When was the last time you took the time for some deep reflection and said thank you for all the incredible things in your life? If you can’t really pinpoint that time, then maybe it’s time for you to indulge in a morning gratitude practice!
We all have our own morning rituals to prepare ourselves for the day. I have spent so many years struggling with getting up early, that by now I’m game for anything that will help me feel happier and more productive in the first five minutes of the day.
Today, I want to share how you can get an uplifting start to your day with a simple morning gratitude practice!
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1 | Realize that your mindset is magic.
Morning gratitude is the daily habit of many successful people. So if you’re working towards making all your dreams and goals a reality — get on the gratitude train. You have nothing to lose and millions to make.
Starting your mornings with a simple gratitude practice gives you an uplifting, positive start to the day. It’s a rare chance for you to slow down, take a moment, and really reflect on the beautiful things in your life. And it’ll help you open up to even more good things to come!
For me, it comes down to this. Have you ever given a gift to someone who didn’t really appreciate it or even throw a measly thanks your way? Are you ever again going to invest the time and money to try to make that person feel special again? Yeah, that’s a nope from me too.
Now, I believe in the ancient powers of the Universe and Moon and the Oceans and the Earth. You might believe in something else. But why would any higher power shower you with amazing things if you never show gratitude for the ones you’ve already been gifted with?
So take a minute, dedicate a part of your morning routine to gratitude, show the Universe how much you appreciate the good and how excited you are to receive more.
If none of that resonates with you, that’s okay. Let’s move on to the next point.
2 | Ritualize your morning gratitude practice.
Wake up before the other people in the house get up and start demanding your attention. This is your time.
Open the window to let in the fresh air and take a deep breath.
Put on some calming music. It could be your favorite morning playlist on Spotify, some classical, meditation or Solfeggio music.
Prepare your morning coffee, tea, hot lemon water — whatever gets you going for the day.
Sit down with your favorite journal* and write down the things that you’re grateful for. I’ll give you some ideas at the end of the post.
Part of my morning routine also includes preparing my body and mind with some yoga and meditation before I do my gratitude practice. The whole thing (yoga, meditation and journaling) takes about 15 minutes total. You may choose to try that out — or not!
In order to make your morning gratitude practice a daily habit that you love and look forward to — you need to make it enjoyable for you.
Don’t add a bunch of things into your routine that you’re not actually into. Make it work for you on your own terms.
3 | Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.
You’re only writing words and it may take just a minute or two out of your morning, but you’ll feel so much more productive, accomplished, and ready to take on the whole damn world.
Enjoy that feeling of accomplishment.
Be proud of yourself for having the same morning habit as billionaires.
Get excited that you already finished one thing on your to do list and you’ve barely even woken up yet.
Uplift your morning with a simple gratitude practice.
Here are some ideas for you to build your own morning gratitude practice. Let it evolve and grow! This is your practice, your morning, your routine.
- Make a simple list of 3 things you’re grateful for right now, in this moment. Coffee. Quiet. Rainy day.
- If you’re having trouble, just think of the things that you could not imagine living without. It doesn’t have to be deep! You can be practical. My new phone. Going to the library today. My mom/partner/friend/puppy/favorite tv show.
- Instead of listing things you’re grateful in this present moment, look at the other aspects of your life. What brings you joy? What makes you excited? What’s FUN in your life? What are the things that you get to do that you’re grateful for? No knee pain today! I love my body for becoming stronger. I’m so grateful that I get to practice yoga again, go for long walks in the rain and pamper my body with exercise.
- Feel it. List the things and why you’re grateful for them. This allows your words to flow free and get all your thoughts out. It can feel really liberating to get your creativity flowing first thing in the morning. I’m so grateful for my beautiful, clean, tiny little apartment. I love how peaceful it is. It makes me feel so safe and so fucking lucky. I’m so grateful for having my own space without any people around. I can just listen to the rain, sip my coffee, and journal my heart out without any distractions.
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