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Why Gratitude?

- By Shalini K, 27 August 2020 | 7 MIN READ


Why Gratitude ?

If we talk in scientific terms neuroscience says that when you are thankful and have a sense of gratitude dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters are released in your brain. What are these neurotransmitters? Neurotransmitters are often referred to as the body’s chemical messengers. They are the molecules used by the nervous system to transmit messages between neurons, or from neurons to muscles.

The feel-good neurotransmitter is dopamine, which will make you feel good and makes you want more. When you binge on your favourite pizza or involve in activities of interests, your brain releases dopamine making you feel happy and gratified which works as reward mechanism.

On the same note serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is considered happy chemical, stimulates the happiness centre of your brain. This can be comparable to how anti-depressants work. Serotonin is a chemical that has far reaching functions in the human body. If there is any chemical that contributes to your overall wellbeing and happiness, that’s Serotonin.

There are many different types of emotions that have an influence on how we live and interact with others. Among various emotions which we go through Gratitude is a very powerful emotion. Gratitude will influence and enhance the quality of your life in countless ways. 

When you have sense of gratitude it’s impossible to feel low or depressed in life.

Having a journal of gratitude will guide you to move towards positive energies of life. A simple act of writing a gratitude journal has many advantages and benefits.

Various studies on the effects of gratitude have proved that people who write gratitude journal regularly are happier, have good health, they sleep well and always have optimistic view of the world. And most importantly they become more focused on life energies and make great progress towards their goals.  

Do you want to experience the great results of being grateful? Let’s us go through very simple ways of expressing gratitude which will transform your life immensely.

  1. Start Gratitude Journal: A journal need not be a fancy diary or note book, it could just be a piece of paper. Make it a routine to write down all the things you are happy or grateful about, it could be a simple as eating your favourite sweet or pie.

  2. Appreciate: Express your love to the people you care about. Appreciate your friends, colleagues, relatives for being part of your life. Develop a sense of thankfulness to people you come across in your daily life like a cab driver who drives you safely to your destination.  
  3. Volunteer: What goes around comes around. When you give to others or help others it will make you realise how fortunate you are to have the small things which many people in this world are deprived of. Get involved in volunteering activity in your local community to help and serve others.

  4. Love: Embrace love and friendship. Nurture good relationships with people around you. Remember your loved ones and make yourself available for them. Tell your wife, kids, parents how much they mean to you. Always put a smile on your face. A simple smile can make you happy and spread joy around you.

  5. Meditate: Let meditation be part of your life. Regular meditation helps you focus your mind. Meditation increases awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Meditate upon your gratitude list. Be thankful to all the positive things in life, it could be even a small or tiny incident or situation.

  6. Be Present: We often tend to live either in the past or future. Practice being in present. Be thankful that you are alive and still breathing. Be grateful that you are able to do daily activities like eating, preparing yourself for work etc. Once you start practise being in present you will be able to appreciate life and be grateful for all the things in your life otherwise which you have ignored.

  7. Step into Kitchen: Once in a while step into kitchen or if you are the one who cooks daily for your family, cook with love. Appreciate how lucky you are to have a kitchen at your disposal, the choice to make your favourite food and the abundance of food.

  8. Help: Give a helping hand to people you come across in daily life or your office colleagues or just strangers. Act of kindness can be as simple as helping an elder lady cross the road. If you can, help your colleague or boss who is struggling to fix something even though it’s not your job.Helping others will always bring positive vibes in your life and a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to help others.

  9. Get Lost in Nature: When you love nature you will find beauty everywhere. Immerse yourself in the magnificence of nature. There are many wonders and marvels in nature. When you truly experience the beauty and splendour of nature, you will truly start loving yourself.

  10. Face the challenges: Sometimes life throws challenges at us. Things may not be perfect all the time but when you start being grateful to all the things in life, you will find the courage to stand up against the challenges and face them. When you are up against the problems with a sense of gratitude you will start appreciating all small and great things which are blessed with.

So what are you waiting for, start practising gratitude every day. Human brain is a powerful tool; train your brain to experience great benefits of gratitude that will help you to lead a greater quality of life with joy, happiness and content.



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