A Simple Trick – Laughter is the Best Medicine After All…

When was the last time you rolled around with laughter?

The kind of laughter that you thought would make you burst?

The kind of laughter where you struggled to draw breath?

The kind of laughter that was so infectious, everyone around you was guffawing too, without really knowing why?

I hope that’s made you smile!

As well as releasing a host of happy hormones, or endorphins, a good hearty laugh also reduces the level of stress hormones in your body and so boosts the effectiveness of your immune system.

So with only benefits to gain, wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy those sensations more often?

And you can… with a simple trick.

Think about a time when you felt really happy, where you were rolling around laughing. Just recalling this memory will probably make you laugh (or smile).

Let the memory take over. Think about all the details. Ramp up the colours so that they are vibrant and bright. Just before the feeling ‘peaks’ I’d like you to take your hand and hold onto your opposite wrist. Hold on until the happy feeling starts to subside and then release your wrist.

Now let’s see what happens when you touch your wrist again…

Were you able to bring that happy feeling back again?

Welldone! What you have created is a basic ‘anchor’. Any time you want to, you can touch your wrist again and trigger that happy feeling. And if you really want to take advantage of this trick, layer the anchor with other happy memories and experiences and you’ll create a super-powerful anchor!

This is a great technique if you need to change your state to become more positive or need a confidence boost before a big event. Simply hold onto your wrist to trigger your anchor and flood your body with happy endorphins!

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Food? Feel More Satisfied Faster!

A lot of chocolate ain't all that great... seriously

Want satisfaction? The trick, I have learnt, is ‘mindfulness’.

 How often have you scoffed your chocolate right down?

In the blink of an eye it’s all gone… all that remains is the sound of you smacking your lips.

Satisfying? Perhaps.

I know that I can do this, especially if I’m watching TV or talking with someone else at the time.

I met a fascinating woman recently, Pam Northcote, who taught me a trick in ‘mindfulness’… and here it is!

Get a square of chocolate from a brand that you really, really love… (if chocolate really isn’t your thing then use something else instead… so long as it’s yummy). Look at your chocolate (or stick of celery, if it’s celery that floats your boat) with love in your eyes. Tell yourself that this is the last remaining piece of chocolate left in the world… and you have it.

You’re going to want to savour this experience; never again will the taste of chocolate cross your lips. You might want to smell it first. Inhale deeply. Allow the rich cocoa aromas to waft through your body. You may want to gently lick the surface of the chocolate, as if devouring it sliver by sliver. Perhaps you nibble one corner…

As you sloooowly ingest your single square of chocolate, allow its texture and flavour to alert all your senses. Every millimetre of your mouth should be savouring the delight that makes this square of chocolate the triumph that it is.

Having experienced this ‘chocolate meditation’ myself I was amazed how much more I enjoyed the chocolate (and even more surprised perhaps that you could enjoy ‘Green and Black’s’ any more than I did already). I also felt extremely satisfied.

Try it. I dare you. It’s absolutely heavenly….

RW