Are You Happy?

Our post today is by Rebecca Hintze, mental health expert and author of several books, including the following form AromaTools.com:

Keep reading, and take a moment to analyze your state of happiness and look for ways you can improve. Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing your knowledge with us!


Everyone wants to be happy, and everybody can be when we have healthy attitudes, beliefs, and values. Despite the increase in psychiatric drug use and talk of emotional disorders, the truth is, most people are happy. According to a recent study, people who live in relatively free countries (and aren’t in prison or psychiatric institutions) declare to be a least moderately cheerful in spite of their age, gender, and financial status.

It’s true that happy people behave and think differently than unhappy people. If we want to be one of the happy folks, we may need to take inventory of the following factors. Since the choice is ours, we can begin today to identify and adjust the reasons why we’re not behaving, believing—and therefore creating—happy lives.
According to research, here’s what makes a happy person:

  • Happy people are more loving, forgiving, trusting, decisive, creative, sociable, and helpful.
  • Some say that money doesn’t make you happy. This is not necessarily true. Research has shown that happier people have more money. There is a connection between wealth and well-being, though it is not significant. Stress from financial disorder does lead to depression. However, wealth cannot be attributed to redeeming a depressed person. And money only reports to support happiness when it meets needs and a little bit more. Wealth alone doesn’t predict happiness.
  • Happy people are more likely to set optimistic goals and strive to meet them.
  • Happy people have healthier immune systems that result from happy attitudes.
  • Happy people don’t suppress good feelings when they feel them. They laugh when they feel like it. If they receive a compliment, they accept it.
  • Happy people are less self-focused.
  • Happy people are less violent and aggressive.
  • Happier people are usually spiritual people. Though some studies show that some forms of active spirituality can correlate with prejudice and guilt, for the most part, a belief in God—and consequently, an active spiritual life—correlates well with several mental health criteria. People who are active in their church tend to be less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, divorce, or commit suicide.
  • Happy people have strong support systems. When we have a large crowd of loving friends and family, we are happier and healthier, and less likely to die prematurely.
  • Happy people are married. A large amount of data show that people are happier when they are attached, particularly married.

We have the choice to be happy by changing behaviors that make us unhappy.

For this week’s personal growth, take inventory of your state of happiness.

Ask yourself:

  • Do I have a healthy support system? If not, why? Do I have emotional walls that push people away, including a spouse or potential mate? If so, why?
  • Am I in debt or without a sufficient income and stressed as a result? If so, how did I get to this point? What beliefs do I have about money that prevent me from creating abundance?
  • Am I self-absorbed? If so, why? Do I believe I am worthy to have my needs met and do I allow others to meet my needs?
  • Do I set optimistic goals and try to reach them? If not, why?
  • Do I suppress laughter and reject compliments? If so, why?
  • Am I spiritually connected, believing in a divine, higher power of love, light, and truth?
  • Am I willing to love, forgive, trust, serve, and interact with others? If not, why?

For extra support, consider regularly diffusing citrus essential oils. All citrus essential oils are natural mood uplifters. With regular use, they have the ability to uplift mood and encourage happiness. Through self-exploration and by taking action, we can unlock the doors to living happier lives.

Many Blessings,

Rebecca Hintze

About the Author


Rebecca Hintze, MS, is considered an expert in the field of mental health, specializing in family issues and emotional intelligence. She is the international bestselling author of Healing Your Family History, distributed worldwide and translated into 8 different languages. She is the creator of The Emotions Mentor Course Series, and she’s also the author of the books Essentially Happy, Essential Oils for Happy Living, and Emotions and Essential Oils: An A–Z Guide.

Today, Rebecca speaks to audiences worldwide on healing family patterns, overcoming destructive behavior, increasing emotional intelligence, resolving health care issues naturally through essential oils and supplementation, and resolving family conflict.

Just Add Oils to Your Emotional Health

Emotions give color to our lives. Without emotions, positive and negative, the world would be a dreary place. We need to experience negative emotions so we can more fully appreciate positive emotions. However, emotions are more than just fleeting thoughts and feelings—every emotion releases chemicals within our bodies and can have profound effects on our mental and physical health. Sometimes negative emotions get trapped inside and can continue to affect our bodies even years later.

