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Feel The Music

So many people listen to music but how many of those listening understand the benefits behind music? I would argue that off the top of our heads, not many could list the psychological/mental and physical benefits that come from music. 

 For example, did you know that music helps with anxiety and stress? If a person plays a slower tempo song, they can quiet their mind and even relax their muscles. This comes from the music’s effect of lowering cortisol (stress hormone) levels. Music also helps to improve sleep quality, even aiding those with insomnia. Not only can music help a person sleep, but music can also be versatile, working vice-versa by helping a person wake up with the added placebo effect of setting the tone for their day. 

The benefits don’t just end there. Make sure to not forget your headphones at home when going to the gym because the benefits can also be seen there. By playing fast paced music, a person can exert themselves more during a workout. With a certain tempo, one can also increase serotonin and endorphin levels in the body, providing a type of mood boost for a person, as can be read about in the article referenced below.

Some of the more common benefits of music includes boosting performance with cognitive tasks and helping with tasks involving memory, such as learning a language. There are even studies on how music therapy can help with cognitive impairments in older adults (ex- Alzheimer’s). The use of music in therapy (music therapy) can help with a variety of issues/situations such as: manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, boost memory, improve communication, and more.

If you would like to hear more about the benefits of music click here to see some results in out database.

Rock on! (Edited by Ash Hermosillo)

Reference

Speranza L, Pulcrano S, Perrone-Capano C, di Porzio U, Volpicelli F. Music affects functional brain connectivity and is effective in the treatment of neurological disorders. Rev Neurosci. 2022 Mar 24;33(7):789-801. doi: 10.1515/revneuro-2021-0135. PMID: 35325516.

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The Importance of Attachment (Connection)

“This will help you build character” is a saying I have heard non-stop from childhood. While this may be true for things like failing a test or going through a break up (what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger) the saying doesn’t apply to everything. Other use it as a joke but really how is your character/personality built and what are some aspects that influence personality.

One aspect that plays a big role in the forming of a personality is the idea of attachment theory. A term coined by John Bowlby that dictates a child’s relationship with their primary caregiver is important & critical for development. The relationship between the child and the Attachment Figure (AF) has a big hand in molding the child’s personality.

There are 4 attachment styles (up to date), each with their own differences. The different attachment styles and simple description are as follows: 

  1. Secure- the child is close and has a great/open relationship with their AF 
  1. Insecure/Avoidant- children usually avoid interaction with their AF and tend to avoid getting emotionally close. 
  1. Insecure/Resistant- children have a hard time getting a sense of security from their AF, which in turn may cause them to have a hard time regulating their emotions. 
  1. Insecure/Disorganized-disoriented- children don’t have a uniform/constant response to their AF. 

Attachment styles can affect you well into adulthood. Your style can also predict how you respond in your relationship and other social interactions. For example, if a person has an the avoidant attachment style, they are less likely to accept emotional intimacy. Whereas a person with a secure attachment style is more likely to feel comfortable expressing their emotions and accepting others emotions. There is also a correlation between your attachment style and confidence levels which in turn impacts mental health, learning and more. 

Studies even show that by looking at a child’s attachment style, teachers can predict future academic achievement. For example, a study found that those with a secure attachment style have better reading/pre-reading skills and an overly better outlook on reading, than insecurely attached children. The study also found that secure styled children have higher amounts of self-esteem. 

Attachment styles are not the only thing that impacts a persons personality/character and there can even be some overlapping between the different styles (ex- having traits from avoidant style & disorganized style). While the theory isn’t all encompassing , it can still help to bring awareness of just how important a bond between a child and their AF is.

If you’re interested in reading more about attachment theory/styles, do a quick search in one of our data bases here or check out books on the subject here.

(Edited by Ash Hermosillo)

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2024 Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Results

The pieces have fallen into place, and the 1- Hour Jigsaw Puzzle Competition results are in!

PAIRS COMPETITION

3rd Place

Annie R. & Anna J.

Time: 00:13:15

2nd Place

Mal-Gin G. & Nellie M.

