A way to “use” your brain’s neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to modify itself – from its own structural and functional perspective – as an output of our experience and as the result of the cognitive stimuli that occur during the span of our entire life.

In other words, neuroplasticity allows the neurons in the brain to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to respond to changes in their environment. One of the fundamental principles of neurobiology is that connections between neurons (brain cells) are constantly removed or restructured, depending on the activity of neurons which create the connections – this is when we say “to modify itself”.

There are many instances of cortical and subcortical (parts of the brain) rewiring of neuronal circuits in response to training. Also, there is a solid evidence that neurogenesis (birth of brain cells) occurs in the adult brain—and such changes can persist well into an old age.

It is very well known that child’s brain is extremely “plastic” – flexible, malleable and able to learn a lot faster. Under the right conditions, an adult’s brain can considerably restructure as well as create new cells too – what I mentioned previously in a different, more scientific way.

We can say that neuroplasticity can be our “superpower” and it’s up to us to choose if and how we use it, since we are consistently remodeling our brains and our lives accordingly to how we move and act to our (even subconscious) emotions, beliefs, behaviors and lifestyle.

This gives us a great opportunity to “remodel” our life.

What does it mean when we want to “change” something in our lives, when we work on our achievements?

What fire our neurons are thoughts, feelings, and emotions. That’s why I often say that you should add happiness and pleasure to everything you do and you will thrive.  In other words, add something, an ingredient that will trigger your brain to produce hormone of happiness.

Graziano Dominici