How to the most positive people in the world wake up? They use these 5 tips for happiness in the morning.
You’ve just woken up. You’re ready to start your day. But hang on a moment. Let’s stop for one second. Let’s be mindful. This time right now, this early morning time when the sun is just breaking through the window and you’re stepping into lucidity. This time is crucial. This is the time when you can make or break your whole day.
Science suggests that the morning is the most important time of day. So it’s really important that you know how to start the day positively.
The reason is that you have the most self control in the morning.
Researchers at the National Institute of Education in Singapore and the University of Nottingham reviewed 83 studies on self-control. They saw the same truth in each of those studies. As their conclusion states:
Results revealed a significant effect of ego depletion on self-control task performance. Significant effect sizes were found for ego depletion on effort, perceived difficulty, negative affect, subjective fatigue, and blood glucose levels.
Basically, you’ve got the most energy and the most resolve to get things done in the morning. That’s why it’s so important to get your morning right. But how?
Over the years, many successful people have offered advice on how to get your morning off to a good start. Mark Twain famously said “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
But what if you’re all out of frogs. In that case, you might like to take advantage of our five powerful tips for making your morning a happy one. They’re very easy tips. They’re things you can do with little effort. But they’re all absolutely wonderful. These five tips will elevate your mind to a higher state of consciousness and create happiness for the whole day. They’re things truly happy people do
Here are 5 ways to be happy in the morning
1: To make your morning a happy one, just smile
What easier way how to be happy in the morning than just to smile. Try these 5 joy-filled ways to let yourself be happy.
Amy Cuddy proved that we can create our emotions by modelling them through our body language. If we slouch we feel lethargic. If we stand tall we feel strong. If we smile we will feel happy.
Smiling is a free mind hack. Try staying angry while smiling. You won’t. When you smile, serotonin and endorphins flow to the brain, creating happiness. The pronoia sets in and you get off to a great start for the new day. Smiling has been shown to reduce stress, reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. And all we need do is smile.
Scientists at the University of Cardiff Wales researched the effects of cosmetic botox injections on emotions. Their tests showed that people who have had botox injections that prevent them from being able to frown are actually happier than the average person. Conversely, fMRI studies conducted by scientists at the Technical University of Munich in Germany showed that people whose botox injections prevent them from smiling had much lower activity in the brain circuits involved in emotional processing and responses—in the amygdala, hypothalamus and parts of the brain stem.
2: To make your morning a happy one just say thank you
A new day is a new opportunity to discover things to be thankful for. Gratitude is one of other keys to creating happiness. And there is so much to be grateful for. Every single thing we experience on this floating blue orb is a miracle in and of itself. Life is a constant wonder. We are so fortunate to be alive in this beautiful, majestic world. Take a moment every morning to search deep within and pluck out the one thing you are so truly thankful for right now. Express that gratitude. Gratitude will boil into an eruption of bliss.
There may be things we don’t have. Oh, but there is so much more that we do have. Things may not be perfect, but sometimes it’s those wonderful imperfections that make life worth living. That’s why one of the things truly happy people do is to express thanks not just for the good times, but also for the challenges that make life so real.
Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychologist at the University of California-Riverside, says that keeping a gratitude journal (in which you write a record of all the things you feel thankful for) will increase energy, boost positive feelings, and even relieve pain. Take a deep breath. Connect with your breath. And say, “I am thankful to be experiencing this divine moment in my life.”
3: To make your morning a happy one have a goal for the day
Thoughts are like little magic spells. They conjure things into being. A negative thoughts will summon a negative consequence. A positive thought will be the seed of a blossoming flower. Be mindful of your thoughts, they are the root of happiness, or, for some, the root of negativity. Weed out negative thoughts from your mind and plant beauteous flowers there instead. Buddha said, “All that we are is the result of all that we have thought.” How right he was. Be gardener and caretaker of your mind and in it you will create for yourself a garden of Eden.
4: To make your morning a happy one, just breathe
The simplest way how to be happy in the morning is just to breathe.
Breath is the stem of life. As the roots of a tree must connect with fertile soil in order for that tree to grow strong, so too must the human mind connect with the root of life, the breath, in order for the mind to grow.
Don’t baseline to shallow breathing. That way leads to stress for both body and mind. Breathe deep. Fill your body with fresh life through your breath. And as you breathe, focus on the sensation of breathing. Connect with the breath. Mindful breathing will breed happiness deep within.
Peace activist and meditation teacher Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Our breathing is the link between our body and our mind. Sometimes our mind is thinking of one thing and our body is doing another, and mind and body are not unified. By concentrating on our breathing, “In” and “Out,” we bring body and mind back together, and become whole again. Conscious breathing is an important bridge.”
5: To make your morning a happy one, forgive past mistakes
Are there any among us who can say they live a perfect life? Mistakes are a part of our journey here on Earth. Mistakes are natural. It is the way we react to those mistakes that does damage, not the mistakes themselves. A mistake acknowledged and learnt from represents growth. Every morning, look back on yesterday. See with a clear mind, with equanimity. Say to yourself, “I accept the mistakes I made yesterday. I have learned from them. I will use the lessons I learned from yesterday to take myself further today.”
Forgiveness leads to happiness. Forgive yourself. And forgive others for their mistakes too.
Look at your shadows, and know that it is only through those shadows that you ever came into the light.
Follow these five ways how to be happy in the morning and you will boost your levels of happiness and positivity, and all it takes is a few minutes every morning.