The science of gratitude: As we age, our brains get better at feeling thankful

Professor of Psychology Robert Emmons is quoted by The Globe and Mail.

Neuroscientists have suggested older people have a sunnier outlook because the limbic system, particularly the amygdala, an area of the brain involved in emotional attention and memory, becomes less active in response to negative information. At the same time, older individuals maintain or even increase their reactivity to positive information.

“Therefore, the trend is toward greater emotional positivity with increasing age,” says leading gratitude expert Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and author of Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity.

Read the full story in The Globe and Mail.