Feeling emotion is surprisingly habitual, especially when that emotion is gratitude. A study by researchers at Indiana University found that months after a gratitude intervention, people’s brains were still wired to experience more gratitude.
The study concluded that gratitude – expressing and experiencing it – functions just like a habit or a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. It appears that gratitude becomes an upward cycle of increasingly more gratitude.
Thanksgiving is our cultural gratitude intervention. It comes at a time when, traditionally, the rhythm of life slows with shorter days and longer nights.
As I turn inward and assess 2016, my intention for this holiday season is to be thankful for what is, the past and the present, and to let January can be about the future. For now, I’m settling into unfiltered gratitude.
The best part: feeling gratitude for 2016 is the most useful thing you can do for a 2017 to be thankful for.
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