How Happy People Stay Happy

Happy People
In Hebrew, the word “morning” means “to break forth”. For many of us, morning also means alarm clocks and an unsettling rush. But, do you ever wonder what makes happy people so happy? I'm sure happiness can be found on a remote island with beautiful ocean waves and impeccable first-class service meeting your every need or maybe their bank account is full of money, leaving them with no worries to their future. But, you and I know that doesn’t make a lasting life of happiness.

I find as I get older that the early mornings are the best time to focus on the day ahead and what I’m to do in it. Each morning is truly a brand new opportunity. Each day is a new day “to break forth” and set out all that needs to be accomplished.

There seems to be a pattern with happy people and successful mornings, they have consistency and discipline. You sense a well-being and contentment around them. So I began to really think about what makes someone happy? What makes them get up and have a “break forth” attitude? Here is what I found:

They wake up with a Thank You on their lips – They start their day with gratitude. There is something about saying Thank You for another day that brings a joy to the day. They lean over and lean into their spouses, dogs, children, whatever it is, with a heart of thankfulness for the morning.

They are intentional about the day – It’s the after they get out of bed that their “to break forthbegins. The more we ask God what He has for us today seems to bring a happiness to serve. Each morning brings a new day. It’s during the day where we are intentional sets us up for a good day. You find happy people because they see their life’s purpose in the day to day.

They pray – Some of the happiest people are spiritual. Prayer is a way to give thanks to God for our blessings He has given us. Waking up with a heart of gratitude and speaking thankfulness establishes a peace within us.

They read – Whether they grab their Bible, a devotion, or a blog of affirmations, happy people are readers. Starting the day with the Word in you tells your day who is in charge and whose path you seek to follow.

They eat breakfast – They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is. Feeding your body a bunch of carbs will have you sluggish for most of your day. Connect your body to real foods that we were intended to eat. You will find your mind sharp and your body healthy.

They exercise – Morning people are great with adding exercise to their daily routine. Taking a walk or jog gets the heart pumping and stimulates the body. Walking is also proven to stimulate creativity in the brain, which isn’t a bad way to start the day either.

They are present in the moment – You won’t find too many cell phones around happy people that are in a conversation or at one of their kids ball games. They are there in the moment. To be present is to be in the now. [Tweet "Happy people don’t capture the moment for what is seen, but in the unseen conversations of life with others."]

At the end of the day, its people that enjoy the moment that seem to be the happiest.  You will find them with their family and friends soaking in each minute of the day, living as though it was their last.  Happy people are grateful people.  Happy people live life to the fullest with what they have and what they are given.

"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."- Psalm 118:24

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” - C. S. Lewis

How many of these habits do you do in the morning? Add some in the comments below that you would like to share?