Make a habit of counting your blessings at both morning and night. You don’t even have to write them down, as in a gratitude journal, if that seems too overwhelming. Simply taking a few minutes when you wake up and before you go to bed is enough to begin cementing this new practice into your routine. Before long, you’ll be easily noticing that blessing abound. Here are some tips to help you begin.
- Start Small.
Easing into any habit is usually the best approach. By making it easier on yourself, you’ll be more inclined to continue moving forward. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to come up with grand examples of gratitude when you’re just starting out. Just appreciating the bed where you’re starting and ending the day can be something to add to appreciate. Sometimes simply recognizing a tiny blessing can have a big impact.
- Add it to what you’re already doing.
A helpful method for remembering your new gratitude habit is to add it on to your existing routine. Whatever you normally do in the morning and night, be sure to include a few minutes to think of what makes you feel fortunate. For example, if you have tea every morning, this would be a good time to take a few minutes to practice gratitude. Sitting down to tea will soon become a reminder to contemplate on your three things.
- Create visual reminders.
If you find yourself forgetting to do it or skipping out on your new task, add some visual reminders to your environment. I’m a huge fan of post-it notes. Stick one on your nightstand. Add another to your bathroom mirror. Technology comes in handy for reminders, as well. Set an alarm on your phone so that you don’t leave the house or fall asleep without taking time to consider what makes you feel thankful.
- Turn It Around.
You can also try the opposite. Turn your complaints into something positive. Maybe you wake up with a sore back and don’t want to get out of bed. It may seem obvious, but reminding yourself that you’re in overall good health and that you have a safe place to sleep can do wonders for your outlook. Find the silver lining. It really works.
- Take Notes.
Try jotting things down during the day as they happen. It only takes a few seconds to make a note of what you feel grateful for in that moment. Take the time later to reflect on it.
A few small changes to your routine and you’ll find it’s actually quite easy to implement this practice.