Happy people are more successful in their personal and professional lives than unhappy people. Feeling happy improves your immune system and increases your energy levels so that you can live life to the fullest without getting bogged down by illness and unfortunate events.
Happiness makes you more optimistic and motivates you to achieve new heights in every area of your life.
So if you ever think for one moment that you have to be successful to be happy, you’re using a backwards approach to success that will leave you spinning your wheels…
Not to worry! Here’s one simple trick you can use every morning to maintain a healthy, positive attitude of thankfulness.
When you first wake up, before you do anything else, say to yourself “Today I am grateful that …” And then fill in the blank with anything you feel even remotely happy about.
It doesn’t matter if you’re at the lowest point of your entire life and everything that could possibly go wrong has gone wrong. No matter how bad things seem, the fact that you’re still alive means there’s something that can make you feel thankful.
Maybe you’ve lost your job but you still have your health. Maybe you’ve fallen ill but you have a supportive family. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one but you have caring friends. Pick any one thing you can feel grateful for and then write it down. Keep a notepad and pen by your bed so that you can write down this one thing right away, every single morning.
That’s all there is to it!
Now maybe you’re thinking that this simple little exercise won’t do much good. It’s too easy, or too silly to make any difference.
On the contrary. I guarantee that if you start tomorrow morning and do it every morning it will change the entire direction of your life for the better. And the effects are cumulative. The more you do it, the more it works, the better things become in your life, and the more you feel like doing it.
You know how when you’re driving and you look at something off the road for longer than a quick glance, and you begin to automatically drift in that direction without realizing that you are turning at all? The same thing happens mentally and emotionally on the road of life. If you find yourself focusing too long on the obstacles in your path instead of focusing on the road ahead, your subconscious mind will begin to subtly shift your thoughts, feelings, and actions in ways that move you more towards the obstacles and away from your goals.
On the other hand, if you focus on feelings of gratitude for what you already have, your subconscious move you to think, feel and behave in ways that will create even more success and positive events in your life.
When you spend the first few moments of every morning thinking about just one thing that makes you feel grateful, you will begin to feel happier in general. The happier you feel, the more outgoing and energetic you will be. You’ll make more friends and improve your existing relationships by making others happier. You’ll make better decisions, take better care of yourself, and become more successful in everything you do.
So give this positive thinking exercise a try. And let others in your life know that you are grateful to have them by sharing this bit of advice!