In a 2011 tourism campaign, Finland advertised their country's "silence."
“Instead of saying that [Finland] is really empty and really quiet and nobody is talking about anything here, let’s embrace it and make it a good thing” said one Finnish Tourist Board spokesperson.
Surprisingly, silence might be just the vacation our brain needs!
Research shows that silence increases brain function and helps us "integrate internal and external information."
Noise, on the other hand, distracts and stresses our brains.
For example, people who live near airports produce more stress hormones. These hormones have the important function of filtering out harmful noise, but they also filter out helpful noise.
In our increasingly noisy, busy world, we need periods of silence and calm.
No wonder Psalm 46:10 says "Be still, and know that I am God."
This verse goes beyond an invitation for a brain vacation. It commands us to "cease striving" and let God be God.
We can't all spend time in Finland, but we can all spend time in trust and silence before the Lord!
Cacophony: a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds.
Source for quotes: Silence is Important to Our Brains