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GratiTuesday – September 24th

Hello Yoga-Friends ~ Happy GratiTuesday… Great news! “Neuroscience Reveals: Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to be Happier” [ https://dailyhealthpost.com/gratitude-rewires-brain-happier/?utm_source=link&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=sq&utm_content=dhp ] Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles, conducted MRI experiments measuring brain activity of subjects prompted to experience gratitude. Findings revealed increased activity in brain areas associated with moral and social cognition, reward, empathy, and value judgment.

Most notably, the study demonstrates that reflecting upon an emotional experience of gratitude recalls that lived-experience mentally, emotionally, and physiologically, as measured through brain scans of the subject’s neural activity, “…a simple gratitude writing intervention was associated with significantly greater and lasting neural sensitivity to gratitude – subjects who participated in gratitude letter writing showed both behavioral increases in gratitude and significantly greater neural modulation by gratitude in the medial prefrontal cortex three months later.”

Consider these three activities to increasing your felt-experience of gratitude, and rewire your brain for increased well-being, compassion and happiness.
1. Keep a daily journal of things you are grateful for—list at least three. The best times for writing in your journal are in the morning as your day begins or at night before sleep.
2. Make it a point to tell people in your life what you appreciate about them on a daily basis.
3. When you look in the mirror, give yourself a moment to think about a quality you like about yourself or something have recently accomplished.

… a simple gratitude writing intervention was associated with significantly greater and lasting neural sensitivity to gratitude – subjects who participated in gratitude letter writing showed both behavioral increases in gratitude and significantly greater neural modulation by gratitude in the medial prefrontal cortex three months later.”

As always, each Tuesday we invite one another to express one thing – in the comments field – for which you are grateful, and/or Share that sentiment as a post on your favorite social media site. It needn’t be lofty and can certainly reflect something we usually take for granted. I’ll go first… I AM so happy and grateful for a brain that lights up with gratitude. Now your turn. I AM so happy and grateful now that/for: _______________________________________ #laurelblossomyoga #omofficeyoga #corporateyoga #corporatewellness #yoga #privateyoga #reiki #meditation #om #gratitude #gratituesday #neuroscience #dailyhealthpost

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