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The Science of Gratitude

The Science of Gratitude

If we told you to go write a list of three things that you are grateful for…would you do it, or would you roll your eyes? At b.minton, we are all about the SCIENCE OF SELF-CARE. To us, self-care is essential care. It’s about finding the space for balance and joy. It’s about being kinder to ourselves so that we may be kinder to others. Practicing gratitude is a wonderful, simple, and effective form of self-care. 

But don’t trust us, let’s look at the science of gratitude.  

Karen Young, psychologist, author, and founder of HeySigmund.com writes: “Gratitude also has the capacity to increase important neurochemicals. When thinking shifts from negative to positive, there is a surging of feel-good chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. These all contribute to the feelings of closeness, connection and happiness that come with gratitude.”

Practicing gratitude can: 

  • Increase feelings of connectedness
  • Improve outlook and perceptions
  • Reduce anxiety 
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Increase resilience 
  • Improve self-confidence and sense of self
  • Protect against burnout 
  • MAKE YOU HAPPIER (for real!)

It’s not just about self-love, gratitude impacts the chemicals in our brains that control psychological conditions like stress. There is a breadth of research that shows the benefits to people with trauma, substance abuse disorders, and depression.

Gratitude allows us to focus on the joys of life that are not material-based. It’s a way to connect with and value the people in our lives – especially our partners. Studies show that couples who openly express gratitude, have longer and happier relationships. 

The best part is that practicing gratitude doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply writing three things down a day in a gratitude journal is all it takes to see the benefits. 

So, don’t just trust us when we say gratitude is incredibly important for your self-care. To quote Ron Burgundy, “it’s science.”

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b.minton is redefining realistic self-care for busy women. Shop for beautifully curated and ethically sourced self-care gift boxes at bminton.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest @shopbminton.





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