Gratitude and Your Brain

In this month’s letter, we referred to research by the Greater Good Science Center that shows how people who make a habit of gratitude also experience stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure; lower levels of negative emotions like loneliness and anxiety; and higher levels of positive emotions like joy, optimism, and compassion.

Here is a presentation from their Greater Good Gratitude Summit in which Dr. Christina M. Karns (a University of Oregon Research Associate) describes her study of the relationships among gratitude, social reasoning, decision-making, and the brain. There are a lot of interesting presentations on the center’s YouTube channel so, if the subject interests you, take some time to explore them.

Wherever you are spending your Thanksgiving this year, we hope it is enjoyable and relaxing!