When you’re doing work, whether that’s paperwork or exercise, you probably listen to music. While this is probably just for your personal enjoyment rather than the benefits that come from listening to music while you work, listening to music will actually make working hard easier. Why is this? The scientific explanation is that melodic sounds stimulate the release of dopamine in the reward center of the brain, thus improving your mood and numbing some of the pain experienced while exercising If you ever get a shiver down your spine from listening to music then you’ve felt what the release of a large amount of dopamine in your brain feels like. The beat of the music serves as a tempo in which to work or excessive to which eliminates the brains need to subconsciously keep track of your work rhythm because it’s synced up with the music you’re listening to. Music also helps to keep you concentrated on your work, an article written in the New York Times on the effects of music on work ethics mentions that listening to music for just 15 to 30 minutes can help workers regain focus. Because of all this, persevering, while it may be a tough thing to do, may just be a little easier with the help of music.
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Posted by zachwilliams21 on November 11, 2012
Ode To Persevering
It’s to continue when there’s no hope
To work hard after you’ve already worked hard
Its what shows your determination
To give one hundred and ten percent
Its when you work late into the the night because you know if you try just one more time you’ll get it right
to not give up when everyone says you’ll fail
All of History’s greatest minds and leaders were created through it
in order to become great all you have to do is remember
By Zachary Williams
Throughout my life, the only time that I’ve ever totally screwed up was when I didn’t persevere. Something so seemingly easy to do, yet its so undesirable to do. Putting off work seems like so much of an easier and better alternative to doing it after school and cross country when I’m really tired. But then there’s time to push the assignment back even further, its not due until next week. Suddenly its next week, you have 3 papers due, and you haven’t written one sentence of any. Normally something like that doesn’t happen to me, but letting yourself slip is as easy as forgetting to lock your car door. Sometimes you end up ok, but sometimes you come back and your cars gone. Sometimes you can get the car back if you look for it hard enough and the police are willing to help you, but if you don’t try to get it back then you’ll never get it back. Similarly in life, if you don’t try to make up for your mistakes then you won’t get what you want. Only a stolen car.
Posted by zachwilliams21 on November 6, 2012
It seems quick fixes are the solution to all of life’s problems, especially weight gain. Popping a magic pill in order see the pounds fall of seems like a dream come true, but the real way to lose weight is through hard work and perseverance.
This man, no matter how hard things got, never gave up. Were there other options for him? Of course, he could have gotten liposuction, taken a pill, or had his stomach reduced to the size of a grape. 50 million Americans take weight lose pills everyday while only 5% of them manage to lose weight and keep it off, while this one man ran and lost 120 pounds and is in the best shape of his life. Most diets fail because they cause pain for the dieter. The brain is designed to get away from pain and go towards pleasure. This means that the diet will cause the dieter to want to get away from their diet because it causes them stress. This also means that once someone stops a diet they won’t be able to go back to it due to the brain trying to avoid the stress the diet caused. A diet will only work if a person is willing to persevere through the pain in order to get to their target weight. Persevering may not be easy, but the results from never stopping can be life saving.
Posted by zachwilliams21 on November 2, 2012
perseverance (n.)-steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
mid-14c., from Fr. persévérance (12c.), from L. perseverantia, from perseverantem, from perseverare
Much of the modern range of meanings was present in Old English. Meaning “property which distinguishes living from non-living matter” is from 1560s. Sense of “vitality, energy” is from 1580s. Extended 1703 to “term of duration (of inanimate objects).”
Posted by zachwilliams21 on October 11, 2012