Doing these 2 Things in the Shower will Make us Happier.

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We all shower—and it’s one of the few times that we’re doing only one thing, making it an ideal opportunity to quiet our monkey minds, consciously create happy thoughts and express gratitude.

And feel happier every day.

That’s because when we shower, we aren’t on the phone, or the computer, or watching TV. We aren’t working and we’re not playing with our kids.

We’re simply standing under a stream of water with the goal of becoming clean.

But it’s not just our bodies that we can clean while we’re in the shower—we can also clean out our minds and our thoughts.

Instead of letting your mind wander aimlessly (as mine tends to do—what should I make for dinner tonight? Hmm...), you can consciously shape your thoughts to be more positive and mindful.

That’s exactly what I do every time I shower—and I’ve added two things to my shower routine to help me start off each day with peace, gratitude and joy.

Whether you’re a newbie to this inner peace thing or you’ve been walking the path for years, bringing mindfulness to your shower time is such an effective tool to feeling happier.

Here’s what we can do:

1. Say your “I ams.” As Wayne Dyer said, the words “I am” are some of the most powerful words in our language, for what comes next literally shapes our perceptions, our lives and our reality.

So if you’ve always believed thoughts like “I am dumb,” then I bet you didn’t get straight As in school. But if you’ve always thought “I am lucky,” l bet you’ve experienced plenty of fortuitous situations.

As soon as I get in the shower, I turn my thoughts to my standard “I ams”:

I am happy.
I am whole.
I am enough.
I am complete.
I am worthy.

(Don’t rush through these. Take a few deep breaths as you think them, to make sure they really sink in.)

I always start with these five “I am” statements because they are the foundation of my entire spiritual philosophy. You can’t do much healing of your emotional pain and suffering if you don’t think you’re inherently worthy.

Then, as I’m getting myself clean, I add more “I am” statements like:

I am healthy.
I am willing to change.
I am fulfilled.
I am wise.
I am forgiving.

Really, it’s about saying whatever you want to be feeling. It’s not about whether you already are feeling that way. That’s because you have to say it before you believe it.

So even if you’re hating on that family member who hurt you last month or feeling like death warmed over as you suffer from the flu, you insist—over and over and over—that you’re forgiving and healthy.

And soon enough you will be feeling what you’ve been telling yourself. Of course, some affirmations take longer than others to come to fruition, but they will come true if you’re consistent with your practice.

2. Express gratitude. After my “I am” statements, I move on to gratitude. I may be washing my hair, and I’ll think thoughts like “I’m grateful for my loving and supportive husband.”

And no worries if you can’t think of much that you’re grateful for. Start with something totally obvious, especially if you’re showering first thing in the morning—you know, pre-caffeine. You could say “I’m grateful for hot water” or “I’m grateful that I have a house to live in” or “I’m grateful it rained yesterday.”

My other gratitude affirmations sometimes go like this:

I’m grateful for the birds singing sweet songs outside my bedroom window.

I’m thankful to spend so much quality time with my daughter.

I’m grateful I can watch the sunrise and sunset over the ocean every day.

And so on…

It absolutely doesn’t matter what you’re grateful for. Just express gratitude for something.

When you combine positive “I am” statements with gratitude statements while in the shower, you end up with a clean body and a clean mind.

Now that’s a glorious way to start your day!

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Author: Dina Overland

Editor: Yoli Ramazzina

Photo: Flickr/stefano peppucci

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Dina Overland is a Spiritual Life Coach helping you (especially mamas) move past your emotional pain so you can stop feeling angry, anxious, bitter, depressed and alone and start feeling more happiness, love and peace. Watch her free video—From Pain to Joy: 4 Steps to Finding Peace Through Emotional Suffering—join her Facebook group for more support, and check out her website.

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anonymous Feb 3, 2016 12:45pm

I love this article! I’ve been looking for ways to both motivate and center myself each day. I never thought about the shower being a place to do that for myself. Great tip!

    anonymous Feb 3, 2016 4:25pm

    Yay! Sounds like it was divine timing then 🙂 Here's to cleaning your body AND your mind! <3

anonymous Feb 3, 2016 10:16am

Great advice!!! Love it! Sending this over to my husband to read, so we can share it with our daughters.

    anonymous Feb 3, 2016 4:24pm

    Thank you Maureen! Hope you, your husband, and your daughters all enjoy and benefit from shower mindfully <3

anonymous Jan 31, 2016 9:00pm

Thank you for this one.. I’ll try it as soon as possible. I hope it’ll lessen my anxiety during the day and will help me sleep better at night. Can I just have cold shower? Not a fan of hot shower here.. and am I going to say I ams after a deep breathe? Pls let me know. Thanks!

    anonymous Feb 1, 2016 2:33pm

    Hi Seth! I say go with whatever water temperature you're most comfortable with. As for breathing, take a few deep breaths before, during, and after you say your I ams. I find that's the best way for you to really "digest" them. Hope that helps!

anonymous Jan 31, 2016 4:05am

Do you know what – I did it and I combine it with another powerful feelgood tool:
After the hot shower, I switch to the cold shower. The trick is, to stay a few minutes under the cold water. After the first 30 seconds hard breathing, try to control your breath and think again to the "I am's"
If you able to do this for 3 – 5 minutes, you'll be surprised on the outcome 🙂

    anonymous Jan 31, 2016 4:25pm

    Oh, I'll have to try that! Thanks for the tip 🙂

anonymous Jan 30, 2016 3:07pm

Thank you for those 2 tips @dinaoverland ❤️ Great idea ✨

    anonymous Jan 31, 2016 4:24pm

    You're so welcome Alexandra! I hope it brings lots of extra peace and happiness for you <3

anonymous Jan 30, 2016 1:39pm

Thank-you for your insightful message. Water, of course, is a very powerful cleanser in and of itself for us troubled humans.

    anonymous Jan 31, 2016 4:24pm

    You're so right Robert! Water is incredibly powerful.

anonymous Jan 30, 2016 9:51am

Excellent way to start or end the day…. Great way to lift oneself up to a better mental state and energy! Thank you…. For me it has added another way to add prayer to my daily gratitude of all I am and all I have!

    anonymous Jan 30, 2016 10:40am

    Yes, Patricia, you're so right that these steps boost your mental state! And definitely the shower is a good place to add prayer. Thanks for your comment! <3

anonymous Jan 30, 2016 8:00am

here i was thinking singing and making out….lol!!!!!

    anonymous Feb 1, 2016 4:58am

    Hahaha same here!! Which can btw also be done with affirmations & gratitude 🙂

anonymous Jan 29, 2016 5:56pm

Great ideas for the shower! Thanks for sharing Dina 🙂

    anonymous Jan 30, 2016 8:45am

    Thanks so much Pamela! I hope they brighten your day <3

Stephanie Worrall Nov 7, 2018 3:42pm

This was a great article and I could really relate to it. When my children were younger more often than not I would call my daughter into the bathroom. She’d sit on the toilet and take notes for me. She thought it was funny and I was glad to get all of that off my mind. Now that my children are adults my mind and my shower time are calmer! 😊