Research has found that when we express gratitude, the brain releases a surge of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in many vital functions.
This surge of dopamine gives you a natural high, increasing the experience and duration of positive emotions. In addition to increasing dopamine, gratitude has also been associated with increased serotonin production. Serotonin is often called “the happiness chemical” because it contributes to feelings of well-being, stabilizes our mood, and helps us feel more relaxed.
Practicing daily gratitude is an excellent way to foster resilience. Not only does it influence our brain to produce mood-enhancing hormones, but it also focuses our attention on the positive aspects of our life.
Whether we are grateful for our positive experiences, our talents and skills, our support network and community, or even our challenges and failures that have taught us something, gratitude allows us to see the good in all of life.
(Excerpt from my latest book, SPARK: Journey From Success To Significance)