How to Use Moods

This post is dedicated to cutie01_2009 ^^ She wanted to know how to use moods so here:

I. Copy and paste the picture

_A.For Firefox select “Copy Image Location”

_B. For Internet Explorer just select “copy”

II.What to type

__A. When you write your post type “mood:”

III.Paste

__A. For Internet Explorer paste the picture next to “mood:”

__B. For Firefox click the insert image icon and paste into image URL.

IV.Name mood

__A. Tip: make sure the mood matches the icon!

V. How it Should look

__A. | mood: happi |

Three new Quizzes in the Quiz Center!

There are three new quizzes in the quiz center:Marriage Index, Ice-cream toppings & Love, Love and Transportation! Here are my results:

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Marriage Index~

D.Slippers
Marriage Index: 80%
Congratulations! Your relationship is very
stable, and you and your loved one are able to
cooperate and solve every problem you
encounter. You will get married soon.

Ice-cream toppings & Love~
D. Cookie
Type: Soul Mate
The sweetness and softness of a cookie is like a
happy relationship. You are looking for a happy,
bright and cheerful relationship with your loved
one. You hope that your loved one will not only
be your partner, but will also be your best friend
and soul mate.

Love and Transportation~
B. Private Car
You take your time entering into a
relationship because you like to spend time to
know your partner first. You always
prefer to build up a friendship before you
consider dating that person.

Grandma Died T_T

mood: depressed

My Grandmother(from my father’s side), Ama died at midnight. I am so sad…she was the only grandparent I ever knew. My grandfather(from father’s side too) died before I was born. One day I asked her this: “Mom, if Uhkong knew I was coming, would he try to live longer?” But my mom gave me this sad response: “He had diabetes, there wasn’t anything he could do at that time.” My grandmother died of “old age”, she was 87.

~|R.I.P | Ama Vanthaneeyakul | January 26, 2008|~

Tagged By Okasaneko

Yep, tagged. I hate being tagged, so that’s why I break the rules >:) I am just going to be putting 7 random facts of myself, that’s it. Only that.

1. I like cheese

2.I eat 6 times a day

3.I am 172.7 centimeters(5 feet 8 inches) tall…

4.and I weigh 54.1 Kilograms(119 pounds)

5. I am a big customization addict

6. I have a really good sense of taste, so I don’t like really strong flavours.

7. I am from Thailand, which has the hottest spices in the world…and I don’t like spicy food :p

MUAHAHAHA that’s it I ain’t tagging anyone >:)

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

“I have a Dream” Speech

♪ Happy Birthday to Aoi ♪

Today is the birthday of Aoi from the GazettE!! He’s now 29!

Aw the healing properties of Laughter~

I found some interesting stuff on laughter and what it does to the body today~

Laughter and the brain

 

Principal fissures and lobes of the cerebrum viewed laterally. (Frontal lobe is blue, temporal lobe is green.)

 


Principal fissures and lobes of the cerebrum viewed laterally. (Frontal lobe is blue, temporal lobe is green.)

Modern neurophysiology states that laughter is linked with the activation of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which produces endorphins after a rewarding activity.

Research has shown that parts of the limbic system are involved in laughter. The limbic system is a primitive part of the brain that is involved in emotions and helps us with basic functions necessary for survival. Two structures in the limbic system are involved in producing laughter: the amygdala and the hippocampus.

The December 7, 1984 Journal of the American Medical Association describes the neurological causes of laughter as follows:

“Although there is no known ‘laugh center’ in the brain, its neural mechanism has been the subject of much, albeit inconclusive, speculation. It is evident that its expression depends on neural paths arising in close association with the telencephalic and diencephalic centers concerned with respiration. Wilson considered the mechanism to be in the region of the mesial thalamus, hypothalamus, and subthalamus. Kelly and co-workers, in turn, postulated that the tegmentum near the periaqueductal grey contains the integrating mechanism for emotional expression. Thus, supranuclear pathways, including those from the limbic system that Papez hypothesized to mediate emotional expressions such as laughter, probably come into synaptic relation in the reticular core of the brain stem. So while purely emotional responses such as laughter are mediated by subcortical structures, especially the hypothalamus, and are stereotyped, the cerebral cortex can modulate or suppress them.”

