Research shows that the more we can practice bringing our attention back to a single focus point, the greater capacity we have as the brain circuitry strengthens.
In this short video clip for nicabm.com, Dan Goleman tells a very sweet story of how 7 year olds can develop the skill of attention, or 'cognitive control'.
A long term study in New Zealand followed over 1,000 young people from age 4 to age 32, and found that infants who showed greater cognitive control aged four were more financially successful and healthier in their thirties. Cognitive control is a better predictor of financial success and health than either IQ or family of origin wealth.
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