How Practicing Gratitude Can Make 2016 Great

The yellow Co. Blog: The Key to Starting 2016 Right[

](https://yellow-blog-images.imgix.net/2015/12/KAT_3034.jpg)The holidays make it easy to focus on what we’re grateful for, but what would happen if you expressed gratitude every day? I can tell you from personal experience – it will affect your life in a surprising way.

If you’re already rolling your eyes, I get it! I’m so not the person who thought they’d take time out of their day to visualize goals. I was skeptical when I started a habit of gratitude, loosely based on author Hal Elrod’s six-minute, six-step process known as “The Miracle Morning.” Now I can’t imagine not doing it. I’ve accomplished several of my big, scary goals and I look at the process as an opportunity to set a positive tone throughout my day.

The yellow Co. Blog: The Key to Starting 2016 Right

When to do your gratitude routine is up to you, some people prefer the morning. I try not to put too much pressure on myself to do it at any particular time of the day. I’ve even done this in my office at work, luckily nobody has walked in on me yet!

Just like with working out – life is full of plateaus – we’ve got to challenge ourselves to improve ourselves.

Here’s my routine:

MINUTE OF SILENCE

The minute of silence is what you make it. Some days I find myself spacing out until the timer on my phone goes off, but that’s okay because other days ideas come to me or I simply use the time to appreciate what I have. I think the true purpose of this is just to get you in the right state of mind for the rest of the routine.

READ YOUR AFFIRMATIONS… OUT LOUD.

This is undoubtedly the most difficult and most meaningful part of the six-step process. It’s hard because reading them out loud makes you feel embarrassed even if you’re in an empty room; it’s important because one of the best things we can do is remind ourselves of our own personal worth. Growing up, we rely on our loved ones to tell us we are special and can do anything