“Trapped emotions can cause you to make the wrong assumptions, overreact to innocent remarks, misinterpret behavior and short-circuit your relationships. . . . They can interfere with proper function of your body’s organs and tissues, wreaking havoc with your physical health, causing pain, fatigue and illness” (The Emotion Code, p. 11).

“Psychoneuroimmunology is concerned specifically with the impact of mental attitudes on the body’s resistance to disease, especially exploring the links among and between the mind, the brain and the immune system. The researchers involved in this field have established solid evidence that emotions, mental attitudes and person’s ability to cope all strongly affect and determine the function of the immune system” (Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, pp. 220–21).

Because our feelings, emotions, and attitudes affect our health (especially when we trap them inside), knowing how to accept, process, and release emotions is important to maintaining a healthy body.

There are several authors who write about releasing emotions, but their methods vary a little. In The Emotion Code, Dr. Bradley Nelson explains how to release these negative emotions with the use of energy medicine. Karol K. Truman explains in her book Feelings Buried Alive Never Die that we can instruct our beings through thought and intention to replace the negative feelings with positive feelings, “restore the cells’ perfect function by re-programming them,” and “bring harmony and balance back to the DNA and RNA” (p. 94). Truman includes a “script” that she has found to help her to connect with her higher self and process the negative emotions that she experiences. Other authors have used essential oils to help release negative emotions.

“When we smell essential oils, it stimulates the olfactory cells that are part of the olfactory system. . . . Anatomically, the olfactory system is closely related to the limbic system of the brain which is responsible for long-term memory, emotions, autonomic nervous system, regulating blood pressure, heart-rate, and attention. The close proximity between the olfactory and limbic systems is why essential oils have such a profound effect physiologically and psychologically.” (AromaHeal 1, pp. 11–12).

“[Essential oils] foster the right environment for healing, but they will not do the work for us. In gardening, it is a common mistake to pull the weeds while leaving the roots. This is particularly true for hard and rocky soils. To ensure we uproot the whole plant, we can add water to the soil, which allows the entire weed to be removed. Similarly, essential oils prepare our emotional soil so that weeds may be removed with greater ease. However, they do not do the weeding for us. If we neglect to do the work of pulling our weeds, we have simply watered the problem. On the other hand, when we combine essential oils with emotional work, we reap the fruit of our labor” (Emotions & Essential Oils, p. 9). Emotions & Essential Oils discusses each oil and oil blend in terms of what negative emotions the oil may help release and what positive emotions the oil may promote. To help facilitate the healing process, it is best to combine the use of essential oils with meditation, journaling, and personal inventory.

In her booklet “What to Do in an Emotional Emergency,” Megan Burnside suggests 5 practices to find peace when we experience overwhelming emotions. Each practice includes breathing in an essential oil to help bring emotional balance. Burnside mentions the need to embrace emotions and allow oneself to fully experience them in the moment before allowing them to pass.

Rather than dividing experiences into “positive” and “negative” ones, we should focus on living fully or being “whole.” “One of the most vivid examples of a ‘whole’ experience is childbirth. Childbirth is incredibly profound and joy-filled. The experience as a whole is a challenging and breathtakingly beautiful mix of all emotions. They can’t be separated” (“What to Do in an Emotional Emergency,” p. 18).

All the authors agree that to prevent trapping negative emotions, we need to take the time to recognize them, embrace them, experience them fully, and then release them as soon as possible so they don’t continue to bother us. A healthy body needs a healthy mind. Enjoy the “now,” live life to its fullest, and let yourself embrace and release your emotions.

For more information about this topic, see the following books:

Sources:
The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson
Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K. Truman
AromaHeal 1: Simple Techniques to Support Emotional Healing with Essential Oils by Christi Turley Diamond, BS, MEd, and Karisa Tomkinson, BS, MS
Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing
“What to Do in an Emotional Emergency” by Megan Burnside

Chart Your Own Course with Emotional Aromatherapy!

Ever feel overtaken by knee-jerk emotional responses? Want to be less reactive and respond proactively? Need to feel more joy and happiness in daily living?
Emotional aromatherapy can help! That was the hopeful message delivered in a recent class by Amanda Porter—certified emotional healing facilitator, co-founder of Enlighten, and co-author of Emotions and Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing.

