Remembering national I forgot day

July 2nd is National I Forgot Day, a day when you just simply relax and forget about anything . . . well, trivial. Anyway, this day could be a good excuse for not remembering whatever it is you need to recall…

July 2nd is National I Forgot Day, a day when you just simply relax and forget about anything . . . well, trivial. Speaking of, here is a trivia: I Forgot Day was created by Gaye Anderson of DeMotte, IN, who apparently had issues with her memory recall. This could be your good excuse for not remembering whatever it is you need to remember…

Clara Mae – I Forgot (Official Video) by Clara Mae, on YouTube

Helen Keller quote: what constitutes true happiness

Helen Keller said: Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Helen Keller

Happy Bench Monday

Lady, wearing orange sandals, stands atop a red brick bench
Lady, wearing orange sandals, stands atop a red brick bench

B. B. King quote: the blues tonic for your ailment

Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you. I could play the blues and then not be blue anymore.

B. B. King

Happy Monday Blues!

Man, wearing blue jeans and black sneakers, stands on top of a concrete bench
Man, wearing blue jeans and black sneakers, stands on top of a concrete bench

The world’s first selfie recorded online

June 21st is National Selfie Day. It was founded in 2014 by DJ Rick McNeely of Fishbowl Radio Network in Arlington, TX. It started out as an idea and now it is an annual self-portrait celebration.

June 21st is National Selfie Day. It was founded in 2014 by DJ Rick McNeely of Fishbowl Radio Network in Arlington, TX. It started out as an idea and now it is an annual self-portrait celebration. (1)

2013 word of the year: selfie

Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed selfie as 2013 Word of the Year. A short variation of self-portrait photography, selfie was first known online through an ABC online forum. On September 13, 2002, a user named Hopey wrote… (2)

Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.

Hopey, Dissolved Stitches (post id: 169902), ABC Online Forum (3)
National Selfie Day 2019 Update by Hot Grills Of Texas DJ Rick, on YouTube

Aside from National Selfie Day, below are other non-official holidays being celebrated on June 21st.

  • National Aboriginal Day
  • World Day of Music
  • National Smoothie Day
  • Summer Solstice
  • National Take Your Dog to Work Day
  • International Yoga Day

(1) About National Selfie Day June 21st. (n.d.). Retrieved June 20, 2019 from http://nationalselfieday.net/about/.
(2) Pearlman, Jonathan. (2013, November 19). Australian man ‘invented the selfie after drunken night out’. Retrieved from https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/10459115/Australian-man-invented-the-selfie-after-drunken-night-out.html
(3) How “Selfie” Was Born in Australia (And Took Over the World). (2013, November 20). Retrieved from https://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/blogexcerpts/how-selfie-was-born-in-australia-and-took-over-the-world/.

Joey King quote: reaction to rejection

Joey King said: Don’t get discouraged from all the rejection.

Don’t get discouraged from all the rejection.

Joey King
Lady, wearing stone-washed slim-fit jeans, standing on red-painted concrete staircase
Lady, wearing stone-washed slim-fit jeans, standing on red-painted concrete staircase

Andrew Carnegie quote: what to do to be happy

Andrew Carnegie said: If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.

Andrew Carnegie
Lady, in ripped blue jeans and brown sandals, sitting on a park table-bench
Lady, in ripped blue jeans and brown sandals, sitting on a park table-bench

June PTSD Awareness Month: What PTSD is

This is very informative and worth reblogging, especially for the month of June – PTSD Awareness Month.

The Psych Talk

Symptoms:

Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include the following:

  • Intense feelings of distress when reminded of a tragic event
  • Extreme physical reactions to reminders of trauma such as a nausea, sweating or a pounding heart
  • Invasive, upsetting memories of a tragedy
  • Flashbacks (feeling like the trauma is happening again)
  • Nightmares of either frightening things or of the event
  • Loss of interest in life and daily activities
  • Feeling emotionally numb and detached from other people
  • Sense of a not leading a normal life (not having a positive outlook of your future)
  • Avoiding certain activities, feelings, thoughts or places that remind you of the tragedy
  • Difficulty remembering important aspects of a tragic event

Causes:

PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later. PTSD is estimated to affect about 1 in every 3 people who have a traumatic experience, but it’s not…

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National Hazelnut Cake Day [video]

June 1st is National Hazelnut Cake Day. One way to celebrate it is to bake it! Watch this video recipe of a home-baked hazelnut cake topped with chocolate ganache… Yum!

