The Grateful Brain
August 4, 2018 | Alex Korb Ph.D.
Realizing that other people are worse off than you is not gratitude. Gratitude requires an appreciation of the positive aspects of your situation. It is not a comparison. Sometimes noticing what other people don’t have may help you see what you can be grateful for, but you have to take that next step. You actually have to show appreciation for what you have, for it to have an effect. And what are the effects of gratitude? Increases in determination, attention, enthusiasm and energy, not to mention a notable effect on even the most physical aspects of our lives such as pain tolerance, sleep, and exercise. [Continue Reading]