facts about emotions

15 Amazing Facts About Emotions and Emotional Well-Being

1. If you are someone who gets goosebumps by just listening to your favorite song, then you have better emotional connectivity in your brain than most people. You might be more empathetic and give importance to emotions while making decisions.

2. In a research at University of California, Berkley, dreams help us get over painful moments of the day. The dreams we get during REM sleep remove the “emotional parts” of an experience. PTSD sufferers however, keep reliving their past bad experiences because their memories and emotions are still connected. That is the reason they get recurring nightmares. Recurring nightmares maybe an attempt of the mind to strip emotions off those bad memories.

3. Our facial expressions while expressing any emotions are innate and not something we learn by watching others. As a proof, people born blind show the same facial expressions as people born with healthy sight while expressing any emotion.

4. The good food that goes inside does actually affect your moods and emotions. About 95% of the serotonin, a hormone that regulates emotions and social behavior, exists in the gastrointestinal tract. Some foods that boost serotonin levels are eggs, cheese, and pineapple.

5. Alzheimer’s patients’ emotional memory is not as badly affected as their informational memory. Due to this, they will continue feeling happy or sad about the news they heard but will not remember what the news was or why they are feeling that way.

6. Mindfulness meditation is a powerful way to make your emotions, decision-making, and concentration healthy. It is proven that just after 8-weeks of regular mindfulness meditation, the amygdala (a part of brain that processes fear and emotion) shrinks, while the pre-frontol cortex (brain part that processes awareness, concentration, and logical decision making) becomes thicker.

7. Head-banging music like “heavy metal” might help regulate anger and aggression. The music stimulates positive emotions and also helps feeling inspired and motivated instead of negative and aggressive.

8. The term “thousand-yard-stare” is used to describe the emotional detachment of people who have experienced trauma. Most usually it is used to describe the look of soldiers who have seen horrors and have become emotionally detached from their surroundings.

9. Students who learn how to manage their social skills, emotions and relationships also show improvement in their academics. The learning helps them learn self-management, which as a result improves their academic performance.

10. Psychopaths that commit crimes are able to voluntarily turn their emotions on and off.

11. On the other hand, a theory suggests that autistic people are usually overloaded by emotions due to their hypersensitivity. Due to overloaded emotions, they are unable to express like other people.

12. Horses can understand human’s facial expressions. Thus, it is true that when you want to ride a horse, it can sense that your are scared and is more likely to be disobedient.

13. When you cry, you flush out stress hormones along with your tears. Thus crying is actually good for you when emotions are overwhelming you.

14. Octopi are the only invertebrates capable of forming relationships with humans. They have strong cognitive and emotional abilities/

15. Calling your dog a “good boy” can help them sleep better. Negative emotions can make dogs lose sleep, whereas positive emotional stimuli helps them get a restful sleep.

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