infographic: 5 ways gratitude affects your brain

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In recent years, study after study has been published about how gratitude promotes positive brain activity, a healthier life, and a happier workplace.

Here are 5 reasons to be grateful for gratitude.

  1. The brain’s natural response to gratitude is to activate a reward center that increases social bonds. Every time you say a simple ‘thank you’ your brain is flooded with positive chemicals.
  1. Giving gratitude has been directly linked to reducing depression and anxiety, and increasing overall personal well-being. It’s a natural shield against negative emotions.
  1. Ever heard of the hypothalamus? It’s the part of the brain responsible for keeping the status quo throughout the body. When gratitude is expressed, this area of the brain is pushed to excel, keeping your body in peace, balance, and harmony.
  1. Want to be more resilient to stress? Give more gratitude. People who are grateful for the small things in life recover more quickly from stressful situations in life.
  1. Do you dream of falling into a deep sleep every night? People that express gratitude regularly sleep better, feel refreshed, and also experience less chronic pain.

We want to say thank you to the University of California Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center for their 2010 research on Why Gratitude is Good.

O.C. Tanner

Global Recognition and Engagement

Comments (1)
Elizabeth Santos

Love this!! Using it at NEXCOM :)

January 3, 2017   |   Reply
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