The Healing Power of Gratitude to Change the Brain

I recently heard an interesting study that examined the lives of two groups of people, those who had won the lottery and those who had become paralyzed.. Now you might assume that the group of people who broke their backs would be less happy than the group of instant millionaires, but that's, not what the study showed.

One year after their supposed & quot, life-changing & quot event. Both groups expressed the same levels of happiness.. We often assume that our happiness or misery is directly connected to the things outside of us, our job, the people around us, the things we have or don't have, but that's.

Simply not true. Abundance does not come from things. Abundance comes from a mindset feeling, rich or poor, has very little to do with what we actually have, but rather from how we think about what we have.

. Fortunately, we can counteract the scarcity mindset by developing an abundance mindset through simple practice gratitude.. Even as I wrote this video, I felt a little bit of doubt about what I was saying, because I live in relative ease compared to the lives of many.

. I have food. I have health, I have a home, I have a family and I can't tell you that I would find happiness even in a concentration camp, but I can tell you the story of someone who has. Corey ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker and One of my heroes she and her family hid Jews during the holocaust, but eventually they were caught and her family was arrested and sent to prison, and this led to the death of her father.

In her book The Hiding Place. She tells the incredible story of being transferred to Ravensbrook. This is an infamous death camp in Germany and as they walked into their barracks, where they slept on filthy straw crammed onto wooden planks with hundreds of other prisoners.

They discovered that the place was crawling with fleas.. Now I personally haven't lived with fleas, so I had to look up what these are like, but they're, basically like mosquitoes that live in your bed.

These are tiny biting insects that chewed on them day and night. Cory's. Sister Betsy in that moment decided to follow a verse from the bible which said & # 39, be grateful in all things'and Betsy, encouraged her and Corey to say a prayer of gratitude in that moment, even for the fleas.

Now because of their Attitude their experience in the camp was one of service and of doing good. They lifted up others through group meetings every evening and later they even learned that the fleas protected them from the guards who wouldn't come into their barracks so because of the fleas, they were able to hold these group meetings where they were lifting Each other up and building positivity, even in the middle of a concentration camp.

, Now eventually Betsy died, while in Ravensbrook and 12 days later, Corey was released due to a clerical error and after she was released, Corey continued to do good housing and protecting the disabled, who Were afraid of extermination during this time and after the war, she continued to teach, love and forgiveness, and she even found a way to forgive two of the guards at Ravensbrook, one of whom had been especially cruel to her sister Betsy.

. So you really should read the whole book. It's, a pretty incredible story.. Now Brené Brown said & quot Without exception. Every person I interviewed, who described, living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude.

Practice. And both joy and gratitude were described as spiritual practices that were bound to a belief in human interconnectedness and a power greater than us. & quot. In my opinion, gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to shift into a state of peace and connect with your inner joy and the research backs.

This up. The active practice of gratitude is pretty easy to do, but it actually changes brain chemistry and structure.. In this video I'm, going to teach you how gratitude changes, the brain and some really simple ways to practice gratitude to be happier and healthier.

. Now I'm grateful for the sponsor of this video, Better Help. They make it possible for me to be making content like this, and they also provide professional, affordable, licensed counseling that you can access from the comfort of your own home and one of the great things about Better Help.

Is it's, also very affordable? So plans start at around $ 65 a week and you can start talking with a professional counselor as soon as this week.. So if you're interested in learning more, please check out the link in the description.

You can get 20 % off your first month., So first, let's. Talk about how gratitude makes you happier.. Research shows that people who practice gratitude feel happier and more positive, more awake and aware and more self-satisfied.

. Gratitude has been shown to help improve mood and combat anxiety and depression.. Research shows that gratitude releases, serotonin and dopamine. These are the happiness and reward chemicals in your brain.

. When we practice gratitude, we're, essentially strengthening the neural pathways of contentment and happiness, and these can build lasting characteristics. Lasting structures in your brain. Gratitude helps with anxiety by interrupting the cycle of constantly scanning for dangers.

. When we're in fear or scarcity mode, our brain turns on that fight-flight-freeze response. But when we think of gratitude, research shows that the hippocampus and the amygdala are activated. These parts of the brain can aid in emotional regulation and they can help turn on that feeling of safety and contentment and calm it's that that feeling of abundance.

