Ana Theresa Williams BSN RN
Does exercise affect your mood? Will music help fight your being irritable? Let’s learn in today’s article about your mood.
Music will not always improve your mood. Although music can improve your mood, it still depends on what you’re listening to. In a recent study, volunteers’ moods improved when they listened to Mozart but stayed the same when they heard other instrumental music, and their moods were made worse by music from the Holocaust movie “Schindler’s List.”
Do you know that olive oil, salmon, and walnuts are thought to have positive effects on mood? A recent study found that people who consume a lot of olive oil are less likely to be depressed. Salmon and walnuts are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and some studies have suggested that these essential fatty acids could have mood-boosting properties. Some research also indicates that eating high-calorie comfort foods, which we typically reach for during times of stress or anxiety, may be a type of “natural reward” that reduces stress responses.
Whenever we interact with strangers, it is likely that it makes it better effect for our mood. A University of British Columbia study found that even brief interactions with strangers tended to improve people’s moods. Researchers theorize that people tend to try to impress strangers and act cheerful around them, which has the collateral effect of putting them in a better mood.
Australian researchers studying the effect of mood on skepticism and trust found that people in a good mood are more trusting and people in a bad mood are more skeptical. People in a bad mood were more likely to detect when someone was being deceptive, while people in a good mood were more easily fooled.
Moods are contagious. A recent study found that people can “catch” happiness from happy people around them or become more depressed if they’re around people who are depressed. “People’s happiness depends on the happiness of others with whom they are connected,” the study concluded.
Exercise can improve your mood by creating new neurons, boosting brain blood flow, and increasing dopamine levels. Studies have shown that exercise can help create new neurons in the brain, boost blood flow to the brain, and increase levels of key mood-regulating chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine and serotonin.
While we see a lot of grumpy old men and women in our area, a number of studies have shown that older people generally tend to accentuate the positive. Researchers speculate that as people begin to realize that they have a limited number of years left, they make a conscious or subconscious decision to focus more on positive thoughts. Another possibility is physiological: As people age, a part of the brain associated with emotion is more likely to be activated in response to positive images and less activated in response to negative images.
Although it’s true that smokers can feel irritable while they are trying to quit smoking, a Brown University study found that smokers reported being in much better moods after they had successfully quit smoking. However, if they had been trying to quit but were unable to do so, they reported being in much darker moods.
A change in the weather can change your mood, in short “weather-weather lang yan!” Numerous studies confirm that people’s moods can be significantly affected by the weather. Although not true to everyone, sunshine is associated with good moods, while rainy season causes you to be depressed or sad or just not in the mood.
Depression can be distinguished from normal feelings of sadness or pessimism by symptoms, severity, and duration. Consult a medical doctor if symptoms persist for more than two weeks or if they significantly impair your normal activities.
Healthwatching: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Philippians 3:9