The astonishing effect of kudos on the givers brain

Kudozza was designed to help people and organizations embrace the power of appreciation and recognition within Microsoft Teams.
However, we sometimes encounter people who are hesitant to engage in the giving of kudos.
This reluctance is a bit sad, because appreciation has not only benefits for the recipient but also very directly for the giver.
What happens in the brain when you show appreciation is remarkable:

  • When we appreciate something or someone, we are essentially expressing gratitude and recognizing the value or worth of that person. This recognition activates the brain’s reward system, releasing chemicals such as dopamine and oxytocin, which can improve our mood and overall well-being.
  • Appreciation has also been shown to improve our cognitive functioning. When we appreciate something, our brain becomes more focused and attentive, allowing us to process information more effectively. This can lead to better memory, problem-solving skills, and decision-making abilities.
  • In addition to these cognitive benefits, appreciation has also been linked to improved physical health. When we feel appreciated, our body’s stress response is reduced, which can lower our blood pressure and improve our immune system. This can lead to a decreased risk of chronic diseases and an overall improvement in our physical well-being.
  • Furthermore, appreciation has been shown to have a positive impact on our social relationships. When we express appreciation to others, we are not only making them feel valued and loved, but we are also strengthening our bond with them. This can lead to deeper and more meaningful connections with the people around us.

In short, appreciation has a number of positive effects on the brain and our overall well-being. By expressing gratitude and recognizing the worth of the things and people around us, we can improve our mood, cognitive functioning, physical health, and social relationships.
So, the next time you feel grateful, don’t hesitate to express your appreciationit just might be good for your brain and your overall health.

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