, Basically gratitude practice is a way to regulate the autonomic nervous system.. Gratitude can turn on that parasympathetic response and it can reduce stress hormones like cortisol. When we regulate the nervous system.

That has a big impact on reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.. Thanks to modern imaging researchers can see other parts of the brain that get activated by gratitude, and this includes the prefrontal cortex, which is partially responsible for managing negative emotions like guilt.

Shame and violence. Gratitude can help you be more emotionally stable and resilient. In general. More grateful people are happier more satisfied with their lives, less materialistic and less likely to suffer from burnout.

Gratitude. Practice is also good for your physical health. It's, connected to better immune health, less aches and pains better blood pressure and heart health.. Gratitude's, also a painkiller.. A 2003 study showed that, when a patients in pain, thought of gratitude, they experienced less pain and a deeper dig into the outcomes found that by regulating the level of dopamine gratitude, fills us with more vitality and that helps reduce those feelings of pain.

. Gratitude can also help you sleep, better. Gratitude, activates, the hypothalamus which helps regulate sleep and the simple practice of gratitude can help people get deeper and more restful. Sleep. Gratitude also improves relationships.

Grateful people have better communication, more empathy, stronger interpersonal relationships and they're, more likeable. Gratitude practice, fires up the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. This is basically the area of your brain associated with pure altruism.

, Your brain craves, the experience of giving and people who practice gratitude tend to feel more and more joy in doing good for others. So basically, gratitude makes people nicer and makes them feel even better about being nicer and studies of couples found that those who expressed more thanks to each other had more trust, more loyalty and longer lasting, happy relationships.

. There is so much good research on the benefits of gratitude practice that I could just go on and on it's. One of the exercises that I recommend the most and it's, one that consistently comes back with good results.

. So how do you do it? It's, not that hard and it doesn't. Take that much time.. One of the easiest ways to practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. So you just choose a regular time each day to write down a couple of things you're grateful for you could even use social media as a way to express gratitude.

. So I'm, going to encourage you to try this little experiment right, now. For seven days, write down or post what you're grateful for on social media and then see how that changes, how you feel. There's.

Some other ways, too, you could write a letter of gratitude to someone you could tell a co-worker or a friend something you appreciate about them. Another thing you can do is just sit in a quiet place and think about when something went well bring to mind how that felt.

. If you practice that feeling every day for a week that helps strengthen that feeling of gratitude and contentment and that's going to help, you foster an abundant mindset in the long run. Anything you can do to reinforce that feeling of gratitude is helpful.

So that includes you know, writing it down talking about it, reliving it or meditating on it.. A regular practice of gratitude can change your brain structure by thickening neural pathways., Hebb's. Law says that neurons that fire together wire together.

. So that means that the more you practice gratitude, the better you get at it and your brain gets better and better at looking for more of what makes you happy and then it gets easier to feel grateful and to feel happy.

. So, for example, if you consciously notice how beautiful the sky is, you'll, be more likely to notice the beautiful sky again and feel gratitude again. So, even though the sky is always there, the focus on gratitude is like a signal to your brain.

To notice it., You really can change your brain. Small and simple changes like this add up over time to rewire your brain and make you healthier and happier. So choose one way today that you're, going to start practicing gratitude and tell me about It in the comments.

, What are you going to do to start feeling happier today? I hope you found this video helpful.. Thank you for watching. Just wanted to. Let you know that this week, the week of Thanksgiving, we're, going to be offering some huge black Friday sales on my six online courses.

. So if you aren't signed up for my mailing list, hop on over to therapynutshell.com fill out that contact form and you & # 39. Ll see an email in your inbox this week with a bunch of coupons for big savings on my online mental health courses.

Again, thank you for watching and take care. River come sit in my lap. River. What's, something you're? Grateful for ( River ), Candy. ( Emma ) Anything else. You're grateful for ( River ), Our tents.

( Emma ), Our tents, (, River ), Uh-huh. (, Emma ). I like tents too. Can you tell me anything? You're. Grateful for ( Aliya ), I'm grateful for my family. ( Emma ). Oh, we're grateful for you. What else ( Aliya ) and I'm grateful for my friends.

