Could your passwords improve your mood?
For most of us, passwords are a necessary evil that we use every day simply because we need to protect our sensitive information from prying eyes.
However, for one man, they're much more than simply a string of letters and numbers – they're mantras that serve to boost his mood and make him see the world in a more positive light.
Blogger Mauricio Estrella from Shanghai wrote on his site Medium that he had been feeling very low and angry after a difficult divorce, so decided to try a new method of raising his spirits.
He changed his computer password to 'Forgive@h3r' in order to let go of the negative thoughts he was having towards his ex.
"I had to type this statement several times a day. Each time my screensaver with her photo would appear. That constant reminder that I should forgive her led me to accept the way things happened at the end of my marriage, and embrace a new way of dealing with the depression that I was drowning into," Mauricio explained.
When he realised he had actually managed to forgive his ex, he changed his password again in order to work towards a new goal. So far, he's had 'Quit@smoking4ever,' 'Save4trip@thailand' and 'Sleep@before12'.
"I still wait very anxiously each month so I can change my password into something that I need to get done," he said.
And the mood-boosting effect must have been quite significant, because Mauricio has managed to find love again and lift himself out of anger and depression.
In an interview with MailOnline, psychologist Dr Jeanne Decker said this is a really interesting technique.
"Typing a positive and realistic personal message as a password is a terrific idea from a psychological point of view. This practice, salted nicely throughout the day, might counterbalance the tendency to experience useless negative emotions," she pointed out.
It could be well worth a try – although if you need help choosing a positive mantra in the first place, do give one of our life coaching experts at PsychicsOnline a call or text.