Getting In Touch With Your Emotions

Getting In Touch With Your Emotions

The Nightcap

Nightcap for November 29th, 2018


“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.” – Roger Ebert

What’s Cookin’

It would be hard to argue that “convenience” and “speed” aren’t two of the most important and heavily relied upon qualities we as a society seek to both manage and enjoy life.

From same-day shipping to Uber Eats to high-speed internet to “8 Minute Abs” (admittedly, I’m not sure the last is still a thing, but I promise it was at one point) – we are a culture that not only correlates “quick” with “better”… we equate it with “necessary.”

And, to be fair, that’s not entirely our fault as individuals. More household members are working longer hours and more jobs than ever in American history. Our streets are clogged with traffic due to over-population. And with so many after-school obligations and classes our kids are in, what little time we have with them is likely not going to be spent doing chores.

It’s because of this migration of lifestyle and demands that is – in part – to blame for people spending less and less time in the kitchen. Cooking has taken a backseat to other activities, particularly because pre-made food is so easily and readily available.

And according to this food expert, our shift of focus away from the act of cooking could single-handedly be the reason Americans are in such a health crisis right now.

Music and Mental Health

If you have ever had a family member or friend affected by Alzheimer’s and/or dementia, you probably are acutely aware of how devastating it can be.

Alzheimer’s is a disease marked by memory loss, confusion, paranoia, disorientation, mental deterioration, and not recognizing people and places around them. Essentially, it’s probably analogous to a really bad acid trip with no end in sight and no Pink Floyd or EDM to calm it down…

Except that last part may not be true. It turns out, while dementia robs the brain of memories and recognition, music is one of the very few things the brain can still process, remember, and understand. It’s one of the reasons in movies like The Notebook, sufferers can still play piano like they’re freaking Billy Joel savants.

This is due to a phenomenon called ASMR and this relationship between the brain, sensory perception, and music not only explains elders’ ability to remember beats; it also explains why most humans have such an emotional response to music.

Learn more here

Teens Take On The Try Not To Cry Challenge

Think nothing can make you cry? Well, we have a challenge for you!

Take the “try not to cry challenge” with these teens here