Trick your brain to into happiness

I came across this article the other day and though it might be of interest.
It would be great to get your comments below on what you think about what Rick is saying about re-wiring your brain to provide a greater happiness and well being…

Here’s the article:

Your thoughts?

By |2016-12-19T17:30:23+00:00December 20th, 2012|Coaching|5 Comments


  1. Barbara Robertson 11/04/2013 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Toby, hi, it is a while since I trained with you two at the barn (Feb 2008 Master Prac…I modelled Jamie Oliver and we cooking – even danced – in your kitchen!). Life has been an interesting journey since then. Thanks for all your and Kate’s many valuable inputs.

    I loved this article. My experience – it works. I kept a gratitude journal in 2011 and made daily entries of 5 new things I was grateful for. It turned my pessimistic frame of mind to an optimistic one, in some areas. I am stil working on others!

    The article chimes with what I have learned from a workshop with Prof. Paul Brown. I can recommend his book on using emerging knowledge of brain science in executive coaching: Neuropsychology for Coaches, Understanding the Basics,ISBN 9 7803350245475. written with Victoria Brown. See

    By the way, he has an interest in fear free organisations (cites the customer experience in an Apple shop) and explored with us the 8 primary emotions which he believes drive human behaviour (Fear, Anger, Disgust, Shame and Sadness (negative emotions, but not to be denied), Startle/Surprise (has potential to go either way) and Excitment and Trust (positive). Feelings derive from those emotions. Most of us live in organisations through the negative emotions. The implications for leadership in organisations is immense. “..leaders deliberately and consciously creating ‘thrive’ opportunities, based on how people feel – not directing HOW they act but creating the conditions under which they can use all their own adaptive capacity to get to the goals they are after. …not easy…But it is how people actually function. ”

    In parallel, if we learn to deliberately use neuro-plasticity to rewire our brains, the opportunities for humans and organisations open up immensely. Paul thinks that we are at the very start of a revolution in understanding of human brains and minds, which will transform life over the next 30 years. Sounds good to me!

  2. Jane 08/01/2014 at 3:00 am - Reply

    1 scored 83 out of 100 on the mindfulness quiz so obviously a little more work to be done. An interesting piece. Thanks for sharing guys. There’s a great Neuroscience conference in the US each year, worth checking out for anyone interested in neuroscience breakthroughs. This year it was in San Diego.

  3. diane 10/01/2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Excellent article Toby, I totally agree with this. I have used techniques in my own life which have really made a difference. I find visualisation and using colour really powerful and I have seen the difference that practising meditation and relaxation techniques has made to the clients in my day job. One funny incident was a few years ago when myself and a friend were on a catamaran on the way to Guernsey. The weather was so bad that no one could stand up, the staff were crawling on the floor to get from A to B. I wont go into the gory details but it was pretty horrendous. Now, I had been practising meditation techniques for a while so I thought I would test them I closed my eyes, pinched my nose and tried to meditate. NOPE – that didn’t work – what did work was imagining episodes of Emmerdale constantly running through my mind. – I was the only passenger who wasn’t ill and I am normally a poor sailor and feel ill quickly. I didn’t feel disappointed that the meditation hadn’t worked because the strong visualising had worked – no matter that it was Emmerdale. Strange thing is I hardly ever watched Emmerdale ! I believe that there is so much we can achieve with our minds and using pictures or colours to distract from pain or anxiety can really work

  4. simon rann 06/02/2015 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Excellent stuff. Thankyou so much for the link.

  5. Manuel 12/02/2016 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    It is exciting to think of how we have access to almost unlimited sources for knowledge and once we learn to focus out attention (and take action) we can achieve anything.

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