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blog title Curing Stress (3) Relaxation June 30, 2006
When you stress, your muscles tighten. You notice these tight muscles and stress even more. But if you relax your muscles, much of your stress will go away.

Tighten your right hand and arm for five seconds. Then relax it for five seconds. Then tighten and relax your left hand. Then your face, mouth, and tongue. Then your legs. Tense each muscle for five seconds, then relax.

If you repeat this a few times every day, you'll feel much better. It feels great. Try it!

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 10:08 AM |
blog title All the bugs on earth weigh ten times more than all the people. June 29, 2006
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:18 PM |
blog title Curing Stress (2) Meditation June 28, 2006
Meditation is trying to focus your attention on one thing. This one thing could be a word, phrase, or sound, a picture or candle, or even your own breath.

It is hard to focus. As you meditate, many thoughts will pop into your head. Ignore them. With all these thoughts, you might not feel relaxed during meditation. But if you try to meditate for ten minutes, after you stop you'll almost always feel much more relaxed.

Take a few deep breaths, then try to focus on counting your breaths:

  • Breathe in, and think "one", then breathe out.
  • Breathe in, and think "two", then breathe out.
  • Breathe in, and think "three", then breathe out.
  • Breathe in, and think "four", then breathe out.
  • Then go back to one.
If other thoughts pop into your head, don't worry about it. Ignore them. Just keep breathing and counting.

Try this for ten minutes. You'll relax. If you practice every day, you'll feel much better.

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 10:08 AM |
blog title Thomas Edison, inventor of the lightbulb, was afraid of the dark June 27, 2006
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:16 PM |
blog title Curing Stress (1) Breathing June 26, 2006
Deep breathing is the easiest way to turn off your body's stress response. To relax, put your hand on your stomach and push all the air out. Then take a big breath, pushing your stomach and hand out. As you repeat this deep breathing, your mind quiets and your body relaxes. After just a few breaths you'll feel more relaxed. After practicing deep breathing several times a day for a month, you'll feel much happier and peaceful all the time.
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 10:07 AM |
blog title A cockroach can live for weeks with its head cut off. June 25, 2006

Then it dies of hunger

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:15 PM |
blog title What causes modern stress? June 24, 2006
Modern problems include deadlines, interviews and presentations, money, too much email, and too many things to do. Your body responds to these psychological problems just as it would to physical problems. But these problems can't be solved by running away or fighting, Indeed, it often seems these problems can't be solved at all. Then your stress doesn't go away.

This modern long-lasting stress is very bad for you.

  • It makes your head and muscles and stomach hurt.
  • It makes you feel always tired and sad.
  • It causes ulcers, diarrhea, diabetes, aging, and high blood pressure.
  • It stops you from fighting colds, flu, cancer, and AIDS.
To be healthy, you need to cure modern stress.
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 10:07 AM |
blog title You had 300 bones when born, but now have only 206. June 23, 2006

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:15 PM |
blog title What is stress? June 22, 2006
Stress is your reaction to a problem. When you think something is dangerous, difficult, or painful, your body responds quickly:
  • your heart and breathing speeds up
  • your blood pressure increases
  • your muscles tense
  • your hands and feet get cold and sweaty as blood flows to your muscles
  • your digestion stops
  • your interest in sex decreases
  • your growth and healing stop
  • your immune system slows
This reaction helped ancient man deal with physical dangers like fighting or running away from tigers. After you've solved the problem, your body returns to normal in three minutes.
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 10:05 AM |
blog title The meaning of life June 21, 2006
What do you want?

According to researcher Gregory Berns, the meaning of life is found in the design of the brain. Behavior is controlled by the brain's pleasure system and reward system.

Happiness = pleasure + reward

Most people seek pleasure, but this is hard to find: it comes mostly from genes and luck. It's easier to find reward.