June 1st is National Hazelnut Cake Day.

Celebake

Here is one way to celebrate it – bake it! Here is a video recipe of your own home-baked hazelnut cake topped with chocolate ganache… Yum!

🌰 Hazelnut effect on memory

How to Make Hazelnut Cake by El Mundo Eats, on YouTube

Franklin Roosevelt quote: where happiness lies

Franklin Roosevelt said:

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

Franklin D Roosevelt

Happy Bench Monday

Lady, wearing black strappy high heels, sitting on a log bench
Lady, wearing black strappy high heels, sitting on a log bench

Adlai Stevenson II quote: what is patriotism

Adlai Stevenson II said: Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.

Adlai Stevenson II

Elie Wiesel quote: nothing without memory

Elie Wiesel said: Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no future.

Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no future.

Elie Wiesel

Memorial Day on May 27th

Reblogged for the upcoming Memorial Day… 😊

TUTORING YOU

Home Of The Free Because Of The Brave Pictures, Photos, and Images for Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and TwitterFor most Americans, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and the start of barbeque and camping season, but the meaning of this holiday runs much deeper than a casual barbeque. In fact, the true meaning of this holiday is to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Memorial Day is a holiday observed on the last Monday in May that is meant to honor and remember those who died in the military while serving their country.

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Max Muller quote: what a flower and man need

Max Fuller said: Man, wearing storm trooper sneakers, stands on a wooden bench fence

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.

Max Muller

Happy Bench Monday

Man, wearing storm trooper sneakers, stands on a wooden bench fence
Man, wearing storm trooper sneakers, stands on a wooden bench fence

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness is that state in which you are aware of what is currently happening. It is simply living today – leaving behind unpleasant things that have already happened without worrying about what the future might hold. Mindfulness meditation, used as a therapeutic technique, is when our mind accepts all our bodily sensations in a calming way.

Mindfulness is that state in which you are aware of what is currently happening.  It is simply living today – leaving behind unpleasant things that have already happened without worrying about what the future might hold.

Mindfulness meditation, used as a therapeutic technique, is when our mind accepts all our bodily sensations in a calming way.

Yes, let me repeat that – in.a.calming.way…

So, as you leave behind any unpleasantries, you suppress your depression. When you stop worrying about tomorrow and beyond, you overcome your anxiety. The result is your feeling of relief – a current relaxed state. For those who currently have any chronic illness, this is one way of suppressing pain or even fear.

Yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.

Khalil Gibran

Mindfulness meditation

The Science Behind Mindfulness Meditation by UpRising UK, on YouTube

April: national month of hope

April is the month of hope and your cool poem is just perfect to reblog, Nirant. Thanks for writing and sharing this! 😀

The poem zone

You were like…

The sun that shines on

Cold winter morning.

Like a rainbow drawn on

rainy skies,

That were grey & unpromising.

You were the…

The full moon painted on a

Pitch black night,

Like the stars that danced among

Each other across the sky,

Like the sun that sets after a tiring day,

And the sun that rises to mark a fresh start.

You were the promise of better,

You were a promise of Hope.

_Niran†.

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April: stress awareness month

I agree. Work is one of the causes of stress. And yes to effective communication… For now, it’s time to destress! We’re going nature-tripping and unwind before coming back to work… 😉

Thanks for sharing, Penelope!

Pen Your Comms

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992. According to the Mental Health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. So the chances are that you are one of these people.

Work is a common cause of our modern stress epidemic. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found demands, control, support, relationships, role and change as the six main causes. By the time you’ve spotted the signs of stress in individuals or teams in your organisation it may already be too late and your business could already be suffering from:

  • High staff turnover
  • Increased absenteeism and sickness levels
  • Long-hours work culture
  • Employees not taking their full holiday
    entitlement
  • Low productivity and efficiency

How can you help to reduce
stress in your organisation?

Health and wellbeing should be included in your internal communication…

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Childhood memory: crayon art

I know the one that thinks differently, and sometimes criticized by others, is the one who is very imaginative and artistic. Way to go! 😊

Ryan Hughes

I have a distinct and distant memory of doing an elementary school assignment that involved using crayons to color code some sort of chart.

