The science of gratitude


How can gratitude practicing improve your health and change your brain?!


🍂It's winter in new zealand, and I am definitely not a fan of cold weather 😂


🍂In pre-covid times, we loved to travel, and would live simply most of the year, to save for an overseas adventure during the chillier months


🍂Not being able to do this has actually been pretty tough as I LOVE travel... I know in comparison to the struggles facing many its pretty minor, but travel is a huge thing for us, and acknowledging this is OK


🍂Gratitude practice has been a life changing discovery over the past year - learning to look around and appreciate what I have, rather than focusing on what I don't have 🧡


🍂Did you know that practicing gratitude can literally change your body and mind?!


It does this by :


🍂Triggering the release of 'happy' hormones (serotonin & dopamine)


🍂Reducing pain levels (via dopamine)


🍂Improving sleep (through activation of the hypothalamus)


🍂Reducing cortisol (stress hormone)


🍂Growing the grey matter (brain cells) in the 'gratitude area' (right anterior temporal cortex) making gratitude progressively easier each time


🍂Reducing anxiety and depression (through release of happiness hormones and activating the parasympathetic nervous system)


It also changes social connections by


🍂Improving relationships with your partner and family


🍂Improving efficiency, productivity and social bonds at work


🍂Increasing sense of wellbeing, kindness, and community


It literally makes you happier!!


If you're new to this, it's pretty simple


🍂Try setting a goal of thinking of 3 things you're grateful for on waking


🍂If you find yourself in a negative space, think of 3 things that are good, and you appreciate


🍂If you feel overwhelmed, think of one or two things that make you happy


The more you do it, the easier it gets 🧡



https://positivepsychology.com/neuroscience-of-gratitude/#:~:text=When%20we%20express%20gratitude%20and,feel%20happy%20from%20the%20inside.

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