ok, so I know that we are not American, but we do know that being thankful is good for us. This week we are looking at how thankfulness changes us.... let's boost our happy in simple ways!
Thanksgiving & Science
Did you know, practicing thankfulness is amazing for your mental, physical, spiritual & social health?
The UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Centre (that's a mouthful!) showed that expressing thankfulness actually changes the molecular structure of the brain, making us healthier and happier.
"In the study the researchers measured brain activity of participants experiencing different emotions, and found that gratitude causes synchronized activation in multiple brain regions, and lights up parts of the brain’s reward pathways and the hypothalamus. "*
So thanksgiving boosts serotonin and activates dopamine production (two of our happy dose's)
In 2009, The National Institute of Health found that subjects who showed more gratitude overall had higher levels of activity in the hypothalamas which has a huge influence on your metabolism and stress levels. From this we can see how gratitude could affect us physically. It can lead to less aches and pains, stronger immune systems and better sleep cycles.
Even trying thanksgiving can work!
Dr. Korb states in Upward Spiral: “Trying to think of things you are grateful for forces you to focus on the positive aspects of your life. This simple act increases serotonin production"
Thanksgiving Bake Off
In our video we suggested making Christmas Goodies for your friends and neighbours with a thankful message attached to them. We've made a pinterest board of ideas but here's one of our favourites Christmas Crack(le)
Below is also the link to our Art Journal - do check it out, it could make a lovely gift or just your own happiness and thanksgiving journal!
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