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P A S S W O R D. An eight-letter word that Merriam Webster defines as: “a secret series of numbers or letters that allows you to use a computer system”. The use of passwords these days is so prevalent, almost everyone on earth probably has one already. We count on it in doing simple transactions such as unlocking our phones and in doing more complex ones like making online banking payments or getting in to our computer systems at home or work.
But did you know that according to certain studies, passwords can have a significant improvement in our thought process? In fact, Dr Michael Mercer, a psychologist based in Barrington, Illinois, and the co-author of Spontaneous Optimism: Proven Strategies for Health, Prosperity & Happiness, tells MailOnline that he has used a version of password psychotherapy on his patients. 'People become the words and phrases they say the most. Since you use passwords a lot, you continually say positive, helpful, uplifting words to improve your life,' he explains.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this story of a man whose life was changed simply by making his passwords more meaningful. His name is Mauricio Estrella, a Shanghai-based associate creative director, who began using passwords to set personal goals while coping with feelings of anger after a difficult divorce. He says that the password for their Mail Exchange server at work needs to be changed every 30 days. So, he thought of a bright idea which helped him hit two birds in one stone – 1. Get a new password 2. Change his life with it.
His first strongly connected password started with the character string “Forgive@h3r”. This greatly improved his mood and made him re-think and end up understanding what had happened to their marriage. The next set of passwords made him quit smoking “Quit@smoking4ever”, it also had him book for a trip to Thailand “Save4trip@thailand”, even getting a goodnight’s sleep “Sleep@before12”. And the next set of passwords made him move on, “Ask@her4date” and eventually start a new life with someone else again, “Save4@ring”.
If you wanna get started with a no-cost way to get things changing with your life now, you might want to consider how Mauricio did it. There’s no harm in trying, right? I myself have started changing my passwords! If you find this process effective, comment your thoughts below. One other thing I do is take the first letter of a sentence, song, poem, etc. So let's say you are trying to not swear. Your mantra could be I will watch my words so your password can be iwwmw. Get it?
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