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How Gratitude Alters Your Personality and Brain

gratitude

/ˈɡratɪtjuːd/

noun

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

"she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support"


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  • Gratitude releases us from the restraints of toxic emotions.

When you write about how appreciative you are of others and how much they have enriched your life, it may become significantly more difficult for you to dwell on your negative experiences.


  • Gratitude helps even if you don’t share it.

Even if you choose not to share your gratitude, the act of writing the letter can help you appreciate the people in your life and divert your attention away from negative emotions and thoughts.


  • Gratitude has a positive effect on the brain for a long period of time.

Whether or not you are experiencing serious psychological difficulties, if you have never written a gratitude letter before, we strongly encourage you to do so.

We spend a large portion of our time and energy pursuing things we currently lack. Gratitude helps us appreciate the people and things we do by reversing our priorities.

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