Feeling and expressing gratitude turns our mental focus to the positive, which can compensate for our brain’s natural tendency to focus on perceived or actual threats, worries and other negative aspects of life. In other words, gratitude can help to enhance positive emotions, like joy, love and contentment, which research shows, can help negate the grip of negative emotions. Try thinking of the people and things that you are grateful for. Expressing, or even just acknowledging gratitude for the smallest things might help to improve mood.
For instance, being grateful for getting a seat on the bus that morning (win!), for getting the chance to listen to your favourite music on the way home, or for having a mate who listens to you, might help to reduce negative emotions and increase feelings of happiness.
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