The great feeling we experience out on the dance floor has a scientific explanation behind it. Dance is more than moving to music, it’s the manifestation of self’s deepest passions and an escape to our own nirvana.

“The job of feet is walking, but their hobby is dancing.” – Amit Kalantri

What do weddings, parties, other celebratory occasions and now even funerals have in common? It’s dancing. Dance is the most rhythmic, gracious way of expressing emotion. A beautiful series of movements knitted together to match harmoniously with music; dance touches the soul of the performer as well as the audience. Numerous cultures have developed their own dance form that depicts its customs and traditions in a unique way.

When we move, we feel good. Grooving to the beats of music has many benefits on our physical well – being. It improves balance, flexibility, cardiovascular health and increases strength.Dance also leads to body awareness such as maintaining proper posture, thus preventing injuries and long term ailments. Apart from the benefits of movement and music, the most vital impact of dancing is on mental health. A growing number of researchers have proven that while dancing, an abundance of mood-improving chemicals is released within the body of the dancer. This happiness does not end as you stop dancing, rather can continue for more thana week. For those who find it difficult to express their feelings, dance offers an alternative mode to creatively express their mind. Therapists also prescribe dance to patients suffering from social anxiety and/or a fear of public speaking as dance allows people to ditch self-consciousness. According to a study conducted by the University of Oxford, dancing alongside other dancers “lights up brain pathways,” which break down the hesitation we usually face in interacting with people. Establishing these connections helps one experience a sense of oneness and unity.Dance as a therapy is particularly recommended for depression reduction.

Dance is the perfect combination of physical exertion and creativity. But the most incredible aspect of dancing, which makes it especially beneficial for mental health issues is its inclusivity. Anyone can participate, whether a teenager or a senior adult and move in whatever way music takes him/her. This makes it popular even among people who usually shy away from other kinds of exercises.

Currently, all of us are fighting difficult and testing times that have negatively affected our psychological well – being. Stress and boredom are peaking and the lockdown seems to have put a stop on all our pizzazz as well. But on the other hand, it is offering us a ‘me’ time to reset, rejuvenate and refocus. And, dance can prove to be our liberator. So, jump out of the couch, put on the song which makes you sway or shimmy and just dance, with/without a partner because ‘jab tak tumhare pair chalenge tumhara mood accha rahega, tumhare pair ruke toh yeh stress badega (as long as your feet move, you will be in a good mood, if your feet stop moving, stress will increase).’

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Following too many pages on positivity? DU Beat analyses why it’s time for you to unfollow them.

Here, I quote my good friend, Lilly Singh, “THIS GON BE SOME REAL TALK, HOMIE!”

It is very often that you see Tumblr Quotes and motivational pieces that tell you how everything is positive and you should be grateful for everything. It teaches you to be in that mindset all the time. However life is never only positive. It may sometimes be tough and negative. However, when you begin feeling that everything needs to be positive, you take your hardships negatively. Don’t force yourself to be happy. After a point, we begin to refuse to admit that anything is wrong in reality. It is important to remember that positivity does not rest in refusing to see a problem as a problem. It is in looking at the problem, admitting it, and then being positive enough to find a solution to it so that you can work towards it. Refusing to admit that there is a problem will leave you superficial. It will never give you the opportunity to make your life better by solving the problem. Toxicity increases when the motivational quotes force you to keep up with that superficiality.

Furthermore, every quote of positivity that you see may not be relevant to your situation but you apply it to yourself anyway. If you are in a toxic relationship and see a quote about consistency, it must not be deemed relevant to you, no matter how positive it is. Every situation is unique and requires personalized specific analysis to come to a conclusion. The person behind the screen who posted that quote doesn’t know your situation and may not even intend the quote to have such an impact on you. Every situation does not lead to a positive outcome when tackled with the ‘positive’ advice.

Lastly, the fact that you are following so many pages that intend to bring positivity to you, makes you believe that you are negative and cannot be positive yourself. That, my friend, is not just bad for your self-identity but also is completely false. Everyone’s notion of positivity is not the same. Do not restrict your idea of positivity to what the page believes it is. Different things give positivity to different people and you can create your own positivity. Don’t use cramps when you can independently walk on your own!

If you find yourself being unable to be naturally positive for a long while, maybe try to talk to your friends about it or go for therapy. But first, explore yourself, let go of these pages and try to create your own happiness.


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In a recent study, it was proved that hope protects our brain from anxiety and expands our understanding.

Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen. It has been a stimulator, a motivator, and at times, the only positive force left in us when we are going through our bad times. Just like any other feeling, hope is intangible and unseen, yet it has been ever-present in us. And its presence has finally been identified by science.

In a recent study, Chinese psychologists found out that hope protects our brain from anxiety and expands our understanding of things that are happening as reported by Big Think. Defining hope as an important term in positive psychology, scientists conducted a survey on 231 students and found out that hope trait was related to the brain region that is involved in the reward-related procession, motivation production, and goal-oriented behaviour. “ Overall, this study provides the first evidence for functional brain substrates underlying trait hope and reveals a potential mechanism that trait hope mediates the protective role of spontaneous brain activity against anxiety” the researchers quoted as per the website.

Anxiety has long been the cause of our mental struggles. Anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, hypertension, and so much more, it is anxiety that has aided these diseases. Not necessarily as a disease, but people suffer from anxiety in various situations. In all those times when we were helpless, when we could feel that chill down our spine, when our mind was contemplating scenarios we feared to face, or creating illusions that demoralised us – we hoped. We simply sat there and hoped that things would be fine. We hoped that we would not have to endure the trauma, the stress, the pain, or the anxiety for long. We hoped that someone, somewhere, somehow could save us from all that was happening, or was about to happen.

Turns out, we were “the one” we were looking for, and hope was “the how” that protected our brain. The positive force that we clung on to in anonymity was actually helping us survive our mental battles and shielding us from all the negative forces trying to let us down. Science recognising hope as the protective force justifies all the endurance that we made all this while. This study proves that being hopeful protects our brain from harmful thoughts. It proves that we have a positive force within us that helps us combat all the negativity and gives us the strength to keep going. We should take this research as a benchmark and be ready to face whatever comes our way for all of us know that we have what it takes to wade through deep waters.


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