Thanksgiving... and the benefits of Gratitude
“Every night, before falling asleep, say out loud, one thing for which you are genuinely grateful”
Dear CK Family -
This was drafted over Thanksgiving and my internet was rather limited, so it wasn’t sent when I hoped; however, the intent and benefits of sharing this still have merit, so I am pleased to pass along some interesting science behind the benefits of expressing Thanks – out loud and or in writing. I hope you find it as helpful as I have!
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The Science of Gratitude
Gratitude aids Happiness
Studies prove that when we express gratitude (especially written or spoken out loud) 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.
Gratitude aids Better Sleep
Studies have shown that receiving and displaying simple acts of kindness activates the hypothalamus. Hypothalamic regulation triggered by gratitude helps us get deeper and healthier sleep naturally every day.
Gratitude aids Stress Regulation
Studies on gratitude and appreciation, found that participants who felt grateful showed a marked reduction in the level of cortisol, the stress hormone. They had better cardiac functioning and were more resilient to emotional setbacks and negative experiences.
Gratitude reduces Anxiety and Depression
By reducing the stress hormones and managing the autonomic nervous system functions, gratitude significantly reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety.
As a result, people who keep a gratitude journal or use verbal expressions for the same, are more empathetic and positive minded by nature.
As we rise out of a period of health uncertainty and slide into one of economic uncertainty, it serves us well to practice the things that improve our sleep, reduce anxiety and stress, and generate positive biochemistry in healthy ways – especially one that doesn’t cost us any money, and only requires a minute or two of our valuable time!
So, before falling asleep every night I invite you to say out loud, or write down, one thing for which you are genuinely grateful – you will be rewarded!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. And thank you for being a part of our lives at the Cuban Kitchen! The crew and I are grateful for you!