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Using Motion to Control Emotion


The Magic of Thinking Big – Using Motions to Control Emotions

In The Magic of Thinking Big Dr. David Schwartz has a section where he discusses how to use motion to control emotion. This is something we are all aware of at some level, but many of us don’t use this to our advantage.

So what is this whole motion to control emotion all about?

Let’s use the example of a depressed person. When you see someone who is down isn’t usually pretty clear they are feeling down by they way they hold themselves? They don’t even have to say anything. You just know they are down by looking at them.

On the other hand, it’s also clear when someone is happy and feeling good just by looking at them. A happy person will move and hold himself in such a way that it’s obvious they are happy.

See, the way we move and hold ourselves signals our brains how we should be feeling. We can use this to our advantage. If we hold and carry ourselves the same way a positive, upbeat, and confident person does we’ll eventually start feeling good.

Here’s something to try… If you are alone (You don’t want people looking at you and thinking that you’re off your rocker when you do this.) smile Really Really REALLY Big. I’m talking Disney Land Happy Big. Notice how you feel when you smile. Did you sense a change in how you felt?

Go out and play around with this. Commit to begin moving and holding yourself as if you were feeling positive, energetic, and upbeat. Even during the times when you don’t really feel that way. Do this for the next week and see if you notice any changes in how you feel. What do you have to lose!!

Now Go Be Successful In All Areas of Your Life!!


Robert Wilson  on October 18th, 2010

thanks for the post

badmash  on October 23rd, 2010

I just signed up to your blogs rss feed. Will you post more on this subject?

SeanPElliott  on October 23rd, 2010

Hello Robert!! You are welcome. Thank you for visiting Continuously Improving You. Have an great day.

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