Obviously, we all want to be happier. Surprisingly, what you compel yourself to think the moment you awake each morning has a profound effect on the way the rest of your day and life might go. So, if you immediately begin contemplating the tens of emails you’ll have to read, the reams of work you’ll have to finish, or loads of laundry (and other housework) you’ll have to complete, you’re probably making life much less enjoyable than it needs to be.
Unsurprisingly, Albert Einstein has spoken words of wisdom which apply to this theory: “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe.” By making your life begin friendly as opposed to hostile each day, you’ll be doing yourself much more good than other (unenlightened) people would expect.
Remez Sasson echoes this positive ideology by saying it “brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness.” Sasson’s words are more qualitative than quantitative, but we are discussing emotions here, after all. However, Susan Reynolds (co-author of Train Your Brain to Get Happy) reinforces these beliefs in more scientific terms: “feeling pleasure can be so stimulating for your brain that it is primed to respond to pleasure in a way that reinforces that pleasure.”
Indeed, thinking positively has many proven health benefits, while thinking negatively causes you to feel unhappy, be less successful, and less creative. So, if you generally think negatively, the present is now the best time to alter your perspectives. The best approach is to attempt to be more positive whenever possible, but especially pertaining to the “little things” like statements and attitudes.
For instance, tell yourself that you will have an enjoyable day no matter what, that you are excited to do so, and that you look forward to the day as a whole (not just the end of it!). Appreciating everything that you can (and should) will inevitably lead to a greater appreciation of your life itself. Furthermore, spending time with people of like (positive) mind will increase your happiness significantly.
In closing, heed the words of Harvey Mackay: “When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective.”
Isn’t it, though?
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