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The power of prayer may be scientific, after all.
A Time Magazine article about neuroscience quotes the book The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, “One powerful effect of gratitude is that it can boost serotonin. Trying to think of things you are grateful for forces you to focus on the positive aspects of your life. This simple act increases serotonin production in the anterior cingulate cortex.”
So your brain sends out happiness waves to your body when you’re grateful about something. There’s a lot of power in that knowledge.
Harnessing the power of gratitude by writing down all of the good things in your life, diverting your attention away from the bad, will boost your serotonin and dopamine naturally.
And New York Times article, “Choose to be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.“, (an excellent read!) adds to this theory that gratitude can lead to peace and happiness. Author Arthur C. Brooks writes,
This is not just self-improvement hokum. For example, researchers in one 2003 study randomly assigned one group of study participants to keep a short weekly list of the things they were grateful for, while other groups listed hassles or neutral events. Ten weeks later, the first group enjoyed significantly greater life satisfaction than the others.
So, give thanks to realign your perspective. Keeping a journal is a great way to keep those positive brain waves firing. Think about the things that made you happy for the day, the little things in your life that make you smile – and write it all down in a pretty journal.
Let’s chat: What is something you’re grateful for today?
Let’s get the conversation started – comment below! I’ll start: I am thankful for the knowledge I’ve gained from blogging, and being able to use what I’ve learned to make a positive impact on other women and the world through my job.
The Happiness Project Journal
This five year journal gives you space each day to jot down one sentence – and you can start at any point during the year, by the time you come around the next year, you’ll get to see what you were grateful for the previous year. What a simple and effective way to record your grateful memories!
Kate Spade Notebook
Record your grateful memories in style. Perhaps your first entry can be that you’re thankful for the preppy and cheerfulness Kate Spade brings to office supplies.
Paper Sugar Calendar
These large calendars are my favorite – the paper quality is solid, the size is great for writing, and the design is simple and stylish. This would make a great notebook to jot down your grateful thoughts.
Moleskine Weekly Planner
Moleskine’s classic journals feature great paper and simple layouts. You can get a weekly planner or just a blank notebook. The weekly planners have space for each day.
Levenger Five Year Journal
This journal is simple and pretty. You can start anytime during the year, the journal is undated. Every day of the year has its own page with space for you to write in each year – so you can reflect on your prior year’s entry.
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