Ready, Set, Go!

(First let me give a big shout out to all of you beautiful people who responded to my questions. I am working on a new project and all of the input is a great help!

THANK YOU! I appreciate it!)

Okay people, start your engines! It’s the morning and you are ready to get your day started. What is the first thing you do? If you’re like most people you don’t even think about it. Whatever you do is such a routine that you could do it in your sleep and probably some of you are actually sleep walking doing it.

Does your day begin with drudgery or are you looking forward to the day? Depending on what is going on in your life emotionally, financially or physically can have a real impact on how you feel when you wake up each day but…. you can change the way your day begins if instead you wake up and the first words you say are, “Thank you, thank-you, thank-you!

Oh, I know some of you might be saying, “Ya sure, well you don’t know what is going on in my life, I’m in debt or I’m broken hearted or I’m worried about, well, I’m worried about EVERYTHING!

Sorry folks, but no matter what is going on in your life and even if things are all good, waking up and saying, THANK YOU! is the only way to wake up because what that does is it puts your shoe on the right foot, right out of the gate.

Every step you take after that is a step closer to living with an attitude of gratitude.

Research shows that the benefits of cultivating gratitude can impact your life on many levels. Plus, it’s free and doesn’t take much time! Robert A. Emmons Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher confirms that gratitude increases happiness and reduces depression.

When the first thoughts of your day are about being thankful for your blessings it allows you to put a new spin on whatever is going on in your life because it gives you the perspective that not everything is bad.

It helps you to recognize there are actually things in your life that you are lucky to have and why not take a second to extend a little gratitude and say, “Thank-you” for them?

As a matter of fact, if you really want to go for it, how about trying this: every time you start to feel bad or worry or get down; stop yourself for a second and say “Thank-you” first. It will remind you of all of those things that you are so fortunate to have to be grateful for!

Then if you want, you can go back to feeling bad! See, just the thought of it seems counterintuitive. It’s kind of like smiling when you are worried or sad. Try it next time you’re down. It feels weird!

If you get into the habit of waking up each morning and be a little bit more appreciative of all that you DO have in your life, it will be a gift you give to yourself.

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” –Epictetus

Love you guys! Have a great weekend! Susan







Susan Russo

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