“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook and broadens our perspective.” Germany Kent
A year ago I bought a five-year gratitude journal. I’ve been writing 5 things that I’m grateful for every day. I’m now overlapping entries I wrote a year ago on that same day. I finally came around to a year and I have had the great opportunity of seeing the many blessings of my life in a different light. Sure, there were days when I had only written three things I was grateful for, but even looking back on those days I feel blessed.
Gratitude in any form can make us feel happier no matter what we are grateful for.
According to positive psychology:
“Expressing gratitude not only to others but also to ourselves, induces positive emotions, primarily happiness. By producing feelings of pleasure and contentment, gratitude impacts our overall health and well-being as well.
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.”
By consciously practicing gratitude every day, we can help these neural pathways to strengthen themselves and ultimately create a permanent grateful and positive nature within ourselves.
So take a few minutes each day and write down three things you are grateful for. You will be glad you did.