At work today, I examined various Google Analytics metrics for my organization’s website. I was amazed by how consistent and predictable our visitors are – and how open to suggestion.
In some ways, this can be detrimental. It is why ad campaigns for soda and potato chips make us want to stuff our faces with toxic foods. But there are a number of benefits to this kind of behavior, as well. First, it means that we are more alike than we sometimes acknowledge. For many of us, the same things are appealing, and our brains follow similar patterns. And the fact that we share these qualities means we are able to feel empathy and express compassion – and it is why it is important to do so.
What is more, it means that our brains are open to positive suggestions, not just negative or mercenary ones. Positive thinking, therefore, really can have real-world effects. Similarly, complimenting others and expressing our gratitude impacts their psyches in tangible ways, as well. Being open to suggestion does not always mean we are easily manipulated. It can also mean we are open-mineded.