Reward = new + challenge

Reward comes from mastering something new. When working with something unexpected, the brain releases the chemical dopamine, which gives us motivation and purpose. Challenge or good stress releases the chemical cortisol, which excites us. It's easy to find reward:

  • Try different kinds of exercise and food.
  • Work puzzles.
  • Try, learn, and do new things.
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 10:47 AM |
blog title Most people fear spiders more than death. June 20, 2006
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:12 PM |
blog title You can't sneeze with your eyes open. June 19, 2006

Try it!

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:10 PM |
blog title How to make your own podcast in five minutes June 18, 2006

Sign up
typing your name, email address, and password.

Record your podcast
Click "Allow" (or 許可 or the green check mark).
Click Record.
Talk.
Click ■Stop.
Click ⇒Play to hear your recording.
Click save recording when you're done.
On the next page, you can type a short title, a longer description, and the URL of a web page - but you don't have to type anything. You can also upload an image, but you don't have to. Finally, where it says "Place in:", select your name, and click Save.

You have recorded your first podcast!

To let other people know about your podcast,
copy the pink URL after "Odeo Directory:"
and email it to your friends.

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 6:02 PM |
blog title BBC TV shows you can watch on your PC and learn English June 17, 2006
Last time, we talked about some Australian TV shows that you can watch on your computer. Today, I will tell you about what the BBC has to offer. They have short videos for learning German, French, English, and a few other languages. The BBC Learning English page has links to all of their English learning materials including an animated drama called The Flatmates, Watch and Listen segments that have short news stories, Quizzes, and Grammar. If you are studying another language, turn to the BBC's Learn Languages page and click on the link for the language of your choice. You'll find high quality video lessons for each language. Have fun watching TV on your computer!
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 4:26 PM |
blog title Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying June 16, 2006
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:04 PM |
blog title Learn English by watching TV! June 15, 2006
Do like to learn English or other languages by watching TV? Earlier I wrote about how to find scripts of popular television programs. But there are also some good video sites on the Internet that are specifically for language learners. If you're studying English, why don't you try two programs from Australia. One is Living English. It's a drama called Sisters and Brothers and uses everyday language and travel language. On the same television network, you can find English Bites. You can hear about a different topic every day. Next time, I'll tell you about some programs that the BBC in the UK offer.
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 2:49 PM |
blog title Lightning strikes somewhere 100 times every second. June 14, 2006
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:11 PM |
blog title Fly in men's bathroom reduces spills June 13, 2006

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投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:00 PM |
blog title Baby birds eat 3 meters of worms every day June 12, 2006
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:09 PM |
blog title Podcasts you can hear without an ipod June 11, 2006
You don't need an ipod to listen to podcasts. Many websites have podcasts you can listen to on your computer, without downloading anything. Here are some sites with good materials for learning English:
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 3:18 PM |
blog title Dolphins sleep with one eye open June 10, 2006
投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 5:11 PM |
blog title Studying for TOEIC or TOEFL? June 9, 2006
Everyone in Japan seems to be studying for the TOEIC exam these days. Of course, there are lots of good books, but you can also find some good practice sites on the Internet. There are 2 I'd like to recommend today. One is Tango Riki. It has vocabulary practice at several levels. Another is English Tests. There, you can find useful explanations about grammar and reading as well as practice quizzes and links to other materials online.

I'd like to learn about other useful Internet TOEIC or TOEFL sites. If you know of one, please let me know and I'll share it with the rest of our readers. If you'd like to search for sites, you could try google. Which sites do you find helpful?

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 2:31 PM |
blog title Coke June 8, 2006

American police carry Coke in their car to remove blood after a car accident. Coke is so strong it will dissolve a metal nail or large steak in a few days. Use Coke to clean your toilet, car windows, and even your clothes!

But don't drink it!
Let's drink water instead of Coke!

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 4:30 PM |
blog title Water June 7, 2006

75% of Americans don't drink enough water. This is the main reason why Americans feel tired during the day. A lack of water prevents people from remembering things, doing basic math, and focus on their computer screen or printed page.

