Listening live may increase your lifespan

concert-336695_960_720British consumer behavioral science expert, Patrick Fagan of Goldsmith University and O2, a popular music and entertainment venue, shared a press release last week noting:

  • Fortnightly [that’s every two weeks] gig attendance could extend life expectancy by NINE years

  • Wellbeing increased by 21% from just 20 minutes of gig-time, compared to just 10% for yoga and only 7% for dog-walking

  • O2 commissioned scientific study reveals the power of live music on the human body and mind

Attending a live music gig once a fortnight could have life expectancy rocketing by nine years due to its power to positively impact wellbeing, new scientific research reveals.

The scientific study by O2 and Patrick Fagan, expert in behavioural science and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmith’s University, reveals there is an alternative cure for those struggling to find their Mr. Brightside, and it can be found at your local music venue –  with just 20 minutes of gig-time resulting in a significant 21% increase in feelings of wellbeing. Added to this, additional scholarly research directly links high levels of wellbeing with a lifespan increase of nine years pointing to a direct link between gig-going and longevity.

The findings come off the back of bespoke psychometric and heart-rate tests at a range of wellbeing activities – including gig-going, yoga and dog walking. The gig experience increased participants feelings of wellbeing by 21% – with key markers across the happiness spectrum showing increases, including feelings of self-worth (+25%) and closeness to others (+25%) whilst mental stimulation climbed by an impressive 75%.

manhattan-1674404_960_720Many other studies show links between listening and performing music and well-being and happiness.

So go ahead, buy those tickets and make those plans to listen live or strum those strings, tickle those keys and sing out loud! Your life may be happier and longer because if it!

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Love this quote

pyramids“The world will tell you there are pyramids you must climb to feel successful. Pay no attention. Your life’s joy isn’t at the apex of a pyramid. It comes from a well of creativity that flows from your very center.”                Martha Beck

I learned a long time ago that I did not have to get the highest grade, hold the highest position or trek the highest mountain to truly enjoy life.  I embraced the journey as my reward and the peaceful moments along the way as my true north star.

Be easy on yourself this weekend, work in moments for being not doing and do not run from the messages that may bubble to the surface. Treasure them for they will lead you to your true self and provide a path to the life you really want.

 

 

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A very special Monday morning

This is the first Monday of the spring of 2018! Isn’t that marvelous?

New beginnings are in the air. As nature begins to refresh itself , pushing through the layers that once protected it but are no longer needed, it is the perfect time to think about how we would like to blossom in the year ahead.

What do crocus-3226433_960_720you want to grow in your life? Peace, prosperity, health, love, new adventures?

What dreams are waiting for you?

Share your thoughts and motivate others to push through the life layers that bind them.

I am looking forward to developing new projects for Wishful Thinking Works that combine my retreats with travel. To expanding my speaking engagements and the services I offer, and to developing new resources and finding new and exciting ways to share them with all of you.

But most of all, I am looking forward to becoming more aware of my feelings and gaining more insight into myself. Each year I grow happier, stronger, more fulfilled and I am always joyfully learning new ways to embrace all of me – the good, the bad and the beautiful!

I wish the same and more for all of you this spring!

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Spring is here!

 

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The perfect Valentine’s Day gift

Would you like to make someone you care about happy this Valentine’s Day?

Would you like to become happier in the process?

If so, write a gratitude letter to someone special in your life.

Your letter can leave you and the recipient feeling happier for months. 

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Gratitude Letters

A few years ago I wrote and shared my first gratitude letter; I wrote my first to my Dad. I was a bit shy about doing it, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience for both of us, and since my Dad passed away a few years after I wrote his letter, the experience holds a special place in my heart.

I’ve been writing thank you notes for decades. I sent cards not just for gifts, but for experiences, past and present. I’ve written dozens of notes and cards to my aunts and to friends of my parents for their special acts of kindness to me as a child. One of my younger brother’s godmothers always had extra treats for us when she brought him a gift. Another of my aunts hosted weekly gatherings at her and my uncle’s farm each Sunday in the summer allowing my eight siblings and me to swim, dive, jump, ride, row, fish, and enjoy all sorts of other summer fun because they were willing to put-up with an ongoing stream of guests – our family and many others. Those Sundays were magic to me as a kid, and I wanted them to know.

