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If you read my blog often, you know I am an anxiety riddled mess. So you’re probably thinking ‘what is this woman doing writing about positivity?‘ Well, I can tell you that positive thinking and gratitude have been amazing mental tools to help me combat my anxiety. My #1 anxiety weapon is waking up in a positive mood every day.
The Law of Attraction
You can read my post about the Law of Attraction if you don’t know what it is. I think it’s something that everyone should know about. Even if it’s not ‘your thing‘ or you think it’s balogna… everyone should try to be more grateful and positive.
The basics of the Law of Attraction is: be positive, be grateful for your life and everything you have, be hopeful for your dreams and act like they’ve already come true.
Sounds simple, but practicing the Law of Attraction is complex.
It’s basically re-programming your brain to be happy… even if you’re not.
“Waking Up In A Positive Mood Is Easy”
Nope, not at all.
Unless you’re Snow White and have 7 dwarfs and a ton of wild animals to do all your chores, waking up in a good mood is difficult at first. It’s definitely a learned skill rather than something that comes naturally.
We’re programmed to worry and fret.
So most of us end the day laying in bed, dwelling on the bills we have to pay, the fact that we have to get up and go to a job we hate or make a never-ending to-do list of the obligations we have to do this week.
So if that’s how you wind down your day, do you think you’ll wake up in a peaceful, positive mindset?
If you go to bed dwelling, you will wake up with the same anger, fear, frustration and dread.
Gratitude For Life
Oprah credits all of her success and wealth to the Law of Attraction. You can read some success stories of the Law of Attraction on Oprah’s site.
I started researching Oprah and the Law of Attraction when something really caught my eye.
Oprah wakes up every morning and says ‘I am so grateful that I am alive‘.
What a powerful first thought. No wonder she gets up and kicks ass every day! She told the Universe ‘I’m happy to be here, let’s make life amazing‘…. and she lives a truly amazing life!
Waking up in a positive mood has helped Oprah become the powerhouse that she is!
How To Change Your Mindset
As you’re about to drift off to sleep at night, say ‘I am so grateful that I am alive‘…. and follow it up with a list of things you’re grateful for.
What a peaceful, healthy way to send yourself off to sleep.
You’ll sleep better and feel better when you wake up.
Making it even easier for you to wake up in a good mood.
The second your eyes open, breathe. Shake your arms, legs, hands and wobble your neck. Let everything fall into a comfortable position where your body feels at ease.
You want your whole body to be rested and neutral so your brain can be the center of attention for a minute.
Say to yourself ‘I am so grateful that I am alive. I am so grateful and happy that I am healthy. I am so grateful that I was able to wake up today and experience this glorious day‘.
Then list the things you’re grateful for.
People, things, experiences, thoughts, talents.
I find something new every day to be grateful for. The pillow under my head, the toothbrush I use, the water that comes out of my faucet….
Your blessings are never ending…. and the more you’re grateful for, the more you’ll feel positive energy starting to flow through you.
Making Time For Positivity
I bet every one of you just read that and was like ‘I don’t have time for this hippie-ish meditating crap‘.
Okay. Suit yourself.
But, you have the power to change your life, you just have to be willing to do it.
If you can’t find 5 minutes every morning and 5 minutes every night, you might have skewed priorities.
Nothing on this Earth is more important than taking a break to be deeply, passionately, unapologetically grateful for what you already have.
Make a list of things that bring you deep, heartfelt joy.
Your cat, a certain song, a stand up comedian….
If taking a few minutes to be grateful just isn’t enough to get you in a positive mood, reach for a helper.
If that didn’t create some sort of joy in your soul, you might be a rock.
It’s just happy and the people in the video are happy. I mean, JT’s dancing while he shops for cereal. Tell me you can’t add a little pep to your step as you get ready or clean house.
My favorite positivity helper is The Secret movie. I have it downloaded on my phone and I watch it as I get ready. Even if I woke up grumpy as hell, that movie will change my mood and get me ready to tackle my day.
My Aunt used to read a book called ‘Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy‘ every day when she woke up. She got a copy for my mom and me. It’s exactly what the title says, comforting and fills you with joy. This book is near and dear to my heart.
Continue The Positivity All Day
The reason you need to be grateful and positive is because it makes you feel like you can tackle the day.
So, once you feel like you can tackle your day… you need to go tackle it.
If something starts to get you down, find your positivity helpers!
Stuck in traffic on the way to work? Throw on a song you can rock out to!
Boss talk down to you during a meeting? Go back to your office and watch a funny cat video.
Continue throughout the entire day thinking ‘I am so grateful that I am alive‘.
End your day being grateful that you were able to experience a truly positive, joyous day.
Try this for one day. I promise it will change your life.
How do you get in the attitude of gratitude?