by Ryan Fu •
PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN LINDENSMITH/ ALL ACCESS PHOTOS
This is an amazing video clip not only brought me to tears but encouraged me to take note of others around me.
The video below is of a German student who took note of a homeless man attempting to get money from those passing by. He noticed that the man’s techniques were not very successful so he asks the homeless man to borrow his bucket. What happens next will literally drive you to tears…
Early music education stimulates a child’s brain, leading to improved performance in verbal intelligence. This was suggested in a study among 4-to 6-year-olds who received only one month of musical training. It included training in rhythm, pitch, melody, voice and basic musical concepts, and this proved to have a “transfer effect,” enhancing their ability to understand words and explain their meaning.
Another study among 8 to 11-year-olds found that those who had extra-curricular music classes, developed higher verbal IQ, and visual abilities, in comparison to those with no musical training.
As Nietzsche, said, ‘We listen to music with our muscles.’ Studies have proved that music can not only strengthen the heart but also improve the recovery of patients suffering from heart disease.
No matter the genre of music, listening to one’s favorite music releases endorphins in the brain that improves the vascular health. (Opera, classical and other types of ‘joyful’ music were more likely to stimulate endorphins as opposed to heavy metal)
At Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, men and women who listened to music soon after undergoing cardiac surgery were less anxious andreported having less pain than those who just rested quietly.
At Massachusetts General Hospital, a nurse-led team found that heart patients confined to bed who listened to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure, slower heart rates, and less distress than those who didn’t listen to music.
The rhythm, the melody and harmony, all play a role in the emotional and cardiovascular response.
Young or old, we all face sleep problems, in some cases, regularly, in other cases, when we’ve had an overactive day. Listening to soft music is indeed relaxing, hence improving the quality of your sleep.
Research shows that music can help reduce several factors known to interfere with sleep (including stress and anxiety), promote physical changes that support more restful sleep (such as lowered heart and respiratory rates), and aid in treatment of Insomnia.
Music affects our emotional state, making you feel happy, ecstatic or even sad. According to a study, your brain releases dopamine, a feel-good chemical, when you listen to tunes that move you. Sometimes you also experience feeling of shivers or chills while listening to a particular track, this shows that brain releases large amount of dopamine, that gives you happiness and pleasure. So listening to music gives us the same hit of happiness that we would get from a piece of chocolate, sex or drugs.
While another study shows that Music with a quick tempo in a major key, brought about all the physical changes associated with happiness in listeners. In contrast, a slow tempo and minor key led to sadness.
Even when we listen to happy music with the intention to feel happy, it always works as opposed to simply listening to music without attempting to alter our mood.
Music has been found to reduce the levels of stress hormone, cortisol, which can weaken the immune system and is responsible for many illnesses. If you like to dance to uplifting music, then you are definitely on a path to better health. Scientists found that after listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting dance music, the levels of antibodies in participants’ bodies increased.
Different types of music might have different effect, but it also depends on your personal preference and what tunes resonate with your soul. What resonates with the spirit, does have a healing effect.
Listening to music has much more effect on the human mind and psyche. Researchers say that it can helpease anxiety among cancer patients, have positive effects on their mood, pain and improve quality of life. Researchers from Drexel University found that cancer patients who either listened to music or worked with a music therapist experienced a reduction in anxiety, had better blood pressure levels and improved moods.
Having musical training could help keep the brain healthy as people grow older. Any kind of musical activity in life serves as a challenging cognitive exercise, making your brain sharper and more capable of dealing with challenges of aging.
Even someone with brain damage or dementia can recover memories through listening to music. It is ingrained in our deepest core of being, no matter the language, the sound and the rhythm resonates deep within. Like Kahlil Gibran puts it, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”
If you’re still not convinced just listen below to Radiohead‘s Codex
Personally, I thought tonight’s episode of The Leftovers wasn’t that great compared to last week’s episode but I feel it’s leading us into some explosive situations. The big difference with tonight’s episode was it dealt with multiple characters instead of one single character study with the Reverend. Tonight’s episode dealt with Kevin’s relationship with his estranged wife, which is now affecting their children. We also find out the extent of how far the Guilty Remnant are willing to go to push their nihilistic views with the world. The GRs believe nothing matters, especially possessions. So, when the baby Jesus doll went missing, I automatically thought it was those sick bastards.