Those letters and the memories they evoked are wonderful, but a gratitude letter is an even richer, more touching way to say thank you. Here’s why:

  • It’s longer – approximately 300 words.
  • It’s read in-person to its intended recipient, making it more of a gratitude visit with the letter as a hostess gift of sorts. The true magic of the visit comes from sharing your letter out loud and face-to-face with its recipient. (If you can’t meet in person, Skype or a phone call will work, but if at all possible go the in-person route.)
  • Dr. Martin P. Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology and one of the first and strongest proponents of gratitude visits notes the ritual is powerful, ”Everyone cries when you do a gratitude visit,” he says. ”It’s very moving for both people.”

Tips for making it work:

  • Write to someone, who holds a special place in your heart or who did something nice or kind for you, but you’ve never thanked, or thanked as much as you would have liked to.
  • Be detailed. Write the particulars of what you are thankful for. Let them know how their actions affected you. Include the whats, the whens, the hows, and the whys.
  • Let your recipient know you are up to something good! A funny thing happened when I read my letter to my Dad. When I finished, he made a joke about how I must have the wrong “Dad”, and then he told me he thought I was going to share something about what he’d done wrong – not right. (I was nervous about sharing my letter, and he interpreted that as seriousness or sadness. When I began reading from a sheet of paper he was sure there was bad news ahead.) We laughed about that, but to prevent any confusion, letting your host or hostess know the visit is well-intentioned is probably a good idea.
  • Leave a copy of your letter with your recipient. Don’t worry about making it too fancy, but using special paper can’t hurt. Laminating or a frame might be appreciated, or to others, seem a bit too much – go with your guts. Just don’t make the visit too much about what happens next with the letter; leave that up to your receiver.

The Ripple Effect

Another interesting facet of this simple and effective gesture is that it tends to grow and reproduce on its own. Recipients often end-up writing and sharing letters with folks they want to thank, and writers tend to write more letters to share with others.

Positive psychology studies show the good feelings can last for weeks, even months. I know firsthand that years later I’m still happy I shared a gratitude letter with my father. It is a sweet and happy memory, and one I can relive any time I want. Gratitude letters pack a huge dose of positive power!

Increased happiness for someone you care about is just a few pen strokes. Don’t let this free,  foolproof opportunity for joy pass you by – send a gratitude letter to someone special this Valentines Day!

PS This is my annual Valentine’s Day post . . . hope it inspires you to start writing to a special person in your life.

Whispers from our hearts

One of the sweetest reviews I ever received . . .

“patrice is awesome…she can ask a question that you think you have no answer for and all of a sudden she has changed your world by making you find the truth in yourself. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

You have the answers, getting still helps you hear what your heart is trying to tell you.  Stillness and heartfelt inquiry will help you reveal your truths.  Don’t be afraid of finding the answers, if you are asking or responding you are ready. 

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Reflect, Rewind, Renew

?????????????This weekend is our Wishful Thinking Works Women’s retreat at one of my favorite places – a Benedictine Monastery in west central Florida.  The Retreat isn’t religious – our focus is on reflection, rewinding and renewing our lives – but the quiet atmosphere and peaceful surroundings of the Monastery provide an oasis for contemplation.

Wish you were joining us, but more importantly I hope you find a way in your own life to take the time to retreat.  I truly believe retreating is the fist step to finding more meaning in your life.

Whether you choose to meditate daily, color quietly in a corner of your home, travel halfway around the world or up the road to explore your options and to listen to your hearts desires,  taking time for reflection is a wonderful way to get in touch with what really matters to you and to find new ways to take steps in the direction your dreams.

Find some time this weekend to sit and ponder what possibilities lie ahead for you. I guarantee it will be time well spent.

Warm regards,

Patrice

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