You probably have several rituals in your life. You go to bed at the same time every night. You drive the same way to work each morning, take the same route home every evening, and have a routine for your daily workouts. But how does having a good morning routine increase your happiness?
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I have seen in the past how my happiness is directly related to my morning routine. If my morning routine is off, I am often “off” for the rest of the day. I feel disorganized and stressed.
It is important to create a morning routine because of the way your brain is hardwired. The human brain loves standard operating procedures and reliable routine. Those people who map out their lives with routines and schedules tend to be healthier, they get more done, and enjoy less stress. You can do the same thing by creating your own morning routine.
Create an Amazing Morning Routine for Happiness All Day Long
First, write it down! Write down what your perfect morning is. From the time you wake up to the time you step out the door in the morning. Having a plan gives your brain the ability to work on autopilot.
Try setting a timer. This is a great way to remind yourself to transition to the next goal in your routine. Use your phone so you know you will hear the timer when it goes off and be realistic in how much time you need to complete each task.
If the first thing you do each and every morning is meditate for 10 minutes, your brain eventually understands what is coming next. If that activity, that part of your ritual, follows meditation with a morning workout, and then dressing for the day, each of these habits stack upon each other for predictable results.
Having a good, repeatable routine each morning means you will experience less stress and more happiness throughout the day. Being happier each day is priceless and it all starts with a good morning routine!