10 Facts about the Brain That Prove We’re Capable of Anything

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Our brain is a truly marvelous instrument. Harness its power correctly and you will find a way to achieve almost anything. After all, just about every great innovation and invention we take for granted was once an idea in someone’s mind. Here are 10 great facts about how the brain works that can help you make the most of your potential.

Our brains react to every thought and can’t tell fact from fantasy. That’s why people who see the world through rose-colored glasses tend to be happier.

The feeling of mental fatigue is more emotional than it is physical. The actual blood flow to the brain remains unchanged during active work.

The brain often recycles thoughts from the past, which is why it’s so hard for chronic pessimists to change their attitude. They basically have to “clean” their brains by making themselves react to positive things more often.

Ever notice how when you learn a new word, you suddenly start to see it everywhere? Or maybe you hear about a new band and suddenly you start hearing their music wherever you go. This is known in psychology as the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.

The brain is a muscle, and like every other muscle, it needs to be exercised and treated right. Challenge your brain by learning new things, traveling to new places, and eating a healthy diet.

Our brain is always working, even when we’re asleep. In fact, it’s often busier at night!

Even though it’s always working and doesn’t get tired, you should still take time to give your brain a rest now and then.

In order to make room for new memories, the brain sometimes gets rid of older, less essential ones. In order to have more say on what gets kept and what gets deleted, use the information you want to retain more often.

Although our brain is responsible for making us feel pain in our bodies, the actual brain itself doesn’t have the receptors to feel pain.

Any new activity creates new neural connections in our brains. If you focus your mind on achieving something (like a promotion, for instance), the idea strengthens in your mind and you’ll be more likely to achieve success.

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