Being In Love Makes You Smarter
Anyone who's in love, particularly in the early part of the relationship, feels more awake and emotionally connected to the world. Also, they're more empathetic and compassionate. The fact is that love makes us better human beings.
However, in addition to that, neuroscience discovered that love makes us smarter as well. Why? The chemistry of love resides primarily in the brain, and the transformation that falling in love entails also reaches areas that perform cognitive functions. In order to reach the conclusion that love makes us smarter, a group of researchers from the University of Chicago scanned the brains of several people who were in love. These images, along with other tests, showed that people who love also think faster, perceive other people's ideas and behaviors more clearly, and are also more creative.
Then, the researchers discovered that 12 brain areas activated when these people saw their loved one or heard their name. One of the areas that showed particularly intense activity was the angular gyrus, one of the regions traditionally associated with abstract thinking and creativity. In fact, this activity didn't stop when participants saw pictures of other people or heard other names.
The angular gyrus plays a role in functions such as number and language processing, as well as highly complex autobiographical data. This means that, along with love, we also acquire a special capacity to understand our own behaviors in a better way. This happens at a deeper level than in normal situations.
This thought and perception increase make people who are in love more capable of understanding other people's behaviors on a deeper level. Thus, they perceive other people's characteristics more effectively and recognize their feelings in a better way. That's why researchers have concluded that loving makes us better people as well.
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Bacteria Is a Big Part of Mental Health
Communication between the brain and gut occurs via the gut-brain axis and is understood to reflect a complex bi-direction relationship. This means that a reduction in our psychological health can disrupt information flow via the gut-brain axis and impact our gut health. The same applies in the other direction, such that if our gut health becomes compromised, it can have a knock-on effect on brain functioning and mental health. The relationship between the gut and brain is supported by brain imaging studies, where (for example) ingesting fermented milk containing probiotic bacteria has been shown to prompt alterations in brain activity that are different from individuals who ingest unfermented milk without probiotic bacteria.
A healthy balanced diet is obviously important for maintaining optimum gut health, as are general wellbeing principles such as taking regular exercise and maintaining good sleep hygiene. However, of equal importance is taking care of our mental health because given the bi-directional nature of the gut-brain relationship, if we are feeling stressed or worn down it will likely cause imbalance and stress to our microbiome.
According to Dr. Househam and colleagues in a paper published in Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, psychological stress can induce a fight-or-flight response that triggers the release of chemicals such as corticotropin-releasing hormone and catecholamine, which have a negative impact on gut bacteria. Conversely, keeping psychological stress under control allows beneficial bacteria and microorganisms to produce short-chain fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects.
It's not quite accurate to think of the body as being distinct from the various bacteria and microorganisms that live within it. This is because to a large extent, such microbiota are a core component of the body. Indeed, beneficial gut microbiota not only play a key role in keeping us healthy, but are essential for our survival.
Therefore, when we refer to "me," "I," or "self," this includes the trillions of bacteria and microorganisms that live in the gut and elsewhere in the body. For some people, it might feel strange to think of themselves as a composite including trillions of bacteria and microorganisms, but relating to the "self" in this manner is in line with increasing psychological and scientific efforts to foster a better understanding of exactly what constitutes the "self." This is particularly the case within my own field of contemplative psychology, whereas discussed in a previous post, the "self" is increasingly being conceptualized as a more encompassing, unfixed, and interconnected entity.
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Pandemic Squared: The Real Threat
What does that term mean exactly? As a clinical neuroscientist psychiatrist, I've created the phrase Pandemic Squared to refer to the fact that COVID-19 is now being multiplied by a subsequent pandemic of psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and addiction.
A paper that appeared in an April issue of JAMA Internal Medicine warned of a looming psychiatric epidemic in the wake of the pandemic. According to the authors, "These consequences are of sufficient importance that immediate efforts focused on prevention and direct intervention are needed to address the impact of the outbreak on individual and population-level mental health."
A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll reported that 56% of Americans say that worry or stress related to the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health. During the lockdown, there has been a 34% increase in prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications and a 19% increase in prescriptions for antidepressants. A 2020 study out of China involving over 700 patients with COVID-19 found that a staggering 96% showed symptoms associated with PTSD.
In addition to shoring up your immune system to prevent COVID-19, prioritize strengthening your mental well-being now, too. Mental practices are personal and will look different for everyone. Here are some general guidelines:
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Take off your shoes, and feel the earth! Many scientific studies have been done on the benefits of "earthing", or electrically grounding the body by touching bare skin against the ground--whether it be grass, dirt or rock. The electrical potential of the body gets lowered with exposure to sources of positive ions, lowering overall energy and cellular metabolism. By grounding directly to the earth (this applies to tree-hugging, too), negative ions are replenished and energy is restored. A sub-head here is wading or swimming in the ocean. Ocean water, because of its motion and salt content, is awash in negative ions, which is why it is so refreshing to be in ocean water. Recent scientific studies have also showed that just viewing the ocean causes an instant de-stressing of the nervous system. -- From 25 No Cost Health & Healing Hacks by Boyd Martin)
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