The Law of Expansion in quantum physics says that whatever we focus on gets bigger. In other words, our thoughts and intentions are energy that is radiated outward and inward. So when we are focusing on our problems, our problems get bigger. When we focus on our blessings, our blessings feel bigger.
Isaiah 61:3 says, “Put on a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness.” With that in forefront of your mind, maintaining a mindset of gratitude changes your whole perspective on the way you see the world around you. It’s like gratitude flips a switch in our brain to feel happier and content and have a positive outlook.
There have been countless studies on the connection between gratefulness and overall wellbeing. “Gratitude is a powerful way to boost well-being,” says Amie Gordon, PhD, a research scientist at the University of California, San Francisco. A growing body of research links regular doses of gratitude to better sleep, greater happiness, and possibly even lower blood pressure. “And the times when it feels hardest to practice gratitude? That may be when you get the most out of it.” she says.
Neural mechanisms that are responsible for feelings of gratitude. Studies have found that at the brain level, moral judgments involving feelings of gratefulness are evoked in the right anterior temporal cortex. In the same study, it was discovered that the reason why some of us are naturally more grateful than others, is the neurochemical differences at the Central Nervous System. People who express and feel gratitude have a higher volume of grey matter in the right inferior temporal gyrus.
Additionally, researchers at Kyoto University in Japan recently published a study in Scientific Reports showing a correlation between happiness and the amount of gray matter in a certain region of the brain. More grey matter could mean you are a happier person in general. Other studies also more grey matter is linked to better health, intelligence and memory.