Four Things Happy People Do Every Morning

Matt Lillywhite

Implement these habits into your routine for a much happier life.

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How often do you find yourself struggling to live a happier life?

It’s a common problem that many people face. After all, you want to wake up with a smile on your face and experience a beautiful feeling of optimism.But for one reason or another, you have no idea where to start.

I know exactly how you feel as I’ve found myself in the same position as you many times. But I’ve discovered that the best way to become happier is by identifying the habits of happy people and then implementing them into your own life. The Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, said it best:

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

So if you want to live a much happier life, below are several habits that you can immediately implement into your morning routine. Each of these insights changed my life for the better, and I’m sure they will do the same for you, too.

1. They Start Each Morning With Gratitude.

I used to wake up in a terrible mood each morning. Negative thoughts frequently lingered in my mind throughout the day. So as you can imagine, I found it incredibly difficult to live a genuinely happy life.

I knew that something had to change. So I began practicing gratitude every morning for a few minutes. At first, I thought it wouldn’t be very useful. But as the days went by, I noticed myself becoming noticeably happier throughout the day.

If you want to become much happier, it’s certainly a good idea to practice gratitude for a couple of minutes when you wake up. Smile and remember that everything’s going to be okay.

Because when you start each morning thinking about everything that’s going well, you’ll spend much less time worrying about the things that aren’t. Like the Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius once said:

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

2. They Keep Things Simple.

If you have an extremely complicated morning routine, you won’t be able to spend a lot of time doing things you enjoy. Because when you’re always in a rush, you never have time to sit down and appreciate the things in life that genuinely matter.

Once I get out of bed, I sit in the living room and relax with a cup of coffee while reading some interesting articles. I love it. Try doing the same. Simplify your morning routine into two or three activities that you genuinely love.

Because when you can start the day off in an extremely relaxing mood, your overall happiness will exponentially increase as a result. Audrey Hepburnsaid it best:

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy — it’s all that matters.”

3. They Get Some Fresh Air.

Research shows that staying indoors can increase feelings of boredom, loneliness, and isolation. So if you want to live a much happier life, going outdoors for a few minutes each morning is undoubtedly a great place to start.

I used to spend all day sitting indoors and watching Netflix. I rarely went outside, unless it was to the grocery store to grab some Nachos. In case you haven’t already guessed, I was extremely lazy.

But over the past few months, I’ve started going for a walk around the local area each morning. For example, I’m in Paris right now, so it’s lovely to walk along the river for a couple of hours with the Eiffel tower in the background.

Try and get some fresh air for thirty minutes each morning. It doesn’t matter if you walk, run, or do anything else that gets you out of the house. Because when you eliminate feelings of isolation and loneliness through exercise, it’s much easier to focus solely on the things that matter.

4. They’re Mindful Of Their Media Consumption.

For the longest time, I used to reach for my phone as soon as I woke up. I often scrolled through social media, checked the news, and did many other things that are known to increase feelings of anxiety and depression.

But when I started being a lot more mindful of the media I consume, my overall level of happiness massively improved. After all, I was no longer starting my day by comparing myself to other people or reading extremely depressing news stories.

If you want to wake up in a better mood, it’s a good idea to stop paying attention to negative news stories and anything else that can make you depressed. Like Epictetus once said:

“There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”

So every day, ask yourself: “What habits can I implement into my morning routine to create a happier life?

That’s all you need to do.

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