Gratitude in the Morning
Gratitude journaling is another good habit to practice in the morning. Try it for 30 days in a row, for just seven minutes in the morning asking “What am I grateful for in my life?” It could be a lot of the same things, or you could just pick three things areas of life.
What am I grateful for today? A lot of times it will be your health, your family, and your career. Gratitude could be for successes that you’ve had, asking “What did I do that was successful yesterday? Do I want to recreate that again today?” We beat ourselves up about what we didn’t do. Instead, try to think about the good things that you have in your life. As we look for and focus on these things, we will see more of them.
One student in leadership classes stated that she used to journal before school in the mornings. She used to write about things that she was grateful for every night. It helped keep her balanced. It can remind us of what’s important in life and the bigger picture. Even if we are having a negative day, we can remind ourselves that there are still five things that are going right.
Some books on meditation talk about a tea mediation or a coffee mediation where you slowly drink and enjoy. Be present with that coffee or tea that you have in the morning. The same can be true with this seven minutes of writing. One gentleman walks down the stairs from his bedroom saying “thank” on one step and “you” on the next step. That practice of being excited to have awakened and showing gratitude can set a positive attitude for the day.
Thank you 🙏🏼