Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FOCUS -

Dr Ran­gan Chat­ter­jee is a GP, au­thor and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, best known for his BBC TV show ‘Doc­tor in The House’. He is a lead­ing voice in the life­style medicine move­ment, chang­ing the way we look at ill­ness. As we’ve learned, ru­mi­na­tion can be in­cred­i­bly dam­ag­ing. Grat­i­tude is the an­ti­dote to ru­mi­na­tion. Be­cause we’re pro­grammed to fo­cus on threats, we miss so many of the pos­i­tive things that hap­pen to us all the time, whether it’s an email we re­ceive say­ing thanks for some good work or the fleet­ing scent of blos­som as we’re driv­ing to the of­fice. This in­ter­ven­tion is partly in­spired by the prac­tice of ‘ lov­ing kind­ness’ med­i­ta­tion.

Daily prac­tice can have pro­found knock-on ef­fects. Stud­ies have found it can trig­ger a wide va­ri­ety of pos­i­tive emo­tions, in­clud­ing love, joy, grat­i­tude, con­tent­ment and hope, as well as re­duc­ing the ac­tiv­ity of the emo­tional brain.

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