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Message of January 10

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

Those of us who have Inner Guides need make only one New Year’s resolution: to continue doing self-hypnosis. Our Inner Guides need that trance time to continue solving our discomforts and problems. Even those of us who have been doing self-hypnosis for years need to continue because, although we may now feel comfortable, life brings new problems from time to time.

While some of us find it easy to continue, others do not. But knowledge from recent research may help. It is described in a recent New York Times article (12/29/17) by David DeSteno, a Northeastern University psychologist. He first describes the work of Greg Miller, a Northwestern University psychologist, who has found that those who struggle to use will power to resist temptation and to persevere in achieving future goals have increased stress levels, premature aging of their immune cells, and decreased feelings of well-being. (And we know from Pavlov’s work that behavior that doesn’t bring immediate rewards tends to be extinguished.) 

Might there be an easier way to persist in working for future goals? Yes, according to Professor DeSteno. Subjects were asked to spend a few minutes remembering an event that had made them feel grateful, neutral or happy and were then given a test of self-control and perseverance. Those who had felt grateful received higher scores than the “neutral” or “happy” groups. Further work showed that those who felt (rightfully, not arrogantly) proud of skills they had, and those who felt compassionate, also scored higher.

For those of you who do have difficulty continuing to do self-hypnosis, perhaps this information might be of help. And summoning up memories of feeling grateful, proud and compassionate may help in other ways, too.

I wish everybody a Happy and Comfortable New Year.

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Best regards,

            Judith M. Davis