Opposite thankfulness lurks disappointment and both rely on a choice to either shape a dream or tank a day.
Have you noticed how even simple expressions of gratitude can offer you mental tools that no other approach to life can quite equal? Or are you aware that thankfulness changes the chemical and electrical circuitry of your brain?
People who develop thankful skills build cool new neuron pathways for contentment and delight. Yes, in spite of challenges faced in any given day. Simply stated the thankful brain operates differently from the dissatisfied brain. For starters gratitude comes with a huge dose of serotonin – your brain’s well being chemical.
Initially, there may be a few cleanup tasks or pre-conditions to take care of though. You’ll likely agree that those who learn to monitor their inner voice, likely can include thanks as a regular habit. A practice that literally transforms challenges into finer steps that color and re-shape your day.
Check out the power of human-brains-on-thanks – to see how new opportunities follow.
GK Chesterton named thanks as the highest form of thought, and gratitude as happiness doubled by wonder. Do you agree?
From the brain’s perspective, simply by acting grateful you literally reorganize your brain for new opportunities. How so?
Fueled by serotonin – you’ll move from that cranky response to a peer of sibling into reactions that yield mutual dividends. Thankfulness turns you away from dissatisfied altercations into amazing benefits. Benefits will soon follow and you’ll find yourself engaged more by appreciative peers.
Where to start?
Start small by simply acknowledging something small to cheer for in your day.
Thank a person who shows kindness, for instance rather than pick apart another person’s misstep. With an attitude of thanks, you’ll change filters to insert a more grateful view of what goes down. Unlike dissatisfaction that focuses on problems, and misses possibilities, thankfulness sees plenty to cheer on! Yes, even in a rather bleak day.
What strategies would you use to benefit your brain from a heaping dose of thanks? Here are task cards, and brain based strategies that work especially well with my students.
How do you foster gratitude as a mental wellness tool for yourself and those around you?