Several studies have validated the practice of gratitude as a positive brain-changer. The research confirms that the daily practice of gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds, and our relationships. It can keep us from getting stuck in negative emotions, create a growth mind set, and build resilience during times of struggle. In one study, for example, the brain scans of individuals who practiced only eight weeks of gratitude had a stronger brain structure for social cognition and empathy. It also showed a strengthening in the circuits that process reward. What this says to me is that gratitude creates a virtuous circle of connection to ourselves, our world, and the people in it. Here are our top five reasons to get your gratitude on.