These Unexpected Morning Rituals Will Increase Your Happiness and Productivity

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell

We The People

Want to feel happier, more productive, and inspired every day? Yes please! Simple but effective morning rituals are the key to start your day on the right foot and set you up for a fulfilling day. SMH Life&Style has revealed science writer Eric Barker’s list of rituals to put you in the best mood day-after-day. The best part? They’re so simple—we can all do them. Read on to find out how you can make every day a great day.

Plan something to look forward to

Plan and organise at least one fun, interesting, or exciting thing to do every day—book in lunch with a  friend or colleague, get coffee from your favourite coffee shop, or download a new podcast to listen to on your commute to work—anything! "Research shows anticipation is a powerful happiness booster," says Barker. "It's two for the price of one: You get the good thing and you get happy in anticipation of the good thing."

Do something you don't like

Motivation and willpower is at its height in the morning so commit first thing to addressing the things on your to-do list that you’ve been dreading or procrastinating about—you will instantly feel relieved, relaxed, and ready to tackle the day. "The longer people have been awake, the more self-control problems happen," leading expert on willpower, Roy Baumeister told Barker. "Most things go bad in the evening. Diets are broken at the evening snack, not at breakfast or in the middle of the morning."

Give thanks

As Shaun Anchor writes in The Happiness Advantage, "This is why I often ask managers to write an e-mail of praise or thanks to a friend, family member, or colleague each morning before they start their day's work—not just because it contributes to their own happiness, but because it very literally cements a relationship." 

Whether you email a loved one in the morning to thank them for something thoughtful they did for you, or if you send a hand-written note to your friend for having you over for dinner on the weekend, or an unexpected text to your partner to thank them, just for being them.

Learn about more of Barker’s effective morning rituals at SMH Life&Style and follow them on Twitter.

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