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quote icon Feelings of gratitude activate three main areas in the brain: the brain stem region that produces dopamine, the primary reward chemical; the reward center, where dopamine is released; and the anterior cingulate cortex, which helps us focus on information that is relevant and communicates between the brain's thinking and emotional circuits, says Alex Korb, a neuroscientist. 'Your psychological well-being depends less on the things that happen to you and more on the things you pay attention to,' says Dr. Korb, author of 'The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time.' 'Gratitude will shift your brain's attention.'

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