THINKING ABOUT GRATITUDE
Thanking others, thanking ourselves, mother nature, or the Almighty – gratitude in any form can enlighten the mind and make us feel happier. It has a healing effect on us. In these first post-New Years days, I want to think about what gratitude is and understand how we can use gratitude to be happier in life.
Gratitude appears to be a ‘natural antidepressant’. The effects of gratitude, when practiced daily, can be almost the same as medications. It apparently produces a feeling of long-lasting happiness and contentment - the physiological basis of this lies at the neurotransmitter level.
When we express gratitude and receive the same, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions, and they make us feel good. They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy from the inside.
Above: Assemble your own space for reading, napping, meditation. It provides an escape when you need that mental reset.
By consciously practicing gratitude everyday, we can help these neural pathways to strengthen themselves and ultimately create a permanent grateful and positive nature within ourselves.
Above: My personal preference for art tends to be minimalist, abstract. "Less is more" allows me a visual break - some space to soak things in - that, in turn, provides me mental breathing room.
I really enjoyed this Harvard Health article on gratitude...hope you will, too.
Happy New Year, everyone, and please accept my gratitude for shopping PATRICIA!
"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." - Eckhart Tolle