The Steaming Bean coffee shop at Pismo Beach has a gratitude wall where customers write down what they’re thankful for on leaf-shaped bits of coloured paper.

Last time I was there, people had posted all kinds of things, ranging from “human kindness”, to “my growth mindset”, “chubby dogs” and “Elvis Costello.” 

I loved reading all the responses and reflecting on what I’m grateful for. 

Taking a moment or two everyday for gratitude is incredibly powerful. 

Studies show that practicing gratitude:

✅  Improves mental wellbeing and happiness

✅  Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression

✅  Improves sleep

✅  Reduces inflammation

✅  Reduces blood pressure

✅  Improves immunity

✅  Makes people less materialistic!

Gratitude results in measurable changes in the brain. 

A study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that people who expressed gratitude showed more activity in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls bodily functions like eating, drinking, sleeping, metabolism, and your stress response. 

The more you do it, the easier it gets. 

It becomes a positive feedback loop where the more you express gratitude, the more you’ll find things to be grateful for…and the benefits keep adding up over time. 

I’m grateful for this week’s video with our fantastic integrative psychiatrist, Veronica Couture MD, who’s teaching us about gratitude.

Gratitude Practices For Anxiety And Stress

Dr. Couture explains: 

‣  How gratitude reduces anxiety

‣  The difference between gratitude and “toxic positivity”

‣  How to practice gratitude

Click here to watch the video.