The benefits of practicing gratitude are well studied and scientifically backed. In fact, it's often quoted that if a person could do only one thing to increase their health and happiness, expressing gratitude would be it. People experience more positive emotions, a decrease in inflammation in the body, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and have stronger immune systems when gratitude is incorporated into daily habits. Brain imaging measuring the effect of gratitude shows distinct changes in brain activity with gratitude resulting in greater neural sensitivity in the medial prefrontal cortex, a brain area associated with learning and decision making. A quick google will reveal hundreds of studies proving the effectiveness of gratitude practices. A quick practice of finding a few things to be grateful for will change your physiology, emotions and mental state. This week we've been exploring this profoundly simple, yet undeniably powerful technique. In an era where we could easily ruminate on what's not right, we are learning to meet this time with thanks. We are learning to thrive where we are planted. We are learning to inspire trust in our experience. And just as we experience on the mat in the shapes we don't like, we are learning that we are infinitely more powerful than the circumstances we find ourselves in.