Do you love silence? if so, you might have a bigger brain than most people. Silence is actually essential to brain growth, brain regeneration, and cognitive restoration.
Silence also relieves tension and stress.
One of the noticeable traits of Denmark was the silence. No small talk. There was very little interaction, person to person. Of course, most were tuned to their own music or news, so it wasn’t really a silent world, just not interactive. Still, it was an extraordinary experience, yet an eerie silence, when you stood in the middle of it.
In 2013, a study by Imke Kriste stated that “used differed types of noise and silence and monitored the effect the sound and silence had on the brains of the mice. The silence was intended to be the control in the study but what they found was surprising. The scientists discovered that when the mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day, they developed new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning.”
Silence is one of the treasures of my home.
No news or television unless we are watching something specific, no loud music, just very, very soft peaceful music in the background.
Anna and I both value our silence and peace.
When you step inside my home, you can feel your cells regenerating in the atmosphere. After a long international flight a few days ago, I melted into it and could feel my energy recharging.
Do you have two hours of silence per day like these experimental mice?
Researcher Imke Kirste says, “We saw that silence is really helping the newly generated cells to differentiate into neurons and integrate into the system.”
When the brain rests, it can integrate internal and external information into “a conscious workspace,” said Joseph Moran and colleagues, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Silence allows your brain to process your day, your thoughts and store information learned.
Your brain needs time that it is not distracted by noise.
Silence truly is golden and can keep your brain growing and developing at any age.
Do you have times of extended silence built into your day?