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A Love Story Of An Old Couple That Would Make You Smile And Cry

A Love Story Of An Old Couple That Would Make You Smile And Cry

Love makes the world go around. But often, by the time we realize it, it’s too late. We confuse our ideas of love with illusions of star-crossed romances, expensive honeymoons and unrealistic expectations from our significant other; forgetting, as the spoken word poet IN-Q puts it, love is the ‘Only Reason We’re Alive’. Check out this beautiful poem brought to life by some splendid animation.

Finding love at 85

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    The narrator’s persona is an old man who has finally found his soulmate at…you’ve guessed it.. the age of 85!

    Matching track-suits, aerobic classes and dancing

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      From going on dates, to spending time with each other, laughing in a cafe and ‘holding hands during Sunday masses’, the poet shows us that love is all about appreciating the present time with your beloved.

      Darker sides of love and life

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        But he also talks about the dark sides of it, of the impending illness, of the inevitable wrinkles and even feeding your wife because she’s too weak. He further recites,  “Hold her head close like death isn’t chasing us… planning on erasing us. And replacing us with better versions of us. Reshaping us, remaking us, then recreating us with new identities so we can make new memories.”

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          As anyone who’s read or watched ‘The Notebook‘ will realize, love is all about appreciating the beautiful things in life, while they last. So follow the ‘Carpe Diem’ theme, and find your love before you’re 85!

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          Last Updated on March 5, 2021

          Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

          Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

          I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

          Research Background

          Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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          “I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

          This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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          It stimulates your memory

          When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

          It helps stay focused

          When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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          It helps you clarify your thoughts

          Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

          “It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

          Featured photo credit: Girl Using Laptop In Hotel Room/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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