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The physiology of thanks

As bodyworkers, we know empirically that gratitude can change the dynamics of physiology. We have felt it in our hands. In this week of Thanksgiving in the US there have been myriad articles where research has shown the same phenomenon: gratitude changes everything.

In his Seattle Times article, Giving thanks helps your psychological outlook,” Seth Borenstein quotes University of Miami psychology professor Michael McCullough who explains, “giving thanks is a potent emotion that feeds on itself, almost the equivalent of being victorious. It could be called a vicious circle, but it’s anything but vicious.”

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading scientific expert on gratitude, professor of psychology at University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology gets specific on the psychosomatic and psychosocial benefits in his article, Why Gratitude is Good, and says,

“We’ve studied more than one thousand people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits: Continue reading