Life isn’t always perfect, but when we start our days with gratitude, it sure feels like it is. Gratitude is a powerful human emotion! I like to wake up every morning and remind myself of all the things I have to be thankful for, from having a strong body and mind to having food on my table, a life I love, wonderful friends and family and, of course, YOU.
I truly believe that starting your day with gratitude sets the tone for the day. On top of that, morning gratitude practices have been proven to boost moods, shed negativity and improve our overall quality of life. Like I always say, “What we seek is what we shall find”—so when we focus our attention on what we’re grateful for, life tends to reward us by giving us even more reasons to smile!
While starting your day with gratitude is fun in theory, to really feel it, we need to make a conscious effort to implement it in our everyday lives. Here are just a few of my favorite ways to start my day with a thankful heart:
Every morning, I wake up and do 10 to 20 minutes of meditation. If you’re new to meditation, ease into it! Or if meditation isn’t your thing, just start by thinking of a few things you’re grateful for, even if it’s something as simple as having eyes that see. Be curious about the practice of gratitude and let your mind explore different ways to relax you and make you happy. You will be amazed at how good you feel when you truly focus on the good things in your life.
Don’t have 10 minutes? Close your eyes and say “thank you” for something small. Feel the wind brushing across your skin. Watch two people laugh. Enjoy the smell of your morning coffee or tea. Think of something fun you have to look forward to. Nothing is too tiny or trivial! Our entire life is a gift—we just have to realize it.
Physically writing down your thoughts is an easy way to express gratitude. Don’t worry about form or function;
just get a journal you like and let the pen flow. You can jot down what’s in your heart or five things you’re thankful for. However you choose to do it, reread past entries constantly to remind yourself just how
lucky you are to be alive.
To your health!