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Life is an Emotional Journey

Everyone will feel a full range of emotions throughout their life. We may think of emotions in contrast to rational thought, but Amanda asserts, “We’re intelligently designed to have emotions. Their purpose is to teach us, but too often we focus on feeling guilty about them instead. We have to accept, learn, and then change our response in order for emotions to serve us.” Otherwise, emotions can act as overbearing back-seat drivers, taking us where we don’t want to go—again and again!

Get in the Driver’s Seat

One of the most important neurological findings about emotions is that they exist as part of a chemical process in the brain. When an emotional stimulus is repeated, a pre-programmed chemical response becomes more entrenched.

An exciting property of essential oils is their ability to help create new neuropathways. Inhaled aromas directly stimulate the limbic system, which is responsible for processing smell, memory, and emotion. The unique chemical signals of essential oils offer new information to the brain, helping to interrupt old responses and create a new emotional experience.
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Call for Roadside Assistance

To prompt desired shifts in feeling and behavior, essential oils that correspond to emotional states should be used both routinely and in the moment. Besides this chemical support, important helps such as meditation, prayer, and perhaps counseling or therapy should be part of an overall wellness pattern.

One of Amanda’s practical tools is the “Emotions & Essential Oils” Wheel, a double-sided, laminated chart that aligns 51 oils and blends to over 100 emotions—positive and negative. A companion resource book, Emotions & Essential Oils, helps further identify and understand emotions and oils. Rounding out the products are a companion CD and a new tear pad sheet, “Take the Wheel.”

This post is a review of a Wellness Wednesday class at Elevé™ Event Center—sponsored by AromaTools®. Click here to see more articles about Wellness Wednesday classes.

Coloring with Essential Oil–Scented Pencils for Mental Health

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. Did you know the act of coloring can be therapeutic and help with managing emotions, curbing addictions, reducing stress and anxiety, and increasing self-esteem? If you have a hard time focusing, try coloring! It’s been found that coloring can help bring about more mindfulness and has the same effect as meditating.
at_scentedpencilsNow, let’s bring essential oils into the picture. Due to our amazing olfactory receptors, which identify odors and initiate the aromatic pathway, and their connection to the limbic system (which includes the amygdala), essential oils are able to have a profound psychological effect, including an influence on emotions. So if you combine essential oils with coloring, you have the ability to do amazing things for your mental health! The easiest way to do this is to turn your colored pencils into mini diffusers.

You can easily make scented pencils with your essential oils, especially with pencils that don’t have erasers. Just add a drop or two of essential oil to each pencil. You can add the essential oil to the bottom of the pencil (where the eraser typically would be) or along the length of it if your pencils don’t have a covering like these Mini Colored Pencils.

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Essential Oil Suggestions:

You really could just pick your favorite essential oil or oil blend to scent your pencils with, or coordinate the color of the pencil with the scent (such as pairing lemon with the yellow pencil, peppermint with the blue or green pencil, lime with the green pencil, etc.), but we would like to suggest that you choose oils that may help increase the mental health benefits of coloring. Here are a few top single oil recommendations from Modern Essentials:
Alertness: peppermint, ylang ylang, black pepper, juniper berry, cinnamon
Anger: lavender, ylang ylang, melissa, helichrysum
Anxious: lavender, orange, lemon
Balance: geranium, juniper berry, lavender, orange, sandalwood, vetiver
Blocks (emotional): cypress, frankincense, helichrysum, sandalwood
Coldness: myrrh, ylang ylang
Concentration: lavender, lemon, peppermint
Confidence: cedarwood, orange
Creativity: frankincense, sandalwood, cypress, lemon
Defeated: cypress, white fir, juniper berry
Depression: lemon, frankincense, lavender, bergamot
Fear: ylang ylang, orange, sandalwood
Grief/Sorrow: lemon, lavender, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, wintergreen
Happiness/Joy: lemon, orange, spearmint, sandalwood, bergamot
Loss: tangerine, orange
Mind (open): frankincense, sandalwood
Negative emotions: orange, grapefruit, white fir, wintergreen, lavender
Overburdened/Overwhelmed: orange
Peace: lavender, ylang ylang, melissa
Pity (self-pity): orange
Positive (feeling): basil, peppermint, frankincense, cedarwood, juniper berry
Rejection: lavender, geranium
Release: Roman chamomile
Stress: clary sage, bergamot, lavender, lemon, ylang ylang, petitgrain, grapefruit
Uplifting: lemon, orange
Worried: bergamot
Please see Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition (pp. 266–69), for essential oil blend recommendations and other information about essential oils and emotions.

