A Simple Rule That Can Impact Your Entire Day

Imagine this scenario.

Your head finally graces the pillow.  It is with deep satisfaction that you welcome sweet sleep.

But what is that noise you hear? ………It is the sound of little feet padding towards you. It is your sweet, well rested child.  Coming in to greet you for the day. “Good morning mommie!”

How do you respond? If you are like me in the past, you groan, whine, and scowl.  Your response is less than friendly.  “Ugh, what time is it?”  “It can’t be time for you to be up!” 

The message was loud and clear.  I am not happy to see you. Shamefully, this was my routine for a long time. The first glimpse my children got of me each morning, was grumpy and irritated.

But one wonderful morning I had an insight into what my children experienced each morning.  I took the time to see the world through their eyes. It was not a pretty sight. I didn’t want my children to dread waking me. I didn’t want them to deal with my bad attitude every morning.  

So I made a change. I established a new rule.

The Wake Up Happy Rule

It is simple. Wake up happy- every morning!

When I wake in the morning, before I am fully alert-  I smile! That’s what happy people do, right !?! 

Remember the song, “….if you’re happy and you know it, then your face should surely show it!” I encourage you. 

If you recognize that you are less than pleasant in the morning. Purpose in your heart to change, starting today!

Make a decision that you have had your last grumpy morning.

No more groaning allowed.

Instead, fill the room, fill your home with happy, cheery, joyous “Good Morning” greetings.

This is not a “fake it ’til you make it” idea. I don’t believe that you need to fake happiness. I believe that happiness is already within you, it is a part of who you are and how you were created.

Give yourself permission to be happy.

Open your eyes each morning with happiness and joy as your focus. I think that you will find that the first moments of your morning have a way of creating a theme that impacts your entire day!

Will you try it? I would love to hear about your experience!


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