In a test examining gratitude and appreciation, a woman had her brain scanned after
30 minutes of meditating on all the things she was thankful for in her life. Then
she was scanned a few days later after focusing on all the major fears for her life.
When she was grateful, her temporal lobe looked healthy. When she focused on fearful
thoughts, her temporal lobe became much less active.
With the practice of mindfulness we can be more aware of our thoughts. When we find
that our moods are down or blue or we are aware we are fearful, we can ask ourselves
what we are
thinking that is creating these feelings. And we can change it to something for
which we are grateful.
It’s wonderful to know that I can bring more joy in my life when I practice gratitude