Every mind can change—quite literally. We make various excuses for why we don’t, thinking we’re too old, or too “set in our ways,” or that we’re trapped by our genetics, upbringing, experience, or environment. But the biological fact is this: we can change.
Our brains have the ability to physically restructure in response to our environment, thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. It was long thought that our brains entered a fixed state upon entering adulthood, but this has since been proven false. The concept of neuroplasticity—neuro-, as in “relating to nerves or the nervous system,” and plasticity, in the sense of being “easily shaped or molded”—has replaced this fixed model of the brain.
The shaping of the brain can be a conscious endeavor, and armed with the right knowledge, we can accelerate this process, changing ourselves, and our abilities, in tangible ways. Read on to find out 5 ways you can trick your brain into helping you end bad habits.