Let’s talk about Gratitude
Gratitude is all about appreciating the good things in your life. Starting your day by thinking about all the things you have to be grateful for is a great way to set the tone. Practicing gratitude makes you focus on all the good things in your life and that, in turn, improves your overall happiness.
Spending just a few minutes early in the morning thinking about what you are grateful for, can improve your mood and your feeling of being happy for the entire day! It takes literally only a few minutes. No long hour workouts here.
As you are waking up, or while you’re 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 your mind on anything positive that has happened the day before, or that you anticipate happening today. You can be grateful for the smallest things. I wake up grateful that I have a warm and comfortable bed to sleep in and of course I’m always grateful for a strong cup of coffee that helps me wake up and get ready for my 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. You being a good boss. Try to find something good about all the important people in your life.
Or, just take a minute and 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 practicing it at roughly the same time each morning and, if possible, in the same or similar setting, this will help you form a habit. And that’s the goal for the long run. You want to be able to practice being grateful effortlessly and without having to think about it. Getting to that point alone will have a huge impact on how happy and content you feel from here on out!
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.