I’m not a morning guy. I feel intense pangs of jealousy when my cat settles into a comfortable position on my bed just as I force myself out of it. But there are two rituals that I find to be remarkably effective in helping me get the day started. 

The first is a moment of gratitude. Shortly after getting up, I pause and silently list a few things I’m grateful for. I try to vary what’s on the list each day. This ritual injects some positive energy into my morning. 

The second ritual is making (and drinking) coffee. Before doing anything that requires thought, I brew a small pot of French Roast. The coffee injects some caffeine into my bloodstream. And with the caffeine buzz comes another moment of gratitude. 

Gratitude and coffee: a simple, effective, low-cost way to start the day. I hope you have a great one!