simple morning habit

This Simple Morning Habit Can Make Your Day Happier and More Creative

“How you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” — Lemony Snicket

Morning habits are important because they set the tone for the rest of the day. That’s why I start every morning with the same activity:

I write 5 positive moments from the day BEFORE.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit that I am a morning person, so it’s not super difficult for me to string a few sentences together while I’m sipping my first coffee. If you’re NOT a morning person, feel free to jump in the shower first!


Back to my morning habit…

I take a moment to ponder YESTERDAY.

Specifically, I locate moments in the previous day when I felt HAPPY. Or SMART. Or PURPOSEFUL.

These don’t have to be huge things.

For example, the other day, I made a pot of peppermint tea during my lunch hour. It was perfectly brewed. I added just the right amount of honey. And I deeply enjoyed that cup of tea.

I also had a lovely chat with a client. Helped her solve a small problem, which made me feel happy, smart, and purposeful – the trifecta of positive feelings!

This simple morning habit helps me in several ways: 

✅Firstly, it puts me in a good mood before I venture into my office. And a good mood is a priceless asset to the workday.

✅Secondly, it creates an ever-expanding list of things that bring me joy. Like that perfectly brewed cup of tea. So, if the day begins to go astray, I have front-of-mind ideas of ways to turn it around and get back on track.

✅Thirdly, it makes me more proactive about acknowledging those moments of joy when they happen. Because I’m always looking for 5 things worthy of the next morning’s list.

✅And lastly, it makes me write. By the time I’ve got those 5 moments scrawled in my notebook, the pump is primed. I’m in a writing frame of mind, so words flow more readily when I need them to!

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Kim Scaravelli

Kim Scaravelli

Kim Scaravelli is a brand voice coach, writer, and author Making Words Work. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her unruly family, a sweet dog named Stevie, and a sarcastic cat named Winnie.