Your Brain on Gratitude
Way back when, your grandmother likely told you to
She was onto something.
You’ve probably heard of this new phenomenon. Heck, maybe you have friends that do it. It’s piqued your interest. You’re intrigued. And no, it’s not meditation.
But it is a mental tactic that can improve your inspiration and motivation,
Undeniably, mental health has taken the stage
Practicing gratitude is part of that.
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude literally involves counting your blessings. You
Chances are, there’s something. And it doesn’t have to be big. It can be as small as the sun in the sky or that cup of coffee first thing. In fact, keeping it simple is probably better, especially if you’re just starting out.
In one study, they found that participants had significantly improved mental health within just four weeks of practicing gratitude
And there’s more.
It’s not all about feelings or self-assessment. Practicing gratitude can change your brain and the way it works. I’m not kidding.
When you practice gratitude, your brain
Researchers tested their theories about this. They used
Participants performed a pay-it-forward task. This involved being given money from another person. The person who gave the money would then tell them to pass it on if they felt grateful. The participant would then decide on an amount to pass on.
Interestingly, they found that the individuals who felt more grateful were more likely to pass on more money. In fact, researchers noted an increased neural sensitivity in the medial prefrontal cortex of the brain. This part of the brain
Gratitude ALSO Makes You Healthier Overall
Get this - researchers also have noticed a higher amount of activity in the hypothalamus in those that practice gratitude. That might not sound like much, but hear me out here.
The hypothalamus plays a critical role in controlling your hormones.
This means that it could
Practicing Gratitude Gets Easier Over Time
When you practice gratitude regularly, you
To Practice Gratitude More Often
Then it comes down to the question: How do you do it? How can you bring more gratitude into your life?
- Practice it every morning. Make a list of at least 5 things (or more) that you’re grateful for every single day.
- Say thank you - and mean it. Show your appreciation when you feel it.
Go out of your way to doso even. It shows the other person your thankful and also the positive effects you get are 100% worth it.
- Quit being picky about what you’re grateful for - keep it simple. Remember, nothing is too small to be grateful for (I’m serious).
- Slow down and look around throughout your day. What are you thankful for? Appreciate each moment. Be more mindful -
after all, that’s what living a true wellness lifestyle is all about.
- Notice the little things. You can walk, wave your arms around, talk, and much more. Notice these small things you take for granted every day. Be grateful for them.
A lot ofpeople are restricted to a wheelchair for the rest of their lives. A lot ofpeople aren’t giventhe same blessings as you. These mundane things matter. Show a little appreciation for them! Not sure how to do this? Try Somatic Gratitude.
What Are You Grateful For?
I challenge you to write
If you’re participating in self-care Sunday, read this. Get your gratitude on! Watch your mental health soar. It’s absolutely worth those 5 minutes or tiny moments throughout your day.