Thinking of Something You’re Grateful For

Posted On May 3, 2020

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by Nancy Wunderlich

Thinking of Something You’re Grateful For

by | May 3, 2020 | Gratitude

Thinking of something you’re grateful for can help you feel more optimistic and happier about
your life. What are you grateful for, right now, in this moment? If you’re having a hard time
thinking of something, think of something small like breathing fresh air or the beauty of nature.
Just thinking of something you’re grateful for can activate the chemistry or neural circuitry in the
brain.
The more you practice gratitude, the stronger and more automatic these circuits become. From a
scientific perspective, this is an example of Hebb's Law, which states "neurons that fire together
wire together."
When you cultivate and attitude of gratitude, production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine
and serotonin increases. These neurotransmitters create pathways and travel to the pleasure
center of the brain and can be a natural antidepressant. By practicing gratitude, you can create
feelings of happiness and contentment.
Because of these neuropathways, what we focus on grows. If you are thinking negatively, the
neural pathways become stronger. If you focus on positivity, the neuropathways search out what
is going right instead of what is wrong. The brain starts to look for constructive and positive
themes and creates a pattern. By cultivating the practice of gratitude, your life can become
sweeter and flow with greater ease.

Written by Nancy Wunderlich

Nancy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She was instinctively drawn to advanced studies in Transpersonal Psychology, the power of intentional thought, shamanism, experiential process work, and the psychology of emotional intelligence.

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