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Put plain and simple, the Oxford Dictionary defines Gratitude as "the feeling of being grateful and wanting to express your thanks." We often associate being grateful with occasions in our life such as holidays, birthdays, etc., but gratitude shouldn't be reserved for these times alone. In recent years scientists have been able to take a deep dive into this emotion to help explain exactly how practicing gratitude and feeling grateful can actually change our physical being, leading to improved health in numerous ways.
In 2008, scientists conducted a study to measure brain activity of people thinking and feeling gratitude. They found that "gratitude causes synchronized activation in multiple brain regions, and lights up parts of the brain’s reward pathways and the hypothalamus. In short, gratitude can boost neurotransmitter serotonin and activate the brain stem to produce dopamine." Dopamine is the brain's pleasure chemical. So, do you want to live happier and healthier? Taking time to regularly think positive and grateful thoughts is not a bad way to start!
Some great ways to practice gratitude include the following:
However you find the best routine to integrate more gratitude into your life, we hope that you can start to feel the incredible benefits that come from it. To add at little extra brain power to help you do so, try fueling your body and mind with the fruits & veggies found in Ruvi Focus.
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