10 Bedtime Things to Do to Wake Up Feeling Happy