Detox Your Brain with Quiet

Neuroscientists have found that monks who spend years in quiet meditation actually grow their brains (the prefrontal cortex), like an athlete builds biceps.

Don’t worry—you don’t have to spend years in a sequestered, celibate silence to experience a boost. Take just five minutes each day to watch your breath go in and out. Try to remain patient. If you find your mind drifting, just slowly bring it back to focus like a puppy back to a bowl of water.

Meditation is one of the most powerful happiness interventions. Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress and even improve immune function.

And for us multitaskers, meditation acts as a detox for the brain. Just like when you turn off a really loud TV or step out of a loud concert, your body relaxes as if it was under strain from all the noise. Quiet the noise and turn on your unconscious brain to find not only peace, but novel solutions to challenges in your busy life.

So how do you actually quiet your mind? Learn simple strategies to get past common om obstacles.


Shawn Achor is a Harvard-trained researcher and best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. Get a daily dose of happy at Shawn's Facebook page.

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