These past months of 2020 have been challenging for many of us.  Perhaps, it has been difficult for us to be in the mindset of gratitude and thankfulness.  As we think of celebrating the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we will explore ways to become of aware of the many things we have and the opportunity to be thankful.

Scientists have discovered that feelings of gratitude can actually change your brain. Feeling gratitude can also be a great tool for overcoming depression and anxiety. Furthermore, scientists have discovered that the heart sends signals to the brain.

Being thankful also helps you get through life's tough times, because you can easily call to mind all of the good things in your life. Being grateful just makes you happy and being happy can help keep your mind and body healthy.

Firstly, gratitude helps to magnify your positive emotions so you're less likely to adapt to the good things happening in your life. Secondly, gratitude helps you to block negative emotions like envy, resentment and regret. Studies find if you're grateful, you can't resent someone for having something that you don't.

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

When we express gratitude and receive the same, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions, and they make us feel 'good'. They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy from the inside.

Grateful and thankful are both positive feelings of gratitude. The big difference between grateful vs thankful is that grateful implies that you need others to be happy, while you can be thankful without being dependent on others or external occasions. Instead, you can always choose to be thankful if you choose to.

One of the reasons why gratitude can change your life is because it shifts your focus. You see, life is all about focus, but it's not just about being a positive person. Having gratitude can change your life because it breathes positivity into everything you're doing.

They determined that gratitude does four things: Gratitude disconnects us from toxic, negative emotions and the ruminating that often accompanies them. Writing a letter “shifts our attention” so that our focus is on positive emotions. Expressing gratitude helps us even if we don't explicitly share it increased happiness and positive mood

  • more satisfaction with life

  • less materialistic

  • less likely to experience burnout

  • better physical health

  • better sleep

  • less fatigue

  • lower levels of cellular inflammation

  • greater resiliency

  • encourages the development of patience, humility, and wisdom

  • celebrate the present

  • block toxic emotions (envy, resentment, regret, depression)

  • be more stress-resilient, and

  • strengthen social ties and self-worth.

The Essence of Gratitude and Appreciation - Change Your Life in a Wonderful Way. Feelings of appreciation and gratitude are just as powerful as the feeling and emotion of love. Make each day a day to express thankfulness, appreciation, and gratefulness for what is in your lives.