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Let’s talk about Gratitude.
Gratitude is all about appreciating the good things in our lives.
Starting our morning by thinking about all the things we have to be grateful for is a great way to set the tone for the rest of the day.
Practicing gratitude makes us focus on all the good and pleasant things in our lives and that, in turn, improves our overall happiness.
In other words, spending a few minutes first thing 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.
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 to be able to stretch and gently wake up before leaving my warm and comfortable bed, And I’m grateful for the Hawaiian blend coffee that I have the minute I come downstairs to get ready for my busy day. I’m grateful for my husband leaving me a cheerful wish for a good day on the kitchen white board.
Think about the people in your life that you are grateful for including your parents, grandparents, spouse or significant other, children, friends, colleagues, or a boss that gives you a job.
Try to find something good about all important people in your life.
Or just look around.
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’s not your dream home.
Make this gratitude exercise part of your morning ritual.
Focusing on it, and practicing it at the same time each morning and, if possible, in a similar setting, will help you form a habit.
And that’s a 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 will have a huge impact on how happy and content you feel from here out.
Try it 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.