Are you Happy?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret I learned years ago that has served me well. What you focus on comes to pass. When you practice gratitude, you train your mind to be more positive, with intriguing physical implications.
It is because practicing gratitude and positive thinking directly affects your brain chemistry. That’s right; by focusing on gratitude and happiness, you control the release of certain chemicals and neurotransmitters that influence how you feel physically and mentally; let’s look at how that works.
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Focusing on happiness and gratitude releases two “feel good” hormones - dopamine and serotonin. These two neurotransmitters are responsible for those warm fuzzy feelings. Yes, there are other ways to get them like exercise and chocolate. But who wouldn’t want to increase these powerful antidepressants with something as simple as giving and receiving gratitude.
It stresses the point that you can make yourself happy. And it’s not just a mental exercise. Focusing on positivity and making a conscious effort to be more grateful and happier changes the balance of hormones and neurotransmitters in your body and brain.
In short, practicing gratitude and the resulting feeling of happiness are a powerful strategy to beat depression and anxiety often working better than prescription drugs - and without the nasty side effects.
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Happiness: Your State Of Mind
Stop waiting for the right person or the right circumstances. Don’t wait for happiness to find you. Instead, be happy right now at this moment and use gratitude to help you get there.
Dr. Pat Bracy