Today, I am grateful for going through this process of identify areas in my life that I am grateful for.
This year has been interesting.
I have really enjoyed the people that I am working with.
I have been able to wear my mask to hide the hurt that I have been having in my personal life.
I am reminded by the article (click on the image) about the scientific results of expressing or thinking about gratitude.
1. Gratitude unshackles us from toxic emotions
2. Gratitude helps even if you don’t share it
3. Gratitude’s benefits take time
4. Gratitude has lasting effects on the brainDay 50 is wild!
This paragraph represents the science around what is happening in our brain when we go through expressing gratitude,
Most interestingly, when we compared those who wrote the gratitude letters with those who didn’t, the gratitude letter writers showed greater activation in the medial prefrontal cortex when they experienced gratitude in the fMRI scanner. This is striking as this effect was found three months after the letter writing began. This indicates that simply expressing gratitude may have lasting effects on the brain. While not conclusive, this finding suggests that practicing gratitude may help train the brain to be more sensitive to the experience of gratitude down the line, and this could contribute to improved mental health over time. "
This is something that I am going to continue to do with my students so that they can have this positive experience.