Using the Mind:
Gratitude, The Science
From a neuroscience perspective, gratitude is a positive emotion that offers biological benefits, with tremendous positive effects on mental and physical health. Studies have demonstrated a definitive connection between practicing gratitude and good health, where neural circuit mechanisms reduce fear, increase motivation and lower inflammatory chemicals that contribute to chronic pain. The practice of gratitude releases stress, improves the quality of sleep, and builds emotional awareness.
A very insightful and informative source of information regarding the science of gratitude can be found on Dr. Andrew Huberman’s blog:
The Science of Gratitude
Gratitude can be described as an appreciation associated with noticing and acknowledging a benefit that has been received, whether from another person or deity, and feeling thankful for their efforts, sacrifices, or actions.
Gratitude has two faces:
- Expressive: Feeling grateful to someone or some deity for a gift, an action or a circumstance that is perceived to have personal value;
- Receptive: Perceiving the gratitude another has for something you did, again in the performance of an act or a gift to that person.
- Raising Pain Tolerance Using Guided Imagery
- Exploring neural mechanisms of the health benefits of gratitude in women – A randomized controlled trial – 2021
- The Science of Gratitude – 2018
- Neural correlates of gratitude – 2015
- Science of Positive Thinking & Controlling The Mind – Andrew Huberman
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