You’ve heard it before –

-Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

-Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.

Gratitude is the foundation of all abundance.

Well, now science agrees, and gratitude has the power to transform your brain.

According to UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, expressing gratitude on a regular basis literally changes the molecular structure of the brain.

Here’s how it works:

When you feel happy, your central nervous system is impacted. You are more peaceful, less reactive, and less resistant. And in this study, gratitude is the most effective practice for stimulating feelings of happiness. Gratitude ultimately keeps the gray matter functioning, making us healthier and happier.

Numerous studies hail the benefits of gratitude. Gratitude increases willpower, helps keep you calm and even boosts morale at work.

With that said, here are a few ideas to keep that gratitude going and to support you in making it a habit:

-Write down three things you’re grateful for every day. This works great in the morning when you journal, and even at night before you go to bed. The impact cultivates gratitude and has lasting effects.

-Consciously tell a partner, child or friend something you appreciate about them every day.

-During a daily task such as showering, cooking or driving to work, remind yourself to think of one thing you appreciate about yourself. It could be your courage for speaking up, how you kept your cool when something upset you, or completing a monumental task that you’d been avoiding.

Practice makes perfect and will rewire your brain for happiness.

What are you grateful for today?