Gratitude doesn’t just influence us emotionally, spiritually, or mentally. Gratitude has the unique ability to change the way our brains work, acting on the actual firing and wiring of the nerves in our brains. It is this powerful. Gratitude impacts the hormones released within the brain and body and influences how we see the world and relate to those around us.

When we live in an attitude of gratitude, our nervous system is able to calm down and we are able to slow down in life. Take a deep breath and appreciate what we have. We can see things differently. Instead of rushing through life like it is an out-of-control freight train, gratitude slows the insanity down.

In a Thanksgiving-themed guest post, Jennifer Bambrick lays out why, in a world seemingly off-the-rails, it’s important to stay focused on things that truly matter.

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