Winter is the time we catch colds and we often hear the statement “I don’t want a cold!” This intention is of course useful – especially since many “catch one” at this time of year. Since the brain can deal better with positive goals, everything arriving in the brain as a result of this intention is linked to the word “cold”, including all associations: a red nose, sneezing, a sluggish flu feeling. The successful “brain user”, however, says to himself: “I want to be healthy and full of energy all through the winter!” The brain combines these positive words with a pleasant tension in the body, with a free respiratory tract and a good mood. Because the brain controls our body, it now sends healthy signals to the cell of the body and the immune system as a result of this word power – and this is very important for each health effect. Our immune cells are continuously on the move for us in our body. They identify and expel intruders and protect us from diseases. Research in psychoneuroimmunology, which deals with the interaction of the psyche, the nervous system and the immune system, has shown that immune cells are as well built structurally as brain cells. They absorb the same chemical neuro-transmitters and may share information in seconds. So basically, immune cells are wandering brain cells. Our immune cells register everything that moves us and thus also learn what is going on in the brain. Positive and negative stimuli – even words – are reported to and stored immediately in the immune system. Stress definitely causes imbalance to the body’s defense. It is well known that a stressed test candidate gets lip herpes faster, and an allergy sufferer similarly gets a rash faster. Conversely, research has recorded significantly faster healing success after injury or surgery, if patients experience positive emotions like gratitude, confidence, or even happiness. For this reason, there are hospital clowns for children. They often work with stunning success for the recovery processes of the small patients. Positive emotions have an effect on the efficiency and regulation of the immune system. However, it is not sufficient to create a beautiful inner world via positive thinking, or visualizing – this is only the beginning. The important thing is to perceive a pleasurable feeling with all your senses, also in the “world out there”. Pleasure is very important as a “food of sense” – so enjoy with all your senses! Enjoy music, meet some friends or treat yourself to some flowers. Frequent small daily highlights are far more effective than a big surprise. The daily ‘positive kick” strengthens your psyche and defense in every season.