How Altered is Your Day?

Take this quiz to see where you fall on the Woo-Woo Scale.

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Sam Presperin | May 4, 2021
Spirit

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After a long day,
do you light candles to unwind or set the mood?

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We knew it!

Not surprising since the smell of scented candles stimulates our limbic system, the part of the brain that is home to our memory and emotions. Hormones like serotonin and dopamine can be produced to help regulate mood.





Admit it, do you own any objects you consider "good luck?"

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A psychologist in Koln, Germany, is among those who believe that lucky charms may indeed be effective.

Through her studies it's been shown that the activation of superstitious thinking directly prior to a task may boost a person’s confidence in his or her ability to succeed, which in turn boosts expectations and persistence, thus improving performance. Rub that rabbit's foot!

Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

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The “broaden and build” theory states positive emotions lead people to be more active –

to engage in more social behavior, to think about positive possibilities, to try new things and be more creative.

Do you have a daily morning routine?

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A study published found that people who favor an active daytime routine over a nighttime one have healthier sleep cycles.

These, consequently, are associated with better mental health and minimize the risk of developing emotional difficulties.

In your lifetime,
have you uttered the phrase, "Good Vibes Only?"

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Well, you're not wrong, albeit maybe a bit cringe-worthy.

Some scientists suggest that good and bad vibes in a particular place — or, the “energy" of it — may, in fact, be our perception of positive or negative chemosignals leftover in that particular environment. In this sense, it may, indeed, be possible to pick up on whether a place has "good vibes."

Have you ever taken a yoga class?

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Multiple studies have shown that it can decrease the secretion of cortisol, the primary stress hormone. Namaste, you don't say?




Do you ever take deep breaths to calm your nerves?

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Research suggests that slowing your breathing increases “baroreflex sensitivity,” the mechanism that regulates blood pressure via heart rate.

Over time, using controlled breathing to lower blood pressure and heart rate may lower risk of stroke and cerebral aneurysm, and generally decreases stress on blood vessels (a big plus for cardiovascular health).

Are there any specific songs you play to get yourself energized?

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Research has found that when a subject listens to music that gives them the chills, it triggers a release of dopamine to the brain.

Now here’s the really interesting part: dopamine is not only released during peak musical moments, but also when we anticipate those moments. It’s like our brain is rewarding us for knowing a really great chorus is just about to hit!

During a long day of work, do you ever get up to stretch or move your body?

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Dr. Nailah Abdulbaaqee, M.D.,
a provider at One Medical says

"Static stretching can serve to increase blood circulation to the brain, reduce stress and tension, and help with improvement in mood." Increased blood flow to your brain can boost your energy along with your mood and mental clarity, leaving you more prepared to grapple with your day's tasks.


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