Great news! Researchers have found that hard work leads to growth in your brain. That means you are completely in control of how strong your brain is — not your parents, not your teacher, not your friends — just YOU! While that is a really cool thing to know, you also know that taking on a challenge isn’t always comfortable. Just like working out a muscle to get stronger, your brain is getting a mental workout when it’s trying to solve a problem. Even though that can feel painful, if you stick with it and show perseverance, you’ll make new neural pathways in your brain once you get to a solution. That means your brain will have a new line of ideas inside of it — making it more knowledgeable and stronger!