Let The Neurotransmitters Fire

Let The Neurotransmitters Fire

(Faith Builders)

Col 2:6-7

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him,

strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. NIV

 

Gratitude, being grateful and being thankful is a scientifically proven faith builder. Scientists, through multiple research studies, have proven that through mapping the neurotransmitters of the brain they fire up when a person is genuinely thankful. The more consistent a person is in being grateful the stronger the transmitters get. 

Here is how the research says it works. When you are truly grateful and appreciative for someone or something your transmitters cause dopamine and serotonin to be released. These are your “feel good” agents that make you feel happy. These create a positive affect on your mood and overall outlook, even your health. God, in His infinite wisdom, created our bodies this way. When we are grateful, whether someone thanks you for something you did or you thank someone for something they did, or in general become appreciative for things in life, you stay positive and healthy. It's God’s circle of life. 

We were created to be grateful people because when we are it helps keep us happy and healthy.  You show gratitude and it makes you want to continually feel this way by consistently showing gratitude. Now scientists say it works the opposite way as well when we are not grateful and appreciative we stay in this place of negativity. Your neurotransmitters fire this way and get stronger the more you stay there. This is why it's hard to break certain habits, you have trained your brain to fire this way. 

However anyone can get their brain firing the right way. Practice of this can start with just the littlest of things. You can say thank you Lord for my life today, my breath, for saving me. Keep practicing this and see how you get addicted to the process. It keeps you full of life. When I thank God for the many things He has done it builds my faith. If He did in times past and is doing it now, then I can trust He will continue doing it. After all He created us and instructed us to think this way. We need to daily open our eyes to all the wondrous things God has and is doing on our behalf. So how thankful are you? 

Ps 107:1

 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. NIV

Ps 107:8-9

 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, 

9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. NIV

Ps 118:29

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. NIV

Ps 100:4-5

 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;give thanks to him and praise his name.

5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;his faithfulness continues through all generations. NIV