Cultivating Gratitude

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Possibly the most important question to ask yourself when you’re feeling down or to stay in a positive state is “What am I grateful for?”

Something you may not know about gratitude is even thinking about what you are grateful for increases the serotonin production in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC).   The ACC lies in a unique position in the brain, with connections to both the “emotional” limbic system and the “cognitive” prefrontal cortex.  Sounds too good to be true, but like most things in life, the best things are usually simple.

How do you cultivate gratitude?

Many find that a ‘gratitude ritual’ helps to support a grateful state of mind even during difficult times.  Each night at bedtime before you go to sleep.  Think about all you are grateful for.  As you become more practiced in giving attention to all you are grateful for, you will end up with a very long list. You might even fall asleep before you’ve finished it.  When you awake, you can happily continue your list of what you are grateful for, which is a fabulous way to start each day.

Mindfulness and meditation workshops may help you expand on this worthy topic of ‘Cultivating Gratitude’, and give you more knowledge and practical ways for gratitude to be abundant in your life. Gift yourself such an opportunity to be immersed in the ancient practices of Mindfulness and Meditation and experience the benefits for yourself.

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