Dictionary meaning of gratitude is The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Gratitude is one kind of attitude. It is MENTAL STATE for present moment. Gratitude is high frequency emotions among all positive emotions, or you can say “mother “of all emotions. Practice of Gratitude is not only helpful for spiritual growth, it has a great role to control human biology as well. Daily practice of gratitude stimulates positive feedback loop in side body, it also increases mental strength. Research suggest that participants overwhelmingly reported strong feelings of gratitude, deep engagement in the task, and, perhaps even more importantly, an increased empathy as a result of participating in the study. when participants reported those grateful feelings, their brains showed activity in a set of regions located in the medial pre-frontal cortex, an area in the frontal lobes of the brain where the two hemispheres meet. This area of the brain is associated with understanding other people’s perspectives, empathy, and feelings of relief. This is also an area of the brain that is massively connected to the systems in the body and brain that regulate emotion and support the process of stress relief. So practice of gratitude shapes human personality that can definitely improve strong relationship with surrounding people. It stimulates that area of brain which stimulate in a same way one person get social bonding and stress relief. Gratitude activates the hypothalamus, one of the most glamorous parts of the brain, but a seriously important one. The hypothalamus is responsible for regulating all kinds of bodily functions, including hunger, sleep, body temperature, metabolism, and how the body grows. It’s one of the body’s control centres, and gratitude seems to motivate it to excel. When you focus the things, you have in your life that you could be grateful for: all the nurturing relationships, the material comforts, your body, and the mind that allows you to really understand yourself and everything around you. It connects you with everything in creation, it opens field of heart to accept everything around you. Energy flows where attention goes…… I will say gratitude is important MENTAL DIET, it is a super-duper vitamin for detox your brain. Research suggest some physical benefit of daily practice of gratitude. It helps to regulate sleep pattern and regulate blood pressure. Let’s have a look of research data Current research published in Personality and Individual Differences explains that what I felt was the physical effects of gratitude. In fact, gratitude can:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Improve immune function
- Lower cortisol levels by 23%
- Improve sleep quality by 10%
- Lower blood sugar levels by 13%
- gratitude “blocks toxic emotions, such as sadness, envy, resentment, regret and depression, anger which can destroy our happiness.
So, it is well said that It’s impossible to feel regretful and grateful at the same time.”
It generates faith in self. It makes you spiritually disciplined person.
Gratitude develops humanity, and great virtue of warmth in our heart, that connect us with our source of creation.
Practice of gratitude makes our journey easy from “I” to “WE”.