Ancient wisdom says: “Give thanks in all circumstances.” What the ancients knew in their guts we are slowly discovering through neuroscience – the attitude of gratitude changes brain chemistry.
Practicing gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to counter chronic stress and addiction to negative thinking.
The most recent scientific findings confirm the ancient wisdom about thanksgiving – it is the best way to improve your mental and physical health.
How does it work?
When we are grateful, our body has a way of thanking us back.
Just like a negative train of thought – complaining, self-pity, anger, guilt, fear, envy, anxiety, sadness, depression, etc. – causes the body to release stress hormones into the bloodstream so also positive thoughts release hormones of love, happiness, and satisfaction (oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin).
One recent study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that people who practiced gratitude had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms.
“They showed a better well-being, a less depressed mood, less fatigue, and they slept better,” said the study’s author Paul J. Mills.Continue reading “How Gratitude Changes Brain Chemistry and Heals the Brain”