How to start each day with a smile

Nowadays, there are so many things to distract us from enjoying each day. We have this idea that we have to vacation somewhere  or do something out of the ordinary and plan every detail to make a “special” day perfect. Most of the time that makes everything pretty stressful. Whether we’re vacationing in the Bahamas or living our everyday routine, there are a few different steps we can take to make each day enjoyable.

The first thing you should do is wake up with a smile. You can even set a reminder on your phone to take a few deep breaths and smile. It’s a proven fact that smiling releases endorphins in your body that instantly lifts your mood and relieves stress.

The next thing you should do is play your favorite music, preferably uplifting. The great thing about this step is that you can get a lot of things done while listening to your music. So pick a great album and smile.

The next step, and probably most important step in this process, is make a great cup of coffee. Coffee is that warm best friend that motivates you to be a more productive person. If consumed the right amounts, coffee can help you accomplish any goals you set yourself for that day. So drink your coffee, pick a great album, and smile.

Lastly, take a look at your surroundings, and absorb every detail. Learning to appreciate the little things in life will not only make for a better day, but a better life. Appreciate how the lighting in the room makes everything glow, appreciate how the hot coffee goes down your throat and gives the slightest goosebumps to your arms, appreciate the sounds of kids laughing and walking to school, etc.

But most importantly, appreciate the steady thump of your heartbeat and the slightly faster heartbeat of your loved one next to you because life is evanescent. So drink your coffee, pick a great album, smile, and appreciate your life.

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