Yawning is viewed as rude in our society.

You’re bored. Uninterested. Tired.

According to Dr. Chris Manning and Mark Waldman, this is unfortunate.

In their book, Neurowisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness, and Success, the duo touts the usefulness of frequently yawning. In fact, they give 10 distinct benefits yawning has on your brain.

  1. Stimulates alertness and concentration.
  2. Optimizes brain activity and metabolism.
  3. Improves cognitive function.
  4. Increases memory recall.
  5. Enhances consciousness and introspection.
  6. Lowers stress.
  7. Relaxes your upper body.
  8. Fine-tunes your sense of time.
  9. Increases empathy and social awareness.
  10. Enhances pleasure and sensuality.

They go into detail about why this is in the book.  That’s outside the scope of this blog post. This post is merely meant to generate awareness of (what I think is) a little-known fact.

Throughout the book these guys stress taking a yawn break every hour or so. If you want to know why, as well as the opportunity to dig into other useful strategies to optimize brain function, I recommend buying or borrowing Neurowisdom.  Don’t get the audiobook like I did; whoever edited it butchered it and a lot of parts are choppy.

The next time your boss or a loved one calls you out for yawning, just show them this post.