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Do Negative Emotions Increase your Chances of Strokes & Heart Attacks?

Know anyone who has suffered a stroke or heart attack? broken_heart13What was their life generally like? Know of what they were going through, if anything?

Scientists have discovered that anger, anxiety, and depression affect the functioning of the heart as well as increases the risk for heart disease. Atherosclerosis is a process where blood vessels supply the heart and brain, and strokes and heart attacks are caused by progressive damage to these vessels. Atherosclerosis increases when there are high levels pro-inflammatory cytokines or chemicals in the body.

Some scientists believe there is a link between atherosclerosis and stress levels in the body. Ultimately, negative emotions are thought to increase the risk for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease by raising the levels of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body. These scientists believe in a link between negative emotions and stress because many of the same brain areas involved in these emotions are also involved in sensing and regulating levels of inflammation in the body and thus causing physical signs of risk for heart disease. 

Let’s find a way to decrease our stress through decreasing negative emotions often experienced with unnecessary conflicts with others.

More information: The article is “An Inflammatory Pathway Links Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk to Neural Activity Evoked by the Cognitive Regulation of Emotion” by Peter J. Gianaros, Anna L. Marsland, Dora C.-H. Kuan, Brittney L. Schirda, J. Richard Jennings, Lei K. Sheu, Ahmad R. Hariri, James J. Gross, and Stephen B. Manuck, DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.10.012

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Report: 1 in 13 U.S. kids (mostly boys) take psych meds

A new government report states that more than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties.

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In addition, researchers discovered that 7.5 percent of U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 were taking medication for an emotional or behavioral problem. Also, many more boys than girls were given medication — 9.7 percent of boys compared with 5.2 percent of girls. Older females were more likely than younger females to be given medication, but the age difference among males wasn’t significant, according to the report.

White children were the most likely to be on psychiatric medications (9.2 percent), followed by black children (7.4 percent) and Hispanic children (4.5 percent), according to the report.

The study found that significantly more children on Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program were on medication f

or emotional and behavioral problems (9.9 percent), versus 6.7 percent with private insurance and just 2.7 percent of children without insurance.

Additionally, more families living below 100 percent of the federal poverty level had children taking medications for emotional and behavioral problems than those above the federal poverty level.

55% percent of parents reported that these medications helped their children “a lot,” while another 26 percent said they helped “some.” Just under 19 percent said they didn’t help at all or helped just a little.

Parents of younger children (between 6 and 11) were a little more likely to feel the medications helped a lot compared to parents of older children. Parents of males were also more likely to feel the medications helped a lot — about 58 percent of parents of males reported that they helped a lot compared to about 50 percent of the parents of females.

In addition, the study showed that parents with incomes less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level were the least likely to feel the medications helped a lot. Just 43 percent of those parents said the medications helped a lot, while about 31 percent said they helped some. More than one-quarter of these parents said the medications only helped a little or not at all.

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A Better Way to Handle Negative Memories

Icons 2-03How often in your head do you replay traumatic times…humiliating horrors…or painful pasts?

If you’re like me…and many others, it’s pretty often. Psychologists have argued in favor of a variety of theories to best deal with past emotions. This includes everything from getting lobotomies to physically remove parts of the brain to remove bad memories, to utilizing the avoidant theory, which is each time a negative memory occurs, simply stop thinking about it. Hard, huh?

A new way to deal has been suggested by researchers at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, led by psychology professor Florin Dolcos of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group. Their studies claim that once a negative memory enters your mind, recall the event holistically, which allows us to remember not only the bad, but the positives that occurred too.

For example, hurt after being called out at work for poor performance? Did your coworkers comfort you or did you rehash to your friends and were you then reminded of your accomplishments? Did you end up working harder to prove them wrong and triumph? Were you able to at least go home and enjoy a nice bath…or a really good meal…or dessert?

Recalling some positives surrounding our bad memories allows us to gain a more well rounded perspective on the matter.

Making us able to handle a bad thought a little bit better. Think about it.

More on the studyscan.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/03/05/scan.nsu039.abstract

“New study suggests a better way to deal with bad memories.” April 18th, 2014. http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-bad-memories.html

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Are you “Fragile”?

Be honest. How often do you grin and bear it when you would much rather scream, cry or hit the source of your troubles? We are all fragile…and it just takes one tap to wreck us like a glass fallen to the floor.

But…have you heard of the song t9“Fragile” by Tech N9ne ft. Kendrick Lamar?

Despite having almost 3 million viewers, “Fragile” remains an underrated song that touches on the aspects of human psyche and how constant derision affects it…to the core.

