The Science of Gratitude and Thanksgiving: Why Being Thankful Matters

Oct 2, 2023 | 0 comments

Scientific research has shown that practicing gratitude, enhances our emotional well-being and our physical well-being as well.

  1. Gratitude and mental health.
    Studies demonstrate a link between gratitude and improve mental health. One found in the journal, entitled “psychological science,” found that individuals who regularly express gratitude experience, a reduction in depression and anxiety.Keeping a gratitude, journal, writing, thank you notes, having a gratitude ritual in your home, all increase overall happiness, and life satisfaction.
  2. Neuroscience.
    Neuroscience research has uncovered the brain’sresponses to gratitude. When we practice, gratitude, dopamine and serotonin are released. These two feel good neurotransmitters are responsible for feelings of well-being. This neurological response strengthens the brains reward system, encouraging us to practice being thankful.
  3. Physical health.
    Gratitude has a positive impact on our physical health. Studies show that individuals who practice gratitude report, fewer aches and pains, improved sleep, and a stronger immune system. These individuals have developed healthier behaviors, such as exercise , proper nutrition, and rest.
  4. Resilience.
    Expressing gratitude, enhances our relationships with others, and also our relationship with our self. Showing appreciation to others and genders trust and enhances our social bonds. These social connections help us maintain a proper perspective, especially in an era of uncertainty.

So not only does gratitude enhance the delivery of dopamine and serotonin to feel good neurotransmitters, but it also enhances our relationship with others, our intrapersonal relationship, and adds a boost to our physical and mental well-being. Let us know what your gratitude ritual looks like.

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