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The science of being positive

There’s growing evidence that a positive outlook and feelings of thankfulness, also referred to as gratefulness, can have a beneficial effect on the brain and body. “If thankfulness were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system,” said Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of the division of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center. The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness and thankful. As 2021 unfolds and we look back on a bleak 2020, perhaps there are some things we can be thankful for, such as a vaccine arriving for COVID-19 and some major breakthroughs in healthcare. And that if you’re reading this article, you made it to 2021! Studies have shown measurable effects on multiple body and brain systems. Those include mood neurotransmitters, reproductive hormones, social bonding hormones, cognitive and pleasure related

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