( Emma ) Yeah. You have some good friends, huh. Gracie. What are you grateful for tissues and beads? I'm grateful for you too.. I recently heard an interesting study that examined the lives of two groups of people, those who had won the lottery and those who had become paralyzed.

Now you might assume that the group of people who broke their backs would be less happy than the group of instant millionaires, but that's, not what the study showed one year after their supposed life-changing event.

Both groups expressed the same levels of happiness. We often assume that our happiness or misery is directly connected to the things outside of us, our job, the people around us, the things we have or don't have, but that's.

Simply not true. Abundance does not come from things. Abundance comes from a mindset, feeling, rich or poor, has very little to do with what we actually have, but rather from how we think about what we have.

Fortunately, we can counteract the scarcity mindset by developing an abundance mindset through simple practice: gratitude [, Music ]. Even as i wrote this video, i felt a little bit of doubt about what i was saying, because i live in relative ease compared to the lives of many.

I have food, i have health, i have a home, i have a family and i can & # 39. T tell you that i would find happiness even in a concentration camp, but i can tell you the story of someone who has corey ten boom was a dutch watchmaker and one of my heroes.

She and her family hid jews during the holocaust, but eventually they were caught and her family was arrested and sent to prison, and this led to the death of her father in her book the hiding place she tells the incredible story of being transferred to ravensbrook.

This is an infamous death camp in germany and, as they walked into their barracks, where they slept on filthy straw crammed onto wooden planks with hundreds of other prisoners. They discovered that the place was crawling with fleas.

Now i personally haven't lived with fleas, so i had to look up what these are like, but they're, basically like mosquitoes that live in your bed. These are tiny biting insects that chewed on them day and night cory's.

Sister betsy in that moment decided to follow a verse from the bible, which said be grateful in all things and betsy encouraged her and corey to say a prayer of gratitude. In that moment, even for the fleas now because of their attitude, their experience in the camp was one of service and of doing good.

They lifted up others through group meetings. Every evening and later they even learned that the fleas protected them from the guards who wouldn't come into their barracks so because of the fleas, they were able to hold these group meetings where they were lifting each other up and building positivity.

Even in the middle of a concentration camp now, eventually betsy died, while in ravensbrook and 12 days later, corey was released due to a clerical error and after she was released, corey continued to do good, um housing and protecting the disabled, who were afraid of extermination.

During this time and after the war, she continued to teach, love and forgiveness and she even found a way to forgive two of the guards at ravensbrook, one of whom had been especially cruel to her sister betsy.

So you really should read the whole book. It's, pretty incredible story. Now, renee brown said without exception. Every person i interviewed, who described, living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice and both joy and gratitude were described as spiritual practices that were bound to a belief in human interconnectedness and a power.

Greater than us, in my opinion, gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to shift into a state of peace and connect with your inner joy and the research backs. This up. The active practice of gratitude is pretty easy to do, but it actually changes brain chemistry and structure.

In this video i'm, going to teach you how gratitude changes, the brain and some really simple ways to practice gratitude to be happier and healthier. Now i'm grateful for the sponsor of this video, better help.

They make it possible for me to be making content like this, and they also provide professional, affordable, licensed counseling that you can access from the comfort of your own home and one of the great things about betterhelp.

Is it's, also very affordable, so plans start at around 65 a week and you can start talking with a professional counselor as soon as this week. So if you're interested in learning more, please check out the link in the description.

You can get 20 off your first month. So first, let's. Talk about how gratitude makes you happier. Research shows that people who practice gratitude feel happier and more positive, more awake and aware and more self-satisfied gratitude has been shown to help improve mood and combat anxiety and depression.

Research shows that gratitude releases, serotonin and dopamine. These are the happiness and reward chemicals in your brain when we practice gratitude, we're, essentially strengthening the neural pathways of contentment and happiness, and these can build lasting characteristics.

Lasting structures in your brain gratitude helps with anxiety by interrupting the cycle of constantly scanning for dangers when we're in fear or scarcity mode. Our brain turns on that fight. Flight freeze response, but when we think of gratitude, research shows that the hippocampus and the amygdala are activated.

