Start Your Day With Gratitude
Yeah, I know it’s easy to forget!
But being grateful and feeling grateful is so important. Pay attention to appreciating the good things in your life.
By starting or ending your day by thinking about all the things you have to be grateful for is a great way to set the tone. Practising gratefulness with focus and attention on all the good and pleasant things, this improves overall happiness.
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Spending a few minutes early in the morning or the last thing at night thinking about what we are grateful for can improve our mood and feeling happy for the entire day.
That’s something well worth perusing, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time on it.
As you wake up, or while sitting at your kitchen table sipping your first cup of coffee, think about all the things and people you are thankful and grateful for. Focus on anything positive that has happened the day before or that you anticipate happening today.
You can be grateful for the smallest of things. I wake up grateful that I have a warm and comfortable bed to sleep in, and of course, I’m always thankful for a strong cup of coffee that helps me wake up and get ready for my busy day.
Think about the people in your life that you are grateful for, including your parents, grandparents, spouse or significant other, children, friends, colleagues, a boss that gives you a job. Try to find something good about all the important people in your life.
Another option is to look around you.
Look at your sunny kitchen or the trees and birds that you can see outside your window. No matter what your living situation is right now, I’m sure you can think of things about it you are grateful for, even if it isn’t your ideal living space.
Make this grateful exercise part of your morning ritual. Focusing on it and practising it at roughly the same time each morning or evening and, if possible, in a similar setting will help you form a habit.
And that’s the goal for the long run.
You want to practice being grateful effortlessly and without having to think about it. Getting to that point alone will significantly impact how happy and content you feel from here on out.
What have you got to loose?
Give it a try for a few weeks, and take note of how your mental outlook changes by simply adding this little exercise of gratitude in the mornings. Before long, you will do it automatically and won’t want to miss this opportunity to acknowledge all the good things in your life.