There’s an old Prairie Home Companion bit that involves Garrison Keiler and others singing a parody to the tune of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The darkly humorous last line goes, “when nothing’s all that you expect – then nothing’s not that bad…you know.”
But having low expectations is only part of what makes embracing your pessimism a good thing. If you’re a pessimistic leopard who has struggled to change its spots – take comfort in the testimony of Anita Moorjani (look her up on YouTube too). She had a near-death-experience and came back with the most expansive wisdom that flies in the face of the modern pressure to always be happy. She wrote Dying to Be Me and encouraged listeners on her speaking tour to embrace themselves whether an optimist or a pessimist; positive or negative. She believed that fear, the lack of self-acceptance and self-love led to her getting cancer and initially dying.
If near-death experiences are too anecdotal and not your thing – then take comfort in the knowledge of science. In 2013, researchers were surprised to discover that pessimists outlived their optimist counterparts and lead healthier, longer lives. While it isn’t healthy to worry your life away as an illusory form of control, “pessimism about the future may encourage people to live more carefully, taking health and safety precautions,” the researchers concluded. But the filmmakers called School of Life find that pessimism taps into a deeper, happier wisdom than that.
Pessimism is generally equated with a grumpy and immature kind of mood. It is even often considered by calculating experts to be a mark of low emotional IQ. But it is in fact at the origin of wisdom – and can even leave us feeling surprisingly cheerful.
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Dogs and cats can Love: Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animalsPosted in 2015, animals with tags animals and love, dogs cats love on October 31, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame
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PS: I am a dog person:) but like cats
Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals in the same intimate circumstances.
I’m not a dog person. I prefer cats. Cats make you work to have a relationship with them, and I like that. But I have adopted several dogs, caving in to pressure from my kids. The first was Teddy, a rottweiler-chow mix whose bushy hair was cut into a lion mane. Kids loved him, and he grew on me, too. Teddy was probably ten years when we adopted him. Five years later he had multiple organs failing and it was time to put him to sleep.
When I arrived at the vet, he said I could drop him off. I was aghast. No. I needed to stay with Teddy.As the vet prepped the syringe to put him to sleep, I started sobbing. The vet gave me a couple minutes to collect myself and say goodbye. I held Teddy’s paw until he died. Honestly, I didn’t think I was that attached.
This experience led me to undertake experiments on animal-human relations to try to understand how animals make us care so much about them. Biologically, I wanted to know if pets cause the people to release oxytocin, known as the neurochemical of love, and traditionally associated with the nurturing of one’s offspring.
gigantic hole in the Sun’s atmosphere has opened up and a broad stream of solar wind is flowing out of iPosted in 2015, astronomy, Galaxy with tags coronal holes sun, Earth's environment, gigantic hole sun, Magnetic hole sun, NASA, Solar Dynamics Observatory, stream of solar wind, sun's atmosphere on October 15, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame
NOAA forecasters estimate a 65% of polar geomagnetic storms today as Earth moves deeper into the solar wind stream
A gigantic hole in the sun’s atmosphere has opened up and a broad stream of solar wind is flowing out of it. This is called a “coronal hole.” It is the deep blue-colored region in this extreme UV image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory
Coronal holes are places in the sun’s atmosphere where the magnetic field unfurls and allows solar wind to escape. In the image above, the sun’s magnetic field is traced by white curving lines. Outside the coronal hole, those magnetic fields curve back on themselves, trapping solar wind inside their loops. Inside the coronal hole, no such trapping occurs. Solar wind plasma is free to fly away as indicated by the white arrows.
For much of the next week, Earth’s environment in space will be dominated by winds flowing from this broad hole. This should activate some beautiful Arctic auroras. NOAA forecasters estimate a 65% of polar geomagnetic storms today as Earth moves deeper into the solar wind stream. Aurora alerts: text or voice
The sleepy little creature was discovered snuggled down inside the flower catching up on some shut-eye after a young girl picked it to give to her mother.
It’s not the most conventional bed, but he looked remarkably relaxed as he burrowed down.
The unusual bedding arrangement was noticed when Megan Hixson went to give the flower a sniff. Stunned to discover the lizard curled up asleep inside, she quickly pulled out her phone to take photographs.