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Follow The Science: A Little Brain Talk

A happy mind equals gratitude time, maybe.

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Satisfying the gratitude needs of individuals and organizations across industries is a challenging task. However, by exploring gratitude from a neurological perspective it simplifies the complexity of the problem. In the article, Choose To Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier, Arthur C. Brooks highlights interesting research published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, which states that gratitude stimulates the hypothalamus (a key part of the brain that regulates stress) and the ventral tegmental area (part of our “reward circuitry” that produces the sensation of pleasure). 

Deanna Minich, Ph.D, contributor of the Huffington Post, provides Tips for a Healthy Hypothalamus which include drinking green tea, exercising, eating the right fats and practicing mindfulness-focused activities such as meditation. Combining gratitude practices along with healthier lifestyle choices that positively affect the brain could be initial steps in creating a gratitude strategy.

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Cheyvonne Y. ,

Great to see you sharing your provocations around this topic and bringing your voice to the Gratitude Challenge Community!

From the insights shared in your post, we think it may be particularly interesting to for you to attend our Gratitude in the Workplace Webinar with University of Washington positive organizational leadership expert, Ryan Fehr tomorrow, Oct 13 @ 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. He’ll be discussing recommendations for designing Ideas for this topic.

You can register for the webinar here

We hope to see you there!