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The benefits of Gratitude

"We take for granted the very things that deserve our gratitude." Cynthia Ozick

In the daily hustle and bustle we forget to be grateful for all that we have.

This week, focus on being grateful and showing gratitude. Practicing gratitude will show appreciation of the relationships in your life while also creating a more positive outlook within your own!

Gratitude can help with relationships, improve performance and motivation and increase both sleep quality and boost resiliency. In a 2016 study entitled 'Brightening the Mind: The Impact of Practicing Gratitude on Focus and Resilience in Learning' it stated: 'Gratitude is explored as a power that heals, energises, and transforms lives by enhancing people psychologically, spiritually, physically, and cognitively'. (1)

In a 2015 study, the effects of gratitude expression on neural activity (2) it is suggested that writing letters expressing gratitude, 'that subjects who participated in gratitude letter writing showed both behavioural increases in gratitude and significantly greater neural modulation by gratitude in the medial prefrontal cortex three months later'. In other words, gratitude can boost many positive effects within your daily life.

And best of all, IT'S FREE!

(1) J. Wilson, J. T. (2016). Brightening the Mind: The impact of practicing gratitude on focus and resilience in learning. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 16(4), 1-13.

(2) Kini P, Wong J, McInnis S. Gabana N. Brown JW. The effects of gratitude expression on neural activity. Neurolmage. 2016 Mar 1,128:1.0

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