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I’ve always wondered what the phrase ‘gratitude changes everything’ meant, so I set out to get the scoop.
The TLDR version of this is: an attitude of gratitude transforms every aspect of our lives, from our emotional well being, down to the molecular cells in our bodies.
“How?” You may ask?
In the time it takes you to read this — 300 seconds or less– you will have already begun to rewire your brain, which has a direct effect on your health and happiness. This is one example of how gratitude changes things.
Here’s what gratitude is not. It’s not comparing our circumstances with others and concluding that we are better off. Sure, sometimes it helps to put things into perspective, but in order to feel the effects of gratitude we must go deeper. It’s about finding or seeing the meaning in every situation and having a sincere appreciation for it.
Thinking about what we are grateful for creates more neural connections in our brains, while activating the frontal lobes.This is the area of the brain that controls the neurotransmitter dopamine — the body’s natural feel good medicine. The brain’s “plasticity” or its ability to be molded, is an ode to the the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Giving thanks activates the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for eating, drinking, sleeping, metabolism, and stress management. Pretty much our everything. As a result, an attitude of gratitude has been reported to increase exercise frequency, improve sleep, lower depression, anxiety, and decrease aches and pains.
Being grateful is a key ingredient in living a happier, healthier, more meaningful life; it’s obvious.
If gratitude can physically change the body’s internal environment and DNA, how much more of an impact can an attitude of gratitude have on our physical, external worlds or relationships with others? The applications are limitless.
#QuickFitTip: Start with 5 minutes each day and think about all you are grateful for. This is enough to stimulate and exercise the brain. The brain, like any other muscle in the body, responds to exercise.
Here’s to a happier, healthier you.
***Coach Ugochi is a San Francisco based personal trainer, and the founder of Active Break, an organization that matches the best personal trainers with busy professionals, to inspire them to live happier and healthier, one active break at a time. Interested in online or in-person coaching? Please get in touch; firstname.lastname@example.org / 415-548-1432.***