The Neuroscience of Gratitude

Gethin Nadin, Director, Employee Wellbeing, Benefex.

Building closer bonds with other people is a core survival mechanism for us humans. Looking back to the ‘tribe and fire’ history of human life on earth, we can see how much we’ve always needed other people to survive. Gratitude plays a huge part in that. Giving thanks and expressing appreciation have been revered in many cultures around the world for thousands of years. In 2021, human nature hasn’t much changed. Finding ways to work closer together is part of our survival as a race. But it’s also shown to be an incredibly important part of building a successful business. But before we get to the impact on the workplace, let’s look quickly at exactly what happens to our bodies when we give or receive gratitude.

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