Romance: the critical element

When has there been a romantic novel, movie or show that didn’t feature kissing? And what kind of love relationship is it without this captivating moment?

Yes, this is the act that results in frowns from boys, screams from (very) young girls and passion from couples, young and old.

Not surprisingly, humans are quite attached to this action. Kissing is regarded as a culture, and is divided into kisses of love, affection, peace, respect and friendship. Quick Googling will tell you how crazy we are about this:

1) There were 174 results for the word ‘kiss.’

2) There are millions of articles and thousands of sites (yes, entire sites!) dedicated to this art.

3) DVDs and books teaching people how to kiss have become increasingly popular. Eek.

Why is kissing so romantic we can’t let go of it?

Some quirky ‘health’ reasons:

1) It helps prevent tooth decay

2) It aids weight loss: You need to use 3,000 calories to lose one pound. Claire Potter, fitness consultant for Cosmo magazine, says that “a long kiss makes the metabolism burn up sugar faster than usual. The calories burned depend on the intensity, but you can rely on 10 calories for every 10 minutes.” That means that you can lose one pound by kissing for five hours.

3) It slows the aging process: Helps to tone your cheek and jaw muscles, so they’re less likely to sag.

4) It boosts your self-esteem: “In theory, when you’re kissing, you’re happy. And when you’re happy, you feel good about yourself,” says psychotherapist Paul Zeal.

5)It increases fitness: “Your heart is pumping, your pulse is racing… If kissing is exciting, you release adrenaline into the bloodstream and your heart pumps more blood around your body,” says Dr. Susan Hotchkies. “It’s a great cardiovascular workout.”

And of course, on finding ‘The One’:

Kissing someone releases pheromones, the chemical messengers that signal sexual attraction. “The first kiss is always a good way to work out if there’s any chemistry between you,” says Paul Brown, sexual and marital therapist. “In humans, it’s thought that smells play a vital part in subconscious attraction, and if your pheromones aren’t ‘in tune’, you’re unlikely to hit it off.”

Wow. Kissing really is amazing.

(reference: http://www.livestrong.com/article/12470-kissing-/)

Alektorophobia: fear of chickens. So that’s why they’re vegetarians..

You’ve probably heard of acrophobia (fear of heights) or arachnophobia (fear of spiders). But have you heard of these funny fears?

Eleutherophobia – Fear of freedom.

Plutophobia – Fear of wealth. How is Pluto related to wealth?

Caligynephobia/Venustraphobia – Fear of beautiful women.

Sesquipedalophobia/Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia– Fear of long words. I wonder how those people are even capable of looking at those words.

Nomatophoba – Fear of names.

Whew! So, how do these people get rid of their fears?

1) Psychotherapy/Behavorial therapy

2) Medicine

3) Hypnosis. (wow! And yes, this works.)

Don’t be spooked out by these fears. They’re not easy to cure, and it won’t be nice if you get phobophobia, will it? >:)

Happy New Year! And some news from the journal.

A great New Year to all you great people out there! Best wishes and hope you have a prosperous ’10.

Now let’s get down to business. Remember when I said ‘things are probably going to change soon’? Well…they’re changing. AGAIN.

I just decided that I’m too lazy to log into two sites to publish my entries, so I’m combining by journal (no link given, so you’ll still have to visit THIS site) with Pas un Cliché. Starting with the-day-before-yesterday’s entries, which will be posted right away. 🙂 Guess there’ll be more of me up here: is that good or not? You decide.

Sleep well,

Jessica

Happy New Year! Happy New…yawn…

I can’t believe I woke up at ten today. That’s a whole two hours later than my usual weekend time! Never mind – it is New Year, and I guess it’s okay to ‘treat myself’…

Do you think holidays are worse than normal schooldays in terms of workload? That’s my stand. It’s crazy! You have days to spend, and yet so much you want to do. And some stuff you have to do, which you don’t even want to.

So…2010, eh? Did you know…
1. There’s a movie called 2010: The Year We Make Contact – the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was only rated a moderate success, and disappointed many critics and viewers, though. 😦
2. 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity.
heh. Hope you found that interesting.

ANYHOW (yes, my favourite word!), I just finished off a self-portrait to top off the load of holiday homework. Whew! But there’s still soooo muchhh I neeed to dooo…
It’s absurd. But that’s life.

BTW, all writers join YWS! http://www.youngwriterssociety.com Connect with me: I’m jessicayung . Have a great year everyone! And don’t oversleep.

‘Shopaholic’ disorder?

Got a question here: Is being a ‘shopaholic’ a disorder? Or is it fine?

Being a shopaholic is being a person who can’t stop shopping. When you see something you want, you get a strong urge to buy it. And you usually do.

The quality or morality of your goods doesn’t influence your ‘shop-a-holic rating’. They reflect your personality and morale, that’s all. What influences your rating are:
1. Whether or not you listen to your shop! impulse.
2. How often you shop, how much you spend and its relativity to your monthly family income
3. Do you keep a record of what you buy? Expenditure record?
4. Are you often obsessed with products you don’t need (but obviously want?)

Sorry…really drowsy over here, and it’s only 1 a.m. Please give me some ideas. Your help would be highly appreciated. 🙂

Two hours. Two years.

31/12/2009
What’s the difference between writing by hand and typing? Writing feels more authentic. You can form each letter with your own characteristic strokes. You can allow the words to flow from your pen. It’s your voice, your words, your writing.
I’m in the bathroom, about to take a shower when I’m afraid I’ll get bored and so grab my NEW notebook (I lost the last 2 when they were OVER HALF COMPLETE) to write in. So I’m here writing when I should be taking a shower. Great – wasting energy, misusing time…okay, just one more sentence. But-you’re-in-trouble-because-it’s-going-to-be-a-run-on-sentence-that-goes-on-forever-and-ever-and-ever…sorry. Time to bath, see you(that was two sentences, apologies for that).

And I’m out. Since ’10 is nearing, you must’ve (or should have) thought of some new year’s resolutions! Here are some suggestions if you haven’t already made yours:
1. Keep to New Year’s Resolutions
2. Spend less time saying and more time doing.
3. Don’t (well try not to) waste time.
🙂 Got to go watch the count-down on the telly. See you!

1/1/2010
I am living in 2010. Now! I can’t believe it. Okay. It’s just a difference of an hour or so. But it makes such a difference.
Okay so this year I’m going to blah blah blah blah blah & blah. x) Yes!
Enough of that crap. Hope you all have much better New Year wishes than I do! God bless, good health and prosperity to all! (And help me wish for more sense in writing online journals.)

I forgot to note down something: Avatar was AMAZING. It’s really sad, though. Incredible graphics, likeable characters…all-you-can-want in a good movie. Go watch it as a New Year’s treat. You won’t regret it.

Night night. And for those cities who are still ‘in ’09’, spend the last few hours wisely. Yes Mom, I’ll stop nagging (hey wait isn’t that ironic?). Right. Write again soon!

Note: When I was looking for an image for this post, I google-imaged ‘2010’ and guess what I got? Page after page of cars. Wow. Doesn’t that reflect something?