Tweets regarding gratefulness have spiked by over 25% in the last month, inspiring Twitter to release a new “grateful emoji.”
The company said it has tracked a whopping 265 million tweets using the words “grateful” and “thankful for” since March 15th.
Now, whenever a user enters either of those phrases as a hashtag, the new emoji of hands forming a heart will appear next to them.
This is a big deal.
At a time when mental health concerns are at a historical high, a marked increase in people practicing gratitude is seriously significant.
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Mainstream scientific studies have shown that practicing gratitude has notable effects on serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain; the feel-good chemicals which affect our overall mood.
Gratitude has also been shown to lower stress levels, boost immune function, and improve metabolism.
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate gratitude into your daily routine, check out this simple exercise here.
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