Shukar is a word from the Punjabi language. It is thankfulness, gratitude. When we say it to the Universe, ‘shukar’ recognises the eternal bond of pure love between the Omnipotence and us. An unconditional divinity.
It is not just an act of saying ‘thank you.’ Shukar is something which reforms our consciousness. Reconfigures it.
Research in the field of positive psychology indicates that just being grateful results in better health, enhanced well- being, optimism and positive changes in neural pathways. Some studies even indicate an increase in grey matter.
Modern science has researched much into this aspect. It has found that a consciousness of gratitude enhances mental health, fosters meaningful relationships, helps in catharsis and improves happiness quotient. Studies have shown hugely improved performance in athletes who regularly practice gratitude.
Research has also found that cardiac patients who kept Shukar (gratitude) journals for eight weeks reported better sleep, less fatigue, and lower levels of cellular inflammation even many months later. Importantly, grateful adolescents display greater interest and satisfaction with school lives, are more kind, helpful, and better socially integrated.
Current research also suggests that a when we say the word ‘Shukar’ with intent, there is an instant increase in Dopamine levels in the body. Thereby starting the process of healing and general wellness.
Marcus Tullius Cicero says that
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”
Start your ‘Shukar’ journal today.
It will truly transform your neural circuits.