I got in a hurry so I misunderstood the instructions and put the colors in the wrong place. I remember my classmates chiding me and I felt embarrassed. The teacher told me to do it over, but I thought the colors looked good where I put them. I tried to color over what I had made, but crayon on crayon doesn’t work well at all so I had a messy color chart that didn’t make any sense to anyone except me.

Many years passed and I “forgot” about the incident. It came back to me when I was making these crayon drawings last week. (I found some crayons in a closet while staying at my parents house.) Part of me felt mad about the memory and…

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Allen Klein quote: what your attitude is like

Allen Klein said: Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor and your picture begins to lighten up.

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor and your picture begins to lighten up.

Allen Klein

25 Brain Exercises for Memory That Actually Help You Remember More

Let’s do this! 😃 🧠 ⚡️

Cognizance

The brain is often thought of as similar to a computer. When the brain is powerful and working properly, it will enable you to perform all your cognitive and bodily functions smoothly and efficiently, and the reverse is also true.

Unfortunately, our brainpower tends to decline as we grow older. And as you might have seen in media reports, loss of memory and dementia is a growing concern for people today. Brain wellness is now right up there with heart health.

If you are finding yourself forgetting things more than usual, it can be a little alarming. But you need to know you are not helpless when it comes to keeping your brain healthy and powerful. There are simple brain exercises for memory improvement you can do to boost your brainpower so you remember more.

Benefits of improving your brainpower

According to a 2015 study published in the journal Neurology…

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Stuart Seaton quote: the most unusual instrument

Stuart Seaton said: The human brain is a most unusual instrument of elegant and as yet unknown capacity.

The human brain is a most unusual instrument of elegant and as yet unknown capacity.

Stuart Seaton

Mild traumatic brain injury links to mental health

Worth reading and sharing… 😊 🧠

Exploring science world

A mild traumatic brain injury such from a fall, car accident, the violent assault may result in mental health problem if not well treated and follow up by practitioners a new study suggests.

In the study published in JAMA Psychiatry, the researchers compared the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in patients who had experienced mild traumatic brain injury and those who had experienced another type of traumatic injuries such as broken legs but not head injury.

The recent study examined 1,155 patients with mild traumatic brain injuries between three, six and 12months after their injuries and 230 patients with non-head injuries from 11 hospitals with trauma centres across the United States, between 2014 and 2016.

The result shows that patients with mild traumatic brain injury were more likely to experience PTSD and depressive disorder compared to non-head injuries patients.

At three months after brain injury, 20 percent of…

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Brain Injury Awareness Month: looking at TBI from different angles

It’s good to be brain-aware… 🧠

Collection Spotlight from the National Rehabilitation Information Center

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and the Brain Injury Association of American encourages everyone to #ChangeYourMind about brain injury. Sometimes, all we need to change our understanding of a disability like traumatic brain injury (TBI) is to learn about it from a different angle. If facts and figures don’t click for you, maybe a video interview with a TBI survivor will connect the dots. If you’re a visual learner, perhaps a comic or infographic will help get the message through. Maybe data tables and charts are your key to understanding the impact of TBI. Here are some examples from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere which may give you a fresh perspective on TBI:

  • Break it down to the basics! The NIDILRR-funded
    Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) offers a collection of TBI factsheets,
    developed with researchers, on everything from big picture of Understanding TBI
    to individual topics…

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George Jessel quote: when the brains starts and stops

George Jessel said: The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.

George Jessel

March: brain injury awareness month

We just ought to know… 😊 🧠

God's Whispers of Truth

Check out these few facts that can help make us all more aware of just how prevalent brain injury is in the U.S.

Here are a few statistics I find very interesting regarding brain injury:

1) A TBI is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain.

2) Falls are the leading causes of TBI in America.

3) Men are twice as likely to sustain a TBI than women.

4) 90 % percent of concussions do not involve loss of consciousness.

5) Each year, about 2.8 million people are treated for TBI in a United States ER.

6) A concussion is a mild brain injury. The consequences of multiple concussions can be far more dangerous than those of a first time TBI.

7) The area most often injured are the frontal lobes that control thinking and emotional regulation.

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Earl Nightingale quote: your problem

Earl Nightingale said: Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.

Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.

