What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Hit the snooze button?... Have a cup of tea?… Brush your teeth?

Whatever your morning routine is, starting your day with gratitude is a wonderful way to wake up! Gratitude is all about giving thanks for the good things in your life. When you start your day with gratitude, you set the tone for the entire day to be positive and productive.

We know life can be super fast-paced and busy, so we’ve created an easy list that you can practice each morning to get your day off to a wonderful start. This morning ritual is simple and should only take a few minutes!

  1. A moment for yourself: Before you even jump out of bed, first take the time to appreciate how great your night’s sleep was and how thankful you are to simply be waking up. Take a moment to enjoy how cozy your bed feels, listen to the sounds of the birds outside your window, and smell the crisp morning air.

  2. Say thank you: As you rise from your bed, say to yourself, "Thank you for this beautiful day! It’s going to be a great one!” With each new day comes a fresh start and new opportunities!

  3. Write a list: Grab your phone or a notepad and write down at least 3 things you are grateful for today. These things might include something as basic as getting a good night’s sleep or gratitude for your loving family, positive feedback you received on an assignment you worked super hard on or an awesome friendship you have.

If you practice these tiny habits each morning - even if just one of them - you’ll find that they will make a big impact on your overall mood and outlook on life. You’ll start to feel more relaxed, optimistic and happier.

Remember - by putting positive things out to the universe, positivity naturally comes back to you. Over time, this gratitude ritual will become a regular habit, and the power of gratitude will transform your life dramatically!