I have been following Duccio, How To Be Happy for some time now and his recent blog really hit at how I have been trying to live my life and my chronic pain to which I use my quote, “Pain Without Humor is Just Painful.” The post, “20 Simple but effective tips on how to make every day a happy day” which was originally posted on Tuesday (9/27/16) and can be located at: http://howtobehappy.guru/simple-but-effective-tips-on-how-to-make-every-day-a-happy-day/#ixzz4LSw7l6Cw. I am going to post one tip a day through the month of October to help get everyone into the holiday spirit.
Day One, Tip 1:
# 1 Start a Day in a Good Way
First of all, if we want to live a Happy Day, it is extremely important we start the day in a good and happy way and I have dedicated a post where I have given 5 Tips on how to start a day in a Good and Happy way.
5 Tips to start a day in a Good and Happy way
1 – When you open your eyes take a half-smile and then give yourself a good morning wish to fully wake up and then spend a few minutes concentrating on your breathing and relaxing your body.
Why breathing? Respiration as well as being very important, just imagine what would happen if we stopped breathing, it is the connection between our body and our mind. Through our breath we can reach a calm and mental clarity. You might also like reading: The importance of proper breathing.
2 – Do not jump out of bed and start the day as if you were living in autopilot mode.
When you get out of bed and rest your feet on the ground, be aware of what you are doing, start to live the present, remember Happiness is in the present moment, the only moment we are alive. It may seem silly or obvious, but talking to yourself canl help to live the present.
Let me explain it better: say to yourself mentally what you are doing at that moment, it helps to be aware of the action that is taking place and then to live it in the present and feel alive.
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” Eleanor Roosevelt
3 – Decide your first thought. Do not let the first thought decide the course of your day.
Because the thoughts create our emotions and moods.
So what can we think?
It is important to think of something that puts us in the right mood, something that makes us feel good, happy and alive.
Remember Happiness is a choice and we have the choice every morning to be Happy or not, just choosing our thoughts.
Now stop for a moment, take a pen and paper and write two or three things that make you feel good and happy by thinking about them.
Here are some suggestions: your children, your pets, the next vacation, it can be anything and it is very important they create good positive feelings.
Even a thought of gratitude can help us start the day in a positive way, but why Gratitude?
Because pausing and thinking about what we have, it creates a positive mood. We live in a society that pushes us to want more and more and we are never satisfied. It makes us not appreciate what we have and make us take a lot of things for granted, first of all, our health. Even just a small thought of gratitude for our health, a thanks because unlike many other people that are not well and in a hospital we are physically well, can help us to feel good. In case you have missed this post, I suggest you read: Gratitude is the key to Happiness.
Now if you have not already done so, do it now, write on a piece of paper a list of people, animals or things that you associate with a good feeling.
Think carefully and do not take anything for granted, we take too many things for granted, as I said earlier including our health and realize it only when we don’t feel well.
If you like music there will certainly be one or two songs that create a feeling of happiness that makes you feel good when you listen to them so then do yourself a favour listen to these songs in the morning.
4 – Drink a glass of water on an empty stomach, warm water or at room temperature because the body after all the hours of sleep can be easily dehydrated and even better if we squeeze in some lemon.
Do not drink cold water from the fridge and do not drink coffee on an empty stomach. Why is that? Because it is not good for our health.
Why instead it is good to drink lemon water in the morning?
I now list some of the benefits of drinking warm water with lemon in the morning:
– Strengthens the immune system
– Helps digestion
– It is a diuretic
– Cleans the skin
The dose is from ¼ to ½ lemon. The first few times start with a slice and then increased so to accustom the body to it.
If you are unsure speak to your doctor.
5 – Have breakfast. Breakfast is really the most important meal of the day. Not only it does give us the energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control.
It also improves the performance of the day, reducing the need for calories and prevents chronic-degenerative diseases.
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar
Now I would suggest you prepare a reminder to start your day in a good and happy.
It is just a matter of habit, repeating the same thing day after day, we create a habit, both good and bad.
Put something on the side of the alarm clock, a drawing, a smile, take your pick.
The important thing is, always remember, to start your day in the best way possible.
Starting a day in a happy way, it’s more likely that is going to be a good day, all we need to do during the course of day is to focus on positive thoughts, in fact the happiness of our life depends on the quality of our thoughts and, as I talked about it, in another post Positive thinking can help to create our happiness.
You might also like to read: 20 Simple but effective tips on how to make every day a happy day.
If during the day, we start feeling angry, sad, worried or any other negative emotions, all we need to do is to replace our negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
I also suggest you find some time during the day for some meditation. You might also like to read: Why is meditation so important and why it can help us to feel happier?
What else can I say?
Have a Happy Life! and remember Happy People Focus on what They Have, unhappy people focus on what is missing.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ― Mother Teresa