Sarcasm Makes You Smarter

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Basically, while a simple remark calls for basic comprehension, sarcastic remarks need multiple levels of comprehension. The recipient should be aware of the experiences, viewpoints, and biases of the speaker, and then assimilate such information into the analysis of whatever is being said. More to these, since these kinds of remarks are associated with beliefs or social norms, they tend to stick with us longer and we can relate more.

Q&A: Is it okay to stop my medication the moment I feel better?

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Q: Is it okay to stop my mental disorder medication the moment I feel better?

A: It has become commonplace for people to stop their medication when they feel that their symptoms have subsided. Other people do so when they can’t tolerate the side effects. They don’t seem to be aware that they can manage those side effects effectively. More often than not, at least 50% of the time the symptoms come back if you stop your medications sooner than suggested.

Another issue with stopping your medication, especially if you do so abruptly, is that withdrawal symptoms could surface and they’re not gonna be a breeze. If you and your doctor feel a trial off your medicine is a good idea, it is a must to gradually decrease the dosage of medications so that these symptoms don’t even take place.

This is Your Brain on Trees

To listen (to the trees) we need to give them our full attention.

The Flowering Brain

“All things, animate and inanimate, have within them a spirit dimension. They communicate in that dimension to those who can listen.” ~ Jerome Bernstein, Jungian analyst

Right out in front of my house here on Whidbey Island stands a Western Redcedar tree that is nearly 300 years old. It’s exactly 4 feet three inches in diameter five feet up from the base (I’ve actually measured it), and it stands about 130 feet high (I used this old Boy Scout method to measure the height). Even though this Redcedar is an evergreen tree, every year at this time, it drops thousands of tiny golden needles on the ground. They make a soft snowfall-like carpet all around the base. I call my cedar tree Watty (after the character, Watty White on the Nashville TV drama, mostly because I like the way the name sounds). Watty and I have regular sessions together when…

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Stress Management Benefits of Laughter

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Laughter cuts down the level of stress hormones namely cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine as well as growth hormone. It also raises the level of health-enhancing hormones such as endorphins.

Laughter boosts the number of antibody-producing cells we have working for us, and improves the effectiveness of T cells. They all help for a stronger immune system, and fewer physical effects of stress.

Laughter provides a physical and emotional release. It can bring the focus away from anger, guilt, stress as well as negative emotions in a more healthful way than other plain distractions.