Most of us know our brain continues to change throughout our life. As we gain more life experience, we learn new skills, change our minds about subjects and have different thoughts or opinions. What is relatively new is the amount science knows about the link between our behaviour and our brain. In the last two decades our knowledge of this area has increased significantly.
For example, research shows taking part in activities that make us aware of the internal sensations in our body like meditation or mindfulness activates a part of our brain called the insula. The insula helps us track the internal state of our body and our feelings. With regular activation it begins to thicken.
The result is, we become more in touch with ourselves, but we may also become more empathetic towards others. So, when we sense emotion or feelings in others, the same neural circuits in our brains light up as if we are experiencing those feelings ourselves.
We are learning that nurturing happiness habits not only impacts our own lives, but it may affect how we respond and interact with those around us. Indeed, management style is cited as one of the top causes of employee absence due to stress in the UK. Our own happiness may influence how we are perceived in the workplace, critical to expat success.