It was a great opening scene with the baby Jesus being created in factory with the Black Keys playing in the background, which is finally placed in manger as part of the Nativity scene but then goes missing. Chief Garvey is placed into action to find the missing baby Jesus but he already has his suspicion that his daughter took it, which she did but tells his dad what kind of person would do that? Clearly, lying to her dad she parties with her friends and the stolen baby Jesus, thinking about destroying it but she decides not to maybe because she still not fully lost yet. Unlike her brother, Tom, he is clearly on a path of destruction.
Tom Garvey, Kevin’s step son, has decided to follow the new prophet Wayne Gilchrest, following his orders and protecting Christine because Wayne thinks she is very important to their plans. Tom is committed to see this through even though this might not end in a happy ending. I believe Tom is just looking for answers but in all the wrong places. Meanwhile, Justin Theroux character is trying to figure out why his wife wants to leave him.
Laurie Garvey, a Guilty Remnant, showed up to her old house with Meg Abbott played by Liv Tyler trying to tell her husband why she has done the things she has done. Telling her husband that she is “broken,” which there might not be a possibility to fix her and he should be alright with it. She wants him to sign the divorce papers and let her go but Kevin is still fighting for her telling her if she wants it to end it then she should say it but their argument gets interrupted by their daughter. She calmly goes to their Christmas tree giving her estranged mother her Christmas present then walks away. Kevin politely tells them to leave because they’ve done enough damage today.
As Laurie and Meg walk back to the compound, Laurie decides to open her daughter’s gift, which was a lighter with the inscription, “Don’t Forget Me.” Meg tells her she should keep it and she won’t tell anyone but this goes against the values of a Guilty Remnant, so Laurie throws in a sewer gate showing Meg what is takes to be in the GRs. To be a Guilty Remnant, you have to let go of the things that mattered to you the most because it is meaningless now.
This is GRs plan from start to show people there is no meaning in life and “there is no family.” In last the episode, we see the GRs cruelly buying the Reverend’s church, closing the place of refugee for people and tonight they take it a step further by breaking into people’s home, stealing their family photos which I think is totally fucked up. The GRs are trying to destroy the memory of what was and trying to replace it to what is or what they believe what reality is now. At first, I thought the GRs were just peacefully bunch, but now they’re just bunch of assholes trying to push they’re fucked up beliefs by any means necessary.
But there was a Silver Lining in this really fucked up episode of the Leftovers in which after the memory thieves stole all those family photos, Laurie decided to walk back to the compound but her real intentions was to find her daughter’s lighter in that drain sewer. I guess some memories are too hard to let go because they mean so much and they should. To take away a person’s memory is like taking a piece of that person, so I really hoping the GRs get what they deserve in the following episodes. I also hope that Laurie has the strength to come to her senses and get back with her “hot” husband before her daughter’s BFF gets her claws or the other crazy woman with the gun in her purse gets a piece of the Chief.
- The Black Key’s “I’m not the One” was a perfect song for Laurie in this episode.
- Is Christine carrying the Anti-Christ?
- The Loved Ones company was really creepy this episode, when an overturned truck that had a cargo container filled with body replicas – created for Loved Ones customers to look like their departed family members so they could have someone to bury and memorialize.
- Does Justin Theroux’s character wearing eyeliner? Is he trying to be Gothic?
- I think Nora was trying to get on board the Chief’s crazy train, if you know what I mean. Also, if I was Kevin, I would have totally cheated on my crazy wife.
- The GR pamphlet was fucking funny. I’m thinking it’s going to be a popular Anti-Valentine’s Day card in February.
- Poor, poor baby Jesus couldn’t get a break this episode. He got abducted, abused, almost burned and drowned then just to be thrown in the woods for the dogs “who aren’t our dogs anymore” to be torn apart. I bet the baby Devil is a hot Christmas item in this universe.
- R.I.P James Garner