Michael Kraus, Michele Bernhardt, Robin Dunbar discussed on Healing Quest


It's a great reminder about quality over quantity. I like that. Well, Professor Alan says. We need to be careful about mistake in what he called a social network of superficial friends. With a deep and long term relationship. You know, I would just like to say here that you know he's calling all social media friendships, a superficial and I don't think that's true. I think that I think he was just saying many. Yes. Okay, well, you know, I think he's talking about the people that are just friends on on social media. They aren't people that you already know. In thinking about his advice. We got interested in how big circle of close friends should be or how big it could be. From a practical standpoint. Well, it turns out that some serious research has been done on this topic at no less than Oxford University in England. I think they probably did a pretty good job. The research was done by Robin Dunbar, who is a professor of evolutionary psychology. What an interesting field evolutionary psychology. I suppose we can infer from that that the folks at Oxford anyhow are concluding that we are evolving psychologically, so good news there, Although from time to time I have to say I'm not sure but I'm just going to go with them that we are evolving psychologically. After all, it is Oxford. Yes, indeed. At any rate, Professor Dunbar says. Five is the number of friends most of us can maintain a close friendship with and he defines that is having meaningful contact every week with those individuals to maintain the close friendship. Now, what's his interesting Because this is we're talking about meaningful, significant contact with each of your five close friends in addition to everything else you do every week. All the work all the family commitments and all the other stuff, So that's no small amount of investment in that relationship. Next, Professor Dunbar says 12 to 15 is the number of friends who aren't in the close friend Circle. But you wouldn't want them to know that, huh? So the close friends are five sort of like the next circle is that is 12 to 15. How much can we have in all and all on the wider scale, Professor Dunbar says the average person can only have a maximum of 150 friends, including all the folks we just talked about, plus casual friends, But you don't see very much, but you might, you know, still invite them to a party or wedding or a big event Exactly. He says. The most important ones are the close friendships. Quality beats quantity and if you can maintain and nurture those close friendships. The payoff, according to Professor Dunbar, and many other researchers, is a long, healthier, happier life. So good news. Close friendships can help us live longer, happier and healthier. Guess what else can do that dancing? A new study has found that dancing is much more powerful than regular exercise when it comes to keeping the brain healthy and even reversing signs of aging in the brain. The studies from the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Magdeburg, Germany, It's a police you've probably never heard of. If that's in what used to be East Germany and actually what I spent a little time looking it up. It's a big university town. It's a it's a major city. It's just not one of those places that we've heard much about. But anyhow, they have a world class center for neurodegenerative diseases, and what they found out about dancing is really interesting. Part of what they found isn't news because we've known for some time. That exercise in general has a very beneficial anti aging effect. But this study is based on comparing the benefits of regular exercise and dancing to see which is better for our brain. Yeah, what they did was the researchers worked once a week for 18 months with two groups of senior volunteers, and then they measured the changes in their brains. One group Fitness exercises like walking or cycling every week, The other group learned routines in different kinds of dance things like jazz tango square dancing line dance. While the study found that both groups had a positive anti aging effect in the part of the brain that controls memory. Learning and balance. But the dance group had by far the biggest benefit. You know, it's not a surprise, but this is by no means the first time we've encountered the unique power dance a couple of years ago. One of our most memorable shoots when we were doing the TV show. We were doing a Brain Hill series for the show, and we came across a study from Canada's McGill University. Now they used tango for 12 weeks with 40 patients who had Parkinson's disease, and they found significant improvement in both functional mobility. And brain benefits while we were shooting in New York City. Where are you know Michele Bernhardt, who's on the show with us, and she's been on the television show with us for a few years, and she lives in New York, and she takes tangle lessons. And since we were doing this story on the brain, we thought it would be good to get some video of tango dancing or dancing with Michelle and and hopefully a couple of other dancers. But this was one of those times when it was just so divinely guided. Michelle had called the owner of the Tango studio and asked if we could come by the next day with our crew to get some video. And the owner said, Yeah, I'll see what I can do so not only did excellent tango dancers stopped by on very short notice, but all of them are really articulate about why Tango has such great healing power. Yes, it was great. I mean, I was like it was like everybody got this divine call a memo of the memo to show up for this, and the people that showed up were amazing. For example, Here's what Dante Politics et one of those tango dancers. Actually, he was one of the teachers had to say. As Corina said, sometimes in our modern world, we can go a long time without actually having to interact and Um And and really listen to someone and partner dancing is all about listening to the other person, And I think there's something very elemental in that that draws people to it. Another one of the dancers was Michael Kraus, and he told us about how.

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