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In This Unscripted Video Kids Teach You How To Handle Emotions

In This Unscripted Video Kids Teach You How To Handle Emotions

Mad. Aggravated. At your wit’s end.Everyone’s been there before.

Maybe it was a rough day at the office that did it to you. Or rush-hour traffic. Or a family member who just asked way too much of you that morning. And you felt like you were going to lose it.

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It’s fine; it’s happened to all of us. But there are more productive ways to deal with frustration than taking it out on a loved one, or stewing over it for the rest of the day.

In just under four minutes, the children in this video exhibit wisdom that some of the most intelligent adults could learn from. Their advice? Just breathe.

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These school-age children are able to pinpoint warning signs their body sends them when they are getting to their breaking point, or, as one girl explains in her own words, when “‘mad’ just takes over your body.” One of the children drew a parallel to a glass jar full of glitter, and how the glitter gets jumbled up when it’s shaken. They talk about what they do when they’re mad (like punch stuff, scream, or get red-hot), and how they don’t like doing what they do when they’re mad.

One child is even able to explain the neuroscience behind anger, a phenomenon I’m sure many adults aren’t aware of.

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More importantly, these children explain the coping skills they use when they begin to feel the “mad” warning signs in their body. The overall consensus from these young minds is simple: just breathe.

The children describe how breathing helps the heart slow down, and harnesses your energy, allowing you to think clearly. The girl who used the glitter analogy explains, “it’s like all the sparkles are at the bottom of your brain.”

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The wisdom shared by these young life coaches is something all of us could use on a daily basis, at work, at home, or in the car. Nothing is so important it’s worth lashing out, or losing your cool.

Though these children don’t have bills to pay, or mouths to feed (besides their own), they all have worries and stress that are just as important as the adult problems we face every day. And if they can figure out a way to remain calm, so can all of us.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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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.”

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