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The effects of mindfulness on your brain

Is there anything more incredible than the human brain? Neuroscientists call it ‘the most complex structure in the universe’. No small statement! The average human brain has approximately 86 billion neurons. That’s nearly as many stars there are in the galaxy. All in the confines of an area the size of two clenched fists.

While mindfulness techniques like meditation have been around for thousands of years, it’s only in recent times that scientists are uncovering the full effect that mindfulness has on our brains. One of the biggest discoveries has been the process called neuroplasticity. This explains how the brain can change, literally change, from lived experiences. In simple terms, mindfulness strengthens the good parts of your brain and helps calm the parts that stress you out.

This great video from Smiling Mind explains exactly what happens to your brain when you practice mindfulness.

Smiling Mind reassures us that “10 minutes a day is all you need to see real changes.” Start calming your brain with their meditation app here.


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