Neuroscience Reveals How Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to Be Happier

Gratitude is something that we all need to have and that characteristic makes us better persons and brings great positivity in life. This has been even scientifically proven that expressing gratitude can literally transform our brain.

According to the findings of UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, regular expression of gratitude can literally alter the molecular structure of the brain and thus support the function of the gray matter making us happier and healthier. Feeling gratitude is a stimulus of the feeling of happiness that will bring positivity and peace in our life.

Studies That Confirm the Key of Happiness is Gratitude

These findings have been confirmed by couple of studies like the one conducted by the researchers at the Northeastern University. In this study it was revealed that the people who felt grateful for every little daily thing in their lives could make sensible decisions since they had the virtue of patience, which was not the case with the individuals who did not feel gratitude on daily basis.

Another study carried out by Robert A. Emmons at the University of California at Davis and his colleague Mike McCullough at the University of Miami also evaluated the effects of gratitude. This study lasted for 10 weeks where the involved participants were given one of three tasks that it needed to be noted in a journal each week.

The first group was supposed to make notes of the things they were grateful for, the second one wrote about things that annoyed them, and the third one was asked to write about neutral events.The results showed that the participants in the first group felt 25% better than the others, and even workout more than the rest of the groups in an average of 1.5 hours.

The other study focused on adults struggling with congenital and adult-onset neuromuscular disorders (NMDs), and a great number of them were suffering from post-polio syndrome (PPS). It was revealed that the participants who expressed gratitude felt more refreshed after waking up and felt more connected with other people.

On the other hand, the Chinese researchers confirmed that the higher levels of gratitude were related to reduced anxiety, better sleep, and lower depression rates.

The Benefits of Gratitude

  • Higher happiness in life

  • Boosted immune system

  • Better sleep

  • Feeling confident and strong

  • Enhanced productivity and creativity

  • Emotional equilibrium

  • Fights fatigue

  • Boosted energy levels

  • Looking and feeling more attractive

  • Soothes the feelings of isolation and makes you more connected

  • Deeper relaxation

  • Helping to easily bounce back from experienced difficulty

How to enjoy the benefits of gratitude?

  • Each morning during the regular routine of brushing your teeth, think about something you have done well recently.

  • Keep a journal, and note down at least three things that you feel grateful about before going to bed.

  • Say to your partner or friend what you appreciate about him or her every day.