I'm always Pinning or bookmarking or writing down interesting things I learn about yet I never know what to do with the knowledge. Guess what, folks? Today is your lucky day! I thought I'd start compiling my mental smattering once a week to share all the random tidbits I obsess over.
As if we needed scientific evidence that someone playing with our hair feels good!
I love this article on SheKnows interviewing clinical psychologist Dr. Sara Williams about why a head massage feels SO STINKING GOOD.
When someone is touching you in a loving way, it releases the bonding hormone known as oxytocin. Human contact causes the body to react by reducing cortisol levels, which can lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate, all of which reduce stress and have beneficial impacts on our overall well-being and mood.
I don't know about you but I see this tidbit as a way to convince my husband to give me a head massage every night. It's medically necessary, basically.
Careful where you put that tongue!
A fairly old study is coming to light again on Reddit. I thought it was interesting and could maybe be applied to running. The study tested three different tongue positions during isokinetic knee performance exercises. The results indicated upper placement is the most efficient (your tongue resting up on the roof of your mouth). They saw a roughly 30% increase in performance when in the upper position compared to the two other positions.
In conclusion, this study provides [...] guidance to assessors to the way they advise assessed subjects on the way they position their tongue inside their mouths. The position of the tongue could therefore fall within the posture variables to check/control in isokinetic testing. Further studies are warranted in order to understand this quite surprising relationship between tongue position and lower limb performance.
I know relaxing my mouth and tongue when running has made big improvements in my endurance.
Do you pay attention to your tongue position when you lift weights or do cardio?
Everyday things as seen through a microscope
Do you remember that section in the kids magazine (Highlights? Jack & Jill?) where they would blow up things and you had to guess what object it was? I think it was on the back page. I loved that section! I think that's why this post on 29 everyday things as seen through a microscope was right up my alley!
What "real" women's work looks like
Here are some photos taken by Chris Crisman showing women in careers more often associated with men. They are not only beautifully shot, but the subjects look so strong and interesting like I'd probably end up aggressively trying to become friends with them if I ever ran into them at a party.
When gender stereotypes are subtle (but not really)
If only I could articulate myself HALF as well as this author does in her open letter to Home Depot about its new line of She Sheds. Ugh. I can't even type those words without cringing outwardly. I'm used to blatant gender stereotypes all around me all the time, but Home Depot's is a bit subtle in the way it implies young women's primary interests should include yoga, crafts, cooking, and decorating. Do you know what I would have in my She Shed? A bike rack, treadmill, science and art textbooks, and a punching bag with which to let out aggressions toward clueless marketers like Home Depot's. Here's Isabel Cleff:
Home Depot, I have written you this letter because I am tired ― I am tired of gendered branding, “male” as “default,” and marketing teams who see nothing wrong with a “she shed.” I am exhausted by feeling an obligation to explain this form of sexism when I see such patronizing perpetuation of gender inequality. But I will continue explaining until I have a conversation with a woman in high school in which she does not have to ask how society will treat her if she wants to use her life to build things, until she can go to Home Depot to buy a hammer and not be boxed into a shed.
Well said, Isabel. Oh and did I mention the author is a college student studying to be an aerospace engineer? And she found out about the cringeworthy She Shed display while she was at Home Depot picking up hardware for her summer job at a rocket manufacturing company? Yeah.
Any interesting tidbits to share with me today?
What would you put in your She Shed, He Shed, or Anything-you-want-to-be Shed? :)