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Health >> “Flex Your Gratitude Muscle”

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By being grateful you activate the part of the brain that is associated with positive emotions and you deactivate your amygdala, the part of the brain that ignites fear, hurriedness, and stress.

It is physiologically impossible to be stressed and grateful at the same time. Being grateful is a powerful physical and mental energizer. When you walk, drive, or go about your busy day with a focused positive thought, you produce endorphins and flood your brain with calming neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which make you feel happier, more energized and calmer. A positive thought of gratitude or appreciation, will help you decrease the stress that zaps your energy and cause the release of hormones and neurotransmitters that boost your energy. With that in mind, when you go about your day, what one thought of appreciation and gratefulness could you use when faced with a stressful situation? Notice what happens and notice the difference in how you feel.

Cheers,
Jack Witt, MS CPT

Jack Witt

Author: Jack Witt

I'm a local health and fitness coach and active travel specialist. I've been kickin' around NoHo for years getting involved in our community and charity projects, helping people with their wellness goals, and organizing and leading active excursions throughout L.A. and the world. I love this community and really enjoy blogging about all the things we do together! GetfitWithJackWitt.com Active World Journeys

Jack Witthttp://activeworldjourneys.com
I'm a local health and fitness coach and active travel specialist. I've been kickin' around NoHo for years getting involved in our community and charity projects, helping people with their wellness goals, and organizing and leading active excursions throughout L.A. and the world. I love this community and really enjoy blogging about all the things we do together! GetfitWithJackWitt.com Active World Journeys