Giving makes us feel happier

When you were a child and you got a present, there was nothing better than tearing off the paper to see what was inside.  That sense of anticipation and then a big happy smile when you found that you have got just what you wanted.  Watching others open present was certainly never as much fun, more often than not you might have tried to ‘help’ or even left the room whilst it was happening.

However, when you start to get older you realise that you get just as much pleasure, if not more, by giving a gift to someone else and watching their face as they opened it.

It is not just presents either, studies have shown that those who give to other people, including giving to those less fortunate than ourselves are actually happier.  It has in fact been suggested through various studies that giving money actually makes us happier than spending it on ourselves.  One particular study carried out by Harvard Business School showed that those people who spent money on others were indeed happier than those who spent it on themselves.

We are as humans, a very social bunch and have actually survived because we do take care of each other (to a greater or lesser degree).

So if giving to others, including but not limited to money, makes us feel happier then and feeling happier can make us feel better in many different ways,  it is actually important for us to continue to find ways to give to other people.

The full study can be found at:-


Common Misconceptions About Hypnotherapy

You can get stuck in hypnosis – Hypnosis is a very common and natural state of being that most people enter into on a regular basis even if they don’t realise it.  Given that it is natural, you cannot get stuck.

You can be ‘controlled’ by the hypnotherapist – You still have free will and if what you are being told goes against your morals and strongest inner beliefs you can leave the state of hypnosis.  This is why when working on deep issues (for the benefit of the client and with their permission) it takes time to resolve them, because we have to work carefully so as not to worry the subconscious enough that the client is bought out of hypnosis.

Hypnosis can cure everything – Well that would be fantastic, and whilst hypnotherapy can help with many more issues than most people realise, it is not a ‘cure all’ therapy.

Hypnosis works overnight and I don’t have to make any effort at all –  Many people would love it if this were true, and whilst some issues can be dealt with in just session, it is a process and clients need to take part fully and be willing to make some effort to achieve their goals.

 Only certain people can be hypnotised – True and false.  Everyone can be hypnotised, it is a natural state of being, however, not everyone wants to be hypnotised and will therefore put up barriers or defences to stop it from happening.  This often results in them saying that they can’t be hypnotised.  It is however important to remember that not everyone should be taken into hypnosis for the purposes of therapy.

It is hard to learn to hypnotise someone – Actually it is quite easy to learn how to hypnotise someone, however, it takes a lot more time and effort to learn how to use this state to actually help people (the therapy part).

You have to be face to face with someone to hypnotise them – No, given the right confidence on the part of the hypnotherapist and the right circumstances a person can be hypnotised by phone, via Skype, Facetime etc.  Given that many people easily enter into the state of hypnosis whilst listening to a recording, then the therapist doesn’t really need to be in the same room.

It is very important to remember though if you are undertaking regression or similar work that you must safeguard your client in the way you work.  The last thing you want is the phone to be cut off or the connection to drop out and your client is left trying to deal with a difficult emotion issue without your guidance.

The Fear of Change

Whether it be… transitioning from Child to Adult, moving out of home, travelling the world, first day at a new job, getting married, moving House, becoming a Parent, your Child’s first day at school

Change is everywhere a continuous thing that appears in our lives whether we like it or not, whether it’s within our control or not ALL THE TIME!!!  How on earth do we cope??

:: How to inspire ::

There are plenty of reasons why we should fear change especially the dreaded ‘Unknown’. This void of information creates a perfect habitat for fear. We think worst case scenarios, we doubt ourselves, we build up defences, we stress, and we get anxious. What’s going on? We are powerless…… sometimes in life the unknown can’t be helped. In a business however, this can be managed and people can be supported through it.

:: Change Curve ::


Rio 2016 Paralympics – Achievements of triumph over adversity…..

Inspiring Quotes From Team GB Paralympians

The RIO Paralympics are underway and we begin the awe inspiring process of watching amazing performances and achievements of triumph over adversity. What gives the person the strength of courage to push beyond their boundaries and succeed?

The Power of Positive Thinking

How does someone with a million eyes on them perform and perform well? The level of expectation is sky high, what is it to be….fight or flight??

The hours and hours of training involved in becoming an Olympic athlete is beyond limits. The sacrifices that have to be made and the unwavering strength to work time and time again to achieving that one goal. A gold.

What is an Olympian’s coping strategy? How do they focus? How do they get up every day and commit 100% to their training regime? Do they fear failure? Or do they just embrace success?

Counselling is now prolific in the sporting world.

Sports Psychologists

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Autumn 2016 Start Dates for Chrysalis Courses

It’s that time of year again when Chrysalis Courses start to release the start dates for this coming Autumn. They are being updated regularly so keep checking if your preferred venue isn’t there!


Belfast – Sunday 30/10/2016

Birmingham – Sunday 23/10/2016

Bournemouth – Sunday 20/11/2016

Bristol – Saturday 29/10/2016

Cardiff – Sunday 06/11/2016

Cambridge – Saturday 15/10/2016

Chelmsford – Saturday 22/10/2016

Edinburgh –

Glasgow – Saturday 05/11/2016

Guildford – Sunday 25/09/2016

Leeds – Sunday 16/10/2016

Liverpool – Sunday 16/10/2016

London – Saturday 05/11/2016

Maidstone – Saturday 29/10/2016

Manchester – Saturday 15/10/2016

Newcastle – Saturday 05/11/2016

Northampton –

Norwich – Saturday 29/10/2016

Nottingham – Saturday 15/10/2016

Oxford – Saturday 29/10/2016

Reading –

Sheffield – Sunday 16/10/2016

Southampton – Saturday 15/10/2016

Worthing –

Course spaces are filling quickly so don’t delay in applying, visit your start your journey.

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