Pratice Morning Gratitude
Starting any sort of gratitude practice is a great way to improve your life and make it more positive. A morning gratitude practice has extra benefits, however, because it also gives you all the benefits that come from starting your day off with positivity.
As with other types of morning positivity, you can choose from several types of morning gratitude practice. One is simply doing affirmations focused on being grateful. If that appeals to you, follow the instructions in the last article for using affirmations. If not, read on.
The two most common types of morning gratitude practices are list-making and gratitude journaling. Both work well to bring positivity into your morning and can be integrated into most morning routines.
Gratitude lists are exactly what they sound like -lists of things you are grateful for. You can make one whenever and wherever you want to (or need to). They can be as short or as long as you need or wish them to be.
To make gratitude lists into a morning gratitude practice, you need to make a list of things you are grateful for every morning. Try to make a list that is the same size every morning -three, five, and ten things are most common. You do not need to list the same things every morning; in fact, it is best if you do not.
Just list whatever comes to mind first. Your list will vary from one day to the next and that is a good thing! It will show you all the different things in your life that are good and help you become more positive.
How do you make your lists? You can either make them silently or aloud at any time during your morning routine that you choose. Or you can write them down. The choice is yours. Do which one feels right and works best for you.
Gratitude journaling is a specific type of journaling where you focus on being grateful. It is often used to write down gratitude lists, as described above, but it is also used with specific gratitude prompts or to write down long paragraphs on gratitude.
You do not need a lot of time to use this method. You only need to journal for five or ten minutes a day. You can use any notebook or a premade journal and download prompts for free from the internet.
Positive Morning Affirmations
Affirmations are one of the most popular self-help and personal development techniques because they are easy to do and to integrate into your daily routine. Beyond that, they are popular because they work. Affirmations are one of the most powerful things you can do to help yourself change and grow.
Using affirmations is simple. You pick a small number of affirmations that appeal to you. A few examples are offered below. Pick no less than two and no more than five. More will overwhelm you.
Each morning, you say your affirmations, aloud or silently, several times each. You can do this before you get out of bed or while going about your morning. You can say affirmations in the shower, while brushing your teeth, eating your breakfast, or on your morning commute.
Gradually, as you use the same affirmations over time, they will subtly change your self-talk -the constant flow of thoughts in your brain -and shift your worldview to be more in line with the affirmations. They quite literally reprogram your brain. When you have gotten all the benefits you can out of one set of affirmations, you can switch to another.
Examples of Positive Morning Affirmations
I will have a good day today.
I am joyful.
Today will be awesome.
Good things are coming my way today.
I love myself.
I am excited for today.
I can overcome any obstacle.
I am powerful.
I will be focused today.
Today will be really productive.
I have gifts to offer the world.
I am strong.
I have lots of energy today.
Nothing will stand in my way today.
I will be on my game today.
I will do a great job today.
I will have lots of great ideas today.
I am at peace this morning.
I know my worth.
I believe in myself.
Today I will be confident.
I attract success.
Opportunities are opening to me.
I am resilient.
I am a good person.
I will do the best I can today.
Today I will grow.
Each day I am becoming a better version of myself.
I will make progress on my goals today.
I will achieve my goals.
I will reach my dreams.
These are just a few examples of positive affirmations you can adopt for your morning positivity practice. If none of them work for you, you can find many more online or come up with some on your own.