“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”– Aesop
We all know gratitude in the form of ‘thank you’ when someone has helped us or done something nice for us. But how many of us look and feel gratitude in other ways…
When we appreciate and acknowledge simple things, we are grateful. From having fresh water to drink and food on the table, to hearing the birds sing and feeling the wind or sun on our face.
The best way to reach contentment is to feel grateful for what you already have. Studies show that if you express gratitude, it raises your happiness by 25% 1.
When you take a breath and step back, your thankfulness slows you down and fills you up with happiness. This can be a time to be grateful for all the things you might have overlooked, forgotten or taken for granted, instead of worrying about what you still need.
Express your gratitude…
Every day take a few minutes to think of the things that you’re grateful for: the people, places and things that make your life rich and full, that bring you comfort and joy. The more you practice this exercise, the more you’ll notice just how full your life already is.
Contact one person everyday just to express your gratitude. Whether you are having lunch with a friend or time in the evening with your partner tell them why you’re thankful, expressing your gratitude out loud can be very powerful.
The Power of gratitude…
Boosts self-esteem – instead of being resentful towards people who are wealthier or have better jobs, you will learn to appreciate their accomplishments.
Can help reduce stress. Research2 has shown that people who feel gratitude are happier, report more life satisfaction and less stress. Grateful people are less likely to be depressed, anxious or lonely. Nikken’s portable grounding mat, KenkoGround® is ideal for practising gratitude meditation on. Plug it into a grounded outlet, place your bare feet on the mat whilst taking time out to meditate and reconnecting with Mother Nature.
Can help improve your sleeping habits. A study3 found that people who spend 15 minutes writing down grateful sentiments at bedtime sleep longer and better.
Whether getting ready to settle down for the night, taking a power nap or just snuggling – the Kenko Travel Comforter will keep you warm and cosy with its integrated ceramic fibres. The comforter is very light and versatile and zips up, making it easy to use around the home or when travelling.
Make gratitude your automatic thinking and when you do you’ll experience your level of happiness rise.