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Explaining the Science Behind Your Happiness | Health – BabaMail

-keith – This is one of the best bits of information that I can share with my blog readers. Take a look and you will know me just a bit better as well. -keith ————————–

Did you know that if you complain about things frequently, you could actually be digging yourself an early grave? There is actual science to back this up, and what’s even more astounding is the fact that you can actually shape your own reality with your thoughts. Read on to find out about the science of happiness:

1.  “Synapses that fire together wire together.”

Synapses are structures that are present throughout the brain. They act as message relays for thoughts, speech and movement. When a thought pops into your head, a synapse fires a chemical across a tiny gap to another synapse. In other words, an electrical signal is built across a bridge in your brain.

Every time the above occurs, your synapses grow closer together, meaning that the distance between them is reduced, allowing them to pass on the electrical signal quicker. The brain basically rewires its own circuitry, which means that your thoughts reshape your brain – literally.

 

2.  Shortest Path Wins the Race.

The synapses that bond most strongly together in your brain actually form your default personality – from your intelligence, to your skills and aptitude at different tasks in different situations. Furthermore, they determine what your most easily-accessible thoughts are, which has a great bearing on your conversational skills.

The more a thought is repeated in your head, the closer together you bring the synapses that pass it on. The thought that wins the race inside your brain is the one that has the least distance to travel between synapses.

 

3.  Acceptance vs. Regret, Drift vs. Desire, Love vs. Fear.

Whenever the opportunity arises for us to think a reactive thought, you’re generally faced with the following choices: Love versus Fear; Acceptance versus Regret; Drift versus Desire, or Optimism versus Pessimism.

Taking the first example, you can choose to love everything in life while relinquishing your need for control. If you approach everything in your life from a perspective of love and do not try to control what you cannot, then you have nothing to fear.

According to Buddhist philosophy, the universe itself is a place of suffering and chaos, thus our attempts to exert control over what goes on within it are nothing but futile.

Practicing acceptance of the natural flow of life, giving thanks for each experience you have and every lesson you learn, will result in the synapses in your brain that represent love having a much higher chance of being triggered before those associated with sadness, regret, pessimism, fear, depression and so on. Repeatedly approaching situations from an optimistic and loving perspective will turn your default mental state into one of optimism and appreciation.

With the above being said, you must note that this isn’t a fool-proof practice. Sometimes the burden of emotion weighs too heavily on us, and being in a negative state of mind from time to time is just a part of life. However, just like any muscle in your body, you will see the results you want through regular, repeated exercise – you’ll garner a new, innate strength, which will permeate your world with beauty.

4. Mirror-Neurons

While it may be a revelation to you that you can actually shape your own reality with your thoughts, the thoughts of those around you can contribute greatly to it as well.

When we observe someone experiencing a specific emotion, our brain tests out the emotion we perceive in order for us to try and understand what that person is going through. This is the basis of empathy, which although contains a whole world of good in itself, is also something that can have negative effects.

Think of a mob mentality – when collective anger influences others to pick up their pitchforks against the common enemy, or listening to that annoying friend of yours who berates everyone and everything to gain some self-validation. In the latter instance, you find yourself reluctantly agreeing with them that yes, what they’re complaining about really is unfair or just a load of baloney.

The fact of the matter is that life is chaotic. If you continue to let the chaos that surrounds you influence you, then you’re shaping your brain in such a way that your default, short-path personality will become bitter and jaded, rather than loving and optimistic.

Spend time with people that elevate you – that are happy and full of love, rather than people that make you live in fear of being invalidated. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t help out friends who are going through a hard time, nor does it mean that you cannot critique the world’s failings and injustices. After all, positive change usually requires critical thought.

 

5. Stress is a killer. 

Negativity, regret, attachment to desire and pointless complaining about things that don’t really matter will ultimately kill you. Although this point might seem drastic, all of these things ultimately lead to stress. When your brain is working away, firing angry synapses, your immune system gets weakened as a result and you’d be putting yourself at risk of a whole range of health problems.

The human stress hormone is called cortisol, and it’s somewhat of a public enemy in the medical profession. Elevated cortisol levels cause a decline in learning and memory, a decrease in immune function and bone density, an increase in weight gain, a rise in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and a higher susceptibility to heart disease. These are just a few of the ailments that can be brought on by cortisol.

