Thanks to advanced research organizations willing to explore the frontiers of emotional states, we now have evidence that there is more to “gratitude” than an abstract narrative about Native Americans helping the early pilgrims survive their first harsh winter. Gratitude has a profound, multi-layered impact on our well-being. Check out this graph published by the Institute of Heart Math (IHM) as a component of their recent research study:

Here’s a quote from their summary of the research:

According to research at IHM, true feelings of gratitude, appreciation and other positive emotions can synchronize brain and heart rhythms, creating a bodywide shift to a scientifically measurable state called coherence. In this optimal state, the body’s systems function more efficiently, generating a greater balance of emotions and increased mental clarity and brain function.

IHM has made a complete report of this research available via their Facebook page. I encourage you to explore it. Most of all, understand the profound chain reaction of effects you are initiating when you focus on heartfelt gratitude during this holiday.


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