Life is filled with business and demands, make a person vulnerable to depression, especially if the problems facing unremitting and accumulating.
Unfortunately, according to researchers from Indiana University, led by Prathik Today, most people decide to relieve stress in a way that ultimately give rise to new problems.
For example, by shopping ultimately makes little financial mess, or a delicious meal that will actually lead to weight problems. In fact, there are other ways that you can do anywhere, anytime.
In the study, researchers recruited 43 people who feel depressed and ask them to do the counseling session as a treatment for anxiety or depression.
Twenty-two of the respondents were asked to conduct a "Pay It Forward", which received some money, and then write down on a piece of paper gratitude, and give some of that money to someone else in need.
Being the other participants, are not required to do the same, they are asked to use the money for other pleasures.
Three months after the counseling was over, researchers conducted brain scanner on each participant. The researchers found that the more the stronger the feeling of gratitude that is felt and the more money given to charity, the higher brain activity in the frontal region, parietal, and occipital lobes.
It managed to create effects that induce emotional nerve unique if done regularly, are feeling happy, feel pretty, even increase empathy in others.
In other words, the more you are grateful and giving, then the part of the brain seemed to have a new capacity, which is "gratitude muscle", which can be strengthened if you often grateful.
Interestingly, the stronger the muscle, will be many unhappy feelings that arise spontaneously in the future.
"It all starts with gratitude. The more grateful, the more likely we are to act pro-socially towards other people, thus giving us the opportunity to more charitable. Charity will make the recipient feel grateful charity and eventually spread positive feelings. This is good for shaping generations of virtuous good in the future, "said the researcher.