These parts of the brain can aid in emotional regulation and they can help turn on that feeling of safety and contentment and calm it's that that feeling of abundance, basically gratitude practice is a way to regulate the autonomic nervous system.

Gratitude can turn on that parasympathetic response and it can reduce stress hormones like cortisol when we regulate the nervous system. That has a big impact on reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Thanks to modern imaging researchers can see other parts of the brain that get activated by gratitude, and this includes the prefrontal cortex, which is partially responsible for managing negative emotions like guilt, shame and violence.

Gratitude can help you be more emotionally stable and resilient in general. More grateful people are happier more satisfied with their lives, less materialistic and less likely to suffer from burnout gratitude practice is also good for your physical health.

It's, connected to better immune health, less aches and pains better blood pressure and heart health. Gratitude's also a painkiller. A 2003 study showed that, when patients in pain, thought of gratitude, they experienced less pain and a deeper dig into the outcomes found that by regulating the level of dopamine gratitude, fills us with more vitality and that helps reduce those feelings of pain.

Gratitude can also help you sleep, better gratitude, activates, the hypothalamus which helps regulate sleep and the simple practice of gratitude can help people get deeper and more restful. Sleep gratitude also improves relationships.

Grateful people have better communication, more empathy, stronger interpersonal relationships and they're, more likeable gratitude practice, fires up the ventromedial prefrontal cortex. This is basically the area of your brain associated with pure altruism, your brain craves.

The experience of giving and people who practice gratitude tend to feel more and more joy in doing good for others. So basically, gratitude makes people nicer and makes them feel even better about being nicer and studies of couples found that those who expressed more thanks to each other had more trust, more loyalty and longer lasting happy relationships.

There is so much good research on the benefits of gratitude practice that i could just go on and on it's. One of the exercises that i recommend the most and it's, one that consistently comes back with good results.

So how do you do it? It's, not that hard and it doesn't. Take that much time. One of the easiest ways to practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. So you just choose a regular time each day to write down a couple of things you're grateful for you could even use social media as a way to express gratitude.

So i'm, going to encourage you to try this little experiment right now for seven days, write down or post what you're grateful for on social media and then see how that changes, how you feel there's? Some other ways, too, you could write a letter of gratitude to someone you could tell a co-worker or a friend something you appreciate about them.

Another thing you can do is just sit in a quiet place and think about when something went well bring to mind how that felt. If you practice that feeling every day for a week that helps strengthen that feeling of gratitude and contentment and that's going to help you foster an abundant mindset in the long run.

Anything you can do to reinforce that feeling of gratitude is helpful. So that includes you know, writing it down talking about it, reliving it or meditating on it. A regular practice of gratitude can change your brain structure by thickening neural pathways.

Hebb's. Law says that neurons that fire together wire together. So that means that the more you practice gratitude, the better you get at it and your brain gets better and better at looking for more of what makes you happy and then it gets easier to feel grateful and to feel happy.

So, for example, if you consciously notice how beautiful the sky is, you'll, be more likely to notice the beautiful sky again and feel gratitude again. So, even though the sky is always there, the focus on gratitude is like a signal to your brain.

To notice it, you really can change your brain, small and simple changes like this add up over time to rewire your brain and make you healthier and happier so choose one way today that you're, going to start practicing gratitude and tell me about It in the comments: what are you going to do to start feeling happier today? I hope you found this video helpful.

Thank you for watching just wanted to. Let you know that this week, the week of thanksgiving, we're, going to be offering some huge black friday sales on my six online courses. So if you aren't signed up for my mailing list, hop on over to therapynutshell.

com sign, fill out that contact form and you & # 39. Ll see an email in your inbox this week with a bunch of coupons for big savings on my online mental health courses. Again, thank you for watching and take care river come sit in my lap river.

What's, something you're? Grateful for candy anything else, you're, grateful for, or tents or tents. I like tents too. Can you tell me anything you're grateful for. I'm grateful for my family. Oh, we're grateful for you.

What else and i'm grateful for my friends yeah. You have some good friends, huh gracie. What are you grateful for tissues beads? I'm grateful for you too.


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