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The idea is for you to understand more about the health area you are addressing before you get too far building your action plan.

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Brain power!

What is your brain?

Planet Science says: “Inside your head is a jelly-like organ that controls everything you do. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to think, run, dance or even breathe. But what makes your brain so special?

Your brain is like a powerful computer. It stores memories and controls how you move, breathe, think and react. Compared to other mammals about the same size as you, you have a big brain.

Your brain has lots of folds and wrinkles. The wrinkles increase the area of your brain, making lots of space for you to make connections between brain cells. More connections equal more brain power!

Here are our top five brain facts:

  • When you’re awake, your brain generates enough electricity to power a lightbulb.
  • You have the same number of brain cells at birth as you do in adulthood. As you learn and store memories, these brain cells grow and you make new connections between them.
  • Your brain makes up 2% of your body’s weight, but uses 20% of your body’s energy.
  • The left side of your brain controls the right side of your body. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body.
  • James Watson, a famous scientist, once said the brain is “the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe.”

Top Universities have an article on 5 effective ways to boost your brain power, and these are:

  • Chess – this ancient game is able to boost your brain power, with huge benefits for memory and strategic vision
  • “Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain” – a book by Japanese neuroscientist Kawashima Ruta. The book’s challenges include solving simple mathematical calculations such as “14-7” or “7×9”, memorizing words, and counting numbers from 1 to 120 aloud – BUT, all of these exercises must be done against the clock. This is a key idea of the whole book: do the brain-training exercises as fast as possible, as a time deficit runs some high-intensity processes in the brain.
  • Reading  – smart people have spent years or decades to collect information, interpret and share it in the pages of books.
  • Learning foreign languages – you don’t need unique talents for languages – you need languages to develop these “not-so-unique” talents.
  • Rest – sometimes, my brain needs a rest.


Background Information

There is information available which will help you formulate your action plan – both on our site and on external sites.

On our site


Mind Drive is all about understand your brain. How it works, what affects it. How to control it and how to look for the signs.

We have relevant information on MindDrive

ChangeDrive is all about your ability and desire to change. It looks at statistics and information on how easy or difficult change can be.

It also looks at your history and reflects on moments in your life when you made radical change , was it easy or difficult.

ChangeDrive leads into action planning so if you feel you need to change a little then read the material in this section first.

We have relevant information on ChangeDrive

On external site(s)

MindValley is an organisation that creates programmes in human transformation, which you can join. Here Jim Kwik, who is an expert in memory improvement and brain performance, who is used as a trainer for organisations like Nike, Virgin,, etc.

It shows a video which will show you several things about the brain, including some tips about how to improve your brain’s performance, including exercises and even the best food to help your brain.

The link below takes you to a trailer for the full video, which leads on to the full 57 minute video.

One of the key attributes to brain power is emotional intelligence. You may have a brain the size of a planet but can you truly control it.

Take the emotional intelligence test from Psychology Today and see how much in charge of your brain you think you are.

Be careful – this is a long questionnaire with over 100 questions and it takes a LONG time to complete. You get a summary for nothing, and you can buy the full report for $9.95.


Sometimes the owner of a video will not allow the video to be played on external sites.  If you see the video is unavailable on the left just click the ‘WATCH NOW’ link on the right and the video will play in a new window.

Harness your brain

This is a 14 minute TEDx talk by Dr Lara Boyd.  It provides some great insights on your brain, and actually changes some things we thought about how the brain works.  The text below is from the video.
“In a classic research-based TEDx Talk, Dr. Lara Boyd describes how neuroplasticity gives you the power to shape the brain you want. Our knowledge of the brain is evolving at a breathtaking pace, and Dr. Lara Boyd is positioned at the cutting edge of these discoveries. In 2006, she was recruited by the University of British Columbia to become the Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology and Motor Learning. Since that time she has established the Brain Behaviour Lab, recruited and trained over 40 graduate students, published more than 80 papers and been awarded over $5 million in funding. Dr. Boyd’s efforts are leading to the development of novel, and more effective, therapeutics for individuals with brain damage, but they are also shedding light on broader applications. By learning new concepts, taking advantage of opportunities, and participating in new activities, you are physically changing who you are, and opening up a world of endless possibility. “


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In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.

You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).

The ways you can take a questionnaire:

More than one questionnaire on our site

Take Questionnaire on our site

You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.

You will see our questionnaire first, possibly followed by a tab which may contain a second questionnaire (see above).  If you scroll down you will see links to external questionnaire(s) or downloads if there are any. Scroll down until you get to the right place for you!

YDH Questionnaire Selection

The first questionnaire is simply aimed at giving you some information on the brain and how it works. The second is from Forbes and has 10 brain teasers to test your brain power!

YDH Questionnaire Selection

The first questionnaire is simply aimed at giving you some information on the brain and how it works. The second is from Forbes and has 10 brain teasers to test your brain power!

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