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How Gratitude Affects The Brain

Various studies conducted over the past decade have revealed that people who tend to count their blessings lead a happier life.


Research and Findings


A research study was conducted on 300 adults, mostly college students who were also actively seeking medical health counselling at a university. The study observed people just before they had their first counselling session, and they all reported low levels of mental health.


Next, the study divided these participants into three groups. The first group was asked to write one letter of gratitude to another person each week for three weeks. At the same time, the second group was asked to express their deepest thoughts and feelings about the negative experiences they have had. The third group was not assigned any writing activity.


The findings of the study astonished the researchers. When compared to the participants who only received counselling or who wrote negative experiences, the group that wrote gratitude letters showcased better mental health after the writing exercise ended.


The result – practicing gratitude not only contributes positively to healthy individuals but also benefits those who have mental health concerns.


So, How Does Gratitude Help?


  • Gratitude works by eliminating toxic emotions

  • Gratitude shows positive results even when you don’t express it to the concerned people

  • Gratitude benefits you, but might take time to deliver visible results

  • Gratitude affects our brain positively, showing greater activation in the medial prefrontal cortex


With so many benefits on offer, it makes sense to practice gratitude daily. Yes?


Change your life through gratitude today by signing up to our Growth through Gratitude challenge here.


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