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.