Source: Explaining the Science Behind Your Happiness | Health – BabaMail

Lincoln 55+ Seniors Paper | For Seniors and their Families

The Lincoln 55+ Seniors Paper is coming Next Thursday. In the meantime, please take a look at our blog entries. I think you will enjoy the view -keith —

For Seniors and their Families

Source: Lincoln 55+ Seniors Paper | For Seniors and their Families

Great Plains Art Museum

Please visit the  Great Plains Art Museum to see the fine display of Civil war artifacts. Best display I have seen on this topic. -keith ———->

April 15, 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Great Plains Art Museum, Center for Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q St.
PHOTO: http://newsroom.unl.edu/releases/downloadables/photo/20150408-olson.jpg
UNL history professor Kenneth Winkle will speak about the Civil War at the final Paul A. Olson Seminar in Great Plains Studies lecture of the spring semester.
Before the Civil War, cotton production represented the foundation of American economic development. Grown on slave plantations in the South and processed in textile mills in the North, cotton bound the two sections together but also held the potential to tear them apart.  
The lecture, “Land of Cotton: Textiles and the Civil War,” tells the story of how the world’s insatiable demand for cotton cloth created an increasingly bitter conflict between the North and the South that ultimately impelled them toward civil war.
The date of the lecture, April 15, also marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death. Winkle is the award-winning Lincoln biographer and author of “Lincoln’s Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, D.C.” Winkle will speak while surrounded by the museum’s Civil War textiles exhibition, “Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War.”
The Great Plains Art Museum and Center for Great Plains Studies is at 1155 Q St. in downtown Lincoln. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the center’s website at http://www.unl.edu/plains.
  “Homefront and Battlefield” was organized by the American Textile History Museum with partial funding from The Coby Foundation, and additional support from the Stockman Family Foundation and Mass Humanities. It was brought to Nebraska by the Nebraska State Historical Society. 
Upcoming event: At 3:30 p.m. April 16 Madelyn Shaw, one of the curators of the exhibition, will give an in-depth tour and gallery talk at the museum.

Your Nebraska Birthday Gift – March 1, 1867

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Robin Williams Roles

 

Tribute to Robin Williams

Born

Robin McLaurin Williams

July 21, 1951

ChicagoIllinois, U.S.

Died

August 11, 2014 (aged 63)

Near Tiburon, California, U.S.

Best of Robin Williams by www.Ranker.com

My favs in Bold

1980    Popeye

1982    The World According to Garp  

1984    Moscow on the Hudson

1986    Club Paradise

1986    The Best of Times

1987    Good Morning, Vietnam  

1988    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

1989    Dead Poets Society  

1990    Awakenings  

1990    Cadillac Man

1991    Dead Again

1991    Hook

1991    The Fisher King

1992    Aladdin

1992    FernGully: The Last Rainforest

1992    Toys

1993    Mrs. Doubtfire

1995    Jumanji

1995    Nine Months

1995    To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

1996    Jack

1996    The Birdcage

1997    Fathers’ Day

1997    Flubber

1997    Good Will Hunting  

1998    Patch Adams

1998    What Dreams May Come  

1999    Bicentennial Man  

2001    A.I. Artificial Intelligence  

2002    Death to Smoochy

2002    Insomnia

2002    One Hour Photo

2005    Robots

2006    Happy Feet

2006    Man of the Year

2006    Night at the Museum

2006    RV

2007    August Rush

2007    License to Wed

2009    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

2009    Old Dogs

International Student Picnic in Lincoln Nebraska

Every Fall, the Downtown Lincoln Rotary Club and the UNL Rotaract students host a picnic for international Students arriving for the first time in Lincoln. UNL, Wesleyan, and Union College have participated in past years.

The Mayor usually speaks to provide a Lincoln Welcome and many food vendors donates Pizza (Val’s) Runzas and other items. Desserts are donated by Rotary Members. We usually have 80 to 110 Students with about 30 Locals helping with the event.

Tug-o-war and balloon toss are new games for many.

Most have never husked sweet corn.

Take a look at the great 360 degree photo. Click your mouse onthe photo and move it around.

International Student Picnic 2009 :: Roundus.

Mary Kathryn Nagle is a socially aware playwrite

Nebraska raised lawyer, Mary Kathryn Nagle, continues to impress as a socially aware playwrite. “Miss Lead” played in New York City in January and she has a new play showing in March. Read on for more.

Sliver of a Full Moon  – Mary Kathryn Nagle‘s play about the Violence Against Women Act, “Sliver of a Full Moon” takes place Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00PM at the US Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium and Atrium. The event is FREE to the public, no RSVP’s required. Hope to see you there. Here’s a couple of links to help you find your way there, plus more information about the play and National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. The Capitol –http://www.visitthecapitol.gov/ — and NIWRC, http://www.NIWRC.org/

Miss Lead – The comfortable illusion of stability that the American Dream offers is put on trial in Miss Lead. The legacy of cultural genocide upon Native American culture is a continuing struggle. It’s a scar which Miss Lead asks for its audience to confront, rather than conceal or come to terms with. Miss Lead doesn’t have easy answers but it carries conviction. It’s a play asks the audience to break old routines and to change the repetition of history that American culture has inherited.

http://blogcritics.org/theater-review-nyc-miss-lead-by-mary-kathryn-nagle/

http://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/miss-lead-a-cautionary-play-exposesenvironmental-and-cultural-conflicts

http://newyorktheatrereview.blogspot.com/2014/01/wesleys-theatre-history-notes-on-miss.html

Mary Kathryn Nagle <https://www.facebook.com/Mary.Kathryn.Nagle>

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