The most powerful habit that helps boost happiness in the morning is the practice of gratitude. The people who journaled about the things they're thankful for during the week scored much higher on measures of happiness than people who noted the things they're irritated by.
A daily gratitude practice may contribute to improved physical health - which, in turn, contributes to overall feelings of happiness.
It depends on your personality and your schedule as to how you're going to connect with someone. It doesn't have to be an actual fact-to-face conversation, a simple text or email to a friend or family.
Send good thoughts and consciously focus on the things that you cherish about them.
The key to happiness really is just consistency, start slow and build gradually - whatever habit you choose to attach to a pre-existing routine will help you stick to continuously doing so.
Screens hamper happiness. This is backed by many studies and it confirms that frequent use of social media can decrease mood over time and that a high volume of emails is connected with overall feelings of unhappiness.
So if you reach for your phone in the morning or your tablet or your computer, you're inviting the outside world to dictate your mood first thing in the morning.
It seems like a crazy idea but it's pretty helpful in many ways. The people who spend a lot of time talking to themselves in their own heads are more likely able to calm themselves down during stressful mornings.
A helpful tip for this is to say your own name. When you say your own name during self-talk, you're actually more likely to follow your own advice.
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