There are few things harder to quit than smoking. And, according to new research, there seems to be something pretty special about the brains of people who actually kick the habit.
In a study published this week in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers looked at the brain activity of 85 smokers a month before their intended quit date. Then, they followed up with the participants about their smoking behaviors for another 10 weeks.
"Simply put, the insula is sending messages to other parts of the brain that then make the decision to pick up a cigarette or not," said Merideth Addicott, PhD, the study's lead author, in a press release. And, if those messages are stronger, you're more likely to be able to make the difficult (but healthy) decision not to smoke this time. This is important because having that kind of self-control has been linked to success in other areas, including your level of job success through your entire life.
So, if you can quit smoking, you've got the right stuff to do pretty much anything you set your mind to. And, if you need some help getting started, we've got your back.
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