Does your jam-packed daily calendar sometimes leave you feeling a little frantic? For some people, cramming too much into their schedule can lead to added stress, but those who do it correctly may be doing their brains a big favor in the long run.
When researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas recruited more than 300 men and women over 50 to study the effects of a busy lifestyle on long-term brain health, they found that those who maintained a “healthy busyness” throughout the day had better brain function overall, regardless of their education level.
“We show that people who report greater levels of daily busyness tend to have better cognition, especially with regard to memory for recently learned information,” said lead author Sara Festini, a postdoctoral researcher at the university.
Indeed, the brains of the busiest participants were able to process information more quickly, and those individuals exhibited better memory, reasoning, and vocabulary skills. Researchers believe this may be because a busy but balanced lifestyle allows the brain to keep forming new neural connections, which in turn promotes better cognitive function over time.