Deborah Pearce Hypnotherapy Deborah Pearce

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Spreading some happiness

I have just returned from a weekend’s lecturing in Manchester.  I and my colleague, Nicola Griffiths, travel up once a month to run the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) 10-month diploma course.


We’re over half-way through our second course and this weekend some of last year’s graduates arrived for group supervision with their supervisor.  That gave us the opportunity to catch up with them and see how they are doing, and it was wonderful to hear the difference they are making with their clients, now that they are qualified and running their own practices.


There were similar success stories from our current students, too, and it got me thinking about the ripple effect that training has. CPHT founder and lecturer, David Newton has trained many hundreds of students over the years, including me and Nicola. 


We’re now lecturers for a couple of schools each and between us we have trained well over a hundred students. The lecturers for the other CPHT schools in the network will have trained hundreds of students too.


The hundreds of graduates from these schools will see many thousands of clients between them over the course of a year, making a difference to their lives in profound and very positive ways. All from the vision and teaching of one man, David Newton.


Thinking about this reminded me of an incredible study published in the British Medical Journal back in 2008 which demonstrated that happiness spreads like a contagion.  The research was carried out by the Harvard Medical School and found that one person’s happiness triggers a chain reaction, which spreads their happiness to their friends, and to the friends’ friends, and on to the friends’ friends’ friends.


So, happiness spreads up to three degrees of separation.  The effect is stronger the closer you are to the individual and can last up to a year.


The Science Daily reported on the study at the time and highlighted the findings:


"Using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Index (a standard metric) that study participants completed, the researchers found that when an individual becomes happy, a friend living within a mile experiences a 25 percent increased chance of becoming happy. A co-resident spouse experiences an 8 percent increased chance, siblings living within one mile have a 14 percent increased chance, and for next door neighbors, 34 percent.

But the real surprise came with indirect relationships. Again, while an individual becoming happy increases his friend's chances, a friend of that friend experiences a nearly 10 percent chance of increased happiness, and a friend of *that* friend has a 5.6 percent increased chance—a three-degree cascade."


You can read the full BMJ report here: BMJ Report


And the Science Daily article here:  Science Daily Article


So, all of those thousands of clients of CPHT graduates that have gained a more enjoyable experience of life will have passed their happiness on to many, many thousands of others.


You can see why I love my job, both as a hypnotherapist and as a CPHT lecturer, the impact of the therapy is awesome!