Recently, scientific research has found a neurological link between gratitude and generosity. This whole article is worth reading and quoting in parts, but here is a good summary of the findings: “In a sense, gratitude seems to prepare the brain for generosity. Counting blessings is quite different than counting your cash, because gratitude, just as philosophers and psychologists predict, points us toward moral behaviors, reciprocity, and pay-it-forward motivations. Apparently, our brain literally makes us feel richer when others do well. Perhaps this is why researchers have observed that grateful people give more. Gratitude might be good for us—but it is good for others as well” (Christina Karns, “Why a Grateful Brain Is a Giving One,” Greater Good Magazine, December 19, 2017. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_a_grateful_brain_is_a_giving_one).
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