Practicing Gratitude to Re-program Your Brain
We have long heard about practicing gratitude and how it can help with someone’s outlook and mental health. Now science is backing that up! According to multiple studies including those conducted in conjunction with UCLA, the University of California at Davis, the University of Miami and one conducted in China, practicing gratitude regularly not only does all of the things we’ve been told, but it also actually changes the brain, re-wiring it to be happier. Some of the benefits reaped by participants included better sleep, more emotionally supportive of loved ones, less anxiety, less depression and more.
How do you get started practicing gratitude? It’s easy! The easiest of easy ways is probably a gratitude journal. Before you go to sleep at night or when you wake up in the morning, list (at least) three things you’re grateful for. Try not to make it just a rote recitation; really put some effort in to it. Think about it: what are you grateful for?
The science may be new, but the premise is age-old: more you focus on the things that are going well in your life, the happier you will be.