At one of my first hypnosis training sessions (at Apositiva Institute), it was my turn to be the subject, and I selected from my to-do list, “I want to floss every day.”
For some reason, I’d always been a bad flosser, but my doctor kept insisting, “Just floss the teeth you want to keep,” so I wanted to mend my evil ways.
So the other students got me into a trance and they were taking turns making hypnotic suggestions to floss regularly. This went fine until someone said, “And your whole being is filled with the joy of flossing,” at which point I started laughing and couldn’t stop! Now, I like having my whole being filled with joy as much as the next guy, but it seemed sort of incongruous to achieve this bliss through a length of dental floss.
Eventually I calmed down and we finished the exercise.
Interestingly enough, since that time, I’ve flossed every day! This was just a practice exercise with folks just learning hypnosis, but it’s proven 100% successful for six months now.
All in all, I think it was the laughter that did it. Laughter lightens us up, loosens us up, lets us look at things in a new way, and that helps us change. And it just changed my mood when I think about flossing. It’s not filling my whole being with joy, but it’s enough.