Hi! It’s Sharon again.
Just read this most encouraging article from our friend, Pam’s post. (THANKS, PAM!!)
The article is about how neuroscience is proving that there are rituals — like looking for things to be grateful for — that can actually help raise the levels of brain chemicals that make us feel happy! (specifically, dopamine and seratonin) Read more about it…Here’s the link: Gratitude
The author says, “I know, sometimes life lands a really mean punch in the gut and it feels like there’s nothing to be grateful for. Guess what? Doesn’t matter. You don’t have to find anything. It’s the searching that counts.”
Via The Upward Spiral:
It’s not finding gratitude that matters most; it’s remembering to look in the first place. Remembering to be grateful is a form of emotional intelligence. One study found that … as emotional intelligence increases, the neurons in these areas become more efficient. With higher emotional intelligence, it simply takes less effort to be grateful.
And gratitude doesn’t just make your brain happy — it can also create a positive feedback loop in your relationships. So express that gratitude to the people you care about.