27 Nov '13, 2pm

The science of being thankful: Gratitude can do wonders for the human brain!

The science of being thankful: Gratitude can do wonders for the human brain!

"Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day." — Robert Caspar Lintner, early 20th-century writer That quote gets bounced around a lot every Thanksgiving, serving as a reminder that gratitude shouldn't be limited to 24 hours in November. It may sound like a sappy sentiment, but researchers at the University of California-Berkeley report mounting scientific evidence that thankfulness also has concrete health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, stronger disease immunity and fewer symptoms of depression. Their research is a product of UC-Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center , which recently launched a three-year, $5.6 million project to "expand the scientific database of gratitude, particularly in the key areas of human health, personal and relational well-being, and developmental science." As part of this project, the GGSC has also created Thnx4.org , a ...

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