Here’s a Simple But Highly Effective Way to Generate a State of Gratitude Every Morning, Even When You Don’t Feel Like It, So That You Have a Happier, More Productive Day
As you know, living from a state of gratitude is one of the keys to creating a happier, more fulfilling and abundant life.
When you wake up in the morning though, like many of us, you may not feel instantly positive and overwhelmingly grateful – especially if you haven’t slept well or the alarm jolts you awake!
The good news is you actually consciously choose to generate a state of gratitude each and every morning. And doing this is much faster and easier than you may think!
Doing so helps you become aware of what you’re grateful for in every moment, and as you do this, more and more opportunities will begin to present themselves to you, and you’ll begin to have a much freer, fuller, more expansive experience of being alive.
Two psychologists conducted a study that proves the overwhelming power of gratitude to improve your health and well-being
Two psychologists, one from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas, and the other from University of California at Davis, recently conducted a very interesting study about the extraordinarily positive impact of gratitude on people’s overall well-being.
The psychologists split several hundred people up into three groups. The people in all three groups agreed to keep a diary that they would write in at the end of each day for the duration of the study.
The first group received no instructions as far as what to record in their daily diary, and so they chose to write about whatever happened during the day, either positive or negative.
The second group was instructed to write only about unpleasant experiences they’d had throughout the day.
The third group was asked to write only about things that had occurred that day that they were grateful for.
The results of the study showed that the third group, those who wrote their daily gratitudes down at the end of each day, experienced higher overall levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy.
This third group also experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercise regularly and made greater progress towards their personal goals.
The benefits of meditation that come from having a daily gratitude practice are infinite.
Living from gratitude has the power to transform all areas of your life, so how do you get yourself into the HABIT of living with gratitude?
One of the ways that you can generate a field of gratitude each and every day, even when you wake up not feeling too grateful, is to incorporate a simple but powerful 30-second morning gratitude practice into your morning routine.
(This particular gratitude practice that I’ll now share with you has been a part of my morning routine every day for nearly 20 years!)
Each morning when you wake up, there’s a moment that you realize that you’re awake and alive. Maybe the sun woke you up, or an alarm clock, or your children or your pet jumped on your bed.
However you wake up, this awakeness is something to revel in!
I’ve lived long enough to know that not everyone wakes up in the morning. My dear friend Wayne Dyer went to bed one Saturday night with a calendar fully booked with speaking engagements and other commitments for the next three years… and he simply never woke up the next morning.
So as you start to wake up in the morning, just notice that you’re waking up. Then, verbally acknowledge to yourself and to the infinite intelligence that moves through all things that you are simply grateful for the opportunity to be awake and alive this day.
Don’t let your feet touch the floor until you are in a state of gratitude.
These are some of the things I verbally say to myself before I get out of a bed and let my feet touch the floor. Feel free to borrow these phrases or come up with your own:
“This is not just another day of my life, this is a brand new day! And I’m going to make it an extraordinary day.”
“Nobody gets to think my thoughts today but me, or make my choices today but me. Today, I choose to be grateful for everything that’s in my life.”
“This is a unique, one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable, completely wondrous gift of life in my hands today. I am so grateful for this day!”
“I’m grateful to feel this gratitude for the opportunity to be alive, and for the ability to choose who I am going to be today.”
After so many years of doing this morning gratitude practice, generating and expressing gratitude first thing in the morning now comes pretty naturally to me. But there are days when it doesn’t, when it just takes a bit more time and energy to put myself in that state. And that’s okay!
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I know from personal experience that generating as state of gratitude will absolutely influence the type of decisions I will make, the opportunities I attract to me, and the overall type of day I will have.
And if you take this 30-second morning gratitude practice on, it will absolutely create these same results for you, too!
A morning gratitude experiment
So I encourage you to do an experiment and make this simple but powerful gratitude practice a part of your morning routine for the next seven days.
Living from gratitude has the power to transform all areas of your life.
— Mary Morrissey (@marymorrissey) October 8, 2018
Between the time you’re beginning to open your eyes in the morning and the moment that your feet hit the floor, make the conscious choice to put yourself in a state of gratitude.
Remember that not everyone’s eyes opened that morning, and that this brand new day you’ve been given is a gift.
For more inspiration, here’s some of my personal favorite gratitude quotes.
Do this morning gratitude practice for seven days, and you’ll be amazed by how this quick and simple practice impacts your outlook and the results you generate each day!
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Another huge benefit of gratitude is that it is harmonious with the frequency of abundance. This means that more gratitude you authentically generate, the more abundance you will naturally attract into your life! It’s Universal Law.
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