the science of gratitude

Did you know that expressing gratitude or even thinking about thankfulness does change the chemistry in one’s brain? It’s amazing how a mood can shift in the midst of seeming despair. Gratitude increases the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain: a feel good, natural substance for an instant high. Wow! Why don’t I express gratitude all the time? A study done by researchers at NIH (National Institutes of Health) found that subjects who showed more gratitude also showed more blood flow to the hypothalamus, which controls many body functions. Another Wow! Gratitude can make you healthier.


This science is all well and good, but how do I apply it to my daily life? I think it takes awareness and practice—mindfulness. Today, regardless of my emotions, thoughts, memories or feelings I intend to give thanks. If you have any suggestions on techniques or practices that work for you, please let me know. I would be very grateful.

Cruz de ferro

Cruz de ferro

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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4 Responses to the science of gratitude

  1. Lisa plavqn says:

    So true Darlene. Different neurotransmitters with the opposing attitudes. Well being pathways are enhanced when living in a positive space. And Versie Vice ( reversal intended) the pathways also develop habitual loops in the case of addictions or pkeasure seeking.we are really so influenced bybour chemistry. Butbwe can influence the course. Pay it forward. Therevis endless space for gratitude if we slow rown and bother to see it.m that a reminder to myself!


  2. Nancy says:

    Oh thank you so much. Somehow I have to remember this amidst these very undisciplined 4th and 5th graders in this resource room. Namaste.


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