Gratitude can be hard to define because it’s a feeling, but it isn’t one of your basic emotions. In the Oxford Dictionary gratitude is defined as: ‘The quality or condition of being thankful; the appreciation of an inclination to return kindness’
Promoting gratitude and thankfulness isn’t a new phenomenon - the Ancient Romans were very aware of its benefits!
Over the past 30 years of study researchers have found that some people are genetically hardwired to be more thankful. They naturally produce more of the ‘cuddle hormone’ oxytocin, and this has been linked to having a naturally positive and thankful outlook upon life.