If you want to become a happier person in 60 days, start doing these 9 things every morning

Happiness isn’t a destination, it’s a journey. And it’s a journey I’ve been on for quite some time.

Hello, I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder of Hack Spirit. I’ve spent years trying to figure out the secret to happiness. And guess what? It’s not as elusive as it might seem.

The key isn’t to chase after big, grand moments of joy but to cultivate a foundation of contentment in your everyday life. It starts from the moment you wake up.

In this article, I’m going to share with you 9 morning habits that can help you start your day right and set you on your path to happiness within just 60 days.

These aren’t quick fixes but engaging practices that have made a significant difference in my personal journey towards happiness. 

Let’s get started. 

1) Start your day with gratitude

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget the blessings we have. But trust me, starting your day with a sense of gratitude can make a world of difference.

I’ve found that taking a moment each morning to acknowledge what I’m thankful for, sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. It shifts my focus from what’s wrong in my life to what’s right, and that’s powerful.

Research supports this too. Studies have found that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. It helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

So before you dive into your busy day, take a moment to reflect on the good things in your life. It could be as simple as being grateful for a warm bed or a loving family. The key is to be sincere and feel the gratitude in your heart.

And remember, it’s not about comparing yourself to others or being grateful for things you don’t have. It’s about acknowledging what you do have and appreciating it.

Starting your day with gratitude is a simple practice, but it’s one that can help you begin your journey towards becoming a happier person in just 60 days. So why not give it a try tomorrow morning?

2) Practice mindfulness meditation

As a long-time student of Buddhism, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of mindfulness meditation in cultivating happiness.

Mindfulness meditation is not about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective.

The idea is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes. By doing so, we begin to understand ourselves better and react to situations in a more balanced way.

Every morning, I spend at least 10 minutes on mindfulness meditation. This practice keeps me grounded and helps me start my day with a calm and focused mind.

If you’re new to this, don’t worry. Start with just a few minutes each day and gradually increase your practice. The key is consistency.

It’s not about trying to empty your mind or achieve a state of eternal calm. It’s about paying attention to the present moment without judgement.

Integrating mindfulness meditation into your morning routine can help you develop a greater sense of peace and happiness over time. Give it a shot and see how it affects your day-to-day life.

3) Get moving

Confession time: I’m not a natural-born athlete. I don’t leap out of bed ready to run a marathon. But over the years, I’ve learned just how crucial physical activity is to my mood and overall happiness.

Exercise is a potent happiness booster. It releases endorphins, known as “feel-good” hormones, which act as natural mood lifters. Even a brisk 15-minute walk can do wonders for your mood and energy levels.

So each morning, before the world wakes up and the day’s responsibilities start to call, I make it a point to get my body moving. It could be a jog around the neighbourhood, a quick yoga session, or even some stretching exercises on my living room floor.

The type of exercise doesn’t matter as much as the consistency. The goal is to establish a routine that gets your heart pumping and starts your day on an energetic note.

If you’re looking to increase your happiness quotient in 60 days, consider making exercise a part of your morning routine. Trust me, your future self will thank you for it.

4) Cultivate compassion

As a student of Buddhism, one principle I hold close to my heart is compassion. Compassion, or “Karuna” in Buddhism, is a fundamental practice that encourages empathy towards others’ suffering and a desire to alleviate it.

Each morning, I spend a few moments reflecting on compassion. I think about the people in my life, near and far, who may be enduring hardship. I quietly send them strength and love, imagining their burdens lightening.

In my book, Hidden Secrets of Buddhism: How To Live With Maximum Impact and Minimum Ego, I delve into the transformative power of compassion and how it can help us lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

When we cultivate compassion, it enhances our sense of interconnectedness with others. It also helps us step out of our self-centered perspectives and realize that everyone is fighting their own battles. This understanding can deepen our relationships and bring about a profound sense of peace and satisfaction.

5) Embrace the silence

In our busy, noise-filled lives, silence can seem quite foreign. But here’s something a little counterintuitive: embracing silence in the morning can significantly enhance your happiness.

I’ve learned that starting the day with a few moments of silence can be incredibly grounding. It’s a time to simply be, without the pressure of doing anything. It’s just me, my thoughts, and the gentle rhythm of my breath.

