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Some thoughts from Jim…

Family Gathering

Let’s face it … life and death are all about proper quantities.  Take water for example; we need it to survive. However, when we have too much of it, we drown. I saw a recent post on a Facebook site where readers were challenged to come up with a four-word sentence that ruined Thanksgiving. There were a number of very funny ones such as“Dad’s doing the cooking” but my favorite was shared by a mother…

Dissecting an Earworm

Many of us remember the dreaded school year where we learned we must complete that one course. You know, the course that makes girls squeamish and boys apprehensively excited.  No, not sex education… the class I speak of is the middle school biology class where each student dissects a creature to understand it’s anatomy. For me, the victim err…specimen was a frog. Even many years later, I clearly remember the vinegar-like smell of the preservative…

Can an Earworm Actually Make You Happy?

During a recent class on developmental psychology, we were discussing various treatments for psychological impairments and one of my classmates explained that she uses music as a therapeutic intervention for many of her clients. I thought, “sure, music is used in many ways to augment or define emotions”. After all, that is why movies pay such exorbitant amounts to have scores created to accompany the dialogue.  One just needs to experience the music when viewing…

The Power of Emotions in a Natural Disaster

Many of us are aware of the effects of Hurricane Harvey that the U.S. gulf coast states are currently experiencing.  What you may not be as aware of is the fact that even those who are not directly affected by the storm can experience significant stress as a result of it. Among those particularly susceptible to emotional stress resulting from natural disaster are children.  It is important to note that even children who have not…

Five Ways to Unlock the Mystery of Happiness

We live in a society filled with emotion. Happiness, sadness, fear, embarrassment, anxiety, and shyness are just a few examples of these emotions. As humans, we cannot interact with people exhibiting these emotions without them affecting us. In a nutshell, psychologists refer to this phenomenon as transference. Transference introduces a risk to the helpers of others experiencing negative emotions. Subsequently, it is imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure our continued emotional well-being.…