If the only prayer you said was “Thank You” it would be enough.
As we head into the first celebration of the Holiday Swing Gratitude becomes the message given and received.
But the real question is how does gratitude help us? Why should this be a daily practice not only on the Thanksgiving Holiday but everyday throughout the year?
Let’s get scientific…
What does gratitude do to our body and mind? Easier done than said. Being grateful releases and changes “ your hormones, from oxytocin to cortisol, and your neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin. Recent data suggests gratitude provides behavioral and psychological “glue”—oxytocin is associated with promoting the glue that connects adults in meaningful relationships. Not surprisingly, gratitude increases blood flow and activity in the hypothalamus, the master gland that controls hormones.” Dr Sara Gotfried MD
So your daily task today is to be Grateful. Mentally take count of the things that happen today that you are grateful for. Why not it is good for your brain, your body and your Mental Health 🙂
Reference: Zahn, R., et al. “The neural basis of human social values: evidence from functional MRI.” Cerebral Cortex 19, no. 2 (2009): 276-283.