Wake Up, Feel Gratitude And Watch Your Life Unfold

Make A Mental Note Of 5 Things You Are Grateful For To Change Your Life

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Do yo wake up to your day on autopilot mode? This means you carry on doing tasks quickly, accurately and without conscious thought. We don’t need that much brain power to wake up, brush our teeth and dress for the day right?

Spiritual gurus say instilling a morning routine like meditating, journaling and writing down in a gratitude journal will do us some good, will help enlighten us and live a more fulfilling life. While this may be true the problem is not everyone has that kind of time these days.

This is why a simple two second mental noting of 5 things you are grateful for will change your life because it’s simple, it’s quick and it’s efficient. Why does it matter? Am I really grateful for anything? What is there to be grateful for? These are questions that may be running through your mind. Let’s take a look at why this simple task could change your life.

Gratitude Has A Chemical Effect In The Brain

When we express gratitude our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, which are neurotransmitters connected to our emotions.

Dopamine is often labeled as the feel ‘good’ neurotransmitter because when we experience pleasure dopamine is released. Serotonin on the other hand is also involved in regulating our mood, happiness, and anxiety. Low levels of serotonin are linked to depression.

When we consciously practice gratitude daily, we work toward strengthening these neural pathways to hopefully create a more habitual and permanent positive nature within ourselves.

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Gratitude is Simpler Than We Think

You don’t need a notebook and pen to show gratitude nor does it have to be as complicated as feeling grateful for materialistic wealth like a new house, a new car or new anything that you feel you don’t currently have.

We can be grateful for simple luxuries in life too like waking up to a new day that not everyone is blessed to wake up to. Or it can be something as simple as showing gratitude for your morning cup of coffee — the smell of coffee even.

We can be grateful for simple luxuries in life too like waking up to a new day that not everyone is blessed to wake up to. Or it can be something as simple as showing gratitude for your morning cup of coffee — the smell of coffee even.

Use your senses to tune in, be present and feel gratitude. The touch of water on your skin when you wash your face in the morning, the sight of the sun shining through your window, the taste of your breakfast, the smell of your coffee and the sound of morning silence or family chatter. Gratitude can be that simple.

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Gratitude’s Long-Term Effects

Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences.

Gratitude releases toxic emotions, reduces pain, improves sleep quality, regulates stress, and reduces anxiety and depression. Not only does it have a lot of health benefits but it also improves our lives in other areas of life too such as our relationships and careers.

We tend to forget that it is not happiness that brings us gratitude but instead it is it is gratitude that brings us happiness.

We tend to forget that it is not happiness that brings us gratitude but instead it is it is gratitude that brings us happiness.

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