World Laughter Day is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of May, with the aim of promoting the value of laughing and the benefits it brings to people’s physical and mental health. The World Laughter Day was established in 1998 by the Indian doctor Madan Kataria, founder of the Laughter Yoga movement, which aims to spread the practice of laughing as a therapeutic tool. … Continue reading May 7 – World Laughter Day – Why We Should Celebrate It
Over the course of our lives many of us will have gotten into arguments with friends, family or loved ones which goes somewhat along the lines of: “You are not thinking, can you hear yourself? You need to stop being so hard headed and stubborn, and just listen to the facts. Can’t you just be a bit more reasonable!?” Notice how we are quick to … Continue reading Why We are Mostly Emotional, and Sometimes Rational
Greetings, Dear Reader! The SnapDragon Family is currently on the road, seeing some sights during this all-too-depressing season of lockdown during winter in Pennsylvania. (starts shivering, and hides head beneath a blanket) We’re cozied up in our Berkshire Class-A RV, embracing the open road and relishing the chance to travel to the American southeast. Sure it’s just us three—we’re still in a pandemic, mind you—but … Continue reading SnapDragon Speaks: On All I Need.
Provided by AP from Clear Air Turbulence Why is it always said, he cried like a little girl? We never say, she cried like a little boy, do we? For that matter, we never say she cried like a little girl either. Of course I’m forgetting that’s because it’s acceptable for girls to cry! Silly me. It’s just boys who don’t cry! Except that’s not … Continue reading Why Crying Like A Little Girl Is The Manliest Thing You Can Do
Hi everyone, I have been writing on the cognitive and emotional side of our stories of our own lives on my blog recently. So, I thought why not discuss it here. The idea is that the mind and the heart tend to differ how they perceive the outside world. When the perception is through the mind, it goes through the filter of logic. What is … Continue reading Decision-Making: Logic or Emotions?
How do emotions influence our performance? Does it differ depending on the emotion? If so, can we use this in our advantage? How? We tend to think about emotions as something out of control, whilst we have a general opinion that we can control our performance. However, if emotions have a big influence our performance, do we really control the way we perform in different … Continue reading Emotions and Performance. How this relationship works?
Our inner universe is so complex that we end up having different thoughts and emotions without knowing where the hell they come from. Obviously, that’s where frustrations come from, but what actually triggers them? What creates them? Is there anything we can do about them? Should we do something about them? I believe we need to take into considerations where frustrations come from because they … Continue reading Where do frustrations come from?
Does it ever happened to you to feel an impulse to write, even though the moments are not so appropriate? And even stranger, when you want to write, the words won’t come? It very often happens to me to just wander around and all of a sudden BOOM! Writing idea! And then I pounder on it for a minute or two and then I say … Continue reading The Impulse to Write
Have you ever heard that saying that people lie to themselves? It’s not like someone wants to do it, but it happens automatically. How often do you think that your inner voice is lying to you? Do you still believe it? How do you know when to believe it or not? This thinking path can lead to low self-confidence. I think that this needs to … Continue reading 5 Reasons why people lie to themselves
Sometimes our emotions can do whatever they want with us because they are strong. Actually, emotions are a huge part of what a human being is made of, so it is very tough to counter them with logic. The good (or bad) thing is that our emotions are somehow controlled by our core beliefs. And maybe our core beliefs are core, but we can take … Continue reading Quick change from excitement to depression? Read this!
Did it ever happen to you to go peacefully through your day and them someone said some dumb sh*t that means something to you and that blew off your “peaceful day”? I’m sure it did, but how often does that happen? And why does it happen in the first place? It’s mainly because of our core beliefs. When we’re convinced something is right or that … Continue reading Triggers are Everywhere
We’re always afraid of something. It’s part of our human nature and it’s a survival instinct. When we’re afraid of something we tend to avoid that thing or to run away from it, which will strengthen both the fear and our response to it. However, fear is just an emotion, just like joy. It’s not our boss to tell us what to do, but somehow … Continue reading Why is Fear so Important?
Have you ever thought that humans are so hard to deal with and sometimes the outcome doesn’t even match the effort? Or maybe your social anxiety is so big that you don’t want to seek for help from fellow humans? Don’t worry, animals are there for you. The animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a “type of therapy that involves animals as a form of … Continue reading Animal-Assisted Therapy
Continuing the not-so-common types of therapies series, I’m writing a few words about the dance/movement therapy (also called dance movement psychotherapy in UK). “DMT (or DMP) is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance to support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body. As a modality of the creative arts therapies, DMT looks at the correlation between movement and emotion.” – Wikipedia As can be seen, this type … Continue reading The Dance/Movement Therapy
If you think about a particular emotion, how many words can you use to express it? How many words do you know to express a different side of an emotion? There are more than you might think. I recently stumbled across a list of feelings with the associated words, and the list is BIG! For example, according to this list, happiness can be … Continue reading The Language of Emotions
A severe negative emotion interferes with the way we see our future. It can be so bad that we forget emotions are temporary and in those moments, we strongly believe that we’ll be in that state the rest of our lives. How stupid does that sound? And still, it’s very true. Having a depression is the clearest example. Actually, one of the reasons … Continue reading Your Emotions are in Your Way
Each action we make involves some energy, but where is all that energy coming from? You surely noticed that we feel more energized when we do certain actions compared with others even though no additional energy came in. It seems that whenever we like something, we somehow find more energy to invest in that something compared to when we don’t like it. In … Continue reading Your Emotion is Your Energy
A colorful mind can create colorful emotions. Starting from the darkest ones to the most enlighten states, we often go through all the specter without us even realizing how many emotions we feel in the same time. But how many emotions are out there? This is a question tougher than we might expect because we live through emotions every day. This search of … Continue reading Basic human emotions
Our mind and body are very connected one to each other and it seems that emotions are not an exception from this rule. Because of this, in 2012 a dude called Hugo Lövheim proposed a theory based on three brain chemicals: serotonin (the happiness hormone), dopamine (the reward hormone) and noradrenaline (also called norepinephrine which is the staying-focused hormone). According to this dude, … Continue reading The Lövheim Cube of Emotion
This is an interesting animation about how emotions interact inside our heads (you can find more about this movie here). It is based on a 5 Basic Emotions Model and how those emotions interact so we can experience different states. These five basic emotions are joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust. Paul Ekman and Wallace V. Friesen added a sixth emotion (Surprise) to make … Continue reading Movie Thoughts – Inside Out (2015)