Tuesday, April 12, 2016


It's that time again: time to look at an image of a novel pair of things that might not make any sense at all.  What's the point of #TwinTuesday?  Who even cares?  I've been thinking about this because my comprehensive review of Google Analytics shows that the group of readers that enjoys #TwinTuesday is on the small side.  "Maybe because it's just this weird thing that you do without any purpose," Dan suggested.  Thanks, Dan, for that helpful feedback.  Now, listen up:

It turns out that #TwinTuesday (and today's juxtaposition features a Nativity scene with a wind instrument) is not just the weird vanity project of two long-term bloggers.  The novelty of the series actually has documented brain benefits, which I will now list for you:
  • According to researchers Kashdan and Silva, thriving on novelty indicates general well-being. In fact, people who seek novelty - something new and different on a regular basis - are "at an advantage in creating a fulfilling existence."  Sounds pretty good.
  • Another Ph.D., C. Robert Cloninger, says in the New York Times that "[n]ovelty seeking...keeps you happy and healthy and fosters personality growth as you age." I don't know about you, but I don't want to stale and stagnate as I approach my next decade.  I choose vibrancy and #TwinTuesday instead of those bad things.
  • Finally, novelty in the form of seeing an image you've never seen before, like say, one of Nativity scene and Wind Instrument, activates a dopamine pathway in your brain.  Drs. Bunzeck and Duzel actually confirmed this via fMRI, reports Belle Beth Cooper for Lifehacker.  After seeing an unexpected image, you actually get a "rush of motivation to explore."  I'm sorry, but that's a great and important impact of #TwinTuesday.
Want to make your own #TwinTuesday?  You totally should.  It might increase your happiness and improve your motivation and personality.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

you're #socool and #soscienticif!