Silver and Gold Magazine Fall 2016 - Page 19

Attitude of Gratitude – By Dr. Mercola Can feeling gratitude influence your health? According to a number of studies, the answer is yes. While the once-a-year gratitude ritual of Thanksgiving is better than nothing, if you’re serious about your wellbeing, you’d be wise to increase the frequency at which you feel and express gratitude. People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions and less anxiety, sleep better and have better heart health. Gratitude can produce measurable effects, including: • Mood neurotransmitters (serotonin and norepinephrine) • Inflammatory and immune systems (cytokines) • Stress hormones (cortisol) • Social bonding hormones (oxytocin) • Blood pressure and cardiac and EEG rhythms • Cognitive and pleasure-related neurotransmitters (dopamine) How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude Like a muscle, your sense of gratitude can be strengthened with practice. One way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal where you write down what you’re grateful for each day. Avoiding getting sucked into bad news is the other side of this equation. You may have to limit your media exposure from time to time if you find it difficult to maintain a positive outlook in the face of worldly horrors. Other ways to cultivate a sense of gratitude include: • Write thank you notes: Whether in response to a gift or kind act, or simply as a show of gratitude for someone being in your life, getting into the habit of writing thankyou letters can help you express gratitude in addition to simply feeling it inside. • Nonverbal actions: This includes smiles and hugs, both of which can express a wide array of messages, from encouragement and excitement to empathy and support. • Mind your please and thank-yous: As noted by Dr. Alison Chen: “The next time your arms are full and someone holds the elevator doors for you, don’t just glance over your shoulder and say ‘thanks.’ Turn around, look them in their eyes and mean it; it’s the act of generosity that’s important.” • Prayer and mindfulness meditation: Expressing thanks during prayer or meditation is another way to cultivate gratitude. 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People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions and less anxiety, sleep better and have better heart health. Gratitude can produce measurable effects, including: • Mood neurotransmitters (serotonin and norepinephrine) • Inflammatory and immune systems (cytokines) • Stress hormones (cortisol) • Social bonding hormones (oxytocin) • Blood pressure and cardiac and EEG rhythms • Cognitive and pleasure-related neurotransmitters (dopamine) How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude Like a muscle, your sense of gratitude can be strengthened with practice. One way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal where you write down what you’re grateful for each day. Avoiding getting sucked into bad news is the other side of this equation. You may have to limit your media exposure from time to time if you find it difficult to maintain a positive outlook in the face of worldly horrors. Other ways to cultivate a sense of gratitude include: • Write thank you notes: Whether in response to a gift or kind act, or simply as a show of gratitude for someone being in your life, getting into the habit of writing thankyou letters can help you express gratitude in addition to simply feeling it inside. 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