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Message of September 20

For those who have created their Inner Guide and are doing self-hypnosis:

As our Inner Guides continue to solve our problems and end our discomforts, we are more readily able to give to others. We know, and our Inner Guides know, that giving feels good. But did you also know that neuroscientists have identified neurological pathways that are active during giving.

Studies (by Soyoung Z. Park, et. al, University of Lübeck)) of people who were given money to give away (a control group was given money to keep) revealed that their fM.R.I. scans showed greater activity in an area of the brain associated with altruism, the temporo-parietal junction; and this area was more strongly connected to the brain’s reward center, the ventral striatum.

Other studies (Paul J. Zak, Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University) have shown that when participants are given oxytocin (the control group was given none), they were 80% more generous in a game that involved giving. Oxytocin is correlated with feelings of empathy, which helps people understand the feelings of others. (Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in maternal-infant bonding, milk release and empathy.)

Generosity enhances our health. Studies by Rodlescia S. Sneed and Sheldon Cohen
(of Carnegie Mellon University) have shown that generosity forestalls the development of hypertension. It is as efficacious as anti-hypertensive medication and exercise.

This information is useful for our Inner Guides to know. They can use it as they work to make our lives as comfortable as possible.

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Best regards,

Judith M. Davis