Thanksgiving is this Thursday and if you are breathing, can see this post and read it I would venture to say you have reason to be thankful! That’s the way I look at it anyway. I am very thankful you are reading this post. In honor of Thanksgiving I wanted to share several science-backed and evidence based benefits of gratitude. I hope they will inspire you to be intentionally thankful, not just this week as we celebrate Thanksgiving, but every day.
Gratitude improves your mood and helps you experience more positivity by causing your brain to produce more of two neurotransmitters, dopamine, which is related to feelings of pleasure and reward-motivated behavior, and serotonin, which helps regulate mood and social behavior.
Gratitude is one of the most effective stress relievers there is. According to research, when a study participant focused on the things they were grateful for, their heart rates decreased, which is associated with a calm state. Practicing gratitude relaxed communication between various regions of the brain associated with increased anxiety.
During periods of mental stress and emotional trauma using gratitude as a coping mechanism can help alleviate some of the pain as well as preventing the formation of symptoms of PTSD and depression. Counting your blessings is powerful medicine!
Grateful people report better physical health. Why? Your psychological health improves which leads to participating in more healthy activities and habits. Gratitude can also result in a better mood, better quality of sleep and even lower amounts of inflammation in the body.
Adequate, restful sleep is critical to overall health and practicing gratitude reduces feelings of worry and arousal that can interfere with restful sleep.
Gratitude helps you see the glass half full rather than focusing on the negatives in life.
This 30 minute video about the life of Claire Wineland absolutely illustrates what true gratitude is and how it impacts not only your life but everyone around you in a positive way. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I hope this will convince you to be more intentional about practicing gratitude in your daily life.
How do you practice gratitude?
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