The Science Behind Gratitude
Over the past several years, there have been studies that have shown that people who express gratitude at a conscious level tend to be less depressed, anxious, and overall happier. Studies have shown that gratitude can help to improve sleep, enhance your relationships, and even boost your immune system.
Implementing a regular practice of gratidude can cause neuroplasticity to occur. Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to change, grow, and reorganize itself oer time in response to the environment and learning. When we regularly practice gratitude, the molecular structure of of the brain changes in ways that make us feel both happier and healthier. The parts of the brain that are associated with gratitude are part of the same neural network that lights up when we socialize and experience pleasure. These are the same parts of the brain that are also connected to stress relief and regulating our emotions. Gratitude depends on the same networks of the brain that involve happiness, social bonding, and stress relief. Feelings of gratitude can lead to overall health benefits. Practicing gratidue can also help to increase resilience. Gratitude helps us to bounce back from difficult events and aids us in dealing with adversity rather than internalizing.
Practicing gratitude can be easy and doesn't have to be lengthy process. Examples of practicing gratitude include creating a daily list of what you feel grateful for, making an effort to express to someone in your life how thankful you are to have them, looking in the mirror and saying something kind to yourself, and exploring ways to give back to your community. Gratitude is a simple and effective way to retrain your brain. If you shift your focus to good things that are happening in your life (while also creating space to feel uncomfortable emotions) soon you will enjoy more, see more, nd feel more appreciative.