The human brain is incredible.
It’s the most complex object in the known universe with over 100 billion neurons joined together and 100 trillion connections between them.
Used correctly, it can help you achieve your wildest dreams.
Today, we’re going to go over 10 incredible facts about how the brain works.
Prepared to be amazed.
1) For our brain, there’s no difference between reality and imagination
Did you know that the brain cannot tell a fact from fantasy? Yep, when you’re having a dream, it feels just as real as if you were doing it in real life.
When you believe a placebo medication will work, it does.
The brain cannot tell fact from fantasy and this gives us a huge opportunity to see the world however we want.
Some people literally do see the world with rose colored glasses.
2) Mental work doesn’t tire the brain
You’d think that the brain would fatigue if you use it more, just like a muscle. But you’re wrong.
The real reason for the ‘feeling’ of brain fatigue occurs because of our emotions.
The truth is, the level of blood flowing through the brain remains unchanged, whether you’re working or not.
However, for someone who works outside using their muscles, the blood from the veins changes significantly.
3) The brain works automatically
Most thoughts you have today are what you had yesterday. The brain works automatically and almost behaves predictably.
This is why it can be difficult to change someone’s mindset. If you’re a natural pessimist, you literally have to consciously think positive thoughts for days on end to see any noticeable change.
4) We see what we’re thinking about
Your thoughts can turn into reality. This is called confirmation bias. If you have a dream about traveling to Paris, the next day you’ll see reminders of the dream you had.
If you consciously think about white horses, you’ll be more likely throughout the day to see things that remind you of white horses.
Perception really is reality. So put on those rose colored glasses!
5) Our brain needs training, just like our muscles
Just like our muscles need training to become stronger, our mind is no different. Brain games such as tetris have been found to have benefits to the brain under some circumstances.
It helps us use our mind muscles to think differently and constructively.
Also, getting a good night’s sleep and exercise also provide considerable benefits to the brain.
6) Our brain never rests
Yep, even when we’re sleeping, our brain is still working. In fact, its activity is even higher when we sleep!
Your brain is the most essential part of your body and it never stops working (except during an exam)
7) Shutting down from time to time is vital
While the brain is always active, it can still get drowned in thousands of negative thoughts. In order to give our immune system a rest, it’s essential to take time off and relax.
Rest and relaxation is incredibly useful for our stress levels and mindset.
8) It’s good to forget things
Yep, to “save” new memories, our brains need to get rid of old ones. While we can’t always choose what to remember and what to forget, forgetting is useful for the brain to not be so drowned in useless information.
Making connections in the brain keeps it fresh and on fire.
9) Our brain is insensitive to pain
While the brain is essential in our body reacting to pain, the brain doesn’t actually feel it. It doesn’t have the necessary receptors. However, the nerves and tissues surrounding the brain does feel pain.
10) We can change our brain
The most liberating fact of all. Neuroscience has found that our brains are constantly changing, in a process called “neuroplasticity.”
Any kind of brain activity generates new connections in the brain. If we constantly think that we’re not good enough to achieve a certain goal, that thought will become stronger in the brain.
Vice versa, if we think we are good enough, that thought will become cemented in our brain overtime.
We all have the ability to achieve whatever we put our mind to. We just have to believe it and work at it.