The most common definition of thankfulness is that we show appreciation and awareness of something that we deem to be beneficial or positive in our lives.
In the science and art of psychology, we are learning more proof of all the benefits of living in a state of gratitude. When gratitude or thankfulness is expressed, either receiving or giving, the body produces dopamine and serotonin. These two crucial neurotransmitters are responsible for our emotions and generally give feelings of a positive nature. They affect our mood immediately and cause a sense of happiness.
It has been said that the difference between thankfulness and gratitude is measured in the level of depth the emotion is connected to the positive reinforcer. However, for the body to release its transmitters, it does not matter how deep the experience is. The presence of dopamine and serotonin is factual and will produce feelings of bliss no matter how deep the experience is felt. It is true that the more connected to the experience and positive nature of what one is grateful for will logically increase the height of the level of happiness that is felt. What we say at Rolo Mental Coaching is that any small or big increases are increases.
Thankfulness also helps the mind stay focussed on things that are good or that have been accomplished rather than focusing on failure or things that have not been a success. A habitual mind towards thankfulness is more focussed on possibility and will creatively accept new challenges and bravely attempt to use its highest qualities towards success. This willingness to be vulnerable to attempt something with a positive mindset will also benefit in times when something has been tried and failed. The mindset will automatically focus on recovery instead of dwelling on the mistake. This state is what all of the most successful people in the world have in common.
What are you thankful for today?
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