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5 Activities to Share with Friends (You Might Have Forgotten About)

5  Activities to Share with Friends (You Might Have Forgotten About)

It happens to everyone at some point: you’re planning to get together with friends, and no one knows where they should go or what they should do. Maybe heading out to your normal go-to restaurant or bar just doesn’t sound intriguing. Or maybe you want to break away from doing the same old thing. No matter the reason, coming up with a fun activity on the fly can feel like a challenge. Luckily, there are some great activities available in most cities that are great for sharing with friends.You might have just forgotten about them.

If you are looking for a fun way to spend some time with those nearest and dearest to you, consider giving these five activities a try. You may be surprised at how much fun you have.

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1. Bowling

When most people think of bowling, they either imagine children’s parties or league play, but there are many more options than that. Bowling alleys often offer theme nights based on specific music styles or black light bowling for a fun twist. Some even have nights scheduled that are adults only, eliminating the need to worry about the presence of young children.

Another perk of going bowling, many offer food and drinks onsite. And adult beverages are commonly included in those offerings. So, grab your friends and get a lane or two for some casual fun or friendly competition.

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2. Mini-Golf

Another activity many adults forget about is mini-golf. Taking turns with color-coded golf balls as you work your way through the twists and turns (and sometimes loops!) can be a great social experience. You can choose whether to make the game competitive or just for fun by whether you decide to keep score. Also, like bowling, normally some level of food and drink is available to help keep you satiated while you play.

3. Go-Kart Racing

Here’s an activity that definitely shouldn’t be left to kids. Go-kart racing can be fun and invigorating, especially depending on the top speed available at your local complex. Some places have go-karts that reach speeds of well over 30 mph, so it is a sure fire way to get the blood pumping while having some fun.

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Depending on the size of your group, you may need to set a reservation. Luckily, a reservation often means you can set it up to be the only drivers on the track. So let the trash talking begin!

4. Bingo

Bingo often gets depicted in a less -than-stellar light. But, it can actually be a great time.Think about it; you sit around a table with your friends, competing for cash and prizes, and hoping to be able to yell at the top of your lungs. It can provide a surprising amount of excitement while still allowing you to be social.

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Plus, there are prizes (and who doesn’t love prizes!). So take a look and see if Bingo is offered in your area. You might have more fun than you expect.

5. Indoor Skydiving

Indoor skydiving facilities have sprung up across the country. The best part about this kind of skydiving is you get all of the sensation without having to actually jump out of a plane (which may be ideal for those with a fear of heights). Reservations for these activities are normally required, but that often means you can restrict your appointment to only those in your party.

Think Outside the Box

As you can see, there are numerous activities that might be available in your city. Simply take the time to think outside of the box and see what your area has to offer. You may stumble across a new Friday night favorite that you and your friends will enjoy for years to come.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2018

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]

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Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

Looking at images of loved ones

While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.

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In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]

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Exercise

Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.

Meditation

Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.

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In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.

With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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