I’m feeling overwhelmingly grateful for so many things right now – for the life choices I’ve made and been allowed to make, for how I’m currently able to earn my living, for where I’ve chosen to live and the people I’m meeting here. I searched the internet to find a suitable image to reflect this feeling and instead I came across this blog post and thought I would share it. I hope you like it 🙂
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
How can an attitude of gratitude help your health and happiness?
Cultivating a regular practice of gratitude can keep us healthier and happier. Studies have shown that keeping a gratitude journal increases our determination, attention, enthusiasm, optimism and energy levels. We see a greater improvement in exercise patterns, quality of sleep and lower levels of anxiety and depression.
When in a state of gratitude a brain scan shows us higher levels of activity in the hypothalamus which controls an assortment of essential bodily functions such as eating, drinking and sleeping. The hypothalamus also has a large influence on your metabolism and stress levels. Feelings…
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