Laughter and the body

The heart

It has been shown that laughing helps to protect the heart. Although studies are inconclusive as to why, they do explain that mental stress impairs the endothelium, the protective barrier lining a person’s blood vessels. Once the endothelium is impaired, it can cause a series of inflammatory reactions that lead to cholesterol build-up in a person’s coronary arteries. This can ultimately cause a heart attack. Psychologist Steve Sultanoff, Ph.D., the president of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor, gave this explanation:

“With deep, heartfelt laughter, it appears that serum cortisol, which is a hormone that is secreted when we’re under stress, is decreased. So when you’re having a stress reaction, if you laugh, apparently the cortisol that has been released during the stress reaction is decreased.”

Also according to Sultanoff in his interview for the article for WebMD, laughter has been shown to increase tolerance of pain and boost the body’s production of infection-fighting antibodies, which can help prevent hardening of the arteries and subsequent conditions caused thereby such as angina, heart attacks, or strokes.

Sultanoff also added that research shows that distressing emotions lead to heart disease. It is shown that people who are “chronically angry and hostile have a greater likelihood for heart attack, people who “live in anxious, stressed out lifestyles have greater blockages of their coronary arteries”, and people who are “chronically depressed have a two times greater chance of heart disease.” WebMD 2000

Diabetes

A study in Japan shows that laughter lowers blood sugar after a meal. Keiko Hayashi, Ph.D., R.N, of the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki, Japan, and his team performed a study of 19 people with type 2 diabetes. They collected the patients’ blood before and two hours after a meal. The patients attended a boring 40 minute lecture after dinner on the first night of the study. On the second night, the patients attended a 40 minute comedy show. The patients’ blood sugar went up after the comedy show, but much less than it did after the lecture. The study found that even when patients without diabetes did the same testing, a similar result was found. Scientists conclude that laughter is good for people with diabetes. They suggest that ‘chemical messengers made during laughter may help the body compensate for the disease.” WebMD 2003

Blood flow

Studies at the University of Maryland found that when a group of people were shown a comedy, after the screening their blood vessels performed normally, whereas when they watched a drama, after the screening their blood vessels tended to tense up and restricted the blood flow. WebMD 2006

Immune response

Studies show stress decreases the immune system. “Some studies have shown that humor may raise infection-fighting antibodies in the body and boost the levels of immune cells.” Web MD 2006“When we laugh, natural killer cells which destroy tumors and viruses increase, along with Gamma-interferon (a disease-fighting protein), T cells (important for our immune system) and B cells (which make disease-fighting antibodies). As well as lowering blood pressure, laughter increases oxygen in the blood, which also encourages healing.” Discover Health 2004

Anxiety and children

According to an article of WebMD, studies have shown that children who have a clown present prior to surgery along with their parents and medical staff had less anxiety than children who just had their parents and medical staff present. High levels of anxiety prior to surgery leads to a higher risk of complications following surgeries in children. According to researchers, about 60% of children suffer from anxiety before surgery.

The study involved 40 children ages 5 to 12 who were about to have minor surgery. Half had a clown present in addition to their parents and medical staff, the other half only had their parents and medical staff present. The results of the study showed that the children who had a clown present had significantly less pre-surgery anxiety.WebMD 2005

Relaxation and sleep

“The focus on the benefits of laughter really began with Norman Cousins’ memoir, Anatomy of an Illness. Cousins, who was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful spine condition, found that a diet of comedies, like Marx Brothers films and episodes of Candid Camera, helped him feel better. He said that ten minutes of laughter allowed him two hours of pain-free sleep.” WebMD 2006

Physical fitness

It has been estimated by scientists that laughing 100 times equals the same physical exertion as a 10 minute workout on a rowing machine or 15 minutes on a stationary exercise bike. Laughing works out the diaphragm, abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles.

However, William Fry, a pioneer on laughter research, in an article for WebMd was said to indicate that it “took ten minutes on a rowing machine for his heart rate to reach the level it would after just one minute of hearty laughter.” WebMD 2006

Asthma

Nearly 2/3 of people with asthma reported having asthma attacks that were triggered by laughter, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society annual meeting in 2005. It did not seem to matter how deep of a laugh the laughter entailed, whether it be a giggle, chuckle, or belly laugh, says Stuart Garay, M.D., clinical professor of medicine at New York University Medical Center in New York.

