Being Grateful Makes Your Brain Healthier
Senior Life Journeys Presents Carol Howls. Let's talk dementia. A podcast designed to help caregivers find knowledge power hope and smiles lyles in their dementia caregiving journey welcome to let's talk dementia. Here's your host bestselling author Carol. Welcome to let's. Let's talk dementia. I am Carol. How will your host led the ear? Here this will be my last recording before Thanksgiving holiday. I'm going to take a few days off because a company coming your way my best friends coming in. I'm so looking forward to spending some time with her but I thought it was appropriate that we talk about gratitude and The effects it will have on you on your body on your mind on your body on your spirit on your whole day and you know what affects us affects others. You know you do not live in a bubble so that you only have things happen you that affect only hugh. It's just not true and when you're in a good mood others notice it when you are not so happy Kinda witchy mood and I said that the w Others noticed that I do believe me. That's why my husband had me using. Cbd Oil are still has me using it but anyway that is true for your loved one your or loved one will pick up on your mood believe me. And so if you're having a specifically or tragically bad day don't go visit visit your loved one or maybe if you're having that kind of bad day in your in home caregiver maybe you need someone to come give you a big time relief so you can work through that because it lands on our loved ones in varying negative way you know What happens to US emotionally will affect our day our week our year our lie you can think back on things from a long time ago made you manage just kind of irritates? You doesn't it or you can think back on a wonderful experience your wedding day or the day. Your baby was born the day you on publishers clearinghouse which if that has ever happened to you please make large donation MHM nation to our company. We could certainly use it but you think about those experiences you feel happy and light and that is true even in the face of dementia. What what we know is your loved? One can't remember squat deadly Du Da. But you tell them something good and they're more likely to remember it than the average information like we need to go to the doctor or A little bit. We're going to get a shower. Those things are not gonna remember but really good news they they might remember. It increased chance that they will but bad news. There is a huge increase chance. They're gonNA remember that so we do. Not I don't want to inflict upon our loved ones who've got enough to deal with our issues for the day is a one way we can help with that is trying to exercise. That part of our brain Two employees that activity known as gratitude. Gratitude is it's just amazing. I ran an article. Daily Health Post editorial dated January. Two Thousand Nineteen is said neuroscience reveals gratitude literally. rewires your brain to be happier now told you your brain is very malleable on the neuro. plasticity in your brain meaning that it can change God is very real. NEUROGENESIS happens so we can change our brain and we can change who we are by the things we do the things we attitudes we have in with gratitude so a study was done at the university. We Have California at Davis by Dr Michael McCullough of the University of Miami University Miami and the University of California Davis is Dr Dr Emmons. I'll get it right here if you're lucky so they took subjects and had them To study the practice of gratitude into one third of the study of subjects in the study were asked to keep a journal a for which of things for which they were grateful just to write down each day they were grateful for another third was asked right down the things that just really aren't them daily irritations you know the people. They just won't slap around a little bit and the third group. The last third was asked to write down just daily situations with no emphasis on whether they were good or bad positive or negative just situations you know what happened happened. During the day. The gratitude group after ten weeks study reported feeling more optimistic and positive about their lives than the other group. Oh they did. Honey child was right down the things they were grateful for. I have a physician on the board of directors for our not for profit and he said a study was done that if you write down ten things a day you are thankful for the effect it has on your body. She is better than PROZAC PROZAC. That's chemicals. Oh Yeah we don't know really what all it's doing is maybe not so good for us but tell me one thing just one thing that could be harmful about writing. Ten things should right before or maybe you just want to write three things. You're right we'll start with three. Write that down every day. Other research into the physical effects of gratitude report even more tangible results focusing on the positive and feeling grateful can improve your sleep out Hallelujah. Told you I've been having trouble sleeping for very long. I seem to wake up and it's like Oh let's go back to sleep and I've been used on the Tara breathe oil. It's helping me so much but having that positive attitude can can help improve your sleep. Quality Reduces your feelings of anxiety and depression. Well that all makes sense. If you're anxious in you're depressed you know you may have so much on your. Brian keeps you from sleeping to people. Experience less fatigue and less inflammation. That is the key word in what we talk about. As reducing