So, which one are you? Do you roll out of bed dreading the long to-do list and the people who depend on you? Or do you bounce out of bed with anticipation that today will be the best day yet? Happy people do not wait for the circumstances of their day to dictate how they feel. They decide daily to be happy by engaging in behaviors that bring the predictable result of being happy. The key, however, is consistency.
Whether they meditate, pray, chant, do yoga or simply be still, happy people use this time early in the morning to focus their energy, connect to a higher source and program their minds for the day. It’s a time to lay the foundation for strategies to tackle the problems that are ahead and even fuel the creative juices.
Many of us find it hard to disconnect from our smart devices, and it’s usually the first thing we reach for in the morning, even before we greet the person who slept next to us. Happy people skip this habit early in the morning. They set the stage for their day before being bombarded by depressing news, emails that can topple their plan to be productive or social media which can be a tremendous time-waster. They tackle the most important tasks of the day first.
Focus on what they have, rather than what they lack
Whether they keep a gratitude journal or recite daily the top 5-10 things they are grateful for, happy people know that expressing gratitude centers them. Their focus is not on what is lacking but what they have, which in turn makes room for them to attract even more abundance.
Taking care of the body is just as important as feeding the mind. Happy people discipline themselves to get some form of exercise early in the morning. Waiting until later in the day reduces the chance that they will actually follow through as schedules change and by the end of the day they are probably too exhausted to even consider working out.
Fuel their bodies
Happy people make time to eat breakfast. It’s the daily fuel that gives them the vitality needed to maintain a demanding roster of activities while being sharp and alert. Maybe you don’t feel like you have time to sit and eat breakfast as you have kids to get off to school or a long commute. Why not make a few of your favorite foods the night before so you can grab and go in the morning?
It’s time for you to write your own prescription for happiness and watch your productivity and sense of fulfillment skyrocket.