Researchers Explain How Gratitude Rewires Your Brain To Be Happier

Emotions, believe it or not, have a huge impact on our brain. What we are thinking, feeling or doing affects the dopamine level in our body. Dopamine is a ‘good feeling’ chemical that is involved in a sense of satisfaction. Researchers in the world’s leading institute for the study of the psychology of emotions HeartMath Institute (HM) confirmed that one single human emotion acts as a permanent remedy for youth and health. Namely, that is the emotion of gratitude.

Scientists have proved that every time a person is truly grateful, or praise someone else’s achievements when he watches the world without envy and pride, the rhythm of his heart and brain aligns and brings the person to a state called coherence.

Gratitude And Your Brain

In everyday activities, people very often forget about one very important thing, which is gratitude. When we mention gratitude, the first thought is related to the character of a person – an innocent person, etc. It is true that the perception of gratitude goes in the direction of those who are not, and through our perception of something that someone should do because of something. It is also a fact that very often we forget the true meaning of the word.

When a person is grateful, he/she thinks more clearly.  Therefore, the brain is able to process the information better and thus increase its capacity.

As we before mentioned, gratitude brings our body to a state of coherence. The researchers measured this state with special equipment.  Moreover, the research shows the exact interaction between the heart, brain and the entire nervous system. Thus, they confirmed that the emotion of gratitude increases the production of the hormone DHEA or the youth hormone. DHEA prevents physical aging.

In addition, the emotion of gratitude normalizes the work of your heart. It reduces stress, erases all traces of frustration and anger that can cause a variety of physical illnesses through prolonged accumulation.

Research showed that gratitude is an increasing gift. The people who often use the gift of gratitude are attracted to other positive emotions and people. They have also shown that gratitude can improve immunity because when you feel grateful, the body increases levels of antibodies, major viruses, and bad bacteria protectors.

Unfortunately, people rarely remember gratitude today.  Many find that they have no reason to be particularly grateful because they often focus on what is negative or what they lack. Perhaps this is precisely the cause of the stress and frustration and illnesses that linger upon us.

Practice Gratitude Everyday

Every morning, think about what you are grateful for.  Thank your body for waking up that morning,  give thanks for the weather, for the coffee you make, the money you have (however small), the people and friends you love, the job you have, and etc. Give thanks to everything you love and let it be a gratitude from the heart. You really need to feel lucky to be able to be grateful.

Further, give thanks for what you do not like, any bad situation shows us how strong we are. We’re able to survive or at worst endure. In the end, give thanks for what has not happened yet, and the matter of your focus on the physical or emotional field. Be grateful that you are right now in the process of obtaining and achieving these goals.

Whoever you are and whatever you do – the slightest sense of true gratitude will always reflect positively on our body, mind, and spirit. Remember that!


Reference: In Praise of Gratitude
An Appreciative Heart is Good Medicine

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