Title: (Self) Hypnosis to Activate Happiness Pathways
Presenters: Nicole Ruysschaert
the main building of AGH University of Science and Technology - A0
A0 Akademii Górniczo-Hutniczej (al. Adama Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków) 

Room 133 /Sala 133
Time: 13.06.2024 10:30-12:00
Language: EN


Different concepts are used to define “happiness”. Pleasure, satisfaction, fun, joy, giving meaning, making sense, being goal directed - all can be building blocks to happiness. It’s worthwhile to find out what “authentic happiness” means for you, and to give yourself a daily D.O.S.E. of neurotransmitters, improving your wellbeing.
In hypnosis your mind, your focus shapes the brain. Where your mind goes, your body and emotions follow. In the workshop you become familiar with practices that generate a positive state of mind, like visiting a laughter place, or building affectbridges to relive nice experiences. Regularly practicing activates and strengthens happiness circuits. There are specific hypnosis methods to balance your emotions, and they are helpful to develop more harmony in life.
Quote "Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.". Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.16

Upon completion of the workshop participants will be able
1. To identify different concepts of pleasure, satisfaction, and authentic happiness.
2. To understand how hypnosis practice affects brain pathways.
3. To apply methods of hypnosis to experience mood changes.
4. To balance emotions and develop more harmony in life

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Fredrickson, B. (2004). The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London. B 359, 1367-1377. Doi:10.1098/rstb.2004.1512
Ruysschaert, N. (2014). The Use of Hypnosis in Therapy to Increase Happiness. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. 56,3,269-284. DOI: 10.1080/00029157.2013.846845


Dr. Nicole Ruysschaert M.D. is psychiatrist-psychotherapist -Past – President of the ESH. She served ISH Board of Directors 2015 – 2018 and is currently a committee member of ISH. She has been teaching on hypnosis in many hypnosis, psychotherapy, and medical societies worldwide. She published papers on hypnosis for burnout, stress control, happiness. She wrote a basic handbook on hypnosis; “Klinische Hypnose. Integratie en Exploratie. 2022 Satas. And a recently published book “Zelfhypnose werkt. Een veerkrachtig antwoord op stress, burn-out en trauma”. 2024 Lannoo.