Neuroplasticity is a phrase used to describe the changeable (or plastic) nature of our brains. Because our brains are designed to constantly navigate new experiences in the world around them, they are prepared to learn and adapt accordingly. Research on neuroplasticity indicates that through the power of new experiences and repetition we can train our brains to move in the directions we choose, even when we are facing obstacles.
On a practical level, this means that we have an incredibly hard time staying bad at something! We are biologically wired to get better at what we practice. Neuroplasticity allows us to master a task or situation, develop a healthier way of thinking, or a kinder way of interacting with others.
We might be able to create a few absolutely terrible watercolor paintings, but our plastic brains will learn through experience and repetition and prevent us from making 100 equally bad paintings. Paintings number 90-100 might even end up being frameable! Often the biggest hurdles to our success is giving up before we’ve fully gotten our first (and usually worst) attempts out of the way.
Interested in learning more about neuroplasticity? Below is a video about the neuroplasticity research: