You’ve seen them – those coffee cups with threatening words on them, warning people to steer clear until the user has had enough caffeine to be sociable. Chances are, that’s a person who’s not very happy in the morning. Actually, most people wake up groggy, grumbly or even grumpy, so starting the day the happy way may seem like a daunting task.
Maybe you’ve had this experience: you wake up and put your feet on the floor, only to step into a cold, wet spot on the carpet. Pet oopsie? Knocked over your water glass in your sleep? Leaky pipe? No matter the cause, that’s not a great feeling first thing in the morning. You head to the bathroom and manage to stub your toe on the way. While shaving, you cut yourself. While brushing your teeth, you dribble toothpaste on the outfit you were planning to wear to work, necessitating a wardrobe change.
Now that is NOT the way to start the day, and for most people, it would set the tone for their mood that day. And it wouldn’t be a good mood, either!
You can see that a string of bad experiences sets a bad tone for the day. Well, good experiences can do the same thing, and it’s a great habit to get into.
What’s your scenario? The alarm goes off, and you either get up or hit the snooze button. Either way, at some point you stumble to the bathroom, semi-sleep-walk your way through your morning routine, dress appropriately for the day’s plans, and sidle up to the coffee pot for your morning jolt of joy juice.
Inject some “happy” in there. Find three things to be happy about or excited for, before you get out of bed. If you need to wake up five minutes earlier, do it so that you will have time to lie in bed and amp up your mood. Think of something good that happened the day before. Think of something good you anticipate happening that day. If all you can come up with is how wonderful it feels to lie in your bed, enjoying the softness of the sheets on your skin, the perfect temperature of the room, and the supportive softness of your pillow, that’s fine. Anything that gets you focused on the good things in life is what you want to be thinking about as you get ready to start your day.
Spend five minutes enjoying your life before you get out of bed. Find a way to add anticipation or gratitude to your morning rituals and let your coffee be a warm, enjoyable addition instead of a desperate necessity and addiction.
Now, what do will you focus on tomorrow morning to get your day off to a great start? I’d love to hear about how this happiness tool works for you. Please post your thoughts to my Facebook page, and share this article with the person you thought of as you read it. Have a happy day!