inflammation in our body inflammation is so bad for your body in every way possible for your brain for your. I'm good Alma. Work GotTa Get rid of inflammation and people are more susceptible when they are not grateful. Oh my goodness that's that's pretty neat. So the reasons why gratitude is so impactful to health and wellbeing is because it begins in the brain. The areas of the brain showed increase increase. Activity led to in conclusion that the motions of gratitude support a positive and supportive attitude toward were others and a feeling of relief from stressors. I spend the morning at nine from nine to ten every morning that I can at our pool which is one of the reasons. I'm so happy to live in his tropical climate where I could do it pretty much year round so I do my exercise. I do my my boobs in the air polluting. Now work my arms and then I work my legs and then I take about ten minutes with some meditative him music going on where I just float around with my eyes closed and I listen. Listen to that wonderful music and I pray in Attila Lord everything. I'm thankful for some days. I don't close my eyes Yaw. Did you know Christians can pray with. Their eyes is open. Who knew that? But I'll keep my eyes open and I'll just absorb the beauty around me. Nature The sky the palm trees the flowers hours observed nature thankful for it. I'm telling you my day is better when I've had time at the pool and I'm convinced it's from moving my body and how good that is for me. I because I take time for that meditation. Gratitude also has a downstream effect on the metabolism stress in a lot of other behaviors. And we know that this act of writing down what you are thankful for can even have a significant effect up to three months after riding riding down that crazy you know that if you are interacting with your loved one with dimension you go. There's no sense in going to sing. Momma she don't remember been there. Fire named You know that attitude you heard from family members probably the ones you wanted to choke 'cause they said such thank but what you gotta realize is A positive visit where you left Mama. Feeling upbeat will lay on her for at least two hours. Afterwards in a very positive upbeat way we see bloodpressure beings Lowered anxiety being decrease. The chances are they want to wander being decreased simply because you had a good visit with them. NEPHEW GONNA I WANNA go visit being a crappy mood. Just stay yourself at home. Because they don't need that we know that for adolescents who show gratitude. They have an inverse correlation relation between bullying and suicide risk. Yeah Yeah that's wonderful and did we have to take medicine for this new. We did not. So what do you need to do. Keep a daily Journal of things you rival for right now at least three things. It's good to do it firstly in the morning where you go to bed at night. I don't know that makes is a heck of a lot of different but just get it done. Okay make it a point to tell people in your life what you appreciate about them now. I'm GonNa tell you if there's one thing we are not good at got it is that is looking at others and gone. Thank you for you know I get up in the morning and do about in my husband gets up and he moves around a little bit but when I get back to the bedroom he's made the bed. Everything except the bedspread. He hates messing with our bids bread. But everything else is done in. Just as soon as AC- sees me starting the been spread he'll come and help me. You know. I just appreciate that I really do. It's not that he's standing there going. It's a woman's job to make the bed you know it. Let me help me what I can do. It remind people every day of the things they do for which you are right for and when you look in the mirror I want she to look at yourself and be grateful for the quality of life you have even in the stress of your caregiving. 'cause I tell you one day you're going to be on the other end of that journey. You're you're going to look back on it. And you're gonNA remember those days so I want you to be thankful for. Liam thankful for even in the advanced state of Alzheimer's Alzheimer's your loved one may be in that may be they are not experiencing. Yes maybe they are still able to swallow in eight food and they don't. I'll have to be on liquid nutrition. You know maybe they're able to recognize you to save your name to say their name. Maybe they can still get out and get in the car with you you and go places. Maybe they're still able to work but just experiencing some confusion. There's so many things in our lives. We need to be thankful for the article ends by saying through the power of gratitude. You can wire your brain to be optimistic and compassionate in that just makes you feel good the more you look the the more you can find things to be great for four so this is Thanksgiving time in no matter when you might decide to watch this show or listen to the podcast. CAST is still applies. Be Grateful be thankful in everything. Thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you blessings miles on your day. Let's talk. Dementia would like to thank our sponsors National Association of Veterans and families. You can reach them at eight hundred three five a two to nine one nine on the Internet at www dot n. f. dot org. They speak veterans. So you don't have to and you tell them Carol Saint You. When you call to inquire about benefits for the veteran spouse of the bedroom or both editor bed you can find Ms Beth crosby at editor Beth dot dot com? 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