What is Neuroplasticity?
Neuroplasticity is a remarkable ability of the human brain which allows it to change constantly throughout our lives. The brain, as you most likely know, is very “flexible”. It can learn new things and even re-engineer itself, although it will take time and effort. Thanks to the advances in medicinal technology over the last few decades, we can now map different areas of the brain and re-engineer them. This is why the human brain is a unique organ and the most important one in our bodies.
Thanks to neuroplasticity, we can learn new skills, raise our intelligence, stop harmful behaviors, recover from brain damage, and even reach new levels of emotional intelligence. Isn’t the brain grand?
Neurons: United They Stand
According to Dr. Michael Merzenich, all our experiences, behaviors, habits, and thought patterns are intertwined instead of existing separately in the brain. Merzenich’s motto was “neurons that fire together – wire together”, indicating that our thought and structural brain changes are connected.
Just like negative habits harm our brain, positive can bring positive change.
According to Dr. Alex Korb, a renowned author and expert in the field of neuroplasticity, there’s a certain link between illnesses and neuroplasticity. Take depression, for example – it doesn’t indicate anything wrong with our brain, but has a lot to do with the way our brain handles stress.
This means that for all the good it brings, neuroplasticity can also do a lot of harm.
Complaining Changes Our Brain
As mentioned, negative behaviors harm our brain, and complaining has been identified as one of the worst. Complaining has become pretty common nowadays, with almost anyone complaining about this and that. Unknowingly to complainers, it “rewires” their brains and makes them constantly negative.
Complainers are never satisfied which puts their brain and life in a downward spiral. Everyone complaints from time to time and that’s OK. However, complain on a constant basis and you’ll get your brain stuck in a negative pattern.
Don’t blame yourself for it – blame your brain. No one likes to feel negative. In fact, none of us love any negative behavior. However, due to the so-called negativity bias, the brain focuses on the negative more than the positive.
Repetitive negative behavior changes our brains for the worse so it has a harder time to deal with negativity. This is a case of neuroplasticity gone wrong. The good news is that there is a way to reverse all that stuff and help the brain get out of the rut.
Newest studies have shown that people who meditate every day are far less likely to feel negative. Meditation is something you can easily learn – practice it every day and you’ll be able to “rewire” your brain to stay positive. You don’t even need much of it – 15-20 minutes a day will do the trick. We “create” negative behavior through repetition. IN the same way, we can “create” positive behavior through repetition and it can be anything from meditation to another such technique.
These latest discoveries show that there is a way to stay positive. To counteract negative thinking, which, granted, is a bit hard nowadays, all we need to do is start thinking positive thoughts. Research has shown that meditation and similar techniques can “re-train” our brain to flush away the negative thoughts and stay happy.
If you’ve been too negative lately, we strongly recommend giving meditation a try. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain, so why not do it?