Time: 00:11:35

1st Place

Michelle F. & Lauren P.

Time: 00:05:44

SINGLES COMPETITION

3rd Place

Bernadette D.

Time: 00:17:43

2nd Place

Chrissie R.

Time: 00:12:56  

1st Place

Michelle F.

Time: 00:11:12 

A big congratulations to all our winners!

The excitement and support we received during the Puzzle Contest was truly overwhelming, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing response we received from all of you. Whether you entered the contest, shared it with your friends and family, or simply showed your appreciation, your involvement made this event an incredible success.

Congratulations to those lucky individuals whose efforts awarded them trophies. You have now been contacted and your small prizes will be with you very soon! We hope that these prizes bring you delight and serve as a small token of our appreciation for your support.

We firmly believe that the spirit of participation and camaraderie matters just as much as the prizes themselves. Your involvement in this competitions reinforces the sense of community we strive to foster, and for that, we extend our sincerest thanks. Your engagement drives us to continue creating exceptional experiences and events that resonate with you, our valued customers.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us in celebrating the 1-Hour Jigsaw Puzzle Competition. We are truly humbled and honored to have such a fantastic community surrounding us.

If you have any feedback, suggestions, or ideas for future jigsaw puzzle events, please feel free to reach out to us. We value your input and take every opportunity to improve.

Wishing you all the best of luck in your future jigsaw puzzles.

MVCC Library

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The Skill of Emotions

With the changing times and the importance of mental health at the forefront of our minds, the significance of emotions and their impact on everyday life (work, school, relationships, etc.) is a noteworthy conversation to have. The best way to start that conversation is, of course, with Emotional Intelligence.

Emotional Intelligence is a term that wasn’t present in anything I was taught growing up, but the term is important in almost, I dare to say, every aspect of life, especially during contemporary times, with the importance of mental health being on everyone’s radar after COVID. Emotional Intelligence (EI for short) is defined as a set of skills that help to accurately name emotions you yourself or others might be feeling and being able to regulate said emotions in yourself/others.

Understanding EI from that definition is easier said than done but luckily, there is a more simple way to understand EI. EI is formed by four basic clusters which are as follows:

1.Identifying emotions in yourself and in others, through verbal/nonverbal means

2. Understanding how emotion vocabulary gets used, how emotions transition over time (How anger may lead to embarrassment/shame and how that leads to you making an impulsive choice

3. Emotional management which includes not only managing your own emotions but others

4. Using emotions in cognitive activities like solving a problem or making a decision

EI does not come naturally for some, and that is largely because EI is a skill. Like riding a bike is a skill, we learn, cultivate, and improve on our skills as we grow, and this is undoubtedly true for EI as we learn to listen to what our emotions are telling us. Emotions are information that helps us understand a situation we are in and how we perceive that situation. By processing the information and data provided by emotions, a person can make a better decision in a plethora of moments/situations and avoid acting impulsively.

EI is so important to understand in contemporary times because of the plethora of correlations one can make in regards to many subjects, mental health being a notable example. Those who have a good set of emotional intelligence skills are healthier, happier, and more productive. EI can also predict outcomes in school (how well you work in a group) and the workplace (whether you’ll get a promotion or how you handle situations). As seen in a study, those with EI skills can elicit information, and strangers even rated interactions with those having good EI skills as more pleasant.

With all that being said here is one exceptional way to, sooner than later, improve your emotional intelligence skills- extend your emotional vocabulary. By having emotional granularity (precise labeling of emotions) a person can have less serious bouts of anxiety and depression. In a 2015 review of emotional granularity those “who could differentiate their emotions while experiencing intense distress were less likely to engage in potentially harmful coping strategies.” (McCoy 28).

If you would like to find out more about EI and how to improve your EI skill check out our issue of Psychology Today (the specific issue this month is on Emotional Intelligence) and some of our audiobooks/books (such as Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman) in our collection about EI.

Brackett, Marc, McCoy, Katrina, . “The Art of Emotional Intelligence.” Psychology Today, Vol. 57. No.2, April 2024, pp. 26-30 

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