Five Ways to Start Your Day Happy!

January 18, 2017


Hi Guys,

I was recently out traveling to work on few projects.  By the end of the week I was so drained from all the activity and I literally had to drag myself out of bed. When the alarm would go off it was as if two people were arguing with myself on what to do, haha! It reminded me of my college days when I would be up at all hours studying and working towards a goal.  So, I decided it was time to go back to some of the habits I turn to when I’m tired or stressed.

Here are my 5 tips how to start your day happy.

1. Choose an alarm clock ringtone that makes you want to dance!

There are variety of apps out there (click here) that you can download to your phone that allow you to choose your type of music.  Choose something that has a strong beat with some positive lyrics that makes you want to move. This helps shift your grumpy morning mood to a feel-good attitude. My favorite morning soundtracks are “Footloose” (Kenny Loggins), “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Justin Timberlake), and “Happy” ( Pharrell Williams).

2. Focus on one positive thought.

Starting your day with a positive thought gives yourself that boost of confidence that you can and you will. It helps drive out negative. Think about whatever your current goal is or maybe even your new year’s resolution…whether it is to get up and work out, make sure you’re on time, fresh and prepared for work/school, or to get up and make a healthy breakfast.  If you can bring your half-asleep mind towards your goal you’re more likely to get up with a good attitude that will allow you to get things done.

3.Take a warm shower and rinse with cool water.

Of course, we all know that nothing is more relaxing than a hot shower.  But, try following it up with a shot of cold water even if it is just to your face. The rush of cool water to your body promotes circulation, releases endorphins and boosts your happy mood.

4. Do a five-minute meditation. 

This is one of the best ways to relieve stress before you start your day. I usually turn on my Pandora music using the ocean wave station. Make sure you sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, breathe naturally and clear your mind for five minutes. This practice helps me relax, stay calm and be more aware of myself.  You could try doing this while your morning coffee or tea is brewing to save time.

5. Let the sun shine on your face.

It is well known that sunlight has so many health benefits such as helping build strong bones, cancer prevention, and a moderate amount can treat several types of skin condition. But, the benefit goes far beyond that… sun exposure contributes to releasing serotonin which will elevate your mood. This hormone is also known as the happiness hormone. A lack of sun exposure is one of the reasons why people sometimes feel down during the winter, so open up those windows when you wake up!


I would love to hear other happy morning tips from you on how you start your day.  Wherever you are and whatever you do, I hope you find happiness in this world.

“Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not” – Valerie Bertinelli

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#1 is sooo true. I use to wake up to the horrible beep sound and I would wake up annoyed. I then switched to the radio and I'm no longer annoyed!

Reply to Heather

These are great tips. I need to get into a better morning routine. I want/need to start mediating more consistently.

Reply to Melissa

Thanks Melissa- you definitely should! We all get in such a hurry sometimes in the morning. But if you stop and think everyone can spare 5 or so minutes to meditate...it is so worth it!

You are the cutest! These tips are so great and important fit s healthy well being. It's nice to just slow down sometimes :-) Liz Www.lizzieinlace.com

Reply to Liz

Absolutely Liz! You are so sweet and I'm definitely in love with that pink skirt on your front page!!

Great tips! I also love the jumping on the bed pics haha Rachel | The Confused Millennial

Reply to Rachel

Haha thanks Rachel. I can't remember the last time I did that....to be honest it was my husband's idea aaaannnddd I might have been a little dizzy afterwards, but still so fun! :)

Yaaas love all these tips. Esp #5 i think it's so important.

Reply to neha

Absolutely! and it is so easy to forget in the winter time in some places! Let that sun shine!

I'm a big fan of Supernatural (the show) and in an episode they kept reliving the same morning over and over again. The song "Heat of the Moment" was the alarm on their clock radio. So, that's my alarm song now and it makes me giggle every morning. Lol. It was a good episode!

Reply to Sam

Lol Sam! I'll have to check that out! :) Sounds like you did find the perfect ring tone! I still have to alternate sometimes because I get too used to one and sleep through it! I'll have to try that one- thank you for sharing!

I love love LOVE this post! I have been working on this myself lately. I found these great motivational speeches on Youtube by Les Brown! They are amazing and are wonderful to listen to in the morning to get inspired and ready for the day!

Reply to Marie

Thank you, Marie- I'm glad you like it! I will definitely check out Les Brown and thanks for the idea!

Thank you for the information! You are so beautiful! I really love your post! xo Debbie | www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

Reply to Debbie

Debbie, you are too sweet! Love your post on v-day lipstick and everyone reading this should check out your awesome giveaway on the main page!

These are great tips! I am so not a morning person but I'm trying to get better at it. I find that letting the sun shine through helps a lot! www.flashesofdelight.com

Reply to Barb

Thanks Barb! I'm not either but I'm lucky to have the sunrise hitting my bedroom/living room windows to help get me going in the mornings! :)

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