Morning Habits Bring All-Day Joy

Have you ever observed how you wake up? Are you quick to rise or slow to get moving? Do you wake up happy or with a sense of dread, or is your mind already dealing with problems?

If feeling better is important to you, consider starting your day more deliberately. When you first wake up, smile! Smiling has positive chemical effects in the brain, including the release of dopamine, endorphins and serotonin, the happy hormones that help lower stress, anxiety and can aid in lowering heart rate and blood pressure.

Make a positive declaration that feels good to you, and if possible, say it aloud and express it with your body. It can be a simple thing like, “I am healthy!” or “I feel bright!” Try different phrases until you find one that resonates with you. Then, take a moment to thank your body and brain for keeping you alive while you slept. Your internal systems worked hard detoxing, purging, processing and rebuilding, all without any work or thought on your part. When you take that moment to appreciate your body’s functions, you might even start to feel your body responding to your attention.

The first time you do this, it may feel strange, but after a week, you will feel the difference!

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