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Gratitude Improves Your Mental Health

Thanksgiving, a holiday celebrated in the United States, is here. We copy so much of International culture from music, style of dress and to some extent attitudes and behaviors. So why not seize this opportunity to celebrate a day dedicated to Giving thanks. Studies over the last decade have shown growing evidence of the impact of gratitude on a person's well being. Expressions of gratitude help us to free ourselves from the negative impacts of toxic emotions and behaviour. One way to engender such result is to engage in gratitude letter writing. Even when we do not deliver the letter to the intended person, studies show that there is still a positive impact impact on our mental health. Especially noteworthy from studies is that the impact on the brain is long lasting. Practising gratitude may help train the brain to be more sensitive to the experience of gratitude later on, and this could contribute to improved mental health over time. It is a widely held belief that our thoughts shape or actions and our actions shape our habits. Incorporating daily acts of gratitude in our daily lives will go a long way towards helping us deal with the challenges that we face and how we present to the world. I encourage you to write a gratitude letter for someone in your life even if you do not give it to them. It activates the medial prefrontal cortex of the mind, produces serotonin and makes us feel better about our life. So much of our time is spent on pursuing things we currently don’t have. Let’s take some time to appreciate and show gratitude for the things we do have. In this spirit, I would like to express My sincere gratitude to all of you who follow my posts and support me in my journey of life. Happy thanksgiving.

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