Can we train our brain to be happier?
Research shows starting the day on a positive can have a definite impact on our productivity during the day. With that in mind, what can we do to achieve this?
Well, Neuroscientists believe that Gratitude is the key to this positivity and expressing Gratitude on a morning can affect your brain on a psychological level. In fact, their findings have shown that Gratitude IS the most powerful anti-depressant.
One of the biggest problems with depression is not merely the thought that life isn’t worth living, but the possibility that you might act on that thought. It turns out that Gratitude reduces the likelihood of suicidal thoughts. Our brains as complex as they are cannot focus on too many things – therefore being grateful can reduce anxiety simply because when our mind is focusing on the things that we are thankful for it is focusing less on our worries.
Imagine this analogy – you have a room that has been closed for a thousand years, and the only way it can be opened is with light and love. Gratitude is the key to opening that door – it is a powerful force that combats negativity. The beauty of Gratitude is that literally, anyone can practice it. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from we can all practice regardless of what we have in our lives. You can always find the good in your situation. Life is a matter of perception. Gratitude is a state of mind.
The benefits of Gratitude start with the dopamine system because feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine. Additionally, Gratitude toward others increases activity in social dopamine circuits, which makes social interactions more enjoyable. Here comes the good part – Gratitude can be practised anywhere and anytime. Did you know we can train our mind to do this automatically? As soon as you open your eyes on a morning think of 3 things you are grateful for – Do this daily for 30 days. Before you know it, you will have formed a habit, and you will do it automatically without even thinking about it! This step allows you to appreciate the good things in your life, which will help put you in the right frame of mind.
If you start your day thinking of negative thoughts, these thoughts will likely continue and stay with you throughout the day. Your brain informs the rest of your body.
Use it wisely.