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The Science of Gratitude: More Than Saying Thanks

I'm Michelle!

Master Life Coach, Wife & Mom, Certified Nervous System Fitness Expert, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Podcaster, Attorney, and Deep Believer in Curiosity and Self-Compassion

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Let’s chat about something that has been a game-changer in my life, especially during those not-so-smooth moments. Ever wondered why practicing gratitude is a buzzword among successful leaders? Well, let me spill the beans in a way that even my type-A brain could appreciate.

Picture this: Every amazing leader I’ve encountered had this beautiful humility, acknowledging they’re a conduit for their gifts, not the sole creator of their success. They navigate their journey with gratefulness, embracing both the good and the not-so-good as valuable lessons.

Believe it or not, expressing gratitude every day, especially through morning prayer, is like a magic potion for happiness, creativity, and focus.

Now, let’s break down the science behind gratitude in a mom-friendly way:

  1. Neurotransmitter Release: 🌈 Practicing gratitude sends a signal to your brain, releasing dopamine and serotonin – the happiness buddies. It’s like a mini-celebration inside your head!
  2. Brain Rewiring: 🤓 Regular gratitude sessions help rewire your brain, creating positive pathways. Think of it as upgrading your mental software for a happier you.
  3. Reduction of Cortisol Levels: 🌿 Gratitude is like a superhero that fights stress. It’s been linked to lower cortisol levels, keeping your stress hormone in check.
  4. Activation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System: 💤 Expressing gratitude hits the switch on your body’s “rest and digest” mode, promoting relaxation and recovery. Hello, calm nervous system!
  5. Increased Activity in the Prefrontal Cortex: 🧠 Gratitude exercises level up your decision-making, emotional regulation, and empathy game by boosting activity in the prefrontal cortex. Supermom powers, activate!
  6. Enhanced Emotional Regulation: 🎭 Gratitude practices are like emotion superheroes, helping you handle stress like a pro. It’s your secret weapon for emotional balance.
  7. Reduction of Amygdala Activity: 😌 Gratitude has the power to calm down the amygdala, the stress-processing part of your brain. Less stress, more peace!
  8. Enhanced Connectivity in the Brain: 🤝 Gratitude brings your brain regions together for a group hug. It fosters balance and integration for a happier, more connected you.
  9. Release of Oxytocin: 💖 Expressing gratitude is like a warm hug for your brain, releasing oxytocin – the love hormone. Trust, connection, and bonding, all in one!
  10. Improved Sleep Quality: 🛌 Gratitude practices are your bedtime buddies, linked to better sleep quality. A well-rested mom is a powerhouse mom!

So, there you have it, lovely moms! Embrace gratitude not just as a task but as a superpower that rewires your brain, reduces stress, and brings joy to your everyday journey. Here’s to a heart full of gratitude and a brain buzzing with happiness!

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I'm Michelle.
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You my friend, are called to a life of fullness and abundance - no matter how wild this motherhood journey is. It's time to trade the exhaustion and overwhelm for peace and joy.  No more hot-mess express.  I've got you. 

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