Patients were part of an 18 month long program who were evaluated for a list of asthma triggers. The patients did not have any major differences in age, duration of asthma, or family history of asthma. However, exercise-induced asthma was more frequently found in patients who also had laughter-induced asthma, according to the study. 61% of laughter induced asthma also reported exercise as a trigger, as opposed to only 35% without laughter-induced asthma. Andrew Ries, M.D. indicates that “it probably involves both movements in the airways as well as an emotional reaction.” WebMD 2005

Strengthening muscles

In addition to helping in many other ways, laughing is also clinically proven to strengthen the abdomen. Jared B. Cohen, Ph.D has run many experiments on laughing at his laboratory in Newark, New Jersey and says “Laughing not only helps your heart, but it also helps you look good for the beach”. Although some think it is impossible that something as simple and painless as laughing can strengthen one’s abdomen, 14 out of every 15 of Cohen’s patients said that laughing was a better, and more humorous workout than sit-ups or crunches. To make laughing a truly effective workout, one must laugh for at least 30 seconds until they feel a small burning sensation.

Therapeutic effects of laughter

While it is normally only considered cliché that “laughter is the best medicine,” specific medical theories attribute improved health, increased life expectancy, and overall improved well-being, to laughter.

A study demonstrated neuroendocrine and stress-related hormones decreased during episodes of laughter, which provides support for the claim that humour can relieve stress. Writer Norman Cousins wrote about his experience with laughter in helping him recover from a serious illness in 1979’s Anatomy of an Illness As Perceived by the Patient. In 1989, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article, wherein the author wrote that “a humor therapy program can increase the quality of life for patients with chronic problems and that laughter has an immediate symptom-relieving effect for these patients, an effect that is potentiated when laughter is induced regularly over a period”. [2]

Some therapy movements like Re-evaluation Counseling believe that laughter is a type of “bodily discharge”, along with crying, yawning and others, which requires encouragement and support as a means of healing.

Well, laughter really is the best medicine huh? ^^

Ask Bill Nye on MSN

Ask Bill Nye

 

Dear Bill,
Is it true that we only use a fraction of our brain? What’s the rest of it do? Can we train ourselves to use this other brain mass to get super-smart?

– Big Brainer

Dear Big Brainer,

Many people hear that we use only 10 percent of our brains and presume it’s true. If you think (with your brain) about this claim, I hope you agree that this small percentage notion is crazy. How could we manage any other major organ that we use only 10 percent of? Oh yes, people get by with one kidney. That’s 50 percent of their kidneys. People get by without an appendix. That would be 100 percent of an appendix, but barely 2 percent of your intestinal tract. People keep going after heart attacks, but few people get by with 10 percent of a heart. By few, I mean zero.

 

 

Human Brain (Image credit: London Scientific Films/Oxford Scientific Films)

Human Brain

 

The nitty-gritty on noggins

If this 10 percent idea were somehow true, how could the other 90 percent of your brain cells have gotten there in the first place? How could we be carrying around a 1.4-kilogram (3.1-pound) organ and not use 90 percent of it? Well, it wouldn’t be reasonable from an evolutionary standpoint.

In the economics of biology, it’s expensive to have a brain. We are animals on Earth. We came to be in the same worldwide ecosystem as everybody and everything else — our fellow earthlings, eels, dolphins, giraffes, sea jellies and the like. As a run-of-the-Earth organism, you have to spend the metabolic energy to grow your brain, and you have to expend calories — as much as 30 percent of all the calories you consume — to maintain it. That would be all while you’re dodging lions, tigers and bears, for example, let alone the challenges from members of your own species for access to food and a mate.

So if you were to let 90 percent of the energy you spend on brain matter go to waste, that would make you seem, if I may, at least 90 percent out of your mind. And, it’s the potential for wasted brainpower that may be at the heart (er, the brain) of your question — of this matter — the gray matter (ha!).

The myth that we’re not using such a vast amount of our brains may stem from our fear that we aren’t thinking hard enough. Haven’t you felt from time to time that you would be better off if you could just think more or think better? Maybe you could become “super-smart” if you could just figure out how to use that dormant part of your brain.

