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How can goals help forge a path to brain health?

Setting goals, big and small, helps your brain to grow. Tackling high-level projects piece-by-piece, making incremental progress toward bigger goals, can lessen stress and strengthen feelings of purpose and productivity.


Goals drive feelings of achievement and strengthen the brain’s frontal networks. Dopamine levels increase when you set, and when you achieve, goals. The bigger the reward, the bigger the boost. This is the feeling you have when powering through a project to meet a deadline.


  • List goals you want to achieve, both big and small.
  • Break down bigger goals into smaller steps and questions to explore.
  • Set periodic benchmarks and reflecting upon your progress over time.
  • Brainstorm for varied ways to approach a high-level goal over the next few months.

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