Music therapy and effects

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Classical music affects the brain’s organization and abilities, through its melody and rhythm. The rhythm raises the level of serotonin produced in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, involved in the transmission of nerve impulses that helps maintaining joyous feelings. When the brain produces serotonin, tension is eased. In fact depression is a consequence of the scarce production of this hormone. Serotonin is released when the brain is “positively shocked”. For instance: if we look at a splendid painting, smell a delicious scent, feel an extraordinary sensation, eat something delicious or listen to some charming music, then the brain lets off a certain amount of serotonin which arouses and maximizes pleasant feelings. Music’s rhythm can also stimulate other natural cadencies of the body, resembling the heartbeat, or the Alfa-rhythm of the brain, and this effect is used to counter the development of clinical depression. The melody instead, is the “sparkle” that catalyses the creative process in our minds.

The known effects of music on the brain are varied: music affects from humans’ and animals’ brains to plants’ development. In humans, music enhances spatial IQ, by increasing the short and long – term memory. In fact, musical trained musicians perform better on word memory tests than other adults. Children benefit from classical music’s virtues even more than adults; they experience advantages in cognitive skills. Animals and plants as well have proven a certain predisposition towards classical music. Just listening to this musical style enhances the brain’s ability; playing it, results even in a major brain development.

We can describe the effect of classical music on the brain being composed of two effects that act in synergy. The first is due to rhythm, that synchronizes with the body’s vital rhythms, already mentioned, and produces the proper mood for increased cognitive and creative capabilities. The second effect that acts in synergy with the first is melody, that gets along with thoughts resolutions and gives to the person the warm feeling that he or she is able to tackle new challenges, by setting a path in the invention of new solutions and providing the ability to make the correct choice among possible solutions. Melody and rhythm, together, act in synergy with the brain; it “opens” the auditory and sensorial channels that conduct to the brain, thus benefiting your cerebral skills.

It is the beat that establishes the crucial effect of music on our body, together with the enhancement of cognitive and creative functions of the brain, supported from the right melody. For instance, when an autistic boy is asked to tie his shoes, this task results very difficult and perhaps impossible. But when he is asked to do it with classical music in the background, he is successful in achieving his task. According to the Mozart Effect, children who take music lessons will experience advantages in cognitive skills.

Effects of music have been proven on animals and plants as well. The right balance of rhythm and melody help hens lay more eggs, cats to relax, and cows to produce more milk. An experiment on laboratory rats revealed that mammals have a natural predisposition towards music. The experiment consisted in placing two boxes, connected by a tube, playing Bach’s Air on the G string in one box, and rock music in the other. Most rats chose to go in the box with Bach’s music, even when the music switched from a box to another. Later, the rats were placed in a maze, and the ones which chose Bach’s music, found the exit before, and more easily than the ones which were exposed to rock music. When scientists then observed the rats’ brains, they could see that the ones being frequently exposed to classical music, had a physically more developed brain than the ones who were not being exposed to the particular music. Experiments on plants proved that plants growing with the 60 beats per minute pattern, grew faster and more efficiently than the ones growing with rock music in the background; the ones being exposed to rock music withered and died. Plants are living but not thinking organisms, therefore what matters for their development is not the melody, but the rhythm of the music.

Source: Silvia Francesca Maglione

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What light can do ….

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They say that if you keep doing the same things in the same way you will keep getting the same results. A logical conclusion is that, if you want something to change in your life you have to begin from the root and change maybe even the way you think and your point of view.

Any way you look at it, you cannot expect for something else to happen when you follow patterns again and again.

Yesterday somebody asked me : “if you look at two objects, one is black and one is white, can the black object seem lighter that the white object?” well, the correct answer is “Depends where the light source is positioned.” So, what if, next time when you face a problem you try this kind of approach?  Maybe, just maybe, the things are not so bad as they seem to be, maybe the light source is too far and you see only the dark part.

8 Powerful Ways To Immediately Increase Your Confidence!

This is the attitude we need !!! This kind of positive thinking is useful!!

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How do I increase my confidence? I am asked that question all the time by people who want to do great things, by people who want to tie loose ends on small things – but when it comes down to it, they lack the level of confidence needed to push through!

Confidence is the absolute key to your success, growth, achievement and contribution. Believing we can do it, is one of the biggest motivating factors in our lives.

Here are 8 Powerful Ways To Immediately Increase Your Confidence!

What have you already done?

Focus on what you have accomplished in the past. Remember vividly what you did that was great and how it made you feel. Make the memory as detailed as possible

Look the part

Dress to impress. Make a commitment to your presentation. Dress in a way that makes you feel like a winner, all the time. Be your…

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It is not easy but it is worth trying

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What I came to understand on my thirties (obviously better late than never) is that , when you reach a dead end and feel blocked with nowhere to go it is time to press the button and change the data in your life. If things do not work as they are than you must change in order to go forded.  If you can understand this truly than gather all the energy that you can, stand up and take action. It is not easy but it is surely worth trying and eventually you will succeed.

One thing is certain – by standing put and waiting for life to happen for you or for somebody else to decide in your place, you will not reach that place where you truly want to be. Why? Because nobody knows what you really want and what you believe you deserve except YOU.

I know that these are and sound like clichés and you probably red and heard about everywhere but I am sure that you never paid enough attention and never took the time to think about these things. The thing is this is the most important aspect of your life because happiness  is absolutely personal  and depends only on things you do not on what others do or think or believe.

