Friday, October 19, 2012

A Mother's Voice

Heart with banner over it that says mom
Gotta love your mom!

Life these days can be pretty stressful at times, no matter who you are, or what you are doing. Something always seems to go awry at some point. Either you are overwhelmed, burned out, anxious, nervous, whatever, I've found something that could help you out! 

Psychological studies done by Dr. Leslie Seltzer at the University of Wisconsin in Madison have found that after a stressful situation, talking to your mother on the phone significantly reduces the stress hormone cortisol. 

I can vouch for this 100%. These past few weeks have been pretty stressful on me. All my classes seemed to have a project or paper or test to give me. Not to mention the 6 week long project that I had for my Layout class. I was feeling burned out and overwhelmed. So I called my mom for advice. Honestly she just told me things I already knew, but the fact that I was talking to her really calmed me down for some reason. 

So if you're feeling a bit under the weather, or like things are becoming to much to handle, call up your mom. Talk to her for a bit about whatever, it doesn't have to be about whatever is bothering you. Maybe she'll be able to get your mind off of it! Who knows. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Small Changes for the Better

If you could change something small to make you a little more happy, would you do it? I sure would. The little things in life are the things that matter the most. For instance, with some of the money I make from my job, I bought a nice pillow, and a nice office chair for my dorm. I buy things that I will use every day, and that will last for a long time. People ask me, "Why don't you buy games, or something like that?". Well honestly, I get bored of those, and besides, I live in a dorm room. So I'd like to make it as comfy as possible. Sure new computers and stuff are cool. But I am content with what I've got set up right now. It does what I need it to do, and that's that. 

A Picture that says the Little things

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. 

Arthur Conan Doyle

I like this quote because it is so true! Some people just don't understand it. "Oh, why would you want to buy those dumb little things?" Why? Simply because they make me happy. Another example! I like the faucets that pour the water out smoothly, not with a ton of bubbles. I think that the little grate on them is what makes them all bubbly, and I was telling my friend that I think I was going to remove that piece. He said "Why? That's stupid." Well, because it is something little, that would make using the sink a little nicer. Sure it still works without me tampering with it. But the moral of the story is, If you can change something little to make you happy, go for it! Because why not?