Earl Nightingale
ady reaching down while standing on a concrete bench
lady reaching down while standing on a concrete bench

When and when not to drink water a day

When we breathe, perspire and pass urine, we lose liquid in our bodies.  If we begin to lose about 2% of water, we become thirsty – the signal that tells us it is time to hydrate. Here is a schedule that will help you remember to drink water everyday.

Water is life.  Such a commonplace statement and so true.  We clean with it, cook with it, work with it, etc.  Without water, our brains and entire bodily system will not function.  Since our adult bodies are composed of 55-60% water, it is basic to replenish the bodily fluids we lose everyday.

Water is the driving force of all nature.

Leonardo da Vinci

Aside from Da Vinci’s statement about water being the driving force, science also defines water as the primary building block of cells.  It aids in swallowing and digesting food.  It also regulates internal body temperature, helps lubricate the joints, carries nutrients within our bodies and maintains good cognitive functions, such as attention and *memory*.

In addition to the above processes, when we breathe, perspire and pass urine, we lose liquid from our bodies as well.  If we begin to lose about 2% internal water, we become thirsty or, in extreme cases, get dehydrated.

Water dehydration

What would happen if you didn’t drink water? – Mia Nacamulli by TED-Ed, on YouTube

Drinking water is like washing out your insides.  The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues.

Kevin R. Stone

Water replenishment

We have 24 hours a day, with 8 hours devoted to sleep.  That leaves us with 16 hours to hydrate with potable water.  Divide 16 hours by 2 and we get 8.  That means we need to drink ever 2 hours, right?

I always have water, tons of water.  It’s even in my bathroom because I used to be so bad at drinking water, and I want to stay hydrated.

Selena Gomez

If you are like me (and Selena Gomez) who forgets to drink eight daily glasses of water (or could not even drink a half glass of water right after meal), you can try my personal drink-water-a-day program (in lieu of any mobile phone drink-water-reminder app).

  1. Drink water after waking up in the morning.  I rise up at 6am.
  2. Drink water (30 minutes***) after eating breakfast (or maybe between 7 to 9 for you?).
  3. Drink water around 10am or 2 hours after your last hydration.
  4. Drink water (30 minutes***) after lunch.  Your food recharge could be 12 noon or 1pm.
  5. Drink water around 2pm or during your coffee, err, water break.
  6. Drink water at 4pm or maybe after your bathroom break.
  7. Drink water at 6pm or (30 minutes***) after your dinner.
  8. Drink water at 8pm or 2 hours before (not right before) you sleep.

The above is a schedule “I try” to do and I hope it kinda gives you an idea.  You can be more creative on your own day-to-day routine.  If you can drink 2 glasses at a time, good for you then!  (That may also mean lesser bathroom breaks. 😆)

Also, please note that water is not only consumed by just merely drinking it.  Some of the food we eat already contain water.  Celery, strawberry, cucumber and even broccoli, to name a few, will help replenish lost bodily fluids while supplementing fiber and nutrients.  Water is also in the rice or noodle soup you had during lunchtime (which means I don’t have to feel bad if I was only able to drink 1/4 glass of my water 😀).

Water intoxication

Before you start watching BRIGHT SIDE’s video below, I’d like to point this out…

***Some, including BRIGHT SIDE, say drinking water right after meals is not good because it dilutes the digestive juices necessary to break down food.  Dr. Michael Picco contradicts this, via Mayo Clinic, saying water does not interfere with digestion.  In fact, it aids in absorbing nutrients.

I am yet to find clinical studies and scientific evidences to explain the biological truth about drinking water right after meals.  But for now, I’ll stick to drinking at least 30 minutes after eating breakfast, lunch and dinner.***

9 Situations When You Really Shouldn’t drink Water by BRIGHT SIDE, on YouTube

Conclusion

Optimal hydration or getting the right amount of water is proven to be effective in keeping your body, mind and *memory* healthy.  On the other hand, over-hydration will cause more harm.

Like they say, too much of a good thing is bad.  So, just be cautious of your own body.  If you thirst, then that is the signal you already lost 2% of your bodily fluid.  Let’s drink to that! 🍹

References:
(1) Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D., How Much of Your Body Is Water?, September 28, 2018, https://www.thoughtco.com/how-much-of-your-body-is-water-609406
(2) Pico, Michael F., M.D., Does drinking water during or after a meal disturb digestion?, May 3, 2018, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/digestion/faq-20058348

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