Ever have one of those days where things go downhill as soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning? That first hour of the day can have a significant impact on how the rest of the day unfolds.
As I've mentioned before here, I'm not always the most naturally positive person in the morning. It often takes a conscious effort for me to shift into positive gear (see my posts on my morning reading and my morning crossroads question).
I have a close friend who makes a habit of making a gratitude list in her head as she's lying in bed drifting off to sleep at night. As a morning attitude sculpting tool, I decided to riff off of that idea and do that gratitude review first thing in the morning when I wake up.
Lying in bed, I start to review what I'm thankful for. It's a great way to wipe the slate clean of any petty negative or limiting thoughts and get my mind focused immediately in a positive direction.
The best part is that it's something even the busiest person has time for. I like to spend a few minutes letting my mind explore the reasons for gratitude in my life, but it could be an effective exercise in as little as sixty seconds. The key is to take it out of an intellectual checklist and let yourself really feel the gratitude.
You might even extend the idea with a gratitude shower, or a gratitude breakfast, or a gratitude commute. Any time you have an activity that keeps your mind unoccupied for a few minutes, you have an opportunity to fill that space with a gratitude review.
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