Also, check out our new “Modern Essentials: Essential Oil Coloring Therapy Book” and the “Basil is Brave” Activity Book to use with your essential oil–scented pencils!

Muscle Testing and Essential Oils for Emotional Healing

One of the beauties of essential oils is that each one has multiple properties and uses—both physical and emotional. Another marvel is that different oils may suit the same purpose. So how do you know which oils can help your particular emotional needs?

That’s where muscle testing comes in. At her free Wellness Wednesday class at Elevé™ Event Center, Kellie Johnson, a licensed massage therapist, shared how she uses muscle testing and essential oils to release negative emotions. “Muscle testing for emotions related to physical problems—and for oils that correspond to emotions—really helps with progress in massage therapy,” she says.

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How Muscle Testing Works

Muscle testing allows the subconscious mind to reveal to the conscious mind what’s happening in the body. “The subconscious mind has all our experience recorded in it. It knows where emotions may be stored—or trapped—and how to release them,” Kellie adds.

Like other physiological responses in a polygraph test, the muscles of the body react certain ways when presented with true or false statements about emotional and physical states. The interrogator—yourself—just needs to know how to frame the questions and read the answers.

The simple “sway test” will get you started. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Relax the knees a bit. Breathe deeply. Say or think, “My name is ______.” Within a few seconds, your body will sway forward slightly in an affirmative response. If you substitute someone else’s name, your body will sway backward in a negative response. (This is the easiest but not the only way to test.)

How Oils Enhance Emotional Release

Once you’ve made a connection with your subconscious, you can begin asking about emotional blocks. A series of true-or-false statements (or yes-or-no questions) will narrow down the source of a problem. Kellie recommends two books about the process: The Emotion Code and Emotions & Essential Oils.

In her class, Kellie used the “Emotions & Essentials Oils” Wheel—a laminated card of negative and positive emotions—to identify emotions and matching oils. She released emotions from several participants with repeated swiping hand movements along one of their governing energy meridians. (In this case, anywhere along the forehead, over the head, and down the back.) “Once a negative emotion is released, it’s also helpful to promote the corresponding positive emotion,” she says. This is done with a reverse movement along the meridian.

“Muscle testing will help you determine the best way to use your oils in the healing process,” Kellie concludes. “You can test for which oil to use, whether to blend it with other oils, how much to use, and how to apply—topically, aromatically, or internally.”

Kellie believes that when your body connects with the right energetic frequency for healing, it will attain it. Muscle testing and essential oils help get you there.

About the Presenter


Kellie Johnson has been a licensed massage therapist for 7 years. Natural healing has always been a passion of hers, and essential oils fit perfectly with what she was trying to accomplish in her massages. While working on her clients, she started noticing that essential oils would calm their muscles down quicker than a regular massage. When she was introduced to Emotions & Essential Oils, her massage approach changed. Now, she muscle tests the trouble areas of the body to see if an essential oil will help her client. Because of this book, she is able to help her client understand why he or she is holding emotional-based pain and tension in his or her body. This allows for a more complete healing treatment.

Week of Wellness: Happy Colon, Happy Brain

Last week, AromaTools™ is hosted a full week of free health classes like this one by Sue Lawton, PhD—“Happy Colon, Happy Brain”—to celebrate the Grand Opening of our AromaTools™ retail store in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Click here to read other posts on classes given during the Week of Wellness. Also, check back with us throughout this week for more blog posts on timely health topics.
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Happy Colon, Happy Brain (and Body)

The better your digestive tract runs, the better your mental and emotional state—not to mention physical health. That was Dr. Sue Lawton’s impactful message at her class, “Happy Colon, Happy Brain.”

