Posted by Nicole on March 18, 2014
human mind is a strange bath of chemicals, wrapped around a center that stores
light, sound, and other forms of information in a container that is said to be
one of the most complex structures in the known universe. We spend all day
thinking of different ways to think, and constantly contend with holding two
opposing ideas at the very same time. It may be no wonder, then, that human
mood and emotion are rarely understood as well.
one's mood is often tied to personal experiences and interactions, but there
are also scientifically researched mood boosters, with studies to back them up.
Some are odder than others.
“Biology of Reproduction” journal reported that women can get a mood boost from
smelling the dirty laundry of a partner. No, this is not a gag. Researchers
discovered that women responded positively when presented with the scent of a
romantic partner, one that is unquestionably tied to the presence or
chemical cocktail found in sweat, combined with the mind's familiarity with
that scent, can lift a woman's mood. Some scientists have even speculated that
the act of kissing began as a method through which a person could more readily
smell their partner's face. Romantic, isn't it?
may be thinking, “Well, of course.” Hold that thought, because we're talking
about light in your ear canals. A
researcher in Finland by the name of Juuso Nissila created a device called the
“Valkee.” At $270 per device, it resembles headphones, but instead of pumping
music into your head, it pumps light.
some level, it makes sense that the development comes from Finland, a country
where the sun can occasionally rise at 10 in the morning, and then set at 3 in
the afternoon. The winter blues are a real phenomena; Nissila is convinced that parts of the body's
nervous system respond positively to light, which is why these devices try to
send beams straight to the brain.
Yourself to Smile
part of the “fake it 'til you make it” school of thought, forcing yourself to
smile seems like advice someone would give so that others are more pleasant,
and that's not a coincidence. When we consider our mood, we may not always consider
the effect that it can have on people around us. They gauge us by our body
language and our facial expressions, which is why having a bad mood on a bad
day seems to be the standard combination.
fix? Just forcing yourself to smile. A study performed at the University of
Cardiff found that respondents who have had Botox treatments were happier than
the average. Why? They're simply unable to frown due to the injections, which
paralyze some of the muscles in the face. It may stand to reason that when you
laugh, the world will laugh with you, so it only makes sense that a smile also
invites happier company.