I am in complete agreement with Lucy Animus when she says… one of the coolest things about gratitude is the way it affects the heart. Most of us have heard or read multiple messages reinforcing the positive emotional benefits of practicing gratitude. Messages such as, begin each day by being grateful, count your blessings, be grateful for what you have, etc. But have you heard or read about the physical benefits of positive messages, specifically gratitude?
In her article The Coolest Thing about Gratitude Lucy shares, “The heart creates an electromagnetic field that expands up to five feet from the body. Its electrical field is 60 times stronger in amplitude than that of the brain.” While studies show that most positive feelings are capable of changing the heart’s frequency and waves making them smoother and more consistent, researchers also note that gratitude changed the heart’s rhythm more easily and faster.”
Even more interesting is this positive frequency’s capacity to modify nearby hearts and brains. It seems our hearts are not only constantly communicating with our bodies but with those around us as well.
This brings a whole new meaning to the question… What’s in your heart?