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New Year Goals

Every new year we set new goals that we all hope will stick, while in reality they last no more than the month of January. Before heading back to the same old goals, why not give brain exercises a try! People tend to focus on their outer image each new year, instead of focusing on what powers both the inside and outside: our brains! Doing brain exercises can help improve brain function, memory, logic and your overall well-being. Besides, how else will come up with great inventions? We need a peek-performing-brain ideas generating groundbreaking ideas!

The human brain reaches peak performance between the ages of 16-25 (maybe thats why teenagers think they know everything!). After this age brain functions begins to decline and we need to do everything we can to keep flexing the most important muscle in our body.

Our brain function is directly linked to our mood. Practicing meditation can help regulate emotional swings and stress levels. Having a peak performing brain means you are able to think not only clearly but rationally. Being in a high stress environment deters that progress. By taking only 5-10 minutes a day of meditation can reduce your stress level. An overall positive perspective on life can help you become a more productive person, so inhale the positivity and exhale the stress.

Try playing brain games. In this wonderful age of technology you can find numerous apps that help build the brain’s cognitive skills and improve memory. One very popular app is Lumosity created by a team of 3 that included Kunal Sarkar, Michael Scanlon, and David Drescher. This app brings your brain through a journey of different everyday challenges depending on your brain needs. Or you can just go old school and play Sudoku which is actually proven more effective. (Can’t beat the classics!)

Did you know that eating healthier and avoiding sugar can also help improve how the brain functions? For a lot of us, this is already on our list of goals for the new year – but we hope this is one that sticks for a whole different reason than just fitting into a swimsuit. Eating foods that are high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, and grains can also improve cognitive skills (Thanks mom!), along with foods high in omega-3 like salmon and chia seeds, which can help with memory and lower depression. After all happy people work harder.

Finally, don’t forget to exercise which can also drastically improve brain function, but we figure that’s already high on most folks new years goal lists. Just remember when you’re thinking of quitting, you’re not just doing it for your body, you’re doing it for your brain!

Keep your mind healthy and your ideas flowing.
Happy Inventing Quirksters!

Quirky Makes an Appearance at the New York Toy Fair

Each year nearly 1,000 global media representatives flock to Toy Fair to report on the hottest trends in toys and games. From exhibitors to manufacturers, attendee companies presenting at the Toy Fair account for approximately 90% of the annual U.S. domestic toy market totaling $26B.

This year Quirky joined thousands of other registered play professionals at the Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York City, to showcase some of the marvelous inventions submitted by our very own Quirksters!

Quirky showcased one recently launched product, the Tune Zoo and previewed 5 brand new inventions currently in the development pipeline. These are the lucky inventions that made an appearance at one of the biggest Toy shows of the year:

Free Wheel by Rene Diaz of Dallas, TX
Tune Zoo by Debbie Schwartz of Plantation, FL
Boo Boo Bear by Faith Bouchard of Phoenix,AZ
Q the Kangaroo by Christopher Zailo of Gulf Breeze, FL
Soundtrack by Ricardo Seola of Milan, Italy
VA Spy Tank by Megan Yocum of Kentucky

Congrats inventors!