If you’re not a morning person, there are some things you can do to lift your mood!
The most resilient and happy among us do something every day that lifts us, reduces negative, thoughts, strengthens us, and gives us that zen we’re all seeking. But how does one stay positive all the time? The simple answer is you don’t. No one can stay positive all the time, and it’s important to know that; it’s a dangerous and delusional goal that will only end in failure. There are bad days, but optimism allows us to see opportunity in difficulty and learn from it. Here are some morning habits that you should inject into your routine to invite happiness into your life.
- Practice Gratitude
Whether it’s what you’re looking forward to, or what you’re grateful for, gratitude increases happiness, self-esteem, kindness, and social connection, while reducing pessimism and social comparison.
Just 2 minutes of mindful journaling clears the mind, increases optimism, and can shift your perspective toward the good. Writing down your goals will help the goal seem tangible making it easier to achieve. It can also help overcome trauma.
- Make Your Bed
Making your bed in the morning finishes off the very first task of the day. This will lead to finishing another, and another, and so on. But, if it’s one of those bad days, at least you get to come home to a bed that’s made.
- Articulate Your Ideal Self
Construct sentences that articulate your best self. Repeating this mantra brings forward the ideal qualities you want for yourself, and gets you to your goal.