New Research Links REM Sleep & Dreaming to Healthy Brain Blood Flow

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Researchers also found that when REM sleep is disrupted, the brain compensates for this disruption with an even deeper REM cycle and increased blood flow. By Amelia Buckley for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News © 2021 The Optimist Daily – All Rights Reserved New Research Links REM Sleep and Dreaming to Healthy Brain Blood Flow Most of our dreaming occurs during REM cycles of our sleep, but there is still some debate in the scientific community surrounding the purpose of dreaming and different sleep cycles. Hoping to shed…

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Spending Time with Trees Boosts Children’s Cognitive Development

A new study in Nature Sustainability reports children between the ages of nine & 15 who spend a lot of time around trees experience several cognitive benefits. By Arielle Tiangco for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News © 2021 The Optimist Daily – All Rights Reserved Spending Time with Trees Boosts Children’s Cognitive Development Trees are nature’s air purifiers—they provide us with oxygen and absorb CO2, which makes them a key component of the global fight against climate change. However, they also have an influence over our individual health,…

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Restored Vermeer Painting Reveals a Cupid Hanging on the Wall

The restoration revealed a evocative & important detail hidden long ago beneath layers of paint — a painting (within the painting) of a full-length cupid. By Vlad Harabara for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News © 2021 The Optimist Daily – All Rights Reserved Restored Vermeer Painting Reveals a Cupid Hanging on the Wall Two months ago, we wrote about how researchers in the Netherlands used AI to restore Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night’s Watch, enabling millions of visitors at Amsterdam’s Rijkmuseum to enjoy the painting as the author originally…

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Kiss Your Worries Goodbye with These 2 Quick Exercises

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Even though pessimistic thoughts occur naturally as a part of our biology, you can adopt practices that help you resist them and remain resilient. By Arielle Tiangco for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News © 2021 The Optimist Daily – All Rights Reserved Kiss Your Worries Goodbye with These Two Quick Exercises These past 18 months have been unpredictable, chaotic, destabilizing… the list goes on. So, naturally, many of us are harboring a lot of worries right now. But what does worrying really do to change our situation? Nothing.…

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Why Did the Maya Civilization Collapse?

It was the Maya political system that collapsed, not [their] society. The over 7 million Maya living today in Central America & beyond attest to this fact. By Owen Jarus for Live Science © 2021 Live Science – All Rights Reserved Why Did the Maya Civilization Collapse? The Maya have lived in Central America and the Yucatán Peninsula since at least 1800 B.C. and flourished in the region for thousands of years. According to countless studies, the Maya civilization collapsed between A.D. 800 and 1000. But though the term “Maya collapse” brings…

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