Start Your Day with Gratefulness
Let’s talk about Gratefulness. Gratefulness is all about appreciating the good things in our lives. Starting our day thinking about all we have to be grateful for is a great way to set the tone. Practicing gratefulness makes us focus on all the good and pleasant things in our lives; and that, in turn, improves our overall empowerment.
In other words, spending a few minutes early in the morning thinking about what we are grateful for, can improve our mood and our feeling of being happy for the entire day. That’s something well worth perusing and you don’t have to spend a lot of time on it.
Mornings – Inside
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 of things. I wake up grateful that I have a warm and comfortable bed to sleep in. Of course, I’m always grateful for a cup of tea that grounds me and get ready for my busy day. Think about the people in your life that you are grateful. These include your parents, grandparents, spouse or significant other, children, friends, colleagues, a boss that gives you a job. Try to find something good about all important people in your life.
Afternoons – Outside
Another option is to just 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.
As well, making 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 a similar setting, 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. Take notes 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.
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