Emotions With Animals: Mischievous Pelicans

Hey there, everyone! Welcome back to this week’s edition of Emotions With Animals! I recently posted tons of blog posts. Go to http://lilliandarnell.com/2016/05/26/graceful-planets/ to see some of them.

Mischievous pelicans eat fish with their beak and their see-through pouch open. Pelicans will look silly mischievous.

Mischievous people giggle nervously. If you ask someone,”Are you hiding something?” and they might reply no to you. Be careful not to get mischievous yourself!

How To Not Be Mischievous:

Channel Mischief: Channel your mischief into curiosity for things.

Transform: Transform your mischief into a learning experience to keep from doing something dangerous or get you in trouble.

Connecting: Connect with the feeling that comes with mischievous. After you finish connecting with it, go for a walk in nature or anything that will channel the mischief to something (see Channel Mischief for more).

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Pelicans In Flight

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Learn About Empathy, Sympathy, and Compassion

Hey there! Want to learn more about compassion, sympathy and empathy? You’ve come to the right place!

Compassion actually means “to suffer together.” Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that rises when you are approached with someone suffering and feel motivated to relieve that person’s suffering. Compassion isn’t the same as empathy though the thoughts are related.

While empathy refers more formally to their ability to take the perspective of and feel the emotions of a person, compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help. Altruism is the kind and selfless behavior often prompted by feelings of compassion, though a person can feel compassion without acting on the compassion, and altruism can’t always motivated by compassion. While people who doubt may leave compassion as touchy-feely or not logical, scientists have started to map the biological basis of compassion, suggesting its deep evolutionary meaning.

Some research has shown that when anyone feel compassion, anyone’s heart rate slows down, anyone secretes the bonding hormone oxytocin, and regions of the brain linked to feelings of pleasure light up, which often results in their wanting to approach and care for other people. Scientific research into the measurable benefits of compassion is very young. Preliminary findings suggest that being compassionate can improve health, well-being, and relationships with people.

Many scientists believe that compassion might be vital to the survival of their species, and they’re finding that its advantages can be increased through targeted exercises and practice. Here are some of the most top exciting findings from this research so far.

Compassion makes us feel good. Compassionate action (e.g., giving to charity) activates pleasure circuits in the brain, and compassion training programs even very brief ones strengthen brain circuits for pleasure and reward and lead to lasting increases in self-reported happiness. Being compassionate—tuning in to other people in a kind and loving manner—can reduce risk of heart disease by boosting the positive effects of the Vagus Nerve, which helps to slow our heart rate.

One compassion training program has found that it makes people more resilient to stress; it lowers stress hormones in the blood and saliva and strengthens the immune response. Brain scans during loving-kindness meditation which directs compassion toward suffering, suggest that on average, compassionate people’s minds wander less about what has gone wrong in their lives, or might go wrong in the future; as a result, they’re happier.

Compassion helps make caring parents. Brain scans show that when people experience compassion, their brains activate in neural systems known to support parental nurturance and other caregiving behaviors. Compassion helps make better spouses.

Compassionate people are more optimistic and supportive when communicating with others. Compassion helps make better friends. Studies of college friendships show that when one friend sets the goal to support the other compassionately, both friends experience greater satisfaction and growth in the relationship growing compassion for one person makes us less vindictive toward others.

Restraining feelings of compassion chips away at our commitment to moral principles. Workers who receive more compassion in their workplace see themselves, their co-workers, and their organization in a more positive light, report feeling more positive emotions like joy and contentment, and are more committed to their jobs. More compassionate societies those that take care of their most vulnerable members, assist other nations in need, and have children who perform more acts of kindness—are the more happier ones.

Compassionate people are more socially adept, making them less vulnerable to loneliness; loneliness has been shown to cause stress and harm the immune system. They often talk about some people as being more compassionate than others, but research suggests compassion isn’t something you’re born with or not. Instead, it can be strengthened through targeted exercises and practice.

Here are some specific, science-based activities for cultivating compassion from their new site, Greater Good in Action: Feeling supported: Think about the people you turn to when you’re distressed and recall times when you’ve felt comforted by them, which research says can help us to feel more compassionate toward others. Compassion meditation: Cultivate compassion toward a loved one, yourself, a neutral person, and even an enemy.

