Train Your Brain – the Tetris Effect

Tetris piecesAccording to Shawn Achor, the Tetris Effect is the KEY to why our brains are so powerful when linked with repetitive activities.

After finishing the game of Tetris there is a cognitive afterimage where the brain automatically searches for things to organize. Our brain gets stuck in the afterimage where the brain is searching for patterns.

The Tetris affect can be seen on brain scans even after only a few minutes of play.

Our brain looks for patterns. We can train it to look for what we want to see.

Two Positive Interventions to train our brains:

  • Gratitude Journal: write down two things that you are grateful for every morning.
  • Random acts of kindness: do a simple act such as write an email to compliment a co-worker for a job well done.

Our brains are scanning for patterns. Because we have more images than we can possibly deal with, we can’t pick up all the information that we take in.

Our brain has to filter and decide what it is going to think about, remember our brain is just a single processor.

When we do a gratitude journal and random acts of kindness, our brain is trained to look for positive things in our life, our brain scans for goodness.

When we train our brains and we become good at seeing the positive, we will also become bad at seeing the negative.

The Tetris effect is activating our brain to have a positive reactions if we fill our minds with the good thoughts.

This makes complete sense to me. I live with this dreaded condition of MS and yet I am completely happy! From the minute I wake up until I fall asleep at night, I feel grateful for all the good in my life.

I hope that you do too!

After you watch Shawn in action, you’ll want to order his book and you can get it right here: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

Linda Grace Cox



About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

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