January 20, 2014
Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over
by Michaeleen Doucleff-
Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other’s eyes over a latte.
Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.
When a team of scientists in Finland asked people to map out where they felt different emotions on their bodies, they found that the results were surprisingly consistent, even across cultures.
The scientists hope these body emoticons may one day help psychologists diagnose or treat mood disorders.
“Our emotional system in the brain sends signals to the body so we can deal with our situation,” says , a psychologist at Aalto University who led the study.
“Say you see a snake and you feel fear,” Nummenmaa says. “Your nervous system increases oxygen to your muscles and raises your heart rate so you can deal with the threat. It’s an automated system. We don’t have to think about it.”
That idea has been known for centuries. But scientists still don’t agree on whether these bodily changes are distinct for each emotion and whether this pattern serves as a way for the mind to consciously identify emotions.
Basic emotions, such as happiness, sadness and fear, form the building blocks for more complex feelings.
Why Do You Stretch After Sleeping?
Every morning when you wake up, instinct takes over, and you feel compelled to stretch out your body. Why do we do this? Aside from feeling good, it actually does help to wake you up. Stretching works to increase flexibility and range of motion in the muscles and joints. It also improves circulation and relieves tension.
After a long, restful sleep you often find yourself waking up with stiff, tight muscles. This is usually caused by lying in the same position for an extended amount of time. Upon waking, you often stretch out the kinks in your neck, back and legs, maybe even subconsciously, leaving you feeling better. When your muscles are flexible, it makes getting out of bed easier, along with performing everyday tasks.
Mashed Garlic Cauliflower
- 1 large head cauliflower cut into pieces
- 3 large cloves garlic sliced
- 2 tablespoons earth balance spread
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Cut up the cauliflower and steam or if needed boil the cauliflower with the garlic. When cauliflower is soft to the fork, (you won’t over cook it, so no worries), strain the cauliflower and garlic. Put the strained ingredients in the Cuisinart or use your immersion blender. Add the earth balance spread, nutmeg and ground black pepper. Throw other veggies on top or some marinara sauce and button up, the vortex is coming!