Put a human face on suffering: When reading the news, look for profiles of specific individuals and try to imagine what their lives have been like if you read the news. Eliciting altruism: Create reminders of connectedness. Compassion training programs, such as those out of Emory University and Stanford University, are revealing how we can boost feelings of compassion in ourselves and others.

Here are some of the best tips to emerge out of those programs, as well as other research. Look for commonalities: Seeing yourself as similar to others increases feelings of compassion. A recent study shows that something as simple as tapping your fingers to the same rhythm with a stranger increases compassionate behavior.

Calm your inner worrier: When we let our mind run wild with fear in response to someone else’s pain (e.g., What if that happens to me?), we inhibit the biological systems that enable compassion. The practice of mindfulness can help us feel safer in these situations, facilitating compassion. Encourage cooperation, not competition, even through subtle cues: A seminal study showed that describing a game as a “Community Game” led players to cooperate and share a reward evenly; describing the same game as a “Wall Street Game” made the players more cutthroat and less honest.

This can be a valuable lesson for teachers, who can promote cooperative learning in the classroom. See people as individuals (not abstractions): When presented with an appeal from an anti-hunger charity, people were more likely to give money after reading about a starving girl than after reading statistics on starvation—even when those statistics were combined with the girl’s story. Don’t play the blame game: When we blame others for their misfortune, we feel less tenderness and concern toward them.

Respect your inner hero: When we think we’re capable of making a difference, we’re less likely to curb our compassion. Notice and savor how good it feels to be compassionate. Studies have shown that practicing compassion and engaging in compassionate action bolsters brain activity in areas that signal reward.

To cultivate compassion in kids, start by modeling kindness: Research suggests compassion is contagious, so if you want to help compassion spread in the next generation, lead by example. Curb inequality: Research suggests that as people feel a greater sense of status over others, they feel less compassion. Don’t be a sponge: When we completely take on other people’s suffering as our own, we risk feeling personally distressed, threatened, and overwhelmed; in some cases, this can even lead to burnout.

Instead, try to be receptive to other people’s feelings without adopting those feelings as your own. Empathy is at its simplest awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It is a key element of Emotional Intelligence, the link between self and others, because it is how we as individuals understand what others are experiencing as if we were feeling it ourselves.

Empathy goes far beyond sympathy, which might be considered feeling for someone. Empathy is feeling with that person through the use of imagination. Empathy is feeling someone else’s feelings and you understand.

Empathy is feeling sorry for someone. Empathy is also experienced by almost everyone at 1 point in their life especially autism people. (No offence for autism people). Compassion is actually love in disguise.

If your loved one is in a hospital, war, hurt, sick, or dying. Ask a friend or parent to help you and they might show that they are compassionate for you or they might show empathy for you. They might show sympathy too.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. There might be a Emotions With Animals edition blog post of this topic!

Compassion for the earth! ♥💖Found on Google Images!

Websites I Used:

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/compassion/definition

http://grammarist.com/usage/empathy-sympathy/

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Graceful Planets

Hey there, everyone! I recently wrote Graceful SwansEnchanted Egyptian BeautyA Mindful Mermaid StoryA Sad Princess StoryEmotions With Animals: Sad CatsJealous CrayonsEmotions With Animals: Jealous ParrotsMindful GoslingsAngry Candy StoryEmotions With Animals: Angry Ducks,  and A Happy FairyHappy Dogs.

Once upon a time, there lived a planet named Blue Moon who had always wanted to be graceful but her parental planets didn’t agree yet. She needed proof to prove she wanted to be graceful but she didn’t know yet.

She went to Wild Fruit planet who was very wise. Wild told her to be patient. So she was patient but one day the idea goes into her circular head. She set out to find a graceful planetary animal who would be given to her parental planets as proof.

Finally after looking several planetary nights and days, she found a planet animal called Nebula Sparkles. The animal was incredibly graceful and she asked the animal if she wanted to go back with her to Planetary Moon Sky.

