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.