Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Brain Maker, makes that point that gratitude — mindful, intentional gratitude — has been shown in various studies to increase the function of the pre-fontal cortex.
These executive functions include the ability to focus, to control one’s impulses, to think in an organized manner, and to accurately anticipate certain outcomes, as in: If I do ‘A’ and ‘B’, it will likely result in ‘C’.
In short, gratitude tends to defog the mind, enabling one to think clearer, sharper, and better.
Another way to say it: Gratitude increases your ability to see the events of your life from God’s perspective.
We were created to be grateful.
Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:19-20)