We hear a lot about the positive aspects of expressing daily gratitude for our mental wellness 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 from our busyness.
Now we’re settled, let’s begin…
Did you know that there is actually a special neuro chemical exchange going on in our brains when we purposefully look for things to be grateful for…
You see our subconscious will look for the things that confirm what we already believe in our heart of hearts.
Feeding either the negative ‘reward’ (aka addictive) areas of the brain with its toxic neuro chemicals or conversely 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 confirming that negative belief.
Everything in life will be viewed through negative lenses. Which will then inhibit any recognition of the positive aspects in life. As that doesn’t feed the toxic reward neuro chemistry of my 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 enjoys!
It’s those positive ‘feel good’ chemicals that our brains actually thrive upon! 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!
Confirmation from above
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!
I look for moments of gratitude in each day. Today I’m grateful for the following…
* God’s relentless 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, especially in this year of pandemic isolation.
* 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 to the positive things in our lives & be grateful for the blessings found.
Until next time,
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