At Kolibri Company we love nature. We embrace nature to relax and create a place at home where you can relax, feel good and happy. To get even more strength and peace out of yourself, you can start with gratitude. The power of gratitude in a nutshell? Being grateful has a positive effect on our mood. Do you ask yourself how you start with this and what you are grateful for? In this blog we explain the power of gratitude and how you can get started with it.
What is the meaning of gratitude
Gratitude means that you are happy about something and you think about it. Starting with gratitude helps you be positive. It is a way to become aware of the beautiful things in life and especially your life. Various studies have shown that being grateful for something and becoming aware of it improves mental and physical health.
What does gratitude do to a person listed?
- Lets you look at life more positively
- Makes happier
- Strengthens emotional resilience
- Encourages you to take good care of yourself
- Improves sleep
How grateful I am for examples
Being grateful comes in different forms: you are grateful for a person, something material or an experience. For example, don't just think about big things, but about small things that evoke happiness. Do you have a loyal four-legged friend at home that makes you happy? Or makes a long one Forest walk you happy? How you show gratitude can be done in different ways, this can be to yourself or also to a person.
What else does gratitude do to your brain? Receiving or expressing gratitude produces happiness hormones: dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine allows nerve cells to communicate with each other, which is important for certain functions of the nervous system, such as movement, mood and motivation. Serotonin improves our mood and feeling of happiness, but also has a positive influence on our memory, sleep and self-confidence.
Start with the power of gratitude
How can you teach yourself to be thankful for things? With the following 5 tips you can start today with the power of gratitude.
Tip 1 – Write down gratitude
Why Write Gratitude? As humans, we are constantly thinking. Thanks to writing down gratitude, you find out what makes you happy, what makes you happy and you learn to appreciate things in your life more. You become more aware of this. Grab a nice notebook or book, create a nice corner to write and give yourself time to write something down. Make a short or long list each day that you are grateful for, for example because you have seen a person again after a long time, a beautiful orchid at home or that you had a nice day at work.
Tip 2 – Create a gratitude playlist
No time to write down gratitude or would you rather not write something down? No problem. Thanks to listening to music, we generate memories in our brain. Listening to music with a nice memory or playing your favorite music increases the dopamine level in the brain. Create a grateful playlist via Spotify or other music streaming service and listen to it whenever you want. Listening is of course also possible while writing down gratitude.
Tip 3 – Hang post-its
Why only write gratitude in a notebook? Write positive notes on post-its and stick them around the house where you walk by. What character trait do you like about yourself? What do you like about yourself? Some examples that you can write down on a post-it. This way you learn to value yourself more and be thankful for yourself when you read the post-it.
Tip 4 – Express gratitude out loud
Encourage people around you to feel grateful and become aware of this. Are you grateful that someone is your colleague, friend or neighbor? Tell them this or explain what you are happy about and ask what they are grateful for. Out research it has been shown that people who express gratitude to each other feel more positive, but also more at ease.
Tip 5 – Gratitude meditation
The power of gratitude is about focusing on what gives you positive energy. Meditation is a practice that helps you to be thankful for things in your life. Start in a comfortable position, which can be sitting or lying down, and breathe deeply. After this you can start visualizing the things for which you are grateful. This can be done from yourself or under an accompanying meditation that you can follow online (via YouTube or Spotify).
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