Do you talk to yourself when you’re alone? Don’t worry, you’re not crazy. It has brain benefits!

Researchers asked people to hunt for various objects under two different conditions. The self-talkers found the object faster just by talking it out along the way, while the non-talking group took longer. So don’t shhh yourself! Speak up to work your way through a problem—even if you’re the only one listening.

While you’re at it, try saying good things to yourself. Positive thoughts are key to feeling beautiful, whether you’re saying them out loud or not.

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