Our brains are remarkably designed. They are memory keepers + creativity centers. They shift and adapt and help the rest of our body to move and act. They are the home of our emotional capacities, decision making, learning, and communication. They are remarkably designed.
When we frequently practice gratitude, there are lasting changes made in the prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain linked to to learning, making decisions, etc.) and it heightens our sensitivity to future experiences of gratitude. Even though the expression of gratitude is technically a spontaneous feeling, the practice of it creates social and personal benefits; deeper relationships rooted in appreciation , along with greater resilience as individuals.
I have been thinking about the verse in the bible that talks about loving/treating others as you do yourself. I keep coming back to the realization that if I treated others or talked to others how I treat or talk to myself, it would be far from loving or encouraging. We are so critical of our bodies and personalities. We have limited self-compassion when we make mistakes. We forget to acknowledge the exquisite qualities we possess- the unique, beautiful, exceptional parts that make us who we are.
If we don't first express gratitude for who we are, wherever we are, it is harder to embrace people with that same type of appreciation.
The absence of what we are looking for is an enemy to the presence of what we can already see.
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