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Two Minute Mornings – Win your day, every day!

- By Dwaipayan, 04 February 2021 | 6 MIN READ


Now here is a book, Two Minute Mornings, which tells us that choices made in the morning can have a huge impact on you - a gratitude journal can encourage you to "win the day" in just a few minutes each morning. The book is written by Neil Pasricha - A simple system based on positive physiology research. This written exercise mentioned in the book helps facilitate mindfulness and assists in the creation of a constructive daily focus – the right track to forming a permanent positive mindset.
Features simple, quick prompts that focus on gratitude, letting go of stress, and setting daily intentions.

Did you ever wonder with so many browser tabs open you can’t see the titles anymore? Or make an attempt and think why your pockets full with little scrap-paper notes you wrote to yourself throughout the day? Worried and anxious about your jammed schedule for tomorrow because you have no time to focus on what really matters?

Author Neil Pasricha devices a simple system based on positive psychology research. A simple little system called “Two Minute Mornings.” can make you feel motivated. 

The first thing that I do when I wake up is spending the first two minutes of my day filling in my answers to three simple sentences:

I will let go of…

I am grateful for…

I want to focus on…

The difference it made to my life was immediate and incredible.

The two minutes “win the morning” helped me “winning the day.”

Letting go of stress helped me crystallize a worry to avoid mentally revisiting it over and over throughout the day. The gratitude list helped me prime my brain for positivity. And focusing my attention on a few small commitments – a project to finish, a tough conversation I’d been waiting to have, and a twenty-minute run, for example – actually sealed the deal.

So what is Two Minute Mornings?

This is a simple journal to help you rig the game so you can win it. It’s a quick therapeutic intervention from our future-focused society to both feel better and get more done.

All from taking a few moments to let go of something, feel grateful, and bring some focus to your day.


I will let go of…

Read this book “Don’t look back in anger!” by Brassen, Gamer, Peters, Gluth, and Bluch reported in Science magazine shows that minimizing our qualms as we age creates greater happiness and contentment. The research also shows that holding a grudge and regrets causes us to take more aggressive and risky behaviors in the future. Successful people notice mistakes in their lives and then choose to let them go. This written exercise crystallizes that effect and allows them to pass through your mind instead of sizzling your emotions all day.

I am grateful for…

A study by Emmons and McCullough shows if you write down five gratitudes a week you’re evidently happier over a ten week period. Research shows the more detailed the better. We know if people write down “family, food, job” or something similarly vague over and over it really doesn’t cause any happiness increase. Our minds don’t relive any specific experience. Try things like: “When Trooper learned to shake a paw”, “The moment I saw Ana bringing me a coffee”, or “How Antonio finally put the toilet seat down,” etc.

AND, I will focus on…

Ideally, the daily goal will be to strip away the endless list of things you could do into a bite-sized list of things you will do. Why? Because if you don’t you will mentally revisit your could-do list all day. And that will bring about decision fatigue. As Florida State Professor of Psychology Roy Baumeister and New York Times journalist John Tierney say in Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength “Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, buy junk food at the supermarket. It’s different from ordinary physical fatigue— you’re not consciously aware of being tired—but you’re low on mental energy.”

The book tells you to use the daily focus to write down three small goals “I want to achieve” It feels enormous crossing them and achieving them. If I missed one, I can just add it to tomorrow.


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