Depression is a Disease of Civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxEmory


Aloha, Did you know that nearly 1/4 of Americans will experience depression by the age of 75? Research shows that depression is on the rise. In fact, within the past 20 years, the use of antidepressants have gone up by over 300%. Wow. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that […]


The Brains of Successful vs. Unsuccessful People Actually Look Very Different

The Brains of Successful vs. Unsuccessful People Actually Look Very Different

Aloha, Do you know the difference in habits, beliefs and strategies between successful vs. unsuccessful people? (I’ve written about this concept previously when I talked about eliminating the word ‘excuse’ out of your vocabulary.) According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, there are two basic categories that peoples’ behavioral traits tend to fall into: fixed and […]


Emotional Openness VS. Rationality and Logic: – A CEO’s Perspective

Emotional Openness vs. Rationality and Logic: – A CEO’s Perspective

Aloha, Do you know what the best advice is to new CEO’s? According to Eric Schmidt, the Chairman and CEO of Google, his best advice to new CEO’s is to “have a coach.” Check out this blog I just read on Psychology Today. It’s a well-research article that details why CEO’s need coaching. Whether you’re […]


Be 33% More Successful at Acheiving Your Goals – A REAL Study

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Aloha, I read some research on goal setting that I just had to share with you. If you’ve been in the personal growth & development field of a while now, you might have heard about the “1953 Yale Study of Goals.” This study supposedly states that writing down goals makes you more likely to achieve […]


5 Scientific Studies that Prove Hypnosis Works to Stop Smoking

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Aloha, One of my favorite questions asked by my students is, “Are hypnosis and NLP validated by science?” As I’ve stated in previous articles, we at The Empowerment Partnership don’t teach any techniques unless research has been done. That’s why our graduates are so successful. In fact, our QS60 (Quit Smoking in 60) Specialists are […]


Here’s a Quick Way to Ditch Emotional Baggage

Genetic Research

Aloha, Do you know how to release trauma stored in your body (even if it was there before you were born)? We all know that we inherit our parents’ noses, eye color, and flat feet through our genes. And psychologists have long acknowledged that even some of our personality characteristics are inherited as well. For […]


At Last, Scientists Discover Molecular Changes in the Body After Meditating

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Aloha, Earlier this week I posted an article about a study suggesting that ‘memories’ can pass generationally. While we’re on the topic of your mind, I came across another new study by Psychoneuroendocrinology that discovered specific molecular changes in the body after meditating. Here is a link to the summary explaining that: “mindfulness meditation can […]


New Scientific Study Suggests ‘Memories’ can Pass Generationally

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Aloha, BBC News posted an article recently about an important study performed by Nature Neuroscience. In this study, researchers anchored mice to associate the smell of cherry blossom to feeling afraid. Later, when those mice had “grandchildren,” those grandchildren were afraid of the cherry blossom smell! According to this article, “Experts said the results were […]


Who Else Wants to Feel More Gratitude?

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 “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie As we head toward the New Year, many […]


Aloha, I watched this TED Talk video and just had to share it with you. Mina Bissell studies how cancer interacts with our bodies, and searches for clues to how cancer’s microenvironment influences its growth. This is very interesting, and it relates to what we teach in the NLP Master Practitioner Training about dealing with […]