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Fuzzies and Fizzies. Friday August 30, 2013

Some folks talk about giving others 'warm fuzzies' – that lovely, warm, fuzzy feeling you get from something good happening. Often this can be triggered by a smile from a stranger or a friend or even someone you secretly admire!

You can, however, generate your own warm fuzzies too. The way we feel (our degree of warm fuzziness, if you like, or 'Fuzz Factor') is dependent on what popular speakers call 'Fizzies' – a reference to 'Physiology'. Your physiology (body posture, movement, gestures, breathing) is clearly hard-wired into your nervous system...and your nervous system 'knows' what each aspect of physiology 'means'. You can't help yourself – when you feel good, your body does the 'this-is-the-position-I-take-when-I-feel-good' thing!

One of the gifts of consciousness is being able to choose the position you take. When you 'feel' down, your body will reflect this. If you would like to change this there are three 'f' sounding things you can do that your moods will not be able to resist:

1. Change your physiology – your posture, stature, movements, gestures, breathing.
2. Change who's on the phone – the voices you're listening to in your head. If they are negative, the least you can do is interrupt them! Your inner-dialogue with yourself is as powerful a mood changer as changing your posture.
3. Change your Focus – where your visual attention is. If things are looking grim, look somewhere else! We all do this at the dentist, surely? Rather than look at that hardware coming towards your mouth, you focus on something lovely around the the dentist, of course!

The thing I love about this three-fold approach is that you don't have to try to be positive or upbeat. Just moving as if you were energised, switching the sounds in your head (perhaps by remembering a favourite song – even better if you hum it out loud), and looking at something else confuses any bad mood you were in! All change!

What's your 'Fuzz Factor' today?

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Tom Birchwood Fri, Aug 30th 2013 @ 9:00am

I like this positively living in the moment!

The Entertrainer Fri, Aug 30th 2013 @ 9:15am

Thanks Tom! Fuzz Factor 10!

Anonymous Fri, Aug 30th 2013 @ 10:20am

My fuzz factor today in Freezing chilly Cape Town, is HOT CHOCOLATE and two lovely labradors....

The Entertrainer Fri, Aug 30th 2013 @ 12:05pm

Sounds like a perfect recipe for fast Fuzz!

Anonymous Fri, Aug 30th 2013 @ 6:42pm

My fuzz factor today is very dim

Anonymous Fri, Aug 30th 2013 @ 8:37pm

What kind of body posture/movements/gestures etc., feel positive, in general?? Any advice? What is the "position that feels good" ?

The Entertrainer Sat, Aug 31st 2013 @ 6:24am

Actually, many of the old cliches have some truth in them. For example, "chin up!" The important things is to change whatever position you feel low in. Movement is especially powerful. So if you feel 'down' and 'stuck' your body language is very likely to be folding in on itself and static. Having a luxurious s-t-r-e-t-c-h followed by a brisk walk will force other neurons to fire and new feelings to arise. A good shower is often associated with a change from one state-of-mind to another. 'Change' and 'tempo' seem to be the keys - and lifting your posture in some way.

gcyahoo Sat, Aug 31st 2013 @ 6:53am

thought id have a look. I use moodscope a few times a week and look forward to the emails. keep it up.

Anonymous Fri, Sep 6th 2013 @ 12:57pm

Just walking keep myself in better mood I guess.
I used to walk even for an hour and my mood increase step by step.

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