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We don't have to feel grateful in order to give thanks. Acting grateful can make you grateful.
For many people, gratitude is difficult because life feels difficult. But we don't have to be a slave to our feelings or circumstance. We can actively choose to practice gratitude, and in doing that, our happiness will increase.
Studies consistently show that the people practicing gratitude enjoy significantly greater life satisfaction than those who don't.
One explanation is that acting happy, regardless of feelings, encourages the brain into processing positive emotions. Gratitude stimulates the hypothalamus (a part that regulates stress), and the ventral tegmental area (a part that produces the sensation of pleasure.)
Glory be to God for dappled things —
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
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