Chances are, you’ve heard of the Latin proverb that says “silent water runs deep”.
And chances are, you’ve heard it when one uses that proverb to refer to someone who, despite not having a talkative personality, knows substantially a lot of information.
Here are some winning facts about why silence is golden.
1: Silence Assists in Bettering the Brain’s Functions
The first fact deals with the brain’s normal activity of constantly internalizing and evaluating information.
24-7-365. 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, your brain is at work.
And yes, even when you’re asleep, your brain is at work.
Neuroscientists say silence is vital for better brain function. It doesn’t need an intervention — in the form of noise.
Your brain won’t work at its full potential if it keeps hearing noises that could disturb it.
With silence’s help, you tend to have better focus, alertness, memory skills, and attentiveness.
Let’s use an example and say you’re listening to a familiar song on a music player. When this familiar song unexpectedly stops playing midway, you’ll still know how it proceeds. If you were humming it, you may still continue humming it even after the music player has stopped.
That’s your brain striving to muscle its way into round-the-clock action.
2: Silence Promotes Objective Thinking
Another reason why silence is golden is this.
Thinking is the action of using one’s mind to produce thoughts.
You can think subjectively and objectively.
If you think subjectively, you push the facts aside in favor of your emotions.
And if you think objectively, you disregard your emotions to put a heavy weight on the facts.
Between the two, the smarter approach is, of course, thinking objectively. Objective thinking addresses the facts, and is, therefore, the logical way of thinking.
Silence, according to science, can help you think objectively by encouraging your brain to filter out inessential information.
3: Silence Can Regenerate Brain Cells
Another fact is silence’s power to fuel brain cell regeneration. This whole concept may seem futuristic and otherworldly.
But all you need is to be quiet for your cells to regenerate. There is nothing futuristic and otherworldly about that, isn’t there?
A serendipitous study by a Duke University regenerative biologist named Imke Kirste can support this. When she was studying the impact of pleasant sounds in mice, she exposed four different forms of sound namely:
- Baby (mouse) calls
- White noise
And in the process, she discovered silence has a lasting impact. Her study concluded that about 2 hours of silence a day induced cell development in the brain’s hippocampus.
Because it focused on mice, she dubbed her study preliminary. But her study was among those studies that got the ball rolling — and in the right direction.
Albeit also preliminary, other regenerative scientists were able to conduct studies that can establish a link between silence and neurogenesis on a human’s brain.
Furthermore, they found silence can regenerate functioning cells. And it can help in the treatment of depression, dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases.
4: Silence Can Help Correct Bad Behavior
Additionally, silence is golden because it can kill the culprit behind bad behavior.
As an earlier statement points out, the brain works non-stop.
While it can work in favor of the good, it can also turn around completely in favor of the bad. The decision is yours whether you should encourage it to do good or lead it towards the opposite direction.
Now, in the absence of silence, it can be hard to make the right decision. Paying attention to the noise and other irrelevant elements can negatively influence your decision-making skills. Albeit indirectly, noise allows your brain to process wrong information.
Not only that. Noise angers people. There’s even a Mesopotamian legend that reveals the supreme deity Enlil went on a killing spree due to noise.
On the flip side, silence is rewarding. It rewards you with the ability to make the right decisions and inspires you to behave in a problem-free manner.
You can close in on the state of mindfulness faster with silence’s participation. As it helps you get there, it is instrumental in building emotional intelligence.
And an emotionally-intelligent individual tends to possess a friendly personality, reflect positivity, and avoid feuds. That’s according to Generation Mindful.
5: Silence Treats Anxiety Disorders
The last fact acknowledges silence’s role in remedying irritability, fast heart rate, fatigue, muscle tension, restlessness, and other symptoms of anxiety disorders.
Silence has calming effects. And it’s rather apparent. Try exposing a highly-anxious person to a silent environment.
Here are the benefits:
- Mind eliminates the threat and danger
- Heart rate goes down
- Mind eliminates unhealthy (and unnecessary) thoughts
- Concentration level increases
- Mind broadens perspective
Keep in mind the above-mentioned facts. Although it isn’t often stressed enough, silence is very important. But it’s one of the top factors that could lead you to harmonious — and often, your most desired — situations.
Always remember that silence is golden. So know when to open your mouth. Know when to completely shut it, too. It’s a winning strategy that could get you far in most of life’s aspects.