Not everyone is a morning person, but here’s a trick you can do to become one. In an episode of Oprah’s LifeClass, comedian Steve Harvey, who was once a college drop-out and lived in his car, says that the key to success lies in the first 10 minutes of your day.
“When I wake up in the morning, I spend the first 10 minutes just thanking. I don't even address any problems and stuff I got. I'm just grateful that I'm up for this.”
Having turned his life completely around, Harvey definitely has every reason to feel grateful. Don't exactly feel #blessed? Be grateful for what you have anyway. Harvey says that God has it all down to a smooth system. The more thankful you are, the more opportunities will come your way. The more ungrateful you are, well, Harvey has an apt explanation. “Why would He give you more stuff to be ungrateful for? He's such a gentleman. So if you're having a rough time with what you have, why would I give you more?”
Try this for yourself tomorrow! Set your alarm tonight with a reminder to spend the first 10 minutes practicing what Oprah calls gratitude meditation, and see if you can't wake up to a more positive mindset.
Need a little help seeing the silver lining? Here are a few ways to stay positive.
Recite feel-good mantras daily.
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Look forward to the day ahead.
Aside from doing your new 10-minute morning ritual, find something to be excited about either at work or later on in the day. It could be a meeting with your favorite client or dinner with your friends after office hours!
Keep saying thank you.
Another way to keep the positive vibes going is to express your gratitude. Find a reason to thank your colleagues or your bosses at the office. Text your parents a random gratitude note.