GRATITUDE is one of many positive emotions. It's about focusing on what's good in our lives and being THANKFUL for the things we HAVE.
When we do that, the neural circuitry in our brain (stem) releases dopamine. Dopamine makes us feel good! And, because it feels good, we want more.
The term "mindfulness" is about focusing on the moment. It is about embracing every moment of the day.
While being in the moment can be transformative, scientists still don't fully understand what happens in the brain when we practice mindfulness. What is known is just the tip of the iceberg.
Our brain is tricky, and there are subtle ways to get it to be less depressed or anxious. If we are constantly feeling guilty, shameful or even worry a lot, the brain wants to continue that activity due to it providing a source of gratification to it.
Just as negative thinking keeps the brain in an inactive and dull state, positive thinking, or gratitude has the effect of boosting serotonin, that is beneficial for your health and mood.
Listen to your thoughts — but don’t necessarily believe them.
They're suggestions, possibilities. But they’re not gospel. You can’t control what thoughts pop up, but you can decide what is helpful and choose not to give the unhelpful thoughts any more attention than they deserve.
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