Hats Take The Pain Away

Men's Jonathan Richard Linen Walking Hat - The Mourne Walker LinenFindings of a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society in May 2008, confirmed a sort of mind-over-matter approach to pain management: “positive emotional thought of any type will function as a dampening effect on pain“.

However, what’s really interesting (in my books, anyway) is that instead of conjuring up some soothing imagery, you may do better imagining exciting things. This is because “the titillating effects of food and sex“, for example, serve as a better distraction than something more sedate like a pool of water.

Pleasurable response derived from excitement may facilitate the involvement of internal opioid mechanisms to counteract pain,” Dr. Hamid Hekmat, professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. “Excitement absorbs attention and pleasant imagery can induce hypnotic-like states that detracts from pain, improves positive mood and reinforces personal belief in the manageability of pain.

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine adjunct professor, Peter Staats, agreeds, saying: “Pain is an emotional response and, as such, can be modified by emotions.”

I happened to have a chance to put the foregoing theory to the test today, after suffering a severe (okay, slight) burn caused by one of those stupid wood-working burn-y tools.

First, I envisaged a chocolate bar the size of Taj Mahal – nothing.

Next, I visualized all sorts of birds and bees having hot sex – confusion reigned, but no relief.

Finally, in desperation, I turned to my sure-fire solace–a mental image of The Mourne Walker Linen Hat — and, sure enough, my degree-less burn was completely forgotten, dismissed as unimportant, as I immersed myself in the perfection that is this made-in-Ireland, silk-lined, natural linen hat, sublimely accented with a small feather.

Hats. My internal opioid.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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