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Jump for Joy!!

Where did this expression come from?
The origin is unsure, however, its meaning is known world wide.

We have seen those jump for joy when claimed the winner, the ones who jump at the revelation of good news, such as a letter/email from someone you love and miss, or jumping at being surprised with something long wished for.
We can suppose that the feeling of joy originates with that first, hard pump of the heart when that combination of dopamine and adrenaline is released in our brains at the onset of something that elates or excites us.

As it stands, all of us look to have those moments in life where we experience joy. It provides a natural “high”. In a world that is oppressed with so many varieties and combinations of “downers”, it is no wonder that we find something to relieve them. 

Actually, jumping releases natural endorphines which provide you with the same kind of high you might experience with the use of a drug. Endorphines are essential to reduce pain and anxiety and increase the feeling of well being. They actually cause an increase in your levels of dopamine ( you feel this when in love or when achieving sexual gratification).

Hmmmm, Maybe that’s why base jumpers do it?

There was an artisit/photographer who believed there was psychological science behind the jump. In a jump the subject, in a sudden burst of energy, overcomes gravity. He cannot simultaneously control his expressions, his facial and his limb muscles. The mask falls. The real self becomes visible. One has only to snap it with the camera.

The Laurence Miller Gallery in Manhattan currently has an exhibit of Phillippe Halsman’s photography of “Jumpology”. He was the first to capture the joys of jumping as a tribute to both psychology and art.

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  1. June 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Such great pictures!!

    I never really gave it much thought, but I don’t suppose you do control your facial expression at that moment in time, do you? Hmmm.

    That’s the one drawback of digital camera’s, if you ask me. They take that two seconds delay for focusing before they snap the photo. It’s hard to get spontaneity when you have to hold the button down for two more seconds. Lots changes in that amount of time. 🙂

    Have a joyful day, please. 🙂

    • June 5, 2010 at 4:37 am

      As far as photography goes,…I am a fan of black and whites and time-lapse. In black and whites there are so many shade combinations you can get by using colors you might never think of putting together, yet, they add just the right touch for B&W’s. Time-lapse, well, there are nearly infinite ways to get really great shots of anything moving or flashing. Sometimes, even the mess ups turn out great.

  2. June 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I do love black and white and time lapse… they’re lovely.
    I just mean as a *catch someone in the act* sort of thing. When you see something, like a child about to jump into a puddle and they have that look on their face… lol It’s hard to get those with digital because they take a moment to adjust.

    • June 7, 2010 at 3:59 am

      yes,…it is. i wonder if they will ever actually put a chip in our brains that allows us to take real mental pictures of things that we could download from memory. sort of scary to think, yet, interesting to think on…too sci-fi, hmmm?

  3. June 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I sure hope not!!! Although… you have to wonder how far off that technology is. They’re already putting chips in cell phones so you can shop with your phone. And in a watch, that’s also a computer. We see eye recognition in movies now. Perhaps it’s being done as we speak. We’ll be the last to know.

    • June 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      as scary as it sounds, the technological advancement seems fantastical. though, they say that the egyptians had some technologies that we didn’t acquire until centuries later.

  4. June 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I saw a clip from a show the other day.
    It was an interesting concept.

    This gentleman, and I forget his name, he was saying that if we look at the DNA of humans vs apes – we see that their DNA is a 98% exact match to humans. That makes us only a 1 or 2% difference. And that difference means the difference between space ships, cell phones, etc… compared to sign language and basic thoughts.

    Now imagine another species 1 or 2% higher than us!!!
    What he was saying was – we all hope that if there is life *out there* we would like to communicate. His thinking is that humans don’t really converse with animals. Do we really expect these higher beings to talk to us? It’s like us trying to converse with a worm. We, humans, can talk all we want to animals. But they can’t talk back – not in English as we know it..or whatever language we use. It was an interesting concept.

    So as far as the Egyptians go… I don’t doubt it.

    • June 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm

      Stargate,…it popped into my head, the movie about the alternate universe and the Egyptian-like world, where the peoples received all their technology from visits of another higher species. Look at how we try to train animals to do human work. Also, Men in Black…I know, the realationhip to this conversation adds a comical factor when those are brought up. Yet, one of the underlying themes is just what you spoke of that man talking about….that there is always a higher being in the way of thinking about our place, whether evolved from apes, fish, birds,…aliens….etc. You get the idea. One world of one species is just either smaller or bigger than another species….Makes me also think of the tower of babel story too and St. Thomas Aquinas…. The babel story? Well,…. communication…. “God” punished us by causing us to not be able to speak the same language of others….what if that was also with the “lower beings”…such as animals…. or the higher beings with us? Now,…. as for St. Thomas Aquinas those strange movies even play to his way of thinking, that the universe is set up in levels…I think it is one of his Five Ways on gradation that I am thinking of. but it really fits to what you are saying, about our levels as different species.

  5. June 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I think that’s also an belief in India. You are reincarnated to different levels. Depending on what you do in this one. You can be a genius next time, or a cockroach. lol 🙂

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