The Weirdest things about Being Human
I didn’t write this stuff myself. I poached it from Quora. Still, I am buoyed by the fact that someone out there was pondering things so utterly human. In a very weird year, I think the best thing to do is to think about all the great and weird stuff about being human. Thanks Quora. Here goes:
When you hug someone for 20 seconds or longer, oxytocin - the love hormone - gets released into your body and it makes you trust the person you are hugging.
You start feeling depressed as a result of overthinking. Overthinking is the purest form of fear.
People are happiest when being busy stops them from dwelling on the problems of life.
The kind of music you listen to directly affects the way you perceive the world.
You can protect yourself from physical & mental illness by thinking optimistic beliefs about your future.
Volunteers feel more satisfied with their lives than non-volunteers.
You daydream 30% of the time
We cannot maintain more than 150 social connections at the same time - called Dunbar's number.
Rejection and physical pain are treated the same by human brain.
We are defensive about certain ideas because we are unsure about them ourselves.
Late night conversations are more honest because we confess more when we are tired .
A person’s height is determined by his father, weight by his mother.
You can survive only for 11 days without sleeping.
Our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10 watt light bulb.
We are most creative at night, and least creative in the afternoon.
If a person laughs too much, even at stupid things, he is lonely.
When offered to write with a new pen 97% choose to write their name.
The last person on your mind before you fall asleep is the reason for your pain or happiness.
40 % of people who are rejected in a romantic relation slip into clinical depression.
That mood where everything irritates you is you actually missing someone.
Try to make someone laugh. If they laugh easily they like you.
Groaking is the act of staring at someone while they are eating, so that they will feel guilty and share their food. Dogs do it. It works.
Your brain only remembers two things about any event - emotional peak and the end.
PRASTALL EFFECT - if you are not perfect, your likeability increases.
SPOTLIGHT EFFECT - your mistakes are not noticed as much as you think.
PYGMALION EFFECT - great expectations drive great performance.
BYSTANDER EFFECT - The more people who see someone in need of help, the less likely that person will get help.
PARADOX OF CHOICE - the more choices we have, the less likely we will be satisfied with our decision.