Very soon, it will be Thanksgiving. Reflecting on this, I decided to do some research and came upon an article printed last year in the Huffington Post about giving thanks. The article by Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press, entitled, “Why Giving Thanks Is Good for the Psyche” discusses the neuroscience behind counting your blessings. ( Borenstein ) As is obvious, gratitude is a positive emotion. But, not so obvious, it is a very powerful emotion that when displayed, “… makes you happier and can change your attitude about life, like an emotional reset button.” Or, as University of Miami psychology professor Michael McCullough noted, “When you are stopping and counting your blessings, you are sort of hijacking your emotional system.” (Id.)
Professor McCullough noted that gratitude works because it connects us with others. It also changes our attitudes and outlook on life so that we “…feel more alert, alive, interested, enthusiastic…
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