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Why does putting our feelings into words — talking with a therapist or friend, writing in a journal — help us to feel better? A new brain imaging study by UCLA psychologists reveals why verbalizing our feelings makes our sadness, anger and pain less intense.
Another study, with the same participants and three of the same members of the research team, combines modern neuroscience with ancient Buddhist teachings to provide the first neural evidence for why “mindfulness” — the ability to live in the present moment, without distraction — seems to produce a variety of health benefits.
When people see a photograph of an angry or fearful face, they have increased activity in a region of the brain called the amygdala, which serves as an alarm to activate a cascade of biological systems to protect the body in times of danger. Scientists see a robust amygdala response even when they show such emotional photographs subliminally, so fast a person can’t even see them.
But does seeing an angry face and simply calling it an angry face change our brain response? The answer is yes, according to Matthew D. Lieberman, UCLA associate professor of psychology and a founder of social cognitive neuroscience. Read the rest of this entry »
Happy Valentine’s Day! On behalf of the team at Online Dating Magazine, we wish you a safe and romantic day. Here are some interesting Valentine’s Day statistics…
> Valentine’s Day is the second biggest day for Greeting Card companies. Only at Christmas are more cards sold. Every year there are more than $1 billion in Valentine’s Day card sales.
> Single males outnumber single females – 119 to 100, creating a better selection for women in search of love.
> For the first time ever, two major online dating services – LavaLife and eHarmony are making their services free for the entire month of February.
> 73% of people who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day are male. There’s no stat as to how many of the females buying flowers are secretaries buying them for their boss to give to his wife.
> While men buy the majority of flowers on Valentine’s Day, women buy the majority of Valentine’s Day cards – 83% to 17%.
> Valentine’s Day is the biggest day of the year for proposals.
> 3% of Americans give their pet a Valentine’s Day gift.
> 15% of singles send flowers to themselves on Valentine’s Day.