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December Gratitude - Day 6

Friday - Day 6

Over time, I’ve even learned to be grateful for the negative things that have happened in my life, without them I would not be the woman I am today. I have learned to take the positive from a negative situation. I believe the path to happiness is found in showing gratitude for the good things we already have in our lives. Here's the 3 things I'm grateful for.


SUNSHINE



Today, I am extremely grateful for sunshine. Not least because if it wasn’t for the sun, none of us would exist. A lack of sunlight is pinpointed as causing all sorts of maladies and improper brain function, which increase in prevalence as we age. So the mahogany tanned Mediterranean ladies have got it right: you need even more sun exposure the older you get.


Sunlight acts on various different regions of the brain that regulate amongst other things our natural sleep/wake cycle (circadian rhythm), nervous system, hormonal regulation, muscle operation and immunity. Exposure to dawn sunlight is nature’s organic alarm clock, which unfortunately caffeine tends to replace in the morning.*


Due to sunlight’s importance on our health, I believe that every human suffers from a degree of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Although if you are in the southern hemisphere or a part of the world where every day is blue sky and warm sunshine you will be unfamiliar with the lower energy, hibernating feel and irritation with the constant dark and bleak, wet and cold weather that winter brings. No excuse for your lack of motivation then ha ha! Thank you, sunshine.


TECHNOLOGY



Life is one endless round of washing up and if it wasn’t for the invention of the dishwasher, I would still be doing the dishes with water all over the floor around my feet – or the crockery still in the sink as I got distracted and went off and did something else.

If you have been following these daily gratitude so far, you may think that I believe that technology is harmful. No, I am extremely grateful for technology. I would not be without the labor saving and inventions that encourage communication.


CONTACT LENSES


Therefore, I am very thankful for contact lenses. They provide sight correction without the need for extra apparatus or an appearance changing barrier, annoying smeared lenses which are never sparkling clean and as they fit over the eyeball, provide more accurate, safer vision mitigating the gaps in the periphery, which glasses wearers will be all too familiar with.


Humans do not actually see with eyes: we see with our brain. Light passes through various parts of the eye until the retina’s photo receptor cells converts it into electrical signals. These are transmitted via the optic nerve for visual processing in the occipital lobe, which is located in the brain just above the back of the neck. The incoming information is put together inside our heads to create what we see on the outside. This is amazing enough, however, it is brilliant that through advancements in technology, the eye’s natural lens can be actually replaced or various parts of the visual cortex can be stimulated to help restore vision in humans – and our pet dogs! Until these procedures become more prevalent, thank you, contact lenses.



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