The animal said, “Yes, you may take me back to Moon Sky”. When they arrived, she was greeted and she gave them the animal.  Blue Moon explained that she got the animal for her proof that she was graceful.

Her parental planets talked it over. They finally agreed that she could be graceful. So now whenever you see the Blue Moon, just remember this legend and you may see her parental planets in the distance.

I hope you enjoyed my blog post.

Awesome Blue Moon

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Q&A with Melody the Dog

Hi there! You’re about to enter a funny Q&A.

Annie: Hey there! Are you ready to do some digging?

Melody: Hey! Yes, I’m ready to start digging.

Annie: Great! Do you have pups?

Melody: Yes, I have 10 puppies. Thanks for asking that question!

Annie: Your welcome! What are the puppies’ names?

Melody: Buster, Digger, Finder, Seeker, Princess, Emily, Bubbles, Peaches, Lily, and Stefanie are the names of the puppies. Do you have puppies?

Annie: I’m human and I have children. Who are you married to?

Melody: I’m married to King the 2nd. Are you married also?

Annie: Yes, I’m married. What’s your life like being a dog?

Melody: We dig, find things, seek stuff, and bust things but we have a certain time for everything. Do you have a certain time for everything?

Annie: Yes, I do. What is your schedule?

Melody: My schedule is to wake up at 5:00am, get some food for breakfast, wake up the kids, have fun, lunch, have more fun, dinner, and go to bed. Do you have any other questions?

Annie: Wow! Yes, I do.

Melody: OK. I am willing to answer your questions.

Annie: I’m excited for Halloween! Are you excited?

Melody: Yes. Do you think we should wrap up our conversation?

Annie: Yes, I think we should. Farewell, it was nice talking to you.

Melody: OK, it was a nice pleasure to meet you. See you soon, Annie.

Annie and Melody: This is the end of the Q&A!

 

Cute Dog!

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Sapphire & Topaz Mystery Solver

Hey there! Relax and take a deep breath. You are about to enter a gemstone’s mystery.

Once upon a time, there lived 2 detectives who were named Sapphire and Topaz. They had already solved 3 mysteries. This is their fourth mystery together.

One day, they were walking when they suddenly saw a mystery. They suspected that someone or something was following them. They went home to get an idea of what it could be.

Then they went back to the scene with a magnificent idea to try out. The magnificent idea was to get some yummy food at a local gem restaurant and use it to catch the someone or something.

First, they got some food along the way too because they were hungry also. They walked back to the scene after that. Secondly, they put the food on the sidewalk and looked for a nearby hidden spot to wait.

Fortunately, they saw a bush and a tree; and they hid in those places. Shortly after, they saw a gem animal they’d never seen before. So they went to investigate but the gem animal noticed them looking her.

The gem animal laughed and said, “Hello there! I’m Gem-Topia and I am your new gem neighbor. Can you tell me who both of you are?”Hey there! Nice to meet you, Gem-Topia. I am Sapphire and this is Topaz.” said Sapphire with a chuckle.

So the trio became friends. They spent time together and they were inseparable. I hope you enjoyed my story!

Pretty blue sapphire!

Pretty green topaz!

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The Adventurous Pineapple Family

Hi there! Since I like pineapple, I decided to do a pineapple story. Be aware, it might make you very hungry and have a craving for pineapple.

Once upon a time, there lived a pineapple family who were always adventurous. The pineapple family explored Paprika and they visited a spice called Pepper who suggested they visit Applicious and so they did.

In Applicious, they met a fruit named Candy-Apple and she had asked if they’d visited Melon Land. The pineapple said that they hadn’t visited.

So they visited Melon Land. There they met a melon called Honey Water and she suggested Fruit Land. Apparently, they hadn’t explored Fruit Land.

In Fruit Land, they saw pineapples, apples, candy fruit, melons, and other fruit. The pineapple wanted to settle down but they wanted to check out Candy Land and Chip Land suggested by Peachy Orange.

So the pineapple family set off for Candy Land and they happened to eat candied pineapple. They met Candied Apple and her Candy Fruit friends. They headed to Chip Land next.

There they ate pineapple chips. The family met cheddar and her chip friends. The family went back to Pineapple land to pack their possessions and head back to Fruit Land. The pineapple family was still adventurous but they stayed close to Fruitland.

