How Does Gratitude Change Your Brain?
Does gratitude actually rewire your brain? Does cultivating gratitude change your brain? Why does it matter? How can this help you?

Since early 2020 I started a gratitude practice and it has made a HUGE difference. Sure, being thankful is nothing new to me. I give thanks in prayer every day. But an actual gratitude practice? It seemed so structured and I’m sooo not a structured journal sort of person.

So I started with something simple, just one line a day in a plain notebook. Very quickly I saw a huge difference in my attitude, my level of contentment, the amplification of my joy and deep peace.

Here’s why and what that means for you.

Expressing and receiving gratitude releases dopamine and serotonin, two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our “feel good” emotions. They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy from the inside. How does that sound to you?

Both hormones and neurotransmitters influence our thoughts and motivations. Hormones are produced by the endocrine glands and the neurotransmitters by the nervous system.  Both directly influence emotions, levels of anxiety and stress response.

Gratitude in any form produces feelings of happiness and has a healing affect according to some studies. Gratitude improves interpersonal relationships. Expressing gratitude, not only to others but also to ourselves, gives rise to joy, peace, inspiration, delight, awe, delight, satisfied and calm.

Gratitude also has a positive influence on mental and physical well-being. Psychology and mental health researchers have established in multiple studies the connection between gratitude and good health. Quality of sleep and emotional awareness improves producing more vitality, energy and enthusiasm. How does that sound to you?

In researching for this post, I discovered gratitude changes the neural structures of the brain. Wow!! Gratitude alters the way we perceive the world around us, situations in our life, people and even our own self. The reality of a situation might not change but our view of the situation can definitely change.

Back in late 2019 I had read an article about resilience that mentioned cultivating contentment based on a verse. It sounded almost too simple. The article mentioned cultivating gratitude, choosing contentment and prayer. I tried it. It worked.

Dopamine and serotonin have been referred to in some studies as natural anti-depressants. So can you use more dopamine and serotonin in your life? What if there is an easy way to tap into releasing dopamine and serotonin, enhancing our mood immediately and feeling happy from the inside?

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