When gratitude circuit gets activated, our brain releases different neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) and hormones who contribute to the omnipotent affect gratitude has on our life and well-being. Last week's blog focused on hypothalamus stimulation and subsequent dopamine release which is considered to be a "reward" neurotransmitter. Once released we want more of it, and hence re-engage into the activities that make us feel good.
Gratitude also stimulates the release of another neurotransmitter, frequently called "happy chemical". That is serotonin. Serotonin amongst other functions contributes to our happiness, well-being and sleep. When low it has been linked to depression. Practicing gratitude is one way to naturally boost your serotonin.
Do you want to feel less stressed or no stress at all? Do you want to sleep better and feel happier? Yes.. you know the answer ... gratitude