This exercise in the morning helps develop a positive mind for the rest of the day.
Changing your thinking really isn’t an overwhelming and complicated process. But it isn’t easy, and it will not happen overnight. Trying to switch up a few things or add a couple new practices to your daily routine can lead to long-term results that last. One practice you can begin is to embrace gratitude as you start your day. A gratitude exercise in the morning helps to develop a positive mind for the rest of your day by putting you on the right track before you even walk out the door. The following will explain this exercise and the benefits.
A Common Gratitude Exercise
The easiest way to practice gratitude is to write in a journal every day. Physically writing with a pen to paper is therapeutic itself. Think of this as if you are creating your intentions as you form the letters on the page. It is important to consistently take time each day to journal an expression of gratitude. Start by writing a list of five things you are grateful for each morning to center your mind on positivity. By making this morning writing a habit, you will start a routine that brings positive thinking to the beginning of every day. It’s hard to slip into negative thoughts when you’re reminded daily of all the amazing things you’re fortunate enough to have, including good health, shelter, loving family, good friends, and food.
Benefits of the Morning Gratitude Exercise
The main reason embracing gratitude works is because it deliberately shifts your focus to a positive mindset instead of one that focuses on lack or negativity. For this shift to become internalized into your normal self, you’ll need to practice. That’s where the daily writing comes in. Journaling makes it more real and is more hands-on than attempting to change your thinking alone. As you begin to embrace gratitude daily, you will soon find that you become less fearful. Grateful people center their attention on abundance, which naturally overcomes fear. Being less afraid allows you a certain peace of mind that is comforting. When there is less fear, there can be more risk (remember yesterday’s post?). You may realize increased success in your life because gratitude gives you the freedom to pursue what’s truly meaningful to you. All these benefits combined can give you a far happier life.
Practical Steps to Getting Started
The most difficult part of executing a new routine is just getting started.
First, be realistic. Your new habit won’t be natural right away. Be easy on yourself if you find you’re skipping a day here and there. Just get back into the groove asap and move on. Discouragement is what leads us to quit. In the beginning, set your alarm to go off 20 minutes earlier than usual. This will give you plenty of time to perform your morning ritual, so you don’t feel rushed. As you get used to journaling each day, you’ll find that a quick five minutes is all you need. If you find you’re not able to keep this practice on your own, get an accountability buddy. Tell someone about your new goal and ask them to check in with you on occasion. This will motivate you to stick with writing until it becomes a habit.
Beginning a practice of gratitude isn’t all that difficult, but its rewards are amazing. You will soon discover that you truly need this peaceful alone time to set your daily intentions and to enjoy the quiet solitude.
This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen it before. - Maya Angelou
Liz Lima - Venus Warriors