From: New York Magazine

How Expressing Gratitude Might Change Your Brain

New York Magazine:

A lot of so-called “positive psychology” can seem a bit flaky, especially if you’re the sort of person disinclined to respond well to an admonition to “look on the bright side.” But positive psychologists have published some interesting findings, and one of the more robust ones is that feeling grateful is very good for you. Time and again, studies have shown that performing simple gratitude exercises, like keeping a gratitude diary or writing letters of thanks, can bring a range of benefits, such as feelings of increased well-being and reduced depression, that often linger well after the exercises are finished.

Now a brain-scanning study in NeuroImage brings us a little closer to understanding why these exercises have these effects.

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Comments

I love hearing that the more gratitude you practice the more gratitude you feel. I believe in the power of gratitude. I say five things I’m grateful for before bed each night. And made that part of my picture book, BEFORE I SLEEP: I SAY THANK YOU, Pauline Books and Media, 2015. It offers a kid-friendly way to teach small children how to examine their consciences at the end of the day and teach them the importance of gratitude. At the end of the book it asks the children to say five things they are grateful for. Why not start families on a gratitude habit together? Here’s the book’s trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbf_KXG73HY Thanks for this post!

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