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Can goals help forge a path to brain health?

Your brain needs goals to keep growing. Tackling larger projects piece-by-piece helps create incremental progress, lessen stress and strengthen feelings of purpose and productivity.


Setting goals drives achievement and strengthens your brain’s frontal networks. Your dopamine levels increase when you set goals and also when you achieve them. The bigger the reward, the bigger the boost. This is the feeling you have when powering through a project to meet a deadline.


  • Listing goals you want to achieve, both big and small
  • Breaking down big goals into smaller steps and preliminary questions
  • Setting periodic benchmarks and reflecting upon your progress over time
  • Focusing on achieving a high-level goal over the next several months, identifying clear options and different possible approaches

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