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Stressing Over Work? A New Study Says Expressive Writing Can help Brain Relax and Perform Tasks Efficiently

Expressive writing can not only help individuals process past traumas or stressful event but also prepare for stressful tasks in the future

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Stressing over tasks is not going to help achieve targets. But turns out writing about it can. (Representational Image ), Pixabay
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New York, September 15, 2017 : If the anxiety of performing an upcoming task is giving you stress, simply writing about your feelings may help you perform the task more efficiently, suggests new research.

The research – published online in the journal Psychophysiology — provides the first neural evidence for the benefits of expressive writing, said lead author Hans Schroder, a doctoral student in psychology at Michigan State University (MSU) in the US.

“Worrying takes up cognitive resources; it’s kind of like people who struggle with worry are constantly multitasking — they are doing one task and trying to monitor and suppress their worries at the same time,” Schroder said.

“Our findings show that if you get these worries out of your head through expressive writing, those cognitive resources are freed up to work toward the task you’re completing and you become more efficient,” Schroder said.

For the study, college students identified as chronically anxious through a validated screening measure completed a computer-based “flanker task” that measured their response accuracy and reaction times.

Before the task, about half of the participants wrote about their deepest thoughts and feelings about the upcoming task for eight minutes. The other half, in the control condition, wrote about what they did the day before.

While the two groups performed at about the same level for speed and accuracy, the expressive-writing group performed the flanker task more efficiently, meaning they used fewer brain resources, measured with electroencephalography, or EEG, in the process.

While much previous research has shown that expressive writing can help individuals process past traumas or stressful events, the current study suggests the same technique can help people — especially worriers — prepare for stressful tasks in the future.

“Expressive writing makes the mind work less hard on upcoming stressful tasks, which is what worriers often get ‘burned out’ over, their worried minds working harder and hotter,” Jason Moser, Associate Professor at MSU.

“This technique takes the edge off their brains so they can perform the task with a ‘cooler head,'” Moser added. (IANS)

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25 Funny jokes That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

It can be hard to be funny sometimes. Everyone's sense of humour is different, however there are some classic funny jokes which everyone loves to laugh at

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Funny jokes to make you laugh out loud. Pixabay
Funny jokes to make you laugh out loud. Pixabay
  • Laughter is the best medicine and rightly so
  • Everyone loves hearing and sharing jokes on WhatsApp
  • Jokes can instantly lighten your mood up

Who doesn’t like a good laugh? Life can get stressful at times, all we need in those depressing moments is a good laugh. Laughing is very healthy for us, and it has been proven multiple times by multiple people. Everyone likes a person who can tell a good joke.

Everyone likes to be around a person who can tell a good joke. Pixabay
Everyone likes to be around a person who can tell a good joke. Pixabay

It can be hard to be funny sometimes. Everyone’s sense of humour is different, however there are some classic funny jokes which everyone loves to laugh at. Here is the list of such 25 funny jokes which will make you laugh out loud :

Some clever word play, which will get you laughing your heart out

1. Why was the little strawberry crying? His mom was in a jam.

2. What did one hat say to the other?

You stay here. I’ll go on ahead

3. What do you call a pony with a cough?

A little hoarse

4. What did the cop say to his stomach?

Stop! I’ve got you under a vest!

5. What do you do with a sick boat?

Take it to the doc already.

6. What do baby kangaroos wear when it’s cold out?

Jumpsuits.

7. What’s the most famous creature in the ocean?

The starfish.

8. Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party ?

He had no body to go with him.

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Dumb statements often make for really funny jokes, Pixabay
Dumb statements often make for really funny jokes, Pixabay

Dumb statements which actually make for very funny jokes

9. What does a grape say after it’s stepped on?

Nothing. It just lets out a little wine.

10. What happens when a frog’s car breaks down?

It gets toad away.

11. Did you hear about the guy who broke both his left arm and left leg?

He’s all right now.

12. What’s the tallest building in the world?

The library, cause it has the most stories.

13. Why did the scarecrow keep getting promoted?

Because he was outstanding in his field.

14. How do trees get online?

They log in.

15. Why shouldn’t you write with a broken pencil?

There’s no point.

16. What do you call someone wearing a belt with a watch attached to it?

A waist of time

Laughter can get you out of your life's stress. Pixabay
Laughter can get you out of your life’s stress. Pixabay

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Some other funny jokes to make you laugh 

17.  If you’re ever feeling chilly, it actually helps if you go stand in the corner for a while. They’re usually around 90 degrees.

18. Why couldn’t the bicycle stand up on it’s own? Because it was two tired.

19. “Dad, can you write in the dark?”

“I think so. What is it you want me to write?”

“Your name on this report card.”

20. Teacher: “Why was the computer  tired when it got home?”

Student: “Because it had a hard drive!”

21.Teacher: “Write a short essay on football match.”

All students were busy but one student was free..

Teacher: “Why are you not writing anything?”

Student: “Ma’am, the match cancelled due to rain..”

22. What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer?

A bad lawyer can let a case drag out for several years. A good lawyer can make it last even longer.

23. Guy: You know, it’s at moments like these where I wish I had been listening to what my mother has always been trying to tell me.

Girl: What did she say?

Guy: I don’t know, I wasn’t listening.

24. “Doctor, please hurry. My son swallowed a razor-blade.”

“Don’t panic, I’m coming immediately. Have you done anything yet?”

“Yea, I shaved with the electric razor.”

25. Doctor: “The pain in your leg is simply due to old age.”

Patient: “I don’t think so! My other leg is just the same age and it feels fine.”