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Activating Your Brain's Healing Power

We are more likely to experience depression than our parents were.

Blame our automated, online world? How about the reduced physical effort we make to survive?

Neuroscientist Kelly Lambert finds compelling evidence that having to work hard for rewards significantly improves mood and prevents depression.

Mixing research from anthropology, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology, her theory suggests that physical effort directed toward tangible outcomes activates particular regions of the brain and builds resilience against the emotional emptiness and negative thinking associated with depression.

In other words, get out of your funk not by changing your mental activity and thoughts, but by physical activity.

She wrote Lifting Depression: A Neuroscientist's Approach to Activating Your Brain's Healing Power about her brain research into how using your hands-on crafts projects can be as beneficial to the body as taking psychoactive medication.


December 2010