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Bedtime Gratitude Exercise

I have a simple routine that I do every night before I go to sleep. I call it my bedtime gratitude exercise (catchy name, right?) and I would like to share it with you because it helps me stay positive and helps me keep my life moving in a positive direction.

Bedtime Gratitude Exercise

This is a pretty simple exercise¬†because I adapt it each night depending on how tired I am when I’m finally ready to go to sleep.

The Long Version of My Bedtime Gratitude Exercise

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I read a few pages or a chapter of one of my favorite author’s books, such as Napoleon Hill, Og Mandino, Ralph Waldo Emerson, or Terry Kay. Then I write a few lines about my thoughts on what I just read, then I write a few lines about things I am grateful for in my life and think about those things as I fall asleep.

Then I write a few lines about my thoughts on what I just read, then I write a few lines about things I am grateful for in my life and think about those things as I fall asleep.

The Medium Length Version of My Bedtime Gratitude Exercise

I make a list of a minimum of ten things that I am grateful for in my life and think about them as I fall asleep. I actually prefer to go for twenty-five items on the list, but I adapt as necessary based on exactly how tired I feel.

I actually prefer to go for twenty-five items on the list, but I adapt my lists as necessary based on exactly how tired I feel.

Sometimes I re-read them during the day if I’m having a tough day because I find having a written reminder of the things that I value in life brightens my day.

The Short Version of My Bedtime Gratitude Routine

I drop a penny in a jar while thinking about something I’m grateful for or wishing for something good to happen to someone else.

The penny isn’t really necessary, but I like the sound of the coins dropping into the glass jar and I like the idea of having a small jar of pennies with each coin in the jar representing a positive thought or wish for someone’s well-being.

So that’s it – those are the three variations of the gratitude exercises I do before bed.

I find that – in addition to feeling more positive – I sleep better when the last thoughts to cross my mind are positive thoughts about life and about others.

How about you? Do you have a bedtime routine that helps you focus on positive things?