“Fragile” ultimately touches on the side that most of us wish not to admit to: we are all just that. Let’s get Brāv.

See for yourself:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKs5OsT4dIY

Lyrics below:

[Verse 1: Wrekonize & Bernz]
You said you’d never ever break… down
But here I am sweeping… pieces off of the ground

You said you’d never, ever play… to crowds
But I’ve seen you hoping to play songs to them now
I’ve spent all night long scared of tomorrow, I broke my alarm
Everything is almost lost, pick it up slow, before it’s gone…

[Hook: Wrekonize & Kendall Morgan]
We’re fragile
(Wish I’d have known)
I never thought I’d be so fragile
(You’re not alone)

If it didn’t break before, it’s about to
(We’ve been here before)
I don’t ever want to change
I’m fragile
I don’t ever want…
I don’t ever…

[Verse 2: Tech N9ne]
Some of the people appointed to give an opinion
Never do get it
I want you to come on and gobble a jimmy and… die
N9na be givin the remedy and why?
Critics are really the enemy and I
Can’t stand the way they slam today’s gifted

Effin’ incredible, get fanned away with grands to pay
This jam will lay scripted
Deaf and impeccable
Write a rhyme and I put everything in a flow
I’m the N9ne I’mma look very mean
When a foe scribe a line but he has never been at a show
By the times it’ll be better, leave it in the sto
Cause they wrote nothin’ but lies, quotes stuck in my eyes
Amateur writer dissin’
He’s a beginner and hopes for your demise,
 folks I’mma despise
Never do try to listen
It’s real – I’m mad
Clueless when you scribble on your pad
How you gonna criticize now with a chisel on your nads sizzling your ad
You don’t really get why I’m so pissed? Understand this:
I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my shit, yes I’m

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Kendrick Lamar]
Tell me that I’m famous
Tell me that my name is

Big as Venus Jupiter and then Uranus
Tell me that your anus got your head in it
I can smell the articles and know you’re heinous
Tell me that you love me, always thinkin’ of me
Unconditional, I’m hoping I’m your favourite

Grab a fishing pole and throw me with the sharks
That’s the feelin’ I get when you’re concentratin’
On this pen, on this pad

Tell me you’re willin’ to diss on my craft
Tell me the feelin’ of pickin’ apart this track
Stop…
Puttin’ my heart and my soul in these lines
Tellin’ me platinum and gold all the time
Lookin’ to bury, a deep hole for mine
Drop…
This is more than you, and this is more than you
And your entire building slanderin’ and abusin’
What I call the realest comin’ from a student

Told myself to use a poem as an UZI
Empty magazine, I seen a magazine
You seen my trigger finger, then I started shootin’
That was nicotine, I’m bout to smoke ’em all
And journalists involved should’ve known my music

[Hook]

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Why Brāv Isn’t Just For Kids

When did you last feel annoyed?

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Chances are that didn’t end at 13 years of age.

Similarly, more and more adults are acknowledging work place conflicts, street harassment, and conflicts with friends and family. We are often told that to be an ‘adult’ means to dismiss these issues, although the tension often continues to build up.

Ultimately, annoyance comes about when you find yourself not able to achieve a desirable result. Too many times, we allow ourselves to dismiss our frustrations in lieu of tackling it. Overtime, dismissing, rationalizing and disengaging leads to a build up within us, increasing our levels of stress and illness – both physical and mental. In actuality, we really need an outlet for getting out our fears and frustrations.

In general, we do not know how to handle our conflicts effectively. There is a break down in communication all over the world and everyone must be held more accountable. It is in fact why we are seeing more and more school and work place violence and shootings, homicides…and suicides.

Brāv helps foster targeted communication with the source of our frustrations before it gets to that level.

Let’s learn how to better cope with life – together.

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How Do You Know If You Are Being Harassed?

You know that gut feeling that tells you something isn’t right? Start listening to it. Too often we dismiss our brain’s way of protecting ourselves in order to remain polite, non-confrontational or for other various reasons, including fear.

Ask yourself what is causing you Brave Logo-30Lionto feel scared, angry, resentful, upset, etc. If you can pin point a particular situation, person or issue involved, you’re closer than most people.

Like many things, getting harassed or bullied is subjective – based on your own point of view. Ultimately, if you feel like you’re being bullied, than you are. If you don’t feel good about an interaction – no matter who is involved – and yes that includes friends, family members and other trusted individuals, than you should reassess your relationships with them. You don’t want to ultimately endure through weeks, months, and even years of abuse only to assess then.

