Do you ever stop and think about how incredible your body is? Seriously, bodies are amazing, which is why we’re always finding out new things about them. Our bodies are so complicated and intricate that we may never know the full extent of their capabilities, but we’re learning more and more every day.
I think it’s so crazy that you can train your brain to wake you up in the morning in place of your alarm or that your body lets you know when you’re tired before you even realize it. One of the most important things you can do is listen to your body and pay attention to what it’s trying to tell you because it knows way more than you do.
We’ve learned some pretty cool things about our bodies this year, but here are the 13 most interesting things we learned in 2013!
Brunettes Might Have Better Sex
According to a study, brunettes are better in bed. The study cites that brunettes have shiner, bouncier hair which makes them more confident and therefore makes them better in bed. Ha! We know better than that. Your hair color does not have anything to do with your sex life.
Your Heels Could Kill You
High heels aren't really comfortable, but they can also be really dangerous to your health. Heels cause a lot of problems like corns, bunions and Athlete's foot, but they can even lead to arthritis. Some women have to get surgery on their feet because of their heels!
Having A Big Butt Means You're Smarter
A funny study came out that said women with larger than average butts are also healthier and are more intelligent. They also have lower cholesterol and are less likely to develop diabetes and heart disease. You should be proud of your butt no matter what size it is, though!
Heartbreak Is Actually Real
When you go through a breakup and feel pain, it's not in your head. Our bodies are amazing and physically react when we go through a breakup. Breakups can lead to depression, loss of appetite and even withdrawal symptoms.
Fat-Talk Can Hurt You
Talking badly about yourself, especially about your weight, is more damaging than you think. You might think that you're just whining to your friends about your appearance, but you're actually ruining your self-esteem even more when you do it.
Boobs Are Basically Amazing
We've learned so many things about our boobs this year from the average cup size (36C) to the majority of breasts being uneven to the fact that they take up to four years to grow. Boobs are amazing and no matter what size yours are, you should show them some love.
You Can Be Afraid Of Being Naked
Everyone can feel insecure when they're naked from time to time, but there is an actual phobia of being naked. It's called gymnophobia, or the fear of being naked, even if it's just around yourself!
Oral Sex Can Cause Cancer
Yup. Oral sex can actually cause esophageal cancer because HPV can be orally transmitted. We used to think that HPV was just a risk for ovarian cancer, but it turns out that it can cause cancer of the throat as well.
Showering Can Make You Smarter
Well, sort of. When you take a hot shower, your brain releases more dopamine, which is responsible for giving us ideas. That's why you always get your best ideas in the shower!
Depression May Be Contagious
This year we learned that you might be able to "catch" depression from your friends. We know that depression is not really a contagious illness, but this study showed that friends of a depressed person developed depression later on. It's apparently called cognitive vulnerability, but it also works the opposite way. So you may be likely to feel depressed around someone who is depressed, but you also may be likely to feel happy around someone who is happy.
Tanning Can Make You Depressed
Even though vitamin D is supposed to make you happy, going tanning can actually make you depressed. A study showed that 45% of people who went tanning were actually really unhappy with their appearance even though they believed tanning would make them feel more attractive. Let's just not go to tanning beds in 2014.
Crying Is Good For You
We learned that men don't really cry because testosterone slows down the parasympathetic nervous system. But crying isn't a bad thing! It's actually good for you because it's your body's way of telling you that you're in despair. Your body is literally crying for help.
Keeping Secrets Can Make You Sick
Apparently, keeping secrets is really damaging to your health. Research shows that people who keep secrets from their loved ones are more likely to be lonely, depressed, stressed and develop headaches. The more secrets you keep, the more stressed you are, which affects your overall health.
What things have you learned about your body this year? Tell us in the comments!