Welcome to 12 days of Gratitude Day 3

How gratitude can improve your mental health. 

According to a study conducted by Harvard health, the practice of gratitude improves satisfaction with life, increases happiness and optimism, and reduces anxiety and depression. This in turn improves your mood.

When we practice gratitude, our brains react by releasing more positive neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. Our brains produce less of the stress hormone cortisol. Many studies have shown that when people practice gratitude they tend to be happier and less depressed. They also exercise more and had fewer doctor visits.

This study by Harvard showed significantly lower risk of major depression generalized anxiety disorder phobia nicotine dependence disorder alcohol dependence and drug abuse. This is all from the simple act of practicing gratitude.

In these studies all participants did was think about three things each day, just three things,  that they were grateful for. It doesn’t matter what these three things are. They can be gratitude for people, for food, for scenery, or anything at all you are grateful for. Thinking of just three things a day participants saw a considerable a improvement in as little as only a couple weeks. That is so fast and so easy. 

A study conducted at UC Berkeley showed that practicing gratitude along with mental health counseling was actually more beneficial than just counseling alone.

Gratitude being grateful a little journey can help you to get started and give you ideas of all the things you’re grateful for.

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Welcome to 12 Days of Gratitude

Let’s go on a 12 day gratitude journey! Here, we will talk about the  incredible benefits for both the body and mind of being grateful.

 Our first benefit is Gratitude will boost your immune system. That’s right! Who couldn’t use a boost in their immune system with this whole pandemic going on. Medical studies now show that gratitude increases our red blood cell counts, which significantly improves our health. The studies were conducted at the University of Utah and Kentucky found that people who practice Gratitude had more disease fighting cells. And, people who kept a gratitude journal had stress hormone levels that were 23% less. That’s significant. Gratitude is a natural stress detox for the body and the mind.

When we think about what we are grateful for, the parasympathetic or calming nervous system is activated. This is our rest and restore system. It allows our immune system to function at its fullest potential. It also gets us out of that fight or flight mode. Fight or flight is the stress mode that causes so much damage.

Gratitude is something that we can all learn. It’s something that is available to each of us. In order to help you on your gratitude journey, we have created a little journal. It’s a light, humorous journey through gratitude to help you along your way. It will give you ideas of little things to be grateful for. Everyone is obsessing about Gratitude , Being Grateful a Little Journey. Get your copy and boost your immune system today!