We’re in the holiday season, and for the next few months, our lives are packed with activities. Today I’m asking you to stop and take a minute to be grateful. It’s good for your brain, body, health, and for everyone around you. Studies show that practicing gratitude releases positive neurochemicals, like dopamine, and engages the reward system in the brain. Your attitude of gratitude builds long-lasting reward circuits that are coupled with positive behavior and thought patterns developed through meaning and intention. The simple act of gratitude strengthens positive brain circuits allowing for greater brain power and prosperity.
We are in the season of gratitude. I believe the end of October through November is a time to prepare for the November holiday of Thanksgiving, and I don’t mean just planning a menu. All too often, we seem to lose sight of what is important. Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter become days of excess instead of times to remember our blessings and thank God.
Gratitude is a state of mind that can help shape and change your day. Honestly, we know that but it’s so easy to forget it as we fill our days with lots of things to do. Today I’m sharing a simple message of optimism, love, and hope based on Psalm 107:1. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (NIV) Read More
It’s the time of year to share with others, and I want to share my love of a grateful heart. Being grateful is extremely important in our lives. In research by UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, he studied the effects of gratitude on physical and emotional health for over 10 years. Being grateful increases our well-being physically by lowering blood pressure, increasing our immune systems, decreasing aches and pains, and helping us sleep longer. It can also promote healing and dealing with a difficult situation.