In case you still might not know, common signs of being harassed or bullied include:

  1. Physical trauma – have bruises, cuts, bumps, etc from another that were not by accident, from a sport, and/or you did not consent to? Are they touching you simply and you have asked them to stop and they continue?
  2. Emotional trauma – is someone stating hurtful comments to you? Are they ignoring you? Dismissing your feelings or point of view? Shunning you from others? Spreading rumors, lies or attacking your reputation? Screaming at you?
  3. Sexual trauma – Are they saying inappropriate sexual comments? Are you you getting touched inappropriately without permission?
  4. Proximity – are they too close for comfort? Are they invading your personal boundaries?
  5. Online abuse – Are you getting spoken badly about online? Is your intimate information or web cam personal details getting spread to others?
  6. Do you feel bad around another without explanation?

Let’s solve all of these and more, effectively through Brāv.

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Getting Bullies to Respond Civilly

How do you respond to a belligerent attacker? You can ignore, avoid, “kill with kindness,” assert yourself, confront or grow violent. Missing any?

handshake2Often times bullies aren’t interested in acting civil; they want to win, they want submission, and they want – power. A small minority are looking to be put in their place, but overall, bullies aren’t interested in anything but dominance. So what else can be done?

Some bullies need to learn from another and gain another perspective on a situation. Using virtual and interactive games like Grand Theft Auto is fun as players can place themselves in a situation that they could never do in real life. Similarly, when users engage in our Brāv challenges, everyone can place themselves in the position of another whom they could not have understood without this. 

We think that these games in conjunction with speaking to those we have disagreements with through our face to face chat platform (or avatar with facial expressions or using our instant messaging platform) would be the best way for bullies to finally understand the position they place others in.

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Why You Should Choose to Be Brāv

Everyone wants to be brāv, but if you think about the times when you were truly, actually brāv, how often was it a conscious decision versus just a reaction to something unjust, dangerous or a slight? Twain

I’m referring to the idea of emotion versus logic. Unless you were simply born assertive, we often have to put effort into speaking our minds or acting with courage. Even more, when we often start thinking about a courageous act, we get nervous, we second guess ourselves and our confidence is often wavered.

Most times, the secret to being brāv is practice, like anything else. In fact, esteemed author, Mark Twain once noted that, “courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

How does this apply to Brāv? Well, becoming a Brāv One is a conscious choice of mastering skills that will help you throughout life – particularly skills to better interact with others and help manage issues between yourself or others. Also, signing up to deal with conflicts you might have on our face to face platform allows you to bravely communicate with those who you would likely have just simmered in feelings of fear, anger or resentment.

What more, being brāv also includes sharing your thoughts. You can do that by writing articles on this site or submitting personal stories in which you wish the brāv public to help you solve.

Choose to be brāv.

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What’s a Brāv One? Ten Signs you are a Brāv One.

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  1. Ever find yourself in the middle of people in a disagreement, attempting to find a middle ground? Yup, you’re a Brāv One.
  2. You love watching Court TV and find yourself either agreeing with Judge Alex, Judge Judy, Judge Brown and the others or finding ways that they could have improved their ultimate decisions.
  3. People tell you you’re the best listener…and weigh all sides of an issue carefully.
  4. You’re constantly thinking about day to day situations you observed.
  5. You regularly search online about how to deal with situations, and
  6. are frustrated that there is very little realistic advice and information on the internet.
  7. You have a deep fascination for why people do certain things, act in certain ways and react to situations the way they do.
  8. You savor an experience as much as you savor a delicious meal.
  9. You enjoy predicting and finding solutions, including in movies, and clearly see the issues, how it could have been easily solved, and as a result, could reduce a standard 2 hour flick to only thirty minutes.
  10. You like making others happy.

Sign up to become one & win a chance to become one of the first now: www.brav.org

 

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What Rocky Balboa has to do with Bullying

One of the most agreed upon best inspirational speeches ever comes from the movie Rocky VI. Rocky, a celebrity boxer, hits his son (who is clouded by the frustrations of living under his famous father’s shadow) with a string of words that not only seems to uplift him, but everyone who listens:

“[T]he time c[a]me for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started lookin’ for something to blame, like a big shadow.

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Let me tell you something you already know.The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

What does this have to do with Brāv? Well, Brāv knows life isn’t perfect either, and we often have to go through a lot of unnecessary strife. As a result, Brāv provides the resources to keep on moving forward. Getting hassled or maligned? Don’t internalize it, weighing you down; let’s hash out our differences with Brāv. 

Like Rocky, Brāv encourages, “now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth! But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”

Brāv knows your worth. Brāv knows you’re better than that. Do you?

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