I hope you enjoyed my pineapple story!

Juicy Pineapple!

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Graceful Swans

Hey, everyone! Welcome back to this week’s edition of Emotions With Animals! I have recently wrote Enchanted Egyptian BeautyJealous CrayonsEmotions With Animals:: Jealous ParrotsAngry Candy StoryEmotions With Animals: Angry DucksA Sad Princess StoryEmotions With Animals: Sad CatsA Happy FairyHappy DogsA Mindful Mermaid Story, and Mindful Goslings.

Swans gracefully float across wetlands, lakes, ponds, seas. Swans are calm most of the time. Most swans gracefully fly in hibernation season in search for warm water.

Graceful people can float in pools and beaches. People can be calm sometimes. People can walk, swim, play, smile, stand, and sitting gracefully.

How To Be Graceful:

Living: Live in a place full kindness, courage, loving, conviction, non-resistant  and acceptance.

Sleep: Knowing that you’re loved, helps you to go to sleep gracefully.

Connecting With Emotions: It will make you feel graceful afterward.

Responding: Respond with love.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of Emotions With Animals! Check in next week for another round of Emotions With Animals! If you’re waiting for a emotion story, hang in there! It will be next. Don’t forget to check out Camilla’s blog at Mindful Musings.

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Beautiful swan landing. I also got this photo from Google Images!

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Fairyland Adventure

Hey, there! I’ve created the Fairyland Adventure blog series for everyone (especially for fairy lovers to read.) This is the intro of the series. Have fun reading the series!

June 3rd – (At Night)

That night, Lilliana had a dream of a magical car wash and some colorful lights moving. She saw herself in her dream. It instantly disappeared that very night. She wondered what the dream had meant but she wanted to see the same dream again.

June 4th – (Morning)

Lilliana told her mother, Camille about the vision she saw the night before. Lilliana asked Camille if she had any idea what the dream meant.

June 7th – (Night)

After Lilliana saw the dream for 3 nights, she saw that the magical carwash was slowly transforming before her eyes.

June 10th – (Night)

That very night, all of Fairyland appeared before her eyes. Lilliana instantly loved the place she was in. So she went to ask the Fairy Queen about what to do to get into Fairyland and what she would need. The fairy Queen had said that there’ll be a dressing room portal where Lilliana could change into her fairy outfit and wings. When Lilliana comes back, her clothes would be right where she had left them.

June 11th – (Night)

That night, she checked out her amazing portal and she went to explore the place.

That is how Fairyland came to be. Hope you enjoyed this fairyland intro!

Fairyland Pic that I found on Google Images.

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Learn About Christmas

Gallery

Hello, everyone! You might want to know more about Christmas. Thank you for visiting my blog! Christmas is my favorite holiday. In Argentina, the weather is almost always warm at Christmas. Preparations for Christmas begin very early in December and … Continue reading

Enchanted Egyptian Beauty

Hey there, everyone! Remember all the years in the past,  when I decided to sell copies of the Egyptian Eye? I decided to sell the copies of my Egyptian Eye again this year. Here is a poem about it.

Triangular prisms sprout rainbows
From the tip of a triangle, triangles peak everywhere
Amazing colorful teeth pointing toward a catchy circle
It is an Egyptian Beauty!

I hope you enjoyed my poem!


About the Egyptian Eye:

I made this Egyptian Eye masterpiece when I was young. (I can’t remember what date I finished it and started it). Camilla mentioned that it looked like an Egyptian Eye. So the name became Egyptian Eye. I used the Egyptian Eye drawing in 2010 for raising money for getting to the conference in San Antonio, TX. I decided that it went so well that I did it for the conference last year in Salt Lake City, UT. It was a great success last year and I wanted to do that idea again this year for San Antonio. Find out more at http://lilliandarnell.com/lillians-art/ for the pricing. Thanks to all of you got a copy of the Egyptian Eye.


 

About Me:

I am the artist of the Egyptian Eye. I am a soon to be abstract artist of abstract rocks, paintings, and drawings. Find out more about about me in my About Lillian page. Thank you!

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