17 comics that illustrate the tricky relationship between your heart and brain.

Our hearts and our brains don't always get along.

In fact, you might say they're like "The Odd Couple" — opposites in almost every way, but they happen to live in the same house. This opposition, however, is what makes the duo so dynamic, hence why Nick Seluk, creator of "The Awkward Yeti" comic series, gave them their own spotlight.

When your heart and your brain aren't on the same page, it can feel like the worst thing ever. How can you make a decision when your heart and your head want different things? The escapades of Heart and Brain in Seluk's comics often reflect his own experiences and will likely reflect some of yours too.


While the comics may at times poke fun at the internal decision-making process, underneath the jokes are important life lessons of which we could all use reminding. Only listening to one of them and ignoring the other is a good way to get into trouble. Both are important parts of you.

Here are 17 Heart and Brain comics to give you some perspective on what's going on inside you.

1. When your heart wants you to post that important opinion on the internet, maybe listen to your brain.

2. When your brain wants to feed you depressing research about delicious food, maybe listen to your heart.

Is there ever a choice between logic and pizza?

3. Or when your heart just wants to look like everyone else, remember that your brain is what makes you special.

4. Sometimes your brain wants to remind you of the futility of the human experience. Try listening to your heart for a different view.

5. In fact, take a look at the universe while you're at it. If your brain gets overwhelmed, let your heart take the reins.

5. Back on Earth, when your heart finally gets your brain to take that trip, you'll likely face this dilemma.

7. And when you come home, your heart and brain might be even more split than usual.

8. Enter the awful side effects of jet lag!

9. And you know what's right behind jet lag? The vicious cycle that is anxiety!

10. This is when it would be wise to take Heart's advice: Live in the moment rather than dwell on the past (or future).

11. Because we all know this quote is true, even if Heart stole it from a movie.

12. As good as indulging in the whims of your heart can feel, at the end of a long day, it's important to check back in with your brain.

13. Because you know once your heart starts feeling things, it's hard for your brain to stop it.

14. That's why sometimes your brain needs to call in reinforcements.

15. Of course, those reinforcements don't always work.

16. But don't be fooled. Your brain has a ton of power all on its own. Just not enough power to fix everything.

17. Your heart's no slouch, either. With a little compromise and working together, both your heart and brain can win.

The escapades of Heart and Brain put a lot of things in perspective, especially for their creator.

"Drawing out the comics has, since the beginning, been a very self-therapeutic process," Seluk wrote in an email. "Heart has kind of been leading me in that direction, helping me to take more risks and do things I might not have done otherwise."

Like any great pair, however, your heart is not complete without your brain. You may not always feel like they're working together, but at least you know they're trying.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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