Here are some quotes from ordinary people that took the time and thought about this …

 

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the one’s who don’t. Believe things happen for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Anything worth doing is probably not easy, but the rewards are worth it.             

Sometimes, you need PATIENCE in order to find true happiness. It won’t come fast and it won’t come easy, but it will be worth it.              

Realize that change happens for a reason. It won’t always be easy or obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.   

With a desire that’s strong it doesn’t matter how many times we failed or how long it takes, the change would be worth it.               

Learning to trust again is never going to be an easy option, but maybe it will be worth it…

Life rarely turns out exactly the way you want it to, but you still have an opportunity to make it great. You have to do what you can, with what you have, exactly where you are. It wont always be easy, but it will be worth it in the end. Remember that there is no perfect life, just perfect moments. And its these moments you must cherish; its these moments that make the whole journey worthwhile.

Things change, always and again

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Some Quotes I like About Change

  “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

Apple Inc.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

― Apple Inc.

 

Stephen Chbosky

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

― Margaret Mead

 

Leo Tolstoy

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

― Leo Tolstoy

 

John Green

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

 

Albert Einstein

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

― Albert Einstein

 

Nelson Mandela

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

― Nelson Mandela

 

Barack Obama

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

― Barack Obama

 

Terry Pratchett

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

 

Jay Asher

“You can’t stop the future

You can’t rewind the past

The only way to learn the secret

…is to press play.”

― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

 

Lemony Snicket

“Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.”

― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

 

Taylor Swift

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”

― Taylor Swift

 

Andy Warhol

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

 

 “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

― Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenplay

 

Paulo Coelho

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”

― Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

 

Lao Tzu

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

― Lao Tzu

 

Libba Bray

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”

― Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

 

Walt Whitman

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes.”

― Walt Whitman

 

Katharine Hepburn

“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”

― Katharine Hepburn, Me: Stories of My Life

 

Friedrich Nietzsche

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Maya Angelou

“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”

― Maya Angelou

 

Mother Teresa

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

― Mother Teresa

 

Eckhart Tolle

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”

― Eckhart Tolle

 

Neil Gaiman

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

 

Taylor Swift

“It’s hard to fight when the fight ain’t fair.”

― Taylor Swift

 

Jarod Kintz

“Just because I liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean I’ll always like it, or that I have to go on liking it at all points in time as an unthinking act of loyalty to who I am as a person, based solely on who I was as a person. To be loyal to myself is to allow myself to grow and change, and challenge who I am and what I think. The only thing I am for sure is unsure, and this means I’m growing, and not stagnant or shrinking.”

― Jarod Kintz, At even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you’d still waste time by reading it.

 

Wayne W. Dyer

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

― Wayne W. Dyer

 

Madonna

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”

― Madonna

 

AND NOW HERE IS ONE OF MINE:

THINGS CAN CHANGE, WILL CHANGE AND SHOULD CHANGE – WETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. ISN’T IT BETTER TO BE IN CONTROLL AND PRESS THE RESET BUTTON ?  HMMM…. I THINK THIS IS ALSO YOUR CHOICE 🙂

Invite color in your life

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The color is one of the most spectacular things on earth. From ancient time, people were using color to mark their territory or to decorate the space they were living in. Color is power – can change the mood we are in and boost up the psychology. A lot of cultures in the world are giving different significations to each color. Colors can be passionate, sensual but also calm and meditative.

Colors are influencing all of us – they are the touch that give beauty to the world transforming it in a fascinating place. Also, color is a luxury of the modern world. Only a hundred years ago, color was the sign of the reach people. Then there were no color tv, magazines with colorful pages or colorful plastic objects and the colorful fabrics were very rare and expensive. For the majority of people, the world was a vague mixture of grays.

Even so, in the early 50ties, the chemical industry manage to produce paints in tens of colors. Today it is possible to create over 16 million colors and shades.

The way that each one of us sees color is unique. Our sight is very sensitive and complex when it comes to colors. Over time there were a series of theories about the way to interpret colors.

It is well known that groups of colors influence our emotions. These emotions can be effectively changed depending on the shade or dept of the colors around us. So, here are some qualities that some groups of colors have:

Pink shades are fun, alert, positive and feminine.

Red shades are passionate, courageous, intimate and calm.

Orange shades stimulates creativity, are worm and comforting.

Yellow shades are welcoming and radiant. It is said that a strong shade of yellow helps the brain to work better.

Greens represents nature and they are calm and tonic, the inspire rest and good balance.

Blue shades are connected to the sky and water, they are associated with clear thinking and with the calm and meditative environment.

Violet shades are sensual, and blue violet is calm and spiritual.

These are some general ides that I gathered from different sources to help you choose the right color combination for each and every mood. Colors can be used not only when decorating your house but, better, when you choose what to wear, on your clothes. A red dress will boost your psychology the minute you put it on 🙂  because …as I said earlier – colors are power !!

Stop wearing grays and browns and blacks and start inviting some color in your life – the difference will be noticed within no time 🙂

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4 Reasons to Not Quit…EVER!

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In today’s world, where everyone wants instant results – it is easier than ever to quit. It is easy to think that if it doesn’t come easy to you, it is not for you. It is easy to try something, and then if it doesn’t work out immediately, we can talk our selves out of the importance or the significance of it.  With that said, if you were to ask any person you admire based on what they have given, gained or done, they will all have a very similar formula for success – they never quit.

Here are four reasons why YOU should never quit!

1. Let’s be honest, did you really commit to the result? Did you really go all the way in? One of my favorite quotes from Les Brown is, “even if you have all the right keys, the key will not work if you only…

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