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According to an article in the New York Times 1, numerous studies over the years have shown the powerful affects of expressing gratitude, smiling and being happy. For example, a famous experiment in 1993 had participants force a smile for 20 seconds. Every participant reported feeling happier after the exercise!
Thanksgiving means a lot of different things, great food, time with family, travel, great shopping deals, and time away from work. However, as the name says, it’s also very important to take this opportunity to be thankful for the meaningful things in our lives. If grinning uncontrollably like a lunatic is not your cup of tea, there are other things you can do to convince your brain you are happy. Many people adopt practices of gratitude like gratitude journals or morning gratitude meditations. Even quick daily practices can stimulate the hypothalamus and ventral tegmental (part of our “reward circuitry” that produces the sensation of pleasure) in our brains 1.
Research has also found that spreading joy and being charitable can also increase the chemicals in our brains that make us happy. So this Thanksgiving, give thanks for all you have, all you love and all you see. This includes the bountiful gifts mother nature offers us. Cherry Works Tart Cherry Juice offers the gift of everyday wellness with a wonderful tart and sweet delivery. We sure are grateful for the cherry trees up here in Northern Michigan, and we hope you share some of these gifts with your loved ones this holiday season!