"If you're in a quiet space, you're not using your brain at its maximum intellectual capacity," Gimbel explains in reference to why he believes noisy environments work best. "But when tossed into a venue with noise...your brain is being challenged at an entirely new level."
He also writes that receiving sarcastic criticism from a manager or client can also be a good thing for you. When “you have to peel back the layers of the satirical remarks, your brain is forced to analyze and interpret different possible meanings behind the comments, hence increasing ingenuity and problem-solving skills," Gimbel explains.
What are other annoying things at the office that may actually be good for your brain? The same silly song that a fellow employee keeps humming over and over again. Think of it as white background noise or something that can make you more relaxed. Popcorn in the microwave may smell, but it is also a powerful olfactory stimulant to get the brain recharged.
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