 

 

Left and Right Brain Functions (Image credit: © Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.)

Left and Right Brain Functions

 

Is early science to blame?

But this myth may also have origins in science. Brain researchers from the 19th century and into the 1930s admitted that they couldn’t figure out what as much as 90 percent of the cells in our cerebral cortex do. So it seems plausible that the 10 percent myth was created and reinforced by early brain research.

Scientists back then gave tiny electric jolts to the brains of dogs, for example. Then, they’d observe how the dog’s muscles reacted or twitched. They did autopsies on stroke patients who had been able to understand words but not form words themselves. They removed tiny regions of rabbit and rat brains to see what tasks their subjects could still perform.

 

 

Functions of the Cerebral Cortex (Image credit: © Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.)

Functions of the Cerebral Cortex

 

 

Based on these studies, a few researchers agreed that a vast majority of brain cells in the cerebral cortex were “unresponsive.” But not being able to identify what a brain cell does is not the same as concluding that the cell doesn’t do anything. To be fair, the scientists didn’t claim those unresponsive areas were not in use. But clever salespeople got many of us all aflutter over it, and they still do.

Charlatans hoping to make a buck got consumers worried that they weren’t using most of their brains. These scammers convinced their customers to buy all manner of dietary supplements that were supposed to enhance one’s brain function. The idea was that if only 10 percent of your brain’s thinking zone was responsive to scientists’ probing, that would mean only 10 percent of your mind was doing anything. So, why not get the remaining 90 percent working?

 

 

Structure of the Brain Stem (Image credit: © Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.)

Structure of the Brain Stem

 

Well, think about all the work your brain is already doing. Your cerebellum is commanding your thorax muscles to do the breathing; your heart is doing the pumping; your eyes, ears, tongue, nose and skin are doing the sensing. Your eyes are connected right up to your visual cortex; they’re moving back and forth across this screen. These happy patterns are being recognized and strung together into complete thoughts.

A large fraction of your brain is feeling emotions, keeping track of memories: what you saw and what you felt yesterday and yesteryear — all while some significant part of your brain is given time to think. There’s a lot going on up there all day — and all night, even while you sleep. Not bad.

 

 

Positron Emission Tomography (Image credit: Dr. John Mazziotta ET AL/Neurology/Science Source/Photo Researchers, Inc.)

Positron Emission Tomography

 

Use it or lose it

I’ve seen pictures of many brains (including my own) on positron emission tomography (PET) scans. There is blood flowing all over the place, flowing like crazy. Just by looking at these images, one should be skeptical of the 10 percent assertion. Of course such big magnetic field scans are pretty new as brain science goes. There was no PET scanning in the 19th century.
With that said, brain neurons are like so many other cells in our bodies. If you don’t use ‘em, apparently you lose ‘em. If you stop thinking or doing mental exercises, you lose the ability to do the exercises. You lose the ability to think. So please use your brain, and think about this brain matter myth. You’ve got what it takes to do so. You’ve got 100 percent of your brain going flat out all the time. Think on!

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Bill Nye was my childhood hero you know ^^

Incredible…

I watched Oprah today and I saw this amazing story:

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Wayne Powers, Ted Rodrigue and Oprah In a controversial Showtime documentary, Reversal of Fortune by filmmaker Wayne Powers, cameras follow Ted Rodrigue, a 45-year-old who has been periodically homeless for the last 20 years. Wayne tells Ted his film is about what’s it’s like to be homeless, but there’s more planned for Ted’s story on film.

One day, Ted headed for the dumpster to search for bottles and cans, which he recycled for money. There he found a briefcase containing $100,000 in cash plus a note that said “What happens when a homeless person is given 100,000?”—placed there by Wayne.

“There [were] a lot of emotions all at once,” Ted says about finding the briefcase. “I thought I was going to get shot. I thought it was drug money. Then I thought it was a prop for the movie, and I would have to give it back. It didn’t sink in for a good half an hour—then I knew [it was mine to keep].”

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Wow~

Seen this shirt on KT Sanctuary? I saw a girl at my school wearing this today! I don’t know the person though >_< I want this shirt even though I have 3 Hello Kitty tees like this already ^^’

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