Living Well with Healthy Brains
In The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow bemoans his intellectual shortcomings in the song "If I Only Had a Brain". He imagines his life with greater brain power and the amazing thoughts he will have. In the movie, the Scarecrow ultimately discovers that he does have a brain and is far smarter than he thinks.
If only the Scarecrow had had access to a public library, he might have realized how amazing his brain was without risking his life to help Dorothy and Toto defeat the Wicked Witch.
These books will give you insight into the human brain, providing ideas for keeping your brain healthy and and happy.
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School (Second Edition) by John Medina
• First Edition: Regular Print
• First Edition: eBook
Molecular biologist Medina shares scientific knowledge about how the brain works and how we may utilize this knowledge to transform our lives and those of our families.
The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge
• Talking Book (restricted to Print Disabled patrons)
In the follow-up to his best-selling book The Brain that Changes Itself, Doidge looks at simple and natural ways to improve brain health, recover from ailments and reduce the risk of dementia.
The End of Stress: Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain by Don Joseph Goewey
Most of us have experienced stress and realize it can be debilitating but are not aware that it can actually damage the brain. In this book Goewey provides tools for coping with stress and reducing anxiety.
Master Your Brain: Training Your Mind for Success in Life by Philip Adcock
Psychologist Adcock demonstrates tools from neuropsychology that will help people conquer self-doubt, communicate more effectively and ultimately find success.
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
The constant flow of information can lead to anxiety but Levitin has observed that some people cope better with these stresses and shares techniques that will provide relief.
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown with Christopher Vaughan
Clinical researcher Brown has spent his career studying play in humans and animals and has concluded that playing is one of the most important things people do. It stimulates and benefits the brain in numerous ways making us happier and more creative.
Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain Through Modern Science and Ancient Wisdom by Henry Emmons and David Alter
Doctors Emmons and Alter provide simple tips and exercises to preserve and promote brain health and age gracefully.
Ask the staff at your local library branch for other books about the brain.