37% of Americans think they are hungry when they are actually thirsty. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger for 100% of the dieters studied at the Universityof Washington.

Drinking 10 glasses of water each day eliminates 80% of back pain, and reduces cancer by 50%

So drink your water! 8^)

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 4:30 PM |
blog title Turning Japanese (Professor Houser's Experiment) June 6, 2006

Here's another video of my band, Professor Houser's Experiment:

Turning Japanese

See the previous post if you can't see the movie.

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 2:33 PM |
blog title Twist and Shout (Professor Houser's Experiment) June 4, 2006
One of my bands is called "Professor Houser's Experiment." Years ago, we performed a couple times at a small club called Misfits. We also played at the dance party for the Jaltcall 2003 conference.

These days, I have joined other bands. But Professor Houser's Experiment still performs once each year, at the birthday party for my friend Rina. Because we practice only once or twice each year, we are very rough! This a video of our practice:

Twist and Shout

To watch the video, you'll need one of the following:

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 2:06 PM |
blog title My experience Super Napping June 3, 2006
A few months ago, I read about Polyphasic sleeping (= Super Napping). I decided to try it! I wanted to try this crazy schedule. I wanted more time to work on my many projects and learn about my many interests. I was really tired, and I wanted to try having more energy all day.

Looking at my schedule, I decided to nap at 8:00, 12:30, 16:30, 20:00, 0:00, and 4:00. I knew I would have to miss some of these naps when I had extra meetings, but thought I could stick to this schedule most days.

I stayed up for two days and two nights. I was having so much fun getting things done I really didn’t want to sleep. I laid down for my nap every 4 hours, but couldn’t get to sleep. Then, after two days, I was finally able to nap. But even so I was tired all the time.

I decided to stop Super Napping. I just didn’t want it bad enough.

But I hope to try Super Napping again in the future.

How about you? Would you like to try Super Napping? I think it’s a great idea! To learn more, google for polyphasic sleep.

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 12:35 AM |
blog title How Super Napping Works June 1, 2006
When you sleep just once each day, you many have difficulty falling asleep. You might read a book, or watch TV, or just lie in bed thinking about things. Then finally you fall asleep, and spend the rest of the night alternating between heavy and light sleep. When your alarm goes off, you may lie in bed for a while, feeling sleepy.

Super Napping is more efficient that regular sleep. By making you stay awake those first few days, Super Napping trains you to fall asleep immediately. You’ll immediately fall into a deep sleep; You’ll immediately start dreaming. Then, before your alarm goes off, you’ll finish your deep sleep, you’ll finish your dream, and you’ll wake up, refreshed.

Because Super Napping is so efficient, you only need three hours of sleep each day.

投稿者: Chris Houser 日時: 12:34 AM |

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A cockroach can live for weeks with its head cut off.
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Curing Stress (3) Relaxation
All the bugs on earth weigh ten times more than all the people.
Curing Stress (2) Meditation
Thomas Edison, inventor of the lightbulb, was afraid of the dark
Curing Stress (1) Breathing
A cockroach can live for weeks with its head cut off.
What causes modern stress?
You had 300 bones when born, but now have only 206.
What is stress?
The meaning of life
Most people fear spiders more than death.
You can't sneeze with your eyes open.
How to make your own podcast in five minutes
BBC TV shows you can watch on your PC and learn English
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
Learn English by watching TV!
Lightning strikes somewhere 100 times every second.
Fly in men's bathroom reduces spills
Baby birds eat 3 meters of worms every day
Podcasts you can hear without an ipod
Dolphins sleep with one eye open
Studying for TOEIC or TOEFL?
Coke
Water
Turning Japanese (Professor Houser's Experiment)
Twist and Shout (Professor Houser's Experiment)
My experience Super Napping
How Super Napping Works
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