Planet Green

DCL

If you're visiting Planet Green, and you must be, unless you're standing over my shoulder as I write this, your brain is getting healthier. That's right. Reading the articles found on Planet Green can boost your brain power. How do we, the Planet Green bloggers, increase your mental potential? It's a secret passed down by sorcerers to magicians. OK, well, it's not really a secret.

A study out of UCLA found that searching the web stimulates the reasoning and the decision-making centers of the brain. The internet, due to its inherent interactivity, forces the user to make choices about what sites and information they will view next. This stimulates the brain more than plain book-reading and much, much more than watching a situation comedy. It is the interactive element that causes the internet to be such a boon for brain improvement. It can even reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's.

That means reading blogs is healthy. I recommend Treehugger and Planet Green, because I am biased. Sites that have an interactive element are healthier than sites that just show you information. Commenting on blogs, answering surveys and choosing what topics to search are all things that make a brain-friendly site. Remember, there is no need to feel guilty about surfing the net. It's good for you.

Here are a few other green things that you can do that will also improve your brain.

1. Bike to work. It cuts down on fuel emissions and exercise is important for brain health.

2. Get involved in a green charity. A healthy social life can keep your brain fit. Kill two birds with one stone and help the planet while you help your brain. NOTE: If your charity is Save The Birds, don't use that idiom. Also, the anti-stone-throwing charity won't appreciate it either.

3. Watch TV that teaches. I can't think of any TV stations that teach you things. It's a Discovery I look forward to making after a long day of writing for Planet Green. NOTE: There are hints.

4. Take quizzes about green issues. Play the Tom Green trivia game or any trivia game.

5. Eat omega -3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) instead of fish. The world's fisheries are under a lot of strain right now. Take omega-3 and those other long-named acids Instead of using fish meat to improve your brain.