Challenge: A new pattern takes at least 21 days to take root and truly become a new behavior for a person. The month of November reminds us to be thankful and grateful, so let’s use this time to create a new positive behavior that will positively influence our mind-body-soul. For the month of November, every morning begin the day in gratitude stating at least 3 things you are grateful for and end the evening with at least 3 things you are grateful for.
NeuroScience of Gratitude
It was revealed that the reason why some of us are naturally more grateful than others, is the neurochemical differences at the Central Nervous System. People who express and feel gratitude have a higher volume of grey matter in the right inferior temporal gyrus (Zahn et al, 2014).
The effects of gratitude, when practiced daily can be almost the same as medications. It produces a feeling of long-lasting happiness and contentment, the physiological basis of which lies at the neurotransmitter level.
Gratitude releases dopamine and serotonin.Gratitude significantly impacts on body functions and psychological conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression.Gratitude showed a marked reduction in the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, better cardiac functioning and were more resilient to emotional setbacks and negative experiences.Hypothalamic regulation triggered by gratitude helps us get deeper and healthier sleep naturally everyday.