The world often seems to be divided into two types of people. There are those that drag themselves out of bed in the morning and can’t speak before their third cup of coffee, and then there are the people that wake up so full of energy they have an hour workout in before 6 AM.
So what is the secret of “morning people”? How can you harness that energy to create happiness in your daily routine?
A mindfulness expert recently revealed his 8 essential habits of morning people that unlock the secret to waking up happy and ready to face the day ahead. I’ve summarized his most important points below:
1. They Always Make Time for Breakfast
Your mom always told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and she was right! People that eat breakfast within a half hour of waking stabilize their blood sugar levels and give their bodies the fuel they need to start the day.
2. They Take Time to Connect to a Spiritual Path
Whether you identify as spiritual or religious, connecting to the source of your guiding power is a daily practice for happy people. Meditate, read scripture, or simply take a few deep breaths and honor the spirit within you. Connecting spiritually centers your mind and body, setting the tone for a joyful day.
3. They Practice Mindfulness Daily
The key to mindfulness is learning how to be present within the here and now. Happy people make it a point not to drag the stress from the past or worry about the day ahead into their morning routine. Focus on the positives, and your mood will instantly brighten!
4. They Keep it Simple, Sweetheart!
Happy people don’t clog up their morning routine with deadlines, strict schedules, and the guilt that comes from not meeting your morning goals. Keeping your routine simple and basic will start your day off on a stress-free note that will carry you throughout the rest of the day.
5. They Remember to Make Time for Daily Exercise
Exercising in the morning does more than tone your body, it relaxes your mind! By moving your body first thing in the morning, you will trigger endorphins that will improve your mood and enhance your self-confidence.
6. They Honor Their Mind and Body
Happy people know that things don’t always go to plan, and that’s ok. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and stay away from guilt if you oversleep or miss your morning workout. By honoring whatever it is that your body is telling you that you need, you will find joy in whatever the day brings.
7. They are Bookworms
Studies have shown that happy people read more than those that are unsatisfied with their lives. Take time out each morning to read a chapter of your favorite book or browse the newspaper over your morning coffee. You will feel happier and more relaxed when you take the time to enrich your mind and imagination.
8. They Practice Positive Self-Talk
There are times when our worst critic is ourselves, and happy people know how to silence this negative thought pattern. Start your morning off with daily positive affirmations to break free of negative self-talk and set the day off on a positive note. In case you’re confused, we suggest taking a look at these 7 steps to positive self-talk.
Happiness is ultimately a personal choice. Even those who struggle with waking up early can learn from the habits of morning people. By following in the footsteps of those who rise each day happy to greet the world, it is possible to transform our entire outlook on the day ahead.
- Learn what 'mindfulness' really is and the scientific benefits to practicing it daily
- Practical exercises to be mindful throughout the day (even at work)
- How to practice daily meditations to enhance peace and clarity of mind
- Learn how to practice Yoga and Ujjayi Breath
- Understand and implement the 7 key steps to practicing mindfulness