February 3, 2023

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How to brighten up your morning (and all day): 7 powerful habits

How to brighten up your morning (and all day): 7 powerful habits

“When you get up in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
Marcus Aurelius

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

A new day is ahead of you.

A day full of unused potential and opportunities. How can you make it more likely that it will be a positive and good day?

Today I just want to share 7 habits I’ve used to make my mornings and whole days better.

1. Keep a reminder on your bedside table.

How will you begin your very first moments and minutes of the day?

A good way to get off to a good start is a note, a reminder on your bedside table that will be one of the first things you see when you wake up.

A few suggestions for what to write on your note:

A low bar for happiness.

Write, “Today I will set the bar low for happiness.” Read it and try to keep it in your mind throughout the day.

This one helps me appreciate things more.

The food, my work, the weather, the people and the small events of the day don’t become everyday things, but something I enjoy. The little things or things you take for granted become something I now often pause for a moment or two to absorb and appreciate.

Your top 3 priorities in life right now.

To keep your attention in the right place, it’s important to remind yourself each day what really matters most.

What is most important to you this year? A project at work? Your family? improve your social life? Your blog, photography, football or debt?

Think about it and boil down what’s important in your life to the top 3 most important priorities.

2. Give a genuine compliment.

Paying a genuine compliment to your significant other, family member, friend, or co-worker during your morning can not only brighten his or her day, but also make yours a little bit brighter and happier.

So unlock what you can appreciate in a person in your life. Then tell him or her that.

If you can, do something that can be a bit unexpected and something that person hasn’t heard a hundred times.

For example, a compliment about their great taste in music or their wonderful way with animals can be more appreciated and effective than a compliment about their looks and other more superficial things.

3. Positive information intake at breakfast.

Instead of watching the news or reading the papers and getting a negative and maybe depressing start to your day, do something that will inspire you.

Read one or more new posts from positive, funny, and uplifting blogs or websites. Read a chapter from a book that inspires you (or a handful of quotes that motivate you). Or just have a fun and heartfelt conversation with the people at your kitchen table.

4. Start your workday with your most important task of the day.

When you do this, the rest of the day will feel lighter and easier. You will feel better and more confident as you move on to other tasks.

If you’re having trouble getting started on the most important task, just make a deal with yourself to work on it for 3 minutes. Then you can stop if you like.

But maybe you don’t want to do that anymore once you’ve started. That seems to be the case for me most of the time.

The beginning is usually the hardest part. So make this part easier for yourself.

5. Walk slowly.

Walking a little slower makes it easier to focus fully, keeps the stress down, and I usually do a better job with something the first time.

I work more clearly and don’t get stuck in hectic work as often.

It may feel like I’m not getting enough done, but at the end of the day I usually get more quality work done than if I try to keep a fast pace throughout the day.

Partly because the lower stress levels keep my mind fresh and energized even in the last afternoon hours of the workday.

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

6. Train.

Mentioned often and with good reason. It has many positive benefits.

I exercise several times a week and as a result my energy increases, inner doubts and tensions decrease, I feel more determined and my spirit becomes more optimistic.

And all this makes the rest of the day brighter.

I strongly recommend getting some exercise in the morning. If you can’t go to the gym early in the day or work out from home, maybe you can walk or bike to work or school.

7. Doing the right things, big and small.

This strengthens your self-esteem. It puts a jump in your step and it makes me happier, at least.

So do what deep down you think is right.

A few examples you could bring up:

Perform a random act of kindness. Hold the door open or show the way to someone who seems lost. Help someone practically or just by listening. Start overcoming the most important challenge in your life.

Build on just one small step, one small thing, if you wish. Start building an upward spiral of positivity and good feelings. And then take more steps up.

Towards what you know you really want and know are the right things in your life for you.