In these quiet moments, I’m able to let my mind wander freely, without the usual distractions and demands of the day. It’s a form of mental decluttering that helps me enter the day with a clear head and a calm heart.

Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers. And often, it’s in these moments of quiet reflection that I find solutions to problems or gain insights that I’ve been seeking.

Tomorrow morning, try to carve out some silent time for yourself. You might be surprised by how much it elevates your mood and sets a positive tone for the rest of your day.

6) Practice non-attachment

One of the key teachings of Buddhism that I incorporate into my mornings is the principle of non-attachment. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care about anything. Instead, it means not holding onto things too tightly and accepting that change is a natural part of life.

Each morning, as part of my routine, I practice letting go. It might be letting go of a negative thought, a worry about the future, or even a grudge from the past. This simple act helps me start the day with a lighter heart and a clearer mind.

Non-attachment helps us embrace the impermanence of life and reduces our suffering caused by our desires and expectations. It encourages us to appreciate what we have right now without fearing its loss in the future.

If you’re on a quest to become a happier person in 60 days, consider incorporating the practice of non-attachment into your morning routine. It’s a powerful tool that can help you navigate life’s ups and downs with greater ease and peace.

7) Enjoy a healthy breakfast

As someone who used to rush out the door with just a cup of coffee in hand, I can tell you firsthand that changing this habit was a game-changer for me.

I’ve learned that fuelling my body with a nutritious breakfast helps stabilize my blood sugar levels and gives me the sustained energy I need to tackle the day. Plus, there’s something inherently joyful about carving out time each morning to nourish yourself.

Now, I make it a point to sit down and enjoy a healthy breakfast. Whether it’s a bowl of oatmeal topped with fruits or a protein-packed smoothie, I take this time to mindfully eat and appreciate the food that’s fuelling my body.

It’s not just about what you eat but how you eat it. Slow down, savour each bite and be present in the moment. This small act of self-care can set a positive tone for the rest of your day.

8) Skip the snooze button

Now, this might sound a bit counterintuitive, but hear me out. As tempting as it is to hit that snooze button and enjoy a few more minutes of sleep, it might not be serving your quest for happiness.

I used to be a serial snoozer myself, but I noticed that those extra few minutes of sleep didn’t leave me feeling refreshed. In fact, I often woke up feeling more groggy and rushed.

Research suggests that the sleep you get after hitting snooze isn’t high-quality sleep. Instead, you’re better off setting your alarm for the latest time you can afford to get up and then actually getting up when it sounds.

Since making this change, I’ve found that I start my day feeling more alert and less rushed. It’s a simple change, but it makes a world of difference.

If you’re keen to become a happier person in 60 days, consider ditching the snooze button. It might just be the wake-up call your happiness needs.

9) Practice loving-kindness

Buddhism teaches us the importance of loving-kindness, or “Metta”. This practice consists of mentally sending goodwill, kindness, and warmth towards others by silently repeating a series of mantras.

I start each day by spending a few moments on Metta meditation. I begin by directing loving-kindness towards myself, then I gradually extend these positive wishes to loved ones, acquaintances, and eventually, to all beings everywhere.

This practice not only enhances my own sense of well-being and self-love but also helps me foster positive feelings towards others. It starts my day on a note of positivity and kindness.

Incorporating loving-kindness into your morning routine can be a powerful way to increase happiness. It encourages empathy and reduces negative emotions like anger and resentment.

If you’re looking for a final touch to your happiness-boosting morning routine, consider the practice of Metta. It’s a beautiful way to start each day, fostering a sense of interconnectedness and universal love.

Conclusion

Happiness isn’t a destination, but a journey that begins with small, deliberate steps. Each of these morning practices can play a significant role in cultivating a sense of contentment and joy in your everyday life.

If you’re interested in digging deeper into some of the Buddhist principles we’ve touched on, I’d recommend taking a look at my book: Hidden Secrets of Buddhism: How To Live With Maximum Impact and Minimum Ego. It’s packed with insights and practical tips on how to apply age-old Buddhist wisdom to our modern lives.

In the end, creating a happier life is about being true to yourself, embracing the present moment, and opening your heart to love and kindness. So why not start tomorrow morning? Your journey towards happiness is just a sunrise away.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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