coffeeI am thankful that thus far today I have not had any unkind thoughts or said any harsh words or done anything that I regret. However, now I need to get out of bed and things may become more difficult. — Sylvia Boorstein

I admit it. I’m generally a morning person. I usually pop out of bed, take a shower, have some breakfast and I’m good to go!

However, lately I’ve been waking up uncharacteristically grumpy. I’m not sure about the reason for this. My recent move? Stress? A work project that has taken on a life of its own? Whatever the reason, I’ve been determined to change it. I want to wake up and view the sunny side of life again.

I began to do a little research about techniques on how to make it a good day. Here are some practices I’ve discovered by talking to friends, colleagues and clients:

What’s Fun?

While you’re still lying in bed, spend a few moments thinking about something you’re looking forward to. It can be something simple — a good cup of coffee, a friend you’re joining for lunch, the novel you’ll read on the bus ride to work, or a fresh bouquet of flowers you’ll put on your desk.

Gratitude

Think about what you’re grateful for. It could be your warm bed, a great partner, your healthy body, work you love, good friends, the smell of coffee brewing, or the breeze on your skin. Take this time to be thankful for all that you have in your life instead of putting the focus on what you don’t have.

Check in With Your Gut

Sometimes we have a tough time getting started because we’re dreading something during the day. Bring it to mind before you get out of bed. Think about the outcome you want. Ask your intuition, “What’s the best way to proceed?” or “How could I experience peace about this situation?” Pay attention to any images, feelings, thoughts that make you feel calmer. That’s your intuition speaking. Take action on its wisdom.

What’s Your Intention?

Your thoughts have power. So, rather than lie there imagining another dreadful day, change your focus! For example, set the intention to have a productive, high-energy or simply a quiet day. You fill in the blank. Some people have suggested they find it helpful to choose a quality they want to exemplify for the day such as peace, compassion, humility or spirit.

Plan an Act of Kindness

Who do you know who’s having a tough time? Perhaps your co-worker could use a word of encouragement. Or your neighbor who’s been sick would love some of your homemade soup. Take some extra change along with you and drop some coins into a homeless person collection box. Or pay for the toll of the person driving behind you. Looking forward to helping others is a sure-fire way to get your day off to a good start.

I’d love to hear your tips and comments. What helps make it a good day?

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