My morning ritual/ 23 minutes a day has changed my life

I was wondering if any of you guys would like to incorporate the morning ritual in your life. This is the article I came across. Hope it helps you to make your life better like it has been to me. 🙂

 

What if you could set your whole day to this “happiness advantage” with a simple routine that any busy professional could do in as little as 23 minutes every morning? Here’s how — the scientific way.

1. Write down three acts of gratitude.

What three new things are you grateful for? Write it down. For long-term effect, Achor says do it for 21 straight days. He says the reason this is so powerful is you’re training your mind to scan for positives instead of negatives. This activity is the fastest way to teach optimism. It will significantly improve your optimism even six months later, and raises your success rates significantly.

Time length: 2 minutes.

2. Journal one positive experience.

Write in detail about one positive experience you’ve had during the past 24 hours. Bullet point each detail you can remember. According to Achor, this allows your brain to relive the experience, which teaches your brain that the positive behavior matters. It works, he says, since the brain can’t tell the difference between visualization and actual experience. In essence, you’ve just doubled the most meaningful experience in your brain. If you do this ritual every morning for 21 days, your brain reprograms with this trajectory of meaning running throughout your life. In fact, research found that patients suffering from chronic pain or disease who did this for six weeks in a row had dropped their pain medication by 50 percent six months later.

Time length: 2 minutes.

3. Exercise.

Even if you hate exercise, Achor says that a short burst of fun cardio activity (think hula hoops, working in the garden, dancing, or a brisk walk with the dog) works wonders. The reason why exercise is so key to your morning routine is that it literally trains your brain to believe “my behavior matters,” which then carries (positively) into other activities throughout the day.

Time length: 15 minutes.

4. Meditation.

Breathe and watch your breath go in and out for two minutes. This allows your brain to focus on one thing at a time and be present in the moment. Achor says it will “raise accuracy rates, improve levels of happiness, and drop stress levels.” He did this with Google employees with great success.

Time length: 2 minutes.

5. Express kindness through a text or email.

The most important of the five: Write a positive email or text every morning praising or thanking someone you know. And do it for a different person each day. Achor says people who do this become known as positive leaders with strong social connections–the greatest predictor of long-term happiness.

Time length: 2 minutes.

3 thoughts on “My morning ritual/ 23 minutes a day has changed my life”

  1. That is a very good plan, Nami. So you are back home in Japan. Are you happier there? Do you feel like you are Home? I surely hope so. Please stay in touch on GJ. God bless you, dear girl.

  2. Thank you for your comment! You are so sweet to ask me these questions!I am happier here in Japan and feel like I belong here. I would love to stay in touch. 🙂 Thank you!!

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