How to Brighten Your Morning (and Entire Day): 7 Powerful Habits

“When you wake in the morning, think of what a great pleasure it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to appreciate, to love.”

Marcus Aurelius

The alarm bell goes off. You gently open your eyes.

A fresh day is before you.

A day of undiscovered possibilities and opportunity. How can you make it more likely to become a happy and nice day?

Today I’d want to simply share 7 behaviors that I have utilized to make my mornings and full days better.

1. Keep a reminder on your bedside table.

How will you start your very first seconds and minutes of the day?

One excellent method to get off to a good start is to have a note, a reminder on your bedside table that will be one of the first things you notice once you have woken up.

A handful of options for what to jot down in your note:

A low bar for happiness.

Put down: “Today I shall set a low bar for happiness”. Read it and try to keep it in mind throughout the day.

This one enables me to appreciate things more.

The food, my job, the weather, the people and the tiny happenings of the day becomes not daily things but something I am delighted to have. The tiny things or what may be something one takes for granted becomes something I now frequently stop for a second or two to take in and enjoy.

Your top 3 priorities in life right now.

To maintain your focus in the appropriate place it is crucial to remind yourself every day of what is genuinely most important.

So what is most essential for you this year? A project at work? Your family? Enhancing your social life? Your blog, photography, soccer or debt?

Think about it and minimize what is vital in your life to the top 3 most important things.

2. Offer one sincere praise.

Delivering one sincere praise to your spouse, a family member, friend or co-worker throughout your morning might not only boost his or her day but also make yours a bit brighter and happier.

So dig into what you may admire in a person in your life. Then tell him or her that.

If you can, make it something that may be a little surprising and something that individual hasn’t heard a hundred times before.

For example, a comment on her outstanding choice in music or his fantastic way with animals may be more welcomed and effective than a compliment about beauty and other more superficial matters.

3. Good information intake during breakfast.

Instead of watching the news or reading the newspaper and receiving a gloomy and possibly dismal start to your day do something that will excite you.

Read one or a few of fresh posts from pleasant, amusing and uplifting blogs or websites.

Read a chapter from a book that inspires you (or a handful of quotations that encourage you) (or a handful of quotes that motivate you).

Or just have a pleasant and friendly chat with the individuals around your kitchen table.

4. Start your workday with your most critical assignment of the day.

If you do then the remainder of the day will feel lighter and easier. You will feel better about yourself and more confident as you go on to other chores.

If you have problems getting started with the most critical assignment then simply make a bargain with yourself to work on it for 3 minutes. Afterwards you may quit if you like.

Yet you may not want to once you have gotten started. That appears to be the case for me most of the time.

Starting started is most frequently the toughest part. So make that portion simple for yourself.

5. Go slow.

As I go a little slowly it becomes easier to completely concentrate, to keep the stress down and I most typically do a better job with things the first time around.

I work with greater clarity and I do not get caught in completing busy things too frequently.

It may seem like I’m not getting enough done but at the end of the day I generally get more quality work done than if I attempted to maintain a high tempo throughout the day.

Mostly because the reduced stress levels keeps my thoughts fresh and energy up even during the final few afternoon hours of the workday.

Try going a little slower. See how it works for you.

6. Work out.

Frequently cited and for a good cause. It has several good advantages.

I exercise many times a week and by doing so I enhance my energy, inner uncertainties and anxieties reduce, I feel more resolute and my thinking gets more hopeful.

And all of that makes the rest of the day lighter.

I definitely suggest performing some type of workout in the morning. If you can’t go to a gym or work out from home early in the day then maybe you can walk or bicycle to work or school.

7. Do the right thing in a tiny or huge way.

This one enhances your self-esteem. It puts a spring in your step and it at least helps me feel happy.

So do what you deep down believe is the proper thing.

A few instances that may connect with you:

Do a random act of kindness. Hold up the door or show out the route for someone who appears lost.

Assist someone out practically or simply by listening.

Get started with making a dent in the most critical task in your life.

Build upon only a modest step, a small item if you desire. Start generating an upward spiral of optimism and happy sensations inside. And then take additional steps higher.

Towards what you know you genuinely want and you know are the appropriate things for you in your life.