Morning Gratitude Prayer
Here’s an interesting thought.
I have a feeling that we determine whether we’ll have a good day or a bad day within just a few minutes of waking up.
Really! If you can start your day off on the right foot, you’ll be more likely to stay happy for the remainder of the day. The momentum from one glorious, joyful moment will snowball into more positive situations.
I know you understand what it’s like when it seems like nothing’s going your way. First you’re out of toothpaste, then you spill coffee on yourself, then you’re late to a meeting, then you lose your phone, and on and on….
When you’re having a bad day, it can be easy to lose sight of all the good things in your life.
That’s why it’s super important to amp up your happy feelings before anything in this world has a chance to sour your mood.
And the way to do this is through gratitude.
Before getting out of bed in the morning, take a moment to name 5 things you are grateful for.
Consider this your morning gratitude prayer!
Seriously, do this before you pull back the covers or anything else. Turn off your alarm clock and then start your gratitude prayer.
You can think or say aloud, “I’m grateful for…” and then name whatever 5 things come to your mind.
Maybe you’re thankful for your family’s health and safety, having good food to eat, a secure job, plans for meeting up with a friend after work, the new shoes you bought, etc.
You can really express your gratitude for ANYTHING!
Don’t edit yourself or say you’re thankful for what you think you should be thankful for. If you’re happy for cookies, then say it!
Appreciate all the little wonders in your life. This is your time to greet the day in the air of gratitude.
You’ll find that you have fewer bad days when you begin your morning routine by saying thank you.
“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…” Marcus Aurelius.
How do you like to start your mornings?
What’s your favorite tip for starting the day on a positive note?
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I too, am not a morning person, and get up very early. Sometimes, the best thing I can do to get myself out of bed is just tell myself that this (getting out of my warm, comfy bed) will be the hardest thing I do all day. After that, every thing else will seem easier. But I do, too, try to write in a gratitude journal regularly, at night before going to sleep.
I have a gratitude journal, but I’m really bad about writing in it. Making it the first thing I do in the morning or before bed would help!
Love this Sage! It’s so easy to get caught up in the nonsense and it’s something I’ve been working on for so long. Definitely going to start doing this!
This is such excellent advice, Sage! I’m not a morning person, so getting up at 5 every week day can be hard for me. I try to keep an upbeat attitude, but now I’m going to do this to help. It’ll certainly make a difference!
There are (many) days when I don’t want to leave my warm bed. But focusing on a few things I’m grateful for makes it easier to start my day. And it puts me in a good mood too.