Mother’s Day and Brain Science?

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I recently read an interesting article on the Greater Good Science Center website: Why “Mom Brain” Is Good for Mothers and Babies by Elise Proulx. The article explains that a woman’s brain actually changes after having a baby. The change is a decrease in gray matter! Hold on, don’t laugh dads! I know what you are thinking.

Mom’s tend to share with each other their “fuzzy brain” feeling while pregnant or becoming more forgetful than usual after having children. However, what research is showing is that the decrease in gray matter actually creates a mother who will connect with their child and will be more aware of their children’s needs and feelings.

“The researchers found that the change in gray matter “significantly” predicted the quality of mother-to-infant attachment, as assessed through a survey. The more gray matter lost, the more positive the mothers felt about interactions with their baby.”  Elise Proulx

However you became a mother, father or caregiver, I believe our children shrink our gray matter. 🙂 What I mean to say is, our children are deeply connected to us and we completely grow into warm, nurturing people because of them. Our children shape who we are far greater than I ever imagined.  I am beyond grateful for my three beautiful children who are making me the mom I am.

Happy Mother’s Day to My Happy readers! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Happy Mother’s Day!

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_mom_brain_is_good_for_mothers_and_babies?

About Tiffany

Hi, I am Tiffany and I am blogging about creating "Your Happy". Before having my own children, I happily taught 5th and 6th graders for several years. My first love in education was Psychology which I received a Bachelor of Arts. I then decided to pursue a Master in Education to become a classroom teacher. Having taught many students and then my own children, I became very interested in understanding why some children seem to have an easier time socially than others. I have been recently reading about Positive Psychology. I want to share the information that I have found very helpful in my own life. I am not an expert in happiness but only a new purposeful creator of my own happy. There is a balance to achieve for happiness that is being discussed and researched by psychologists. My intent is to introduce this new information so that you may use it to create "Your Happy". I also want to share "My Happy" because that is part of my balance towards happiness. Helping others has always been a passion of mine. Doing your passion is part of the balance towards being happy. It is so important to recognize that we are all responsible for creating our own happiness. The first concept I want to share is: if you are happy, success will follow. Unfortunately, the belief typically is: if you are successful, you will be happy. I am thankful to Wordpress.com for giving me a place to blog. I am also very grateful to those dedicated to doing the research in this area. I am looking forward to creating this blog and having a place to share "Our Happy".

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