According to a new study, studyfinds.org, adults wake up grumpy 300 days of the year. How did you wake up this morning? And yesterday? The day before?
Truth be told, I was never a morning person and my default norm is less than cheerful at wake time. Knowing this, I build a morning ritual with soothing sounds, a warm shower, followed by essential oil aromas, and my favorite toothpaste. Visually, I surround my environment with positive affirmations wall decor and feel good images to take in at first light. Upon waking our senses are heightened and what we choose to start our morning with affects our day. Studies have shown that three minutes of negative news in the morning has proven to affect a person by 27% with the likelihood of it turning into an unhappy or depressing rest day. inc.com
Invite positive shifts into your routine. I feel that it takes effort to re-program ourselves and a bold truth to own up to the fact that we are the ones who are responsible for our happiness. Our past experiences culminate and color our world and once 'woke' we can begin to modify as needed. Carl Jung says, 'I am not what happened to me, I choose what I am to become.
And here a story for a deeper thought process.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”