How to Start and End Your Day with Gratitude
One really simple way to get started on a gratitude practice is to make a habit of starting and ending your day with gratitude. You don’t even have to write them down, as in a gratitude journal, if that seems too overwhelming. Simply take a few minutes when you wake up and before you go to bed to count your blessings and cement this new practice into your routine. Before long, you’ll be easily noticing that blessing abound. 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 an enormous impact.
Tip #2: Add It On
A helpful method for remembering your new gratitude habit is to add it onto 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 tea or coffee every morning, this would be a good connection to make. Sitting down to tea or coffee will soon become a reminder to contemplate on your three things.
Tip #3: 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.
Tip #4: 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. 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 use the NOTES app on your phone if you prefer. You can reflect on it later during your quiet bedtime routine.
Hopefully, you now see how getting into the habit of recognizing the good things in life really isn’t all that difficult. A few minor changes to your routine and you’ll find it’s quite simple to start and end your day with gratitude. Practice, Practice, Practice!