Day 4 Start Your Day with Gratefulness

Starting our day by thinking about all the good things and people we have in our lives is a great way to set a positive tone for the day.  Gratefulness is all about appreciating the good things in our lives. Practicing gratefulness makes us focus on all the good and pleasant things in our lives and that, in turn, improves our overall happiness. Really!

In other words, spending a few minutes early in the morning thinking about what we are grateful for can improve our mood and our feeling of being happy for the entire day. That’s something well worth doing and you don’t have to spend a lot of time on it.

As you are waking up, or while you’re sitting at your kitchen table sipping your first cup of coffee, think about all the things and people that you are happy to have in your life. Focus your mind on anything positive that has happened the day before, or that you anticipate happening today. You can be grateful for the smallest of things. I wake up grateful that I have a warm and comfortable bed to sleep in and for the rich cup of coffee that helps me wake up and get ready for my busy day. Think about the people in your life that you are grateful for including your parents, grandparents, spouse or significant other, children, friends, colleagues, a boss. Try to find something good about all important people in your life.

Another option is to just look around you. Look at your sunny kitchen, or the trees and birds that you can see outside your window. No matter what your living situation is right now, I’m sure you can think of things about it you are grateful for, even if it isn’t your ideal living space.

Make this part of your new morning ritual, practicing it at roughly the same time each morning and, if possible, in a similar setting. This will help you form a habit. And that’s the goal for the long run. You want to be able to practice being grateful effortlessly and without having to think about it. Getting to that point alone will have a huge impact on how happy and content you feel from here on out. Try it for a few weeks and take note of how your mental outlook changes by simply adding this little exercise of counting your blessings in the mornings. Before long, you will do it automatically and won’t want to miss this opportunity to acknowledge all the good things in your life.

Acknowledging you as one of the good things in the world! Karen

About Karen

Karen Karsten, CPCC, CAC, has had several business careers, in government, finance, retail and publishing. Each career was a building block that helped her create the life she has now as a coach, writer and executive director of Rich Chicks and Creative Principle of Think You Can LLC.

Her companies, Think You Can ( and Rich Chicks ( both explore the magic of prosperity and creating clarity about life values. Karen has total faith in the magic of belief. Notice how that works either way: belief of magic, magic of belief. Magic is there—in you, too. Take a moment right now and honor the magic in you.


  1. One way I deal with really being stressed out is to go for a long ride on country roads. Works best in spring and summer but fall is good to…winter not so much. And I am eternally grateful for my Staff who has chauffeur among his many hats.

    • I find driving to be relaxing, too–once I’m away from the Orange Cone Forest! Just being out in nature is healing! Karen K

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