Your lazy brain and time

March 22nd, 2017 by Ken

Before I start talking about your lazy brain and how it contributes to the rapid passing of time, I have to say that I am no expert on the subject.  What I know is from observation and reading.

A friend of mine was complaining recently about how fast time seemed to be going as he got older.   I told him to blame it on his lazy brain.

The concept of time is stored in the brain.  The brain is lazy, it doesn’t want to work if it doesn’t have to and that applies to marking time.   When you were young, everything you saw, felt, ate or heard was new.   Your brain had to work hard to store that information and consequently time moved slower because your brain was working hard,

As you grew older, the number of new experiences lessened and your brain didn’t have to work so hard to create new neural pathways and went on auto-pilot.   The older you got, the less your brain had to work and the quicker time seemed to pass.  If you want to slow down the perception that time is moving faster, you have to get your lazy brain working again.  You have to create new neural pathways through new experiences.

I thought I’d try it with something common – – brushing your teeth.   For a whole year, I forced myself to brush my teeth with my left hand even though i was right-handed.  It was tough and difficult but eventually my brain created new pathways and now I can brush my teeth with either hand.  In the beginning that slowed down time, because it slowed down my perception of time.

You can do the same.   Take a different route to work each day.   See how many different ways you can get to your job.   Go to a different coffee shop on your way to work.  Do something different at lunch time.   When you exercise, start a different pattern each time.   When shopping, go to a different grocery store.  Meet new people.  Put your shoes and socks on differently.   Force your brain to work.   By forcing your brain to learn new things – – even common things – – the concept of time will slow down.

You can’t stop time from advancing, but you can slow down the perception of time.

Think I’ll start using an automatic toothbrush and see what that does to my neural pathways.


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