Gratitude Promotes Mental Health

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful: readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. According to Harvard Medical School, describes gratitude as:

“a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or

intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives…As a

result, gratitude helps people to connect to something larger than themselves as

individuals- whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”.

            Similarly, a Psychiatry researcher defines Gratitude as:

“ the  appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness and /or appreciation” ( Sansone & Sansone, 2010).

It is a social emotion that signals our recognition of the things others have done for us, (Fox et al., 2015).

According to Professor Christiana Karns, a neuroscientist at Oregon University who specialises in brain injury, her work reveals that there is a neural connection

between gratitude brainwaves and Altruism, and that, changes in one may lead to changes in another. The brain that has been conditioned to be full of gratitude will be lesser in complains and the brain that is full of complains will be lower in gratitude. So, the more grateful you are, the more you are compel to give generously to people, or donates to charity organisations.

Similarly, other neuro-scientists also researched that :

 “the part of brain that is responsible for gratitude is : VENTROMEDIAL PRE-FRONTAL CORTEX (VMPFC), ( meaning the vertical and frontal medial part of the brain) whose function is to :

  • express an emotion or
  • modifies emotion and helps to experience positive feelings
  • Damage to this part of brain will lead to : “ Decision making deficits” and
  • inhibits emphatic response, which means lack of empathy to others.


The benefits of gratitude can not be under- estimated, it is as follows :

  • It promotes positive mental health
  • It promotes Altruism
  • it reduces stress
  • It reduce the risk of anxiety- disorder
  • it reduces the risk of depression
  • it enhances the level of life satisfaction and fulfilment.

            GRATITUDE TEST:

If you are to be given one dollar per day, for every time you express gratitude or say the word “THANK YOU” OR

To be given one dollar per day every time you complain about something or someone or an event, Here  is the Ultimate question:



1. GRATITUDE BOX : Create a gratitude box where you can write daily, weekly or monthly, at least one thing that you are grateful for per day.

2. GRATITUDE JOURNAL: Practice a daily journal entry to record at least 3 things that you are grateful for, to be done either first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

3. THANK YOU CARD : Cultivate the habit of giving a thank you card to anyone that make a difference in your life especially  if gratitude is one of your  Topmost values like me,  and if you believe in role modelling this great qualities in your siblings and in your  future generations.

4. EMAILS/ TEXT : Write a thank you text or email to a special friend for always being a shoulder to cry on, or thank a boss that gives you a promotion even though you work so hard to earn it, you are not doing it for them but for you, it is called : Neuron Conditioning Programming, you are just training your brain neurons to be receptive to the new grateful habits.

            In conclusion, imagine how lovely and beautiful the world will look like if it is full of grateful people and not complainers!

So, learn to choose gratitude over complain, and altruism over selfishness.

The world will be a better place, if everyone can give and receive gratitude.

Hence, my role as a “MIND SET COACH,” is to challenge our thoughts regarding this awesome value of gratitude and to encourage us to train our brain neurons

 (new thinking) to be receptive to this brain wave of : GRATITUDE.



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