Wake up happy more often. You deserve more than a rushed and restless morning. Life is a gift and you’re meant to wake up in a good mood, refreshed and grateful to live another day. These are some simple actions that will help you get excited to start your day.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
If you’re reading this right now, you’re blessed to be alive. This time is a gift, and it’s best enjoyed when lived fully and consciously in the spirit of gratitude.
A good morning sets the tone for a good day. One moment of joy feeds an upward spiral of positivity. Every single moment of every single day matters, for these small fragments of time become the building blocks of your life.
Right now and every morning, remind yourself to wake up happy on purpose, for any particular reason or for no reason at all (it’s okay to just be happy for the sake of being happy).
7 Ways to Wake Up Happy
1. Be a beginner.
The day holds so much possibility when we’re open to whatever comes our way—new ideas, interesting people, unexpected lessons, spontaneous adventures. There are few possibilities in the expert’s mind where there are many in the beginner’s.“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” – Meister Eckhart Click To Tweet
Allow yourself to be a beginner. Instead of beating yourself up for what happened yesterday, vow to start fresh today with newfound wisdom. Mistakes do not make you, but if you harness their lessons, they will make you stronger.
To truly begin anew each morning, wake up with a commitment to being open minded and receptive to life in all its expressions. Today is a new day with much to learn and grow from, and those who continue to realize this have mastered the art of living for the moment with reverence for their life.
2. Read something positive.
In life, you often have to create your own sunshine. Start your day with an inspiring quote, article, or a passage from a book that will help you do that. Some may prefer personal growth literature, others scripture. I like to repeat a positive affirmation in the morning before I roll out of bed; it starts my day with intention and clarity.One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. – Unknown Click To Tweet
Start your day on a positive note with healthy, productive ideas that can guide your morning and day. Reading something positive every morning when you wake up will encourage you to do something positive before you go back to sleep at night.
3. Say, “Thank you.”
Wake up with a sense of gratitude and truly consider how appreciative you can be for your life.
Literally saying “thank you” when you open your eyes in the morning can help you experience greater happiness in your day. It’s such a simple thing that has done more for my mindset than I initially imagined it would. I make it a point of giving thanks every single morning, and I swear by it.Start each day with a grateful heart. Click To Tweet
You can give thanks for anything—your current situation, the possibilities of the future, people in your life, waking up with a bed under you and a roof above you, your health, food; there are so many reasons to be thankful. Try to be as specific as possible.
Dwell in feelings of gratitude first thing in the morning, and you’re more likely to discover peaceful moments throughout your day.
4. Ask yourself meaningful questions.
Steve Jobs started his days by asking himself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” In a similar fashion, by starting your day with purposeful intent and self-inquiry, you can wake up happy by knowing where your heart lies and applying your appetite for life to this day.
Some sample questions may sound like this:
- How will I live in alignment with my core values today?
- How can I make a positive difference in the world around me today?
- What good can I do?
- How will I make this day count?
- What matters to me today; what are my top priorities and goals?
5. Place meaning in your tasks.
Even if you feel obligated to do something today that you don’t necessarily enjoy doing, you can transform it into something positive and beneficial.
sk yourself how you can find meaning in this responsibility. Challenge yourself to change the way you see an upcoming burdensome task and instead view it as contributing to a greater cause or end-result.You can transform any negative experience into something useful by giving it meaning. Click To Tweet
You can craft your job into a calling. You can turn a burden into a blessing. You can see the little pieces as being part of the puzzle. You can wake up happy knowing that whatever is going to happen today is going to be useful to you in some way, some day (maybe even today).
6. Wake up with a smile.
Science shows that smiling makes us more attractive to others, lifts our mood and the mood of those around us (because it’s contagious), helps ward off stress, and is a natural pain reliever and relaxant. Forced or not, smiling can have a positive effect on our mood and health. Basically, smiling is really, really good for us all.Wake up with a smile and go after life. – Joe Knapp Click To Tweet
Life is better when you smile, so start your mornings off happier with a curve that sets everything straight. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
7. Make a decision.
Waking up happy is easier said than done, and I personally understand this. We’ve all had bad days, sleepless nights, and grumpy mornings. The victory is not in never falling down, but in not staying down.How to have a good day: Decide each morning that you are going to have a good day. Click To Tweet
As Ward Foley said, “We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given life. And it’s up to you to make it good or bad.”
Each morning and in every awakened moment, we all have a choice to make. Our life is made up of choices that direct our attitude toward life.
Instead of automatically proclaiming this day to be anything other than good, take a breath. Yes, you may be tired. Yes, you may be in a funk. Yes, you may be a bit cranky. Acknowledge that—be aware that you’re feeling this way from an unbiased point of view—and remind yourself that you can decide where to go from here.
I often say: “I see you. I hear you. Thank you.” This short statement helps me acknowledge my current state of mind without judging myself (or someone or anything else) for it. I see it. I hear its call for attention. I thank it, too, because it’s telling me something that I’d be better off hearing than dismissing.
From this point, I can move into an open space where I’m able to make a decision and tell myself, “I don’t have to stay here. I can see this, hear this, thank this, and move forward stronger and happier because I’ve chosen to do so.”
The best kind of days are the ones you purposely and purposefully decide to make good.
- Is there anything you would add to this list?
- How do you wake up happy?
- Are you willing to be a beginner, to smile, and to be grateful?
Please share your own morning practices, happy habits, positive intentions, and experiences with me in the comments.
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Today is a gift. Live accordingly. Wake up happy to be here, breathing and alive, with another chance and another cause to do good in the world.
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