Overcome negativity by starting the day with gratitude.
When you start cultivating a feeling of gratitude, you can’t help but be in a good mood.
When you start to find things that you are grateful for, the list continues to grow.
It’s like when you say, “Don’t think about the pink elephant” and then immediately your mind starts to visualize, think about or look for the pink elephant. If you focus on gratitude, you will start finding things and visualizing experiences that you can be grateful for. It’s just how your mind works.
Your mind is very receptive to what you think, believe and feel. When you can be a little more conscious of what you are thinking and feeling first thing in the morning, then that sets your tone for your day. If you wake up and your habit is hitting the snooze button, feeling grumpy that you have to get up and go to work, having a long ‘to do’ list that you just don’t even want to face; then that is really setting quite a negative tone for the day and it will just be harder to find and focus on those positive experiences that come your way during the day.
However, if you can try to make a conscious effort to wake up and choose to focus on the things that you are grateful for everyday, you’ll start to attract more experiences into your life that make you feel grateful. More opportunities will come your way because you’ve raised your level of consciousness to one of hope, positivity and kindness. Things to be grateful for in the morning can be as little as the bed with clean sheets you just slept in, the nice hot shower that is waiting for you, clean clothes to wear for the day, power and electricity to cook your meals, clean food and water, a car that is waiting to drive you to work, all the people going to work that day to serve you and your needs. It is so easy to find things to be grateful for once you get started.
By making gratitude a regular practice, it will turn into a subconscious habit and you’ll just do it without even thinking. Even when things aren’t going your way, a person who practices gratitude daily, will find it much easier to find something to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude truly does make you a happier person when you can be thankful for the little things in life no matter what is going on around you.
Did you know that according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology Health and Well-Being, People who spend a few minutes writing in a gratitude diary before bed tend to sleep better and longer?
Thank you for taking the time to read this post, and I do hope that you can find just a few things to be grateful for right now.
Make a list and put it next to your bed to remind you of the things that you are grateful for. Put little sticky notes on the fridge as gratitude reminders. Start a gratitude diary and set a time to fill it in everyday and each day, try to add 1 more thing that you are grateful for.
If you have any more gratitude tips, feel free to share!
With gratitude, Janine