We owe it to ourselves and the people whose lives we touch to take a breather — to slow down, listen to our hearts, and reconnect. One way to do this is to literally tap into your thymus gland. Known as “the happiness point,” this gland is an organ of the lymphatic system. Its job is to create T-cells, integral to the defense of our immune system.
As we age, this gland becomes smaller and smaller, making it increasingly more difficult to produce T-cells. Like our lymphatic system, our thymus benefits from external stimulation, which becomes imperative to its proper function.
This external stimulation, or as I refer to it, “thumping our thymus” can lead to stress relief, increased energy, a boosted immune system, proper digestion and the sensation of happiness. It’s important to keep in mind that when it comes to a holistic, natural approach to healing, there is no quick fix. But this practice is as close to one as you’ll get. Here’s how to do it:
1. Find your thymus gland.
Take your three middle fingers on one hand and feel the space, about two to three inches, above your breast bone (which is located between your lungs), in the middle of your chest
2. Apply sporadic slight pressure.
Begin tapping with light to medium pressure until you feel a sense of relief and/or a subtle boost of happiness. This often comes as a yawn or sigh after about 15-30 seconds and indicates the activation, flow, and movement happening in the thymus.
3. Start a thumping practice.
Thump once per day or, if you’re experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, or stress, try for three times daily.
This practice could be considered a form of tapping, better known as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Some refer to it as emotional acupuncture without needles. If you find success and experience release through "thumping" your thymus, I suggest you take a deeper dive into the world of EFT. Here are a few articles to help you get started and gain more knowledge on the practice: