#060 Practice gratitude.

So you may be thinking, “gratitude, a dating tip?” ”Really?” Yes!
We all have the choice of being “the glass half empty “or “the glass half full” kind of person. Instead of complaining about all the things we see wrong with our lives, practicing gratitude focuses our mind on the positives. You know how we love to tell you how certain actions impact the brain. Well, studies have shown that feelings of gratitude directly activate regions of the brain associated with dopamine, the feel good neurotransmitter. A study performed by Chinese researches in 2012 found that increasing one’s gratitude lead to better sleep, and lower incidences of anxiety and depression. Furthermore, a study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2009 revealed that subjects who felt more gratitude overall showed higher activity in the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus influences many essential bodily functions such as drinking, eating and sleeping, and has a huge effect on metabolism and stress levels. This evidence supports the notion that greater levels of gratitude can lead to better sleep, less incidence of depression, fewer aches and pains, and greater motivation to exercise. Now, back to the dating tip. Practicing gratitude reframes your mind and allows you to become a happier, “glass half full” kind of person. If you subscribe to the theory of “the law of attraction” you will then attract positive people into your life. As for me, I’m grateful that you stayed with me and read this tip in its entirety. Now get out there, practice daily gratitude, and watch the magic happen!

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