The Harvard Medical School defines gratitude as:
“a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”
Most of us associate gratitude with saying “thank you” to someone who has helped us or given us a gift. From a scientific perspective, gratitude is not just an action. Gratitude is a positive emotion, which is really important because it serves a purpose.
So, what does this mean, really? Gratitude makes us feel more gratitude.
When we are feeling grateful, we will feel gratitude more often. And when we do feel gratitude, it will be more intense and we will hold onto it for longer. And we will feel gratitude for more things at the same time.
In five words – gratitude triggers positive feedback loops
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Karen Gray CH, RN
Karen Gray is a Certified Hypnotist, a Registered Nurse, and the Director of Green Mountain Hypnosis in Lebanon, New Hampshire. For more information on how you can use hypnosis to change your life, visit www.greenmountainhypnosis.com, or email email@example.com, or call (802) 566-0464.
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