I Am Grateful For... November 09 2016

How can an attitude of gratitude help your health and happiness?

Cultivating a regular practice of gratitude can keep us healthier and happier. Studies have shown that keeping a gratitude journal increases our determination, attention, enthusiasm, optimism and energy levels. We see a greater improvement in exercise patterns, quality of sleep and lower levels of anxiety and depression.

When in a state of gratitude a brain scan shows us higher levels of activity in the hypothalamus which controls an assortment of essential bodily functions such as eating, drinking and sleeping. The hypothalamus also has a large influence on your metabolism and stress levels. Feelings of gratitude also directly activate the brains regions associated with neurotransmitter dopamine which feels good to get and is responsible for reward-driven learning. This means your brain becomes engaged in a virtuous cycle, looking for more things to be grateful for to receive a dose of dopamine again and again.

Every thought we have produces chemicals in the brain; negative thoughts produce chemicals which slow down the brain, reduce our brains productivity and may lead to depression. Positive thoughts produce chemicals in the brain that creates a sense of well being and allows the brain to function at peak capacity.

Try This:

Let this image inspire you to pick out at LEAST 5 things you feel grateful for today.  Do this every day and you mood will be lighter, and you're instantly feel happier.

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