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R E P E AT B U S I N E S S

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henever you hear someone mention 'rituals', you
might be right in thinking religion, superstition,
possibly even secret society ceremonies, resplendent
with chanting and the burning of a well-placed effigy. In reality,
we all love rituals. They play a vital role in developing healthy
cognition and can bring us together and make us feel safe to take
on what's to come.
It's easy to underestimate their wisdom, yet the symbolism
generated by the interaction between a ritual's separate elements
deepens intentions. Psychologist Lorna Denton asserts that
it's not the actions that work, per se, but the state of mind they
create. A measured and mindful morning routine can instil a
positive mindset and create a successful day.
Specific rituals help us deal with potentially stressful
situations and by taking a few deep breaths, repeating positive
affirmations and adopting the Superhero stance (an 'X' shape,
legs out wide, fists punching the air) can bring reassurance and
improve your confidence and performance.
This is why ancient societies developed rituals in the first
place, Lorna explains. "Although specific origins are impossible
to pin down, we know many rituals were adopted by societies
that did not have science to explain the world like we do today.
When there were no answers, rituals were played out to bring
control, safety and comfort. That exists even to this day;
rituals continue to play a key role in enforcing our positive
feelings and behaviours."

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