Dr. Lawton—a psychologist and biochemist—demonstrated with a larger-than-life intestinal model how a corrupt diet, dehydration, and negative thoughts and feelings sabotage our sense of self worth and shorten our lives. “Only your body can heal itself. Essential oils and everything else can only help—or hinder—the process,” she says.

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Brain-Gut Connection

According to Dr. Lawton, the body’s nervous system is divided in two: the central nervous system that reports to the brain and the enteric nervous system than resides in our gut. They are connected by the vagus nerve; so when one system gets upset, the other does too. Nearly every chemical that controls the brain has been identified in the intestinal tract, including hormones and neurotransmitters.

“It shouldn’t surprise us, then, that poor digestion—including constipation in children—is linked to depression,” says Dr. Lawton. “Chronic stress can kink up the colon. And negative states of mind compromise the immune system, 80% of which is contained in the intestinal tract.” Essential oils—ingested, taken topically, or even diffused during dinner—are amazing because they can physically support digestion and promote positive emotions at the same time.

Don’t Eat That!

As taught by Dr. Lawton, artificial ingredients and refined foods confuse the colon. It recognizes them as unnatural and can’t absorb them as readily as food in its natural state. But the enteric nervous system is also “intelligent” and compensates as best it can for a poor diet. Finally, though, irritation can cause perforations in the intestinal lining, allowing partially digested foods into the bloodstream and triggering allergic reactions.

That is why people can “suddenly” become sensitive to certain foods, Dr. Lawton teaches. And it tends to be worse with genetically-modified foods (GMOs)—wheat being chief among them. (Gut bacteria contains the same metabolic pathway found in plants that is targeted and disrupted by the herbicide genetically integrated into wheat.)

Gluten intolerance is a growing epidemic, and white flour’s evil twin—refined sugar—is poison to our bodies and the number one addiction in America. “Sucrose consumption is linked to nearly all our major health problems: cancer, inflammation, diabetes, yeast infection, arthritis, and insomnia, to name a few,” says Dr. Lawton.

According to Dr. Lawton, essential oils have been shown to strengthen our body systems against disease, but they are supplements to our own good self care. Let’s get rid of the bad stuff so healing can happen! Under right conditions, the body can literally rejuvenate itself every 21 days. Essential oils can help ease sugar withdrawal symptoms.

Drink This!

Soda pop is a main culprit for kidney stones and kidney failure. “If you wanted to invest money in medicine, consider dialysis,” says Dr. Lawton. “It is one of the biggest businesses in the United States, since soda-drinking baby boomers are retiring and reaping the consequences of poisoning instead of purifying their bodies.”

Drink water! It is absolutely crucial for replacing dead cells, distributing oxygen, and eliminating waste. Sufficient water ensures proper bulk in stools and keeps the parastaltic (wavy) motion of the intestines going. The body is more than 80% water. Bottom line: the more water you drink, the younger your body stays.

Gut Feelings

Dr. Sue Lawton (far right) demonstrates how the parastaltic motion of digestion can be disrupted by poor diet, dehydration, and negative attitudes.

Dr. Sue Lawton (far right) demonstrates how the parastaltic motion of digestion can be disrupted by poor diet, dehydration, and negative attitudes.

Bad nutrition is not the only thing that can compromise the intestinal lining, allowing toxins to spill through the intestinal wall, into the bloodstream, and throughout your body. “Negative thoughts and self hate will do it,” Dr. Lawton asserts. “Unexpressed frustrations or expectations. Failure to forgive and let go.” Negativity in any form compromises the immune system, down to the cellular level. “Every cell in your body has a memory just like your brain. And your cells react to everything your mind says,” concludes Dr. Lawton. “So stay positive, and you will strengthen your entire body.”

About the Presenter


SueLawtonDr. Sue Lawton is an RN, has two PhDs (the first in clinical physiology and the second in basel chemistry), and has been using essential oils for over 40 years. Between her continued book study and hands-on experience, she’s a perfect example of knowing a good oil and the effects it should create when used properly.

Dr. Sue lives in New Jersey with her wonderful husband, John.