Does Gratitude Lead to a Happier Brain?

According to a study done in 2015, genuine forms of gratitude can lead to being truly happier. Neuroscientists found that if you were genuine when saying things like “thank you” or “have a great day,” you could actually feel happier and experience some physical health benefits. Often times, we say these things out of obligation to be polite, but what would happen if we truly meant it when we said it?

Hurley Counseling challenges you to a day of gratitude. Make your “thank you’s” heartfelt. Go out of your way to say a kindness to a stranger, whether it be complimenting someone’s outfit or offering them well-wishes. Write down a few things you are grateful for. Show some gratitude to yourself. Comment below to tell us about your day of gratitude!

Read about the physical health benefits of gratitude in this short article:

This blog post was written by Haley Thomas, our intern from Spring Hill College.

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