Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Gut bacteria affect your brain

More and more evidence is showing up that your microbiota can affect your mental health.  In other words, eat you probiotic yogurt.

Is Your Gut Making You Depressed or Anxious?

Turns out “gut feeling” is more than just a fancy name for intuition. Our small and large intestine, and the trillions of bacteria that call it home, are more important than ever imagined for influencing our mood, our anxiety, our choices, and even our personalities. This week Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen goes straight for the gut with three surprising mind-gut connections.

Ellen Hendriksen, PhD | December 23, 2016 |

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February 17, 2017 Posted by | brain, diet, health, nutrition, psychology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twitter reveals innate mood swings

A recent study analyzing tweets globally suggests that innate biological rhythms play a big role in our moods.

Researches Use Twitter to Track Global Mood Swings

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October 27, 2011 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour | , | Leave a comment

Pros of being sad

Happy moods promote creativity and flexibility — but also gullability.  Sad moods make you more critical, improve your ability to judge and remember.

From Smart Planet, Nov 5, 2009:

A bad mood can help you think more clearly

By Andrew Nusca

Apparently, misery loves productivity.

Bad moods can be good for you, according to a new study.

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November 18, 2009 Posted by | behaviour | , , , , | Leave a comment