During most of the last century, the consensus was that brain structure was pretty much set, fixed and immutable after some specified period of childhood development. More recent research, however, shows that experience changes not just brain structure or anatomy but also the functional organization or physiology of the brain. And this reorganization is what people mean by “neuroplasticity.”
Gratitude is so much more than pilgrims, turkey, football, giant balloons down 6th Ave, and the official start of Christmas frenzy. Yeah, yeah. You know that. But do you though?
Sometimes I have prosopagnosia when it comes to seeing God.
Can gratitude really make you happier? How do the extraordinary claims regarding the power and promise of gratitude fare under the scrutiny of a scientific lens? Can gratitude live up to such claims?
Here are 5 scientifically tested ways that anyone can develop a more grateful character, and experience greater well-being.
After years of studying the development and enhancement of gratitude in children and adolescents, psychologists are discovering that the benefits reach even farther than we first thought. For example, children who exhibit high levels of gratitude are less materialistic, have better relationships, earn higher grades, and are more spiritual. Additionally, they are less likely to engage in risky or dangerous behavior—even into their teen years!
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