How you start your day can inform the way your day goes. Do you rush into it? Jump on social media first thing? Turn on the TV and radio and find yourself reacting to what is often negative news?
You’re not alone.
This spring I began thinking about my morning routine. I knew it wasn’t serving me well. So I decided to change it. Instead of reading email, I would meditate. Instead of eating breakfast, I would wait and journal first. But, goodness, habits are tough to break. I kept running out of time and ended up not executing my best laid plans for the start to my day. Before long, my enthusiasm drifted into frustration.
When I told a friend about my struggle, she suggested, The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day (Intelligent Change Inc., 2013)
Talk about a gamechanger.
The book uses the science of positive psychology to improve happiness by focusing your attention on what you are grateful for in your life. Each morning I address these three questions/statements:
- I am grateful for … (List three things)
- What would make today great? (List three things)
- I am… (A one-line daily affirmation, “I am in perfect harmony”)
The book also includes two evening exercises:
- Three amazing things that happened today….
- How could I have made today even better?
Thanks to this short daily ritual I am moving through resistance and fear. Not only is my day better, but my life is better, too. I’m experiencing peace and happiness and so many other blessings.
It’s not surprising, of course. For more than two decades, studies have shown that those who practice gratitude report less symptoms of illness, such as depression. They also experience more optimism and happiness, better relationships, and more generous behavior, just to name a few benefits.
Such a gift, this small bit of time, focused on self. I highly, highly encourage you to give it a try (and while the link above is to Amazon, I do hope you’ll check out your local independent bookstore for a copy of the journal).
It Starts with Intention
The power of intention is, indeed, powerful. Match your intention with your desire and you can easily create manifestations of your desires across all areas of your life—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Here is an example of matching your intention with your desire from The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way (Hay House; 1st edition, March 1, 2004), by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer,
- No match: “I dislike the work that I am doing and the fact that I am not appreciated.”
- Match: I’ll act upon my inner intuitive impulses to create the work or job of my dreams.
If you would like to learn more about intention, I strongly recommend reading Dyer’s book.
We really can do life differently—and it can start with as little as five minutes each day.
Are your habits and behaviors negatively impacting your health and your life? I can help. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-631-0824.