Happy Monday! October 5, 2015 – The “As If” Principle

Happy Monday! When you want a quality, act as if you already have it. So make it a habit to be happy.

“Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe. He says to the waitress, ‘I’d like a coffee, no cream.” “We’re out of cream anyway,” says the waitress, “How about with no milk?”


Some time ago, lab researchers attached electrodes to peoples’ faces. Two, they placed at the corners of subjects’ mouths. Another, in the middle of their eyebrows. And two more at the corners of subjects’ eyes.


“These electrodes,” they said, “will measure tension in facial muscles while you read these cards.”


One group, they asked to keep all muscles relaxed. The other group, they told to raise the corners of their mouths and bare their teeth, while raising their eyebrows.  Then they handed everybody cards to read. Printed on each card were different neutral phrases.


After, everybody answered a survey question: how did you feel about the words on the cards? 


The neutral-face crowd found the words, unsurprisingly, neutral. But the second group — tricked into smiling, as the electrodes measured nothing — found lots in the list to be positive about. 


Don’t worry. You have not accidentally stumbled into a feel-good, self-hugging 1970s empowerment group. Those guys are meeting down the hall. 


In this room, we’re looking into a book by Dr. Richard Wiseman, called “The As If Principle.” Wiseman gets the idea — and his title — from William James, whose 1884 theory went, “If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.”

– from John Forde,  http://copywritersroundtable.com/


The As If principle is a powerful way of rethinking and relooking at what you bring into your own consciousness and bringing that thought into reality. You sometimes may wonder how things happen. It is not out of nowhere. It all starts with a thought or intention. And when you make it purposeful, the direction moves in your favor.



18 Simple Rules to Happiness

I love the Law of Attraction. I have to keep saying that as I see elements of the Law of Attraction work their magic in my life.

Like last week. I was listening to a recording that mentioned meditation. Later that day, I watched a Facebook video about Transcendental Meditation, following the stories of a group of people who began meditating every day. This led to another video on YouTube and a visit to their site,an exchange of emails and the potential of meeting up to learn this technique.

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Also in the midst of searching, I found another site that discussed Hypnosis meditation. By signing up I would receive a free video training guide (who says no to free?). When the download link came through, it also included a special free bonus – a pdf book called The 18 Rules of Happiness. This handy little tome of Happiness has been my obsession over the past few days.

And simple it is. Written in everyday,down to earth English with simple little tips and tools to help guide you on the course to happiness.

Per its description: Would YOU like to discover your own true happiness? Right now, you spend 24 hours a day searching for happiness. It’s the single motive behind absolutely every action you take. But are you experiencing enough genuine happiness in your daily life? If not, you need to take action. This book is a mini-course in mega-happiness. It unveils 18 simple secrets that you can use to begin enjoying profound happiness and freedom in your life. From simple shifts in attitude to powerful mind-body “hacks”, this guide will show you how to easily tap into the sunshine that already exists within you – and, quite simply, become the happiest person you know.

I highly recommend it to all.