Neuroscience has proven that gratitude makes us happier, affecting our brain at a biological level.
The benefits of gratitude start with the dopamine system, because feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine, the chemical that makes us feel happy.
Another powerful effect of gratitude is that it can boost serotonin, which helps maintain the balance of moods as well as contributing to wellbeing and happiness. Thinking of things for which we are grateful forces us to focus on the positive aspects of life. This simple act increases serotonin production in the brain.
It’s not finding gratitude that matters most; it’s remembering to look in the first place. Read more