Gratitude doesn’t just make things feel better – it also makes you get better.
According to recent research, gratitude is good for everyone’s physical, emotional, and mental health. People who express more gratitude have fewer aches and pains, better sleep, and stronger mental clarity.
Do you want a dose of that?
Gratitude, according to the research, makes you happier and healthier. If you devote yourself to seeing the world as mean and frustrated, you’re going to get a world that is more mean and frustrating. However, if you find a genuine reason to give thanks… anything at all that you’re grateful for in your life or in the world and put your attention there, an tremendous body of research suggests you’re going to experience more joy, vitality, and inner peace.
It’s exactly this inner peace that many of my clients experience when they come in for a hypnotherapy session.
Gratitude doesn’t just make things feel better – it also makes you get better. According to recent research, gratitude is good for your physical, emotional, and mental health. People who express more gratitude according to this Forbes article are more open to relationships, enhances empathy, improves self-esteem and you get to sleep better.
If Thankfulness Were A Drug…
“If [thankfulness] were a drug,” Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of the division of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center, tells us: “it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.”
As Dr. Doraiswamy explains, studies have shown how the expression of gratitude leads to measurable effects on multiple body and brain systems.
- Mood neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine)
- Reproductive hormones (testosterone)
- Social bonding hormones (oxytocin)
- Cognitive and pleasure related neurotransmitters (dopamine)
- Inflammatory and immune systems (cytokines)
- Stress hormones (cortisol)
- Cardiac and EEG rhythms
- Blood pressure, and
- Blood sugar
Does Gratitude Really Cause Good Fortune?
When I heard all this, I was skeptical. What if people who are fortunate, or who are particularly healthy, just feel more grateful? Does gratitude really cause good fortune, or is it just a byproduct?
The answer surprised me, and it may surprise you, too.
In a study conducted by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California at Davis and his colleague Mike McCullough at the University of Miami, randomly assigned participants were given one of three tasks. Each week, participants kept a short journal. One group briefly described five things they were grateful for that had occurred in the past week, another five recorded daily hassles from the previous week that displeased them, and the neutral group was asked to list five events or circumstances that affected them, but they were not told whether to focus on the positive or on the negative. The outcome?
Happiness up by 25%
All because you’re grateful. It’s why I am grateful to you, to all my clients and it’s what I offer to you when you tell me your story.
No sure if hypnotherapy or my gratitude method will work? Please reach out and book a FREE consultation with me and tell me your story.