The science and beauty of gratitude. And why a little goes a long way ...



You know how the simple act of saying or hearing “thank you” can make you feel happier, more hopeful and less alone? Well, it turns out there’s some science behind that.


When you express or embrace gratitude, feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin are released by the brain. And that leads to both emotional and physical rewards, including:

  • A more positive attitude

  • Better sleep

  • Reduced levels of stress and depression

  • Improved relationships

  • Greater resiliency and self-esteem

  • Lower blood pressure

To truly experience and enjoy the benefits of gratitude, try cultivating it in your daily life.

You can start by making a habit of acknowledging others. You can also:

  • Write thoughtful notes.

  • Set aside one-on-one time for friends and colleagues.

  • Meditate.

  • Volunteer.

  • Keep a journal.

Even remembering to count your blessings can change your outlook on life and the impact you have on those around you.


The thing about being appreciative and appreciated ... it’s contagious. When you choose gratitude, you’re spreading the message of kindness, respect and giving.


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