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.