Yesterday we spoke about gratitude and all the different meaning it may have to different people. I also mentioned some ways you can start to incorporate gratitude into your life. One really easy way is to make a habit of counting your blessings both morning and night. I do this in my gratitude journal that I keep by my bed. But, you don’t even have to write them down in a gratitude journal if you think that will be too overwhelming. Take a few minutes when you wake up and before you go to bed. This will be plenty of time to begin this new practice and to fit it into your routine.
Here are some tips to help you start:
Ease into this new habit. Any change to your normal routine and adding a new habit into your life takes time! Make it easy on yourself, this will make certain you’ll be more likely to continue moving forward. So, try not to put too much pressure on yourself to come up with massive examples of gratitude when you’re just starting out. Just appreciating the small things like your bed where you start your day and where you can lay your head at night is something to add to your list. Just recognizing a tiny blessing can have a big impact.
Add It On
A helpful technique for remembering your new gratitude habit is to add it on to your existing routine. Whatever you normally do in the morning and night, make sure to include a few minutes to think of what makes you feel fortunate. For example, if you have tea every morning, this would be a good connection to make. Sitting down to tea will soon become a reminder to contemplate on your three things you’re grateful for.
Create Visual Reminders
If you find yourself forgetting to write or say what you’re grateful for, add some visual cues to your environment. Post-it notes are perfect for this. Stick one on your nightstand. Add one to your bathroom mirror. Technology works great for reminders! Set an alarm on your phone so that you don’t leave the house or fall asleep without taking time to consider what makes you feel thankful.
Turn It Around
You can also try the opposite. Turn complaints around into something positive! Maybe you wake up with a sore back and don’t want to get out of bed. Why not remind yourself that you are healthy and alive and that you have a safe place to sleep can do wonders for your outlook. Try to find the silver lining. It really works.
A good habit can be jotting things down during the day as they happen. It only takes a few seconds to make a note of what you feel grateful for in that moment. You can reflect on it later during your quiet bedtime routine.
Hopefully, you now see how getting into the habit of recognizing the good thing in life really isn’t all that difficult. A few small changes to your routine and you’ll find it’s actually quite easy to implement this practice.
This is a wonderful day! I’ve never seen it before - Maya Angelou