How giving thanks benefits your brain

Susanne Maynes  ·  Oct 18, 2018

Heading into the holidays can seem like a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your life circumstances.

Some of us are looking forward to spending time around the Thanksgiving table, counting our blessings and carving the turkey. We can’t wait to put away the pumpkins and pull out the awesome bling of Christmas.

Others of us have experienced a loss this year. Perhaps a loved one passed, or you got laid off, or your marriage died. Perhaps your health is suffering, or a long-hoped-for dream failed to materialize.

Life is full of curve balls. It’s also full of blessings.

We don’t get to pick what comes our way, but we do get to choose how we respond. And it’s our response that can result in healthy living and satisfaction of soul.

Here’s how it works physiologically:

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