Staying happy all day long can be challenging especially when crap hits the fan. If your morning doesn’t start off with a happy-bang you’ll find it hard to make a comeback later in the day when things go wrong. And I guarantee you – something will go wrong. Find out how to start your day in happy-mode and stay there all day with these quick happiness starters.

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Zig Ziglar once joked with his audience that he wakes up in the morning and reads his Bible then he reads the local paper so that he knows what both sides are up to. Love that! What about you?

  • What do you pour into your mind first thing in the morning?
  • Do the first few minutes of your day set the foundation for a happy day?

If you want to guarantee you’ll stay in happy-mode all day long, here’s what you can do:

Make a list of a few quick things you could do in just a few minutes that flood your mind with joy producing thoughts. (Little hint, don’t be so quick to turn on your TV for the morning news or hit up Twitter or any other social media outlet.)

Make the FIRST thing your HAPPY THING.

Here’s what I do. The minute I wake up and my feet hit the floor, I’m thanking God that I’m alive, strong, healthy, and happy. In fact, one of the first things that comes out of my mouth is, “Thank you Jesus”. Just starting my day off thankful and acknowledging that I am what I am and I have what I have because of what Jesus gave me – puts everything into perspective.

Then I walk downstairs, make my pre-workout drink, gulp it down, get fresh cold water in my bottle, and head back upstairs… and as I do, I’m intentionally thinking about what I’m grateful for.

I spy things on the counter and say, God, thanks for those coffee beans! I see something in the living room like my daughter’s backpack and I thank God that Tiffany is an amazing young lady. I trip over my sons size 14 basketball shoes and it triggers thoughts like “God, thank you that Tyler is healthy and able to play ball.” Now, before you think I’m ALL heavenly minded, know this…

There have been days when I’d instead be like

Are you kidding! Why did that boy leave his basketball shoes in the middle of the floor for me to fall over?! Wait till I get my hands on him!!!

Thankfully, I’ve learned that an automatic response like THAT sets me up to be angry and mad and guess what? Unhappy. So I’ve learned to find the positive even in something that could tick me off.

When I get back to my bedroom, as I’m getting my workout clothes on, I’m talking. Out loud. Thanking God for everything I can think of at that moment. Caring nothing about who hears me. Usually everyone else is still asleep, BUT if one of my kids hear me…great! Because they’re learning how to set up their day in happy-mode!

I love that old Folger’s commercial… “the best part about waking up is Folders in your cup.” Let’s change that up and make this our morning motto: “THE best part about waking up is happy in your cup!” 

So here’s a few happiness starters to get you thinking about positive and joy producing things that will help you stay in happy-mode all day:

  1. What could I be telling myself the instant I wake up that is good?
  2. What could I thank God for the moment my feet hit the floor?
  3. What could I look forward to today?
  4. What scripture or promise of God could I think about that will fill me with hope?

You could jot these 4 happy starters down on a piece of paper and put them on your nightstand so you see them when you wake up. Or maybe tape them to your bathroom mirror – since I’m thinking you’ll be in that room before you go anywhere else. 

One last question for you: Do you believe God wants you to launch each day in a happy way? Then take a cue from Matthew 6:33…

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.

THAT is how you kick off your day in happy-mode, no matter what!

PS – I’ve been developing something you may find helpful in your quest to live happy. It’s called Happy Academy. Do you want to know when it’s ready? Just pop one of the buttons below and you’ll be one of the first to hear about it when it rolls out.

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