Give morning kindness a chance!

Have you ever noticed that what happens during the morning hours often sets the tone for the rest of the day? When things go smoothly, you tend to feel more relaxed and ready to face whatever the day may bring. However, when things get bumpy before you’ve even managed to get dressed, you’re more likely to remain grumpy until bedtime.

I have to admit, despite my usual positive mood, I am that type of person which is a Grinch before drinking the coffee in the morning and that is why I am silent until I do so. I must be rather careful not to ruin my mojo before I get to my Nespresso machine :). Looking around me, the majority of people seem to be, especially in winter time, in a more silent, gloomy mood in the morning. Thus, the mood breaker can set off anytime. Well, what can you do: morning, less light outside, cold weather, occasional fog, traffic, the rain sometimes…it’s understandable that we may be sleepy and gloomy in the morning these days…but is there anything we can do about it to make sure we start the day on a high note?

Last week, something happened that made me see things a bit differently. I arrived at the office and went to buy my usual morning yoghurt and lemon juice at a nearby place. The lady in the store was in a very nice mood. She greeted me nicely, and at the end with a lot of kindness she told me to have a beautiful day despite the foggy weather. She said “you deserve some inner sunshine with all this grey weather”. I immediately reacted…actually…something just rose inside of me. Her words… were so uplifting. I thanked her… really.  She made my day and it was so damn easy… and my day from that point on went wonderfully well. And I am not bullshitting really.

Inspired by this I decided to make an experiment and bring joy in the morning to some people around me, send some good vibes, tell them nice words to see how they react. Well, you may have guessed it… people smile when they are told nice things when they least expect. In the morning, you may say you still are in in-between moods… until you set off for the day, so someone else being a catalyzer for a positive day is important.

The thing is the more I practice this good mood “giving” in the morning hours, the more I actually feel good myself. It’s almost like a good vibe boomerang.

I actually just saw recently (and it was a nice coincidence to my thoughts these days) that a video was circulating on Facebook about a social experiment done by someone to see how “telling people that are beautiful make them react”. The idea behind it is similar to what I was trying to put in words over here. In case you missed it, here it is, a must-watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW8BDgLpZkI

While obviously and realistically there is some hassles that can’t be avoided because of circumstances around us, you can make mood-enhancing decisions during the morning hours that will set the stage for the next 16 hours or so. And “giving” good vibes may be a rewarding simple act. Just try it once or twice. It costs nothing.

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Actually, there’s one thing you can do just anywhere and anytime to set a good mood around: Smile or put a touch of humor on things. “Smiling is a simple way to change your mood—and the mood of those around you, too.” (and this is documented by a scientist , Dr. McKay, by the way). So spread your good-mood wealth as often as possible in the morning as well as throughout the day. It may build in a lot of good vibe for you and people around me may feel even more attracted to your positive energy. So give a try the next morning, just for a change at least :).

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