasks requiring concentration and memory.

In other words, rewarding yourself with a variety of little delights can literally sharpen your mental abilities.

Here’s how it works…

Anticipating pleasant things, like a favorite treat or leisure activity, fires up your body’s dopamine network, stimulating your brain’s reward system.

The resulting rush of feel-good neurotransmitters boosts your motivation, focus, and memory encoding.

The researchers used music and perfume for their experiment, but it can be anything you enjoy.

Minor indulgences like a dessert, a relaxing bath, a nice walk, or spending time with a friend can give your brain a lift while also lowering stress hormones that impair cognition.

Even planning an event like a future fun outing, meal, or get-together will do the trick.

Unhealthy vices provide short-lived highs.

But the good feelings derived from simple joys boost cognitive performance AND forge new neural pathways that can have an ongoing positive effect on your brain power.

So, the next time you find your focus getting fuzzy, reward yourself with a little pleasure. Your brain will thank you!

P.S. This surprisingly easy 10-minute hack doesn’t JUST pump the brakes on memory loss. It can also REVERSE existing decline!

Source:

Fekri Azgomi, et al. “Regulation of brain cognitive states through auditory, gustatory, and olfactory stimulation with wearable monitoring.” Sci Rep 13, 12399 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-37829-z

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.

View More Free Articles

Tasty FAT Hack SLASHES Heart Risk

Is your heart trying to tell you something? Are little warning signs appearing that your ticker may be in trouble someday soon? You may have noticed your blood pressure creeping UP or your energy levels dialing DOWN. Or everyday tasks leave you feeling more winded than usual. Don’t ignore those signs. Your heart could be...

Read This

Mailbag: Why Am I DIZZY When I Stand Up?

“My wife has had some dizziness when standing up quickly. Should she be concerned? A friend suggested it could be related to her blood pressure medication?” – Frank (Article continues below.) Hi Frank, Low blood pressure when standing after sitting or lying down is called orthostatic or postural hypotension. Typically, someone will feel dizzy or...

Read This

Stay “Forever Young” with THIS Taste Bud Trick

We all want to remain youthful, healthy, and vibrant as we age. But that’s easier said than done. Sure, you can fork over the cash for the latest designer anti-aging cream, drink gallons of raw water (whatever that is?), and try to survive on a diet consisting only of green veggies. But the answer to...

Read This

FINALLY an Exercise Routine You Can LOVE

Bored to tears by repetitive trips to the gym? Rather walk across hot coals that try another one of the frantic routines presented by perky fitness gurus on TV? Do long walks on the treadmill feel about as thrilling as watching paint dry? New research reveals the answer to your workout prayers… Strap on your...

Read This

The HIDDEN Harm of Mouth Breathing

It’s a habit often hurled as an insult by movie bullies and internet trolls. Yet over HALF of us are  “mouth breathers.” And, as I’m sure you already know, despite the insults, mouth breathing doesn’t have a thing to do with intelligence. But new research reveals it DOES have a downside. Mouth breathing could leave...

Read This

Produce Aisle Secret SUPERCHARGES Aging Muscles

The change is subtle at first. But it grows with each passing year. Muscle loss sneaks up on us. But, as we pass through middle age and beyond, it can start to take its toll in unexpected ways. Maybe carrying the groceries inside becomes just a bit harder. Or climbing the stairs to the bedroom...

Read This

The BEST Brew for Antiaging and Weight Loss

The battle between coffee and green tea lovers has raged for decades. Both beverages have passionate, devoted fans. And each is convinced their drink of choice is THE elixir of life. But when it boils down to SPECIFIC benefits, is one better than the other? Is green tea or coffee superior at fighting aging? How...

Read This

Feeling Forgetful? Nutrient Tag-Team EASES Your Mind

Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you have something fun planned with a loved one. Speaking of plans—remember that time you FORGOT Valentine’s and were in the doghouse for days? Or maybe it was your keys, a doctor’s appointment, or even the waitress’s name that’s served you coffee for the last three years instead. Regardless of...

Read This

2 for 1 Deal Protects Your Eyes AND Your Brain!

Yesterday, I warned you about a link between vision loss and cognitive impairment. It turns out common cataracts don’t just rob you of your vision… they could also do a number on your brain. But there was GOOD news, too. That decline may be reversible! If you missed that issue, CLICK HERE to catch up...

Read This

Vision Thief Threatens MORE Than Your Sight

You wake up one morning, and something seems off. The world looks a bit hazy, as if you’re peering through a thin veil. Colors appear dull and muted. And reading becomes more difficult as words on the page blur together. You assume you just need a new eyeglass prescription, but the TRUE culprit has been...

Read This