A Cool Emotions Infographic | Feelings Not Identified By the English Language

Do you know exactly how you feel at any given moment?  Most people don’t.  Not really.  Most of us use a very limited vocabulary when it comes to naming our emotions. It all boils down to being mad, sad, happy, scared, or jealous, but we experience so many variations of these feelings.

Emotions are like colors in that there are different hues and mixtures of each, which make for an entire emotional “color wheel.”  Are you mad, irritated, or frustrated? Are you happy, thankful, or both?  Are you jealous, or are you envious?  There’s a difference.  The word jealous implies that you wish you had something the other person has while also wishing that person DID NOT have that thing.  The word envious means that you wish you had something another person has while also wishing that the person DID have that thing.

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Music, Mood, and Health

Do you ever hear a song that just “does it” for you?  Music can be incredibly therapeutic and is one of many behaviors we can use to stay happy and healthy.

Music with a regular beat can increase serotonin, the neurotransmitter (serotonin) associated with mood, sleep, satiety, and feelings of safety.  Remember that serotonin is usually the neurotransmitter targeted by antidepressants. Continue reading “Music, Mood, and Health” »