It’s no surprise that the brain can change based on our experiences. After all, studies show that learning new skills such as how to do yoga poses or speak another language can cause the brain to grow in new ways.
Neuroplasticity is the mind’s ability to change the brain. Neuroplasticity radically reverses ages of scientific dogma which held that the brain was much like an extraordinary machine that was capable of astonishing things yet incapable of growth and change.
World-renowned Neuroscientist Richie Davidson, Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, suggests through his research three things with respect to neuroplasticity and well-being:
1) you can train your brain to change,
2) that the change is measurable, and
3) new ways of thinking can change it for the better.
He goes on to say, “We can intentionally shape the direction of plasticity changes in our brain. By focusing on wholesome thoughts and directing our intentions in those ways, we can potentially influence the plasticity of our brains and shape them in ways that can be beneficial. That leads us to the inevitable conclusion that qualities like warm-heartedness and well-being should best be regarded as skills.”