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Oh my goodness!
Sometimes life can be so hectic; we don’t know if we’re coming or going.
There aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done and keep our sanity.
So how dare I suggest that you take a few minutes at the beginning and end of your day to practice gratitude?
“Who has time for that?”
Believe it or not, you do.
One really easy way to get started on a gratitude practice is to make a habit of counting your blessings both morning and night. You don’t even have to write them down, as in a gratitude journal, if that seems too overwhelming.
Simply taking a few minutes when you wake up and before you go to bed is enough to begin cementing this new practice into your routine. Before long, you’ll easily notice the blessings around you.
Here are some tips to help you begin:
Easing into any habit is usually the best approach. By making it easier on yourself, you’ll be more inclined to continue moving forward. So, try not to put too much pressure on yourself to come up with grand examples of gratitude when you’re just starting out. Just appreciating the bed where you’re starting and ending the day can be something to add to your initial list. Sometimes simply recognizing a tiny blessing can have a big impact.
Add It On
A helpful method for remembering your new gratitude habit is to add it on to your existing routine. Whatever you normally do in the morning and night, be sure to include a few minutes to think of what makes you feel fortunate. For example, if you have coffee every morning and tea every night, this would be a good connection to make. Sitting down to coffee and tea will soon become a reminder to contemplate on your three things or people you are grateful for.
Create Visual Reminders
If you find yourself forgetting to do it or skipping out on your new task, add some visual cues to your environment. Post-it notes are great for this. Stick one on your nightstand. Add another to your bathroom mirror. Technology comes in handy for reminders, as well. 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 a Negative into a Positive
You can try turning complaints into something positive. Maybe you wake up with a sore back and don’t want to get out of bed. It may seem obvious, but reminding yourself that you’re in overall good health 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 that even if your time is limited, getting into the habit of recognizing the good things and people in life really isn’t all that difficult or time consuming. A few small changes to your routine and you’ll find it’s actually quite easy to implement this practice.
Celebrating the life you have while creating the life you want.
Ode 2 the good life! It’s the only life you should live.