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Posts Tagged ‘Dr Milton Erickson’

3 Steps to Happiness………

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Sally with fishI am sixty and my plan is to be around, healthy on our amazing planet for many more years to come!

Do you have a plan?

Maybe you are now, or are about to go through a life change? Children ‘flying the nest’, retirement from full time employment? So perhaps life is looking kind of bleak, possibly feeling a bit empty, asking yourself what’s the purpose?

I want to share some solid scientific information with you to help you with your plan. First be happy? Studies show that people who are happier in their lives have healthier levels of key body chemicals than those who are focused on negative feelings. This means happier people can have healthier hearts and generally lessen their risk of diseases. Enhance Your Happiness

Happiness for all of us is different, it can be a steady state of optimism shifting to those times of high energy enthusiasm and in between these two states there are all nuances of cheerfulness.

The simple truth is happiness comes from within. We can learn to choose to be happy even when the external ‘weather’ is bad. We don’t have to wait, we can start today! Hints to Happiness

So, how can we look forward to years of tranquillity, optimism, cheerfulness, happiness?

We can choose how we are perceiving and thinking about any situation or experience in any given moment. We can slow down our minds for a few moments, observe our thought pattern responses and those thoughts that do not have a celebration of life quality we can ‘delete’ and change.

Have you heard of ‘neurogenesis’ the growth and formation of new nerve or brain cells. Research in current neuroscience indicates, contrary to 100 years of dogma, that our human brain is capable of generating new brain cells throughout our life cycle.

One of my teachers: Dr Ernest Rossi states: “The psychological precedes the physical. The mind drives the body which drives the genome.”

There are three activities or behaviours which are key to connecting psychological experiences that optimize gene expression, neuroscience and healing. These 3 are what we need to incorporate into our everyday life so we can keep on growing our brain (neurogenesis).


Experience something novel and new in your everyday life. One thing I do is to really see and be fascinated by the light and colours constantly shifting and moving on the rocks in our garden.

Environmental Enrichment

Enrich your environment. I do this with a fabulous photograph, garden flowers in jars in the house, finding a piece of driftwood on the lake shore. Have some simple natural things around you and give them your attention so that you will feel enriched.

Physical Exercise

You don’t need to be an athlete! The wondrous Dr Milton Erickson, considered to be the grandfather of Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy, was wheelchair bound in his later years and exercised each evening by preparing the vegetables for dinner.

These three things need only takes minutes in your day, but, like me, you might find that you spend twenty minutes on each every day: you will so enjoy this time and the amazing benefits of growing new brain cells!

Start today: be Happy:)