You’ve probably already seen them. They look pretty much like everybody else except something’s just a little bit different. They always seem to be smiling and full of energy. It’s almost like they’re… happy?
You might have even found yourself staring at one of these people while thinking, “How can she be so happy when I’m just one more system error away from slapping the photocopier?”
Well the secret to success for many happy people is a morning routine that builds the foundation for an enjoyable day. The good news is that establishing one of these routines is incredibly easy! Try out these five strategies when your alarm goes off tomorrow morning.
Wake Up Early
Even though sleeping in is one of life’s sweetest pleasures, it may not be the best way to start your day. The joy of ignoring the rising sun often gives way to a general feeling of sluggishness and perhaps even panic (especially if you’re running late for work!).
The only requirement when it comes to sleep is to get enough to feel refreshed and ready to conquer the day! So find out what works for you and count backwards. If you’re the type of person who needs a full eight hours then make sure you hit the hay early.
Eat Breakfast Fast
Everyone knows that skipping breakfast is a sure-fire recipe for crankiness, but did you also know that how quickly you eat breakfast is extremely important? In order to enjoy all the benefits of your healthy breakfast, you should start eating fairly soon after waking up (within a half hour is ideal).
You don’t need to be chugging raw eggs and leaping up library steps like Rocky to experience the emotional benefits of morning exercise. Your routine could be as simple as walking the dog, doing a ten-minute yoga session, dancing to Taylor Swift while you pack your lunch, or even just taking the stairs to the lobby of your building.
Plan for Success
Feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day is critical to maintaining happiness. But how can you ensure that you’ll attain this level of satisfaction? The answer may be as simple as jotting down a quick to-do list before you start working.
The list will provide a visual reminder of everything you’ve completed that day and you’ll feel great each time you get to stroke a task off the list. Here’s another tip: put a couple of super easy tasks on the list to get the ball rolling (including that morning exercise routine you’ve just completed!)
Pay It Forward
Many of us spend our mornings scrolling through an endless string of emails as we desperately try to determine which ones are urgent. Maybe it’s time to shake up this stressful routine! Tomorrow morning, start your email correspondence by practicing gratitude instead.
Take a minute and think about two people who helped you (or just did something awesome) yesterday. After all, nothing cheers people up faster than getting an email like, “Hey I loved your presentation yesterday!” or “Thanks so much for finding that report I needed!”
Not only will you be starting their day off with a smile, but handing out these virtual “pats on the back” will also make you feel happier and more connected to the people around you.
Maintaining a positive outlook throughout the day is a challenge for all of us, but by implementing these five strategies you’ll be giving yourself a better chance for success and improved happiness. Start building your new morning routine right away!
- BBC News – Health