The cornerstone of a happy and productive life in sobriety begins and ends with a thankful heart. Being grateful and fearful simultaneously is impossible because your brain is incapable of doing both at the same time although alternating between the two states does frequently occur in recovery. Your feelings will be all over the place at times but starting each day with a thankful heart can make the biggest difference of all.
Taking the action first thing in the morning to get you into a grateful frame of mind can be instrumental in setting up the rest of your day to be positive.
Using recovery tools during your morning such as praying, meditating, or journaling can give you a leg up in understanding gratitude. Praying for the things you are thankful for and not just the things that you want is important. Meditation can take you to a place of peacefulness that can give you instant gratitude. Journaling a gratitude list each day with a few of the things that make you thankful can also put into perspective the great life you have in sobriety.
Make sure you tell your kids, your spouse, your roommate, your parents, or your pets when you see them that you love them. Start a morning text with some positive vibes or let someone know that you are thinking about them. If you put your love out there, most likely you will get the same in return, and doesn’t everyone just want to be loved? You will reap what you sow and when you put love in the air, your heart will be full.
Smiling is a tool that always works for a thankful heart. Plus, when you smile, someone else will smile back and then smiling just becomes contagious for everyone who is around. Did you know that smiling is actually good for your body? Smiling releases neurotransmitters which make you feel good; make you relax and lower your blood pressure and heart rate on the spot.
If you considering going through your day grumpy – think again. You have so much to be thankful for these days, including first and foremost, your sobriety. Start out each day with a thankful heart and then go out into the world to sprinkle your gratitude onto others.
Here at the Kimberly Center offers a variety of recovery programs to cover your every need during our extensive treatment for drugs and alcohol. We offer a unique recovery experience while providing a safe place to practice the principles of recovery that you will need in the real world.
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