I am not talking about the metaphoric juggling of all the things you need to do in law school or law practice. I am talking about the actual physical act of juggling. Scientific studies suggest that juggling causes an increase in grey matter in certain parts of the brain responsible for advanced mental functions. When we are busy, we often abandon physical exercise to free that time for our studies or work, but physical movement is crucial for learning. Neurophysiologist and educator Dr. Carla Hannaford presents more evidence that movement improves mental capabilities in her book Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head. It is especially true for somatic learners, as I mentioned in my related post on multiple intelligences.
I encourage you to take your first step to a better brain. Get away from your computer or books for ten minutes, pick up a couple of oranges or some juggling balls, if you've got them, and juggle. You'll have fun, laugh at yourself, release stress, re-energize your body and mind, and set a process into motion to grow that grey matter in your brain. Need more inspiration? Check out the Just Your Average Joggler blog or watch the video of Chris Bliss juggling.