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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.…

Sculpting Student's Minds And Hearts

I discovered today that one of my favorite professors in my master's program had passed away in February of this year. I met Dr. Joan Phillips while attending an art therapy course at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Phillips was the instructor for the course and she was one of those larger than life individuals who exude so much energy, excitement, and positivism that you can’t help but admire them as soon as you meet.The…

Have You Ever Had One of Those Days?

Some days it’s just difficult to find a reason to smile. Today was one of those days for me. It seemed like people were especially rude today… even those who you never would have expected rudeness from.  The demands of the day were overwhelming and the commute home lasted longer than usual and I nearly got in a wreck when a car turned in front of me. Have you ever had a day like that?…