Study Proves that Being Grateful Changes Your Brain

Many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed.

Many grandparents will relate to this. As children we were told to count our blessings each day, especially when things weren’t going right.

Recent research studied 300 young adults, many of whom were studying at college. All, however, were seeking mental health assistance with issues related to depression and anxiety.

The study put the students into three groups. All received counselling, but only the first group were required to write a letter of gratitude to another person each week for three weeks. The second group was asked to write about their deepest thoughts and feelings focusing on only negative experiences. And, the third group did no writing activity at all.

Study Proves that Being Grateful Changes Your Brain
Study Proves that Being Grateful Changes Your Brain

Being Grateful Paid Off

The students who wrote gratitude letters reported significantly better mental health four weeks and 12 weeks after their writing exercise ended.

It seems that being grateful can be beneficial not just for healthy, well-adjusted individuals, but also for those who struggle with mental health issues.

As well, there were other benefits as well. Here are four facts from the research which suggest what might be behind gratitude’s psychological benefits.

Study Proves that Being Grateful Changes Your Brain
Being Grateful Changes Your Brain

1. Gratitude unshackles us from toxic emotions

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

3. Gratitude’s benefits take time

4. Gratitude has lasting effects on the brain

Read more about this fascinating report – How Gratitude Changes Your Brain

How do you express Gratitude with your grandkids?

Study Proves that Being Grateful Changes Your Brain

2 thoughts on “Study Proves that Being Grateful Changes Your Brain

    • June 14, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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      That’s a lovely response, Margaret.

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