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2 Ridiculously Cool Rituals to a Happier Life

“Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.”-Jefferson Bethke

Life gets busy and stressful, especially around the holiday season. For me, sometimes it's tough to slow down and take a moment to express how thankful I am for life's blessings when life get moving so fast. One of the things I have noticed that can really help me is when I choose to pay attention to the small things in life.

Often times, life becomes this day-in and day-out ritual. We get up in the morning, brush the teeth, get dressed, head to work or school, do what we do and then head home, chill a little, eat dinner, watch TV, brush the teeth, get undressed, put the jammies on and head to bed. And we do this over and over and over.

Some of the happiest people on the planet are the thankful ones. They have created space in their busy 24-hour day to reflect and give thanks.

2 Ridiculously Cool Rituals to a Happier Life

1. The Power of the Morning

Every morning when you wake up, think of three things that you are thankful for in your life at that moment. I do this every morning and man oh man does it bring me joy! 😎

Fill your mind with an appreciation for all the small blessings that are with you at the very beginning of the day. I love the saying, "All's well that ends well." However, I am crazy about the saying, "All's well that begins well." Begin your day well by THANKFULNESS.

2. The Power of the Good

It's so easy to see all that is wrong. The news, social media, people and the downs in life are all right there in front of us. I get it! Life can be pathetically ugly and painful at times. Train your mind to see the good side of what’s right in front of you. I was once encouraged to do the following: "Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles. Notice them. Notice again and again how fortunate you are. The evidence is all around you right now, and it’s beautiful, and well worth gathering into your awareness."

In last week's blog, 3 Lessons I Learned From a 7-Year-Old Girl, I mentioned how I'm so thankful for the 46 heart beats a minute I receive each and every day. You see, for some people, today will be the last day of their very last heartbeat on planet earth. I often take for granted my heartbeats. I'm incredibly grateful for the amazing blessing of a breath in and a breath out 11 times every 60 seconds. And when I return home from work, I will be greeted with love, licks and kisses, as if I'm the most famous person on the planet by my incredible 3 dogs!

You see, it's so easy to take the small and yet wonderful blessings in life simply for granted.

Your turn...

Try this: Carve out a small amount of time in each and every morning, to stop and really see the thousands of blessings you have. Bit by bit, turn this into a habit. A habit of thankfulness.

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