So I saw this post on Pinterest a while ago.
I love psychology, and the stories I have heard of different people classically conditioning themselves and/or others are great. Like this one,
And especially this one, (language)
But every so often I think about that first story again. I think how neat it would be to train my brain to give me a "happy boost" on command. I always figured I wouldn't be able to pull it off, though, mainly because of the consistency needed for the training/conditioning portion. I figured if I got a clicker I would lose it or I would never have it on me when I needed it. My next thought was, I'll get a little tone on my phone and play it every time I finish a workout. That way I would associate the tone with the endorphin rush. But, same issue, and actually a worse idea because I can't just pull out my phone and play a tone at any given time. And what if my phone dies? What if I lose the tone and have to start all of my progress over with a new one?
So anyway, at the start of this summer I accidentally discovered what my trigger would be. Bloop! I had taken a liking to the word recently and had been using it a fair amount as I went about my normal days. It's cute, simple, and can be fairly subtle. (Also it can't die or get lost, and I will always have it with me!) I decided I would try it out, and guys, it has been working FANTASTICALLY! I have been amazed at how quickly I am training my own brain. I say a quiet "bloop!" whenever I am on an endorphin high or whenever I am happy, excited, giddy, ecstatic, pleasantly content, etc. And even only two weeks into the experiment, whenever I blooped at a happy moment it seemed to boost the emotion! I am elated at my progress and super excited to see how this carries through once I go back to school!
A list of things I have "blooped" to so far:
When I stood on the side of a giant hill with my best friend and looked through the definitely magic stick I had found
When I made it to the top of a difficult spot to climb in the Bisti Badlands and the wind was whipping all around me and the sun was shining on me and there was no other person in sight for miles around and the only thing I could hear was the wind
When my best friend and I had been running and jumping off the sand dunes at White Sands all afternoon and we lay there panting in the sand together as the sun set in front of us
When I couldn't stop saying "Wooooow!" as we descended the Natural Entrance into the amazing beauty of Carlsbad Caverns
As my best friend and I drove through a massive sandstorm after a long and happy day. I felt pleasantly isolated as we drove through the storm.
After I licked my plate clean from the most amazing flan I have ever eaten (Santa Fe, Mucho Gusto restaurant if you want some!)
As we walked back to the car past the gently sunset-lit cathedral in Santa Fe
While contentedly drawing wildflowers on the driveway with chalk while listening to "The Little Prince" soundtrack at sunset
At the end of every workout when the endorphins kick in
When walking around the park track and the wind blew in my face cooling me off while the sun shone from behind the storm clouds, the birds sang, and the air smelled of a sweet summer
When I was sore and sweaty and the hot water in the shower hit me just right and soothed me to my soul
While I was singing along wildly to Mamma Mia in the shower
After I shrieked in triumph when I FINALLY got gold on a certain race in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
As I danced in the kitchen while my music was blaring and I had the house to myself
While racing a train on a 4 wheeler with my best friend
While standing underneath a massive thunderstorm in Colorado
Every time I saw a lightning bolt strike right in front of me and heard the thunder rumble and knew I had captured it all on 3 different cameras
And of course there have been many other instances as well, but these are some of the most notable and memorable.
So maybe give it a try yourself this summer if you're looking for a fun and helpful little something to do on the side. I'd love to know what your triggers and/or bloop moments are! For now, I have a full summer to fill with bloop moments before I put it all to the test when I start the Fall semester. Until then, I'll just keep blooping my way to bliss!