Study finds quitting smoking improves your mood

quitting smoking makes you happier. Aspire Hypnotherapy


by Bree Taylor Molyneaux

Research finds smokers are happier after quitting smoking. Many people today are turning to hypnosis as a fast viable option to successfully quit smoking, with less withdrawl.

No one disputes that quitting smoking is healthier for us physically, but until now it hasn’t been totally clear if quitting is actually better for us at an emotional level, especially since many people use it to reduce anxiety or reduce food cravings.

A new study has found that people were happiest when they were successful at giving up smoking, regardless of how long that period of ‘not smoking’ was.

Based on their results, the authors of the article published online Nov. 24 in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research recommend that smokers embrace quitting as a step toward improving mental as well as physical health.

“What’s surprising is that at the time when you measure smokers’ mood, even if they’ve only succeeded for a little while, they are already reporting less symptoms of depression.” said researcher Christopher Kahler.

[1] Subjects who never quit remained the unhappiest of all, while the ones who quit and stuck with it were the happiest to begin with and remained at the same strong level of happiness throughout the entire study.

Another study [2] conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin looked at over 1,500 people. They assessed each participant’s smoking status and quality of life one year and three years after the smoking cessation trial.

“Our findings suggest that over the long-term individuals will be happier and more satisfied with their lives if they stop smoking than if they do not,” the researchers were quoted as saying.

“This research provides substantial evidence that quitting smoking benefits well-being, compared to continuing smoking,” they said.
The study’s “quality of life” measures included the participant’s health, self-regard, philosophy of life and personal relationships.

Successful quitters reported that they felt they had fewer stressors by the third year, the researchers said.

With so many modern alternatives like nicotine patches, acupuncture and hypnotherapy providing additional support, quitting is no longer, as some smokers may fear, a grim sacrifice to be made for the sake of longevity and long term health.

Quitting smoking better for your health and happiness

If you have ever thought about giving up smoking, but wondered how may you will feel without this addiction, your questions have been answered. You will feel better, healthier and happier.

Hypnotherapy and the use of hypnotic techniques have been successfully employed to assist people with smoking cessation and other associated addictions for many decades. Give yourself the best chance to quit smoking and begin to see yourself as a non-smoker faster and easier than you imagined.

Compared to other psychotherapy based approaches (eg counselling) hypnotherapy has also been proven to have a the highest success rate with the least amount of sessions.

Hypnosis can help you quit smoking fast


Aspire Hypnotherapy offers appointments at various locations in Brisbane, including Eatons Hill, Redcliffe, Bowen Hills.

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[1] Article Source Published on 24 Nov in Nicotine & Tobacco Research journal.

The study involved 236 adults seeking to quit smoking, who also happened to be heavy social drinkers.  Participants took a standardized test of symptoms of depression a week before the quit date and then two, eight, 16, and 28 weeks afterwards.

[2] Smoking Cessation trial – University of Wisconsin – published in journal of Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Involved over 1,500 people participating a US smoking cessation trial. Assessed each participant’s smoking status and quality of life one year and three years after the smoking cessation trial.

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