We hear a lot about the positive aspects of expressing daily gratitude for our mental well-being but have you ever wondered what that actually means?
First, shall we get that well deserved hot cuppa & treat, put our feet up & enjoy a little break.
Now we’re settled, let’s begin…
Did you know that there is actually a special chemical exchange going on in our brains when we look for things to be grateful for?
You see our subconscious will look for the things that confirm what we believe.
Feeding either the negative ‘reward’ areas of the brain with its toxic neuro chemicals.
The positive ‘feel good‘ areas of our brains with their healthy neuro chemicals.
If I believe that only negative things happen in life then I will only recognize the negative circumstances that confirm that belief.
Everything in life will be viewed through negative coloured lenses.
Which will then inhibit any recognition of the positive aspects in life.
As that doesn’t feed the toxic reward neuro chemistry of negative beliefs.
However this negative chemical exchange can be reversed, as research has discovered! Refer II
Conversely, if I look for things to be grateful for no matter how small, my neuro chemistry gets an extra surge of positive healthy chemicals which my brain really likes!
It’s those positive ‘feel good’ chemicals that our brains actually thrive on!
Thus, our subconscious will start to look for that extra healthy positive chemical release through gratitude!
In other words our brains were created for gratitude!
This scientific research only confirms what God has been telling us through His Word since the first century…
“…in everything gives thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Here in Australia we don’t have the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving, as in other parts of the world, but I love the idea!
But really Gratitude should be an everyday experience, shouldn’t it?
I let you in on a little secret, hubby & I pray each night before sleep, we both begin with what we are grateful for that day.
Today I’m grateful for the following…
* God’s kindness to my loved ones & I.
* Hubby’s quiet & loving presence in my life
* The peace & sanctuary of our home by the sea. I so enjoy this area.
* Tea & all its flavors! The Lady Grey blend I’m sipping at the moment & the delicious home baked gf banana & coconut bread I’m enjoying.
* And I’m grateful for you my dear friend for joining me here each week…
You truly are a blessing! Did you know that? Well you are!
May we look for the positive things in our lives & be grateful for the blessings in them.
Until next time,
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