Neuroscientific studies have demonstrated that at the brain level, neural mechanisms involved in moral judgments and feelings of gratefulness are evoked in the right anterior temporal cortex of the brain. In the same studies, it was revealed that the reason why some of us are naturally more grateful than others, is down to neurochemical differences at the Central Nervous System. People who express and feel gratitude have a higher volume of grey matter in the right inferior temporal gyrus. This is an area of the brain that is involved in a number of cognitive processes, including semantic memory processing, language processes, visual perception, and the integration of information from different senses.
When we express gratitude and receive the same, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions, and they make us feel ‘good’. They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy from the inside. By consciously practicing gratitude everyday, we can help these neural pathways to strengthen themselves and ultimately create a permanent grateful and positive nature within ourselves that affects everything, from how we perceive the world to how we see ourselves and our capabilities.
The Daily Gratitude Challenge is designed to help you achieve a better state of inner and outer being through the rewiring of your brain's neural pathways.
Instructions: Sit down in a quite place, relax, take a deep breath and mentally list three things you are grateful for today. Repeat the same exercise every day for 30 days. If you can, say the three things aloud. You are not limited by three things but three is the minimum. The list can vary or stay the same from day to day.