Eight Things Happy People Do Every Morning
Sometimes, mornings begin in a rushed panic. When we start out our days with stress, it stays with us throughout the rest of the day. We can’t get acupuncture every morning or we would, right? So we need to find other ways to set the tone for our day. It may not surprise you to know that happy individuals tend to enjoy their mornings. They appear to thrive on waking up with the sun and look forward to a new day or possibilities. These happy people have humble morning rituals that increase their own sense of well-being and give their day purpose. Try adding in as many of these habits as possible for 3 weeks and see how differently you feel:
1. Wake up with a sense of gratitude.
Practicing gratitude is one of the highest energy choices you can make in your day. Start the day with love. Be appreciative of your life and all of its little treasures.
Practice small acts of gratitude in the morning by expressing thankfulness to your partner, pet, children or nature each morning. You may also write a gratitude list every day. Pick 5 things you’re grateful for that morning – you can even put future events into the present tense such as “I am grateful that my meeting is smooth, successful and that I connect well with everyone present.” You can do this each morning and evening. It only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in your overall heath and life. It’s also fun to go back and read things that you’ve written some time ago and feel grateful for them again!
2. Begin anew each and every morning.
Know that it’s a brand-new day to start over and do something different. Yesterday may have been a complete failure for you (and was it really?), but today is a new day for success and adventure. People who aren’t ruined by one bad day are resilient creatures. Resiliency is a telltale sign of having purpose and happiness.
3. They do some affirmations..
Happy people start their day by visualizing how their best day will play out that day. Happy people even use affirmations to declare how their day will go. They might say, I’m excited to have an amazing day today. I am grateful to feel respected, loved, connected, successful and abundant in every way. I give thanks for all of the amazing gifts and blessings that will come my way today. Or even a simple one such as I love and accept myself and others. Or come up with your own ones.
4. Read Inspiring Quotes or Books – NOT the morning news.
Some happy people read an uplifting book, while others read inspiring stories or quotes to get their day started. Either way,make it a ritual to read something that uplifts you and makes you feel wonderful.
5. Keep things simple.
Complex morning routines are difficult to stick to and set us up for failure. Happy individuals’ routines are simple for them because they prepared the night before. They picked out their work attire, prepared their lunch, set their coffee to brew — all the night before. A simple routine limits any multitasking that most people do in the morning to ensure that they make it to work on time. Multitasking may create stress and anxiety and steal your peace during your first waking hours.
Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. It is also one of the only ways to eliminate excess cortisol in the body. However, if your exercise is too intense it can raise cortisol levels so pay attention to your body and it’s response. Exercise is a big enough priority that happy folks tend to do it first thing in the morning so that they don’t have to try to make time later in the day for it. They recognize that willpower is strongest in the morning.
7. Meditate. Meditation for even 10 minutes in the morning can transform your day. You don’t have to do the empty your mind meditation if it’s too difficult. Try imagining your whole body filling with light and have the light flow all around you encompassing you in a gorgeous light ball. Or if that takes too much effort, YouTube has some great meditations that you can watch. Just go to https://www.youtube.com and enter key words that resonate with you such as meditation for stress or meditation for anxiety.
Meet yourself where you are and do what feels good to you.
8. Find positive things to focus your attention on. Even something as simple as really enjoying breakfast or a cup of tea or coffee. Thinking about how grateful you are that the car started that morning or being happy that you have comfortable shoes. You can notice a beautiful tree or sunrise. Or an act of kindness between two people. Look for the good and things you can appreciate.
How many of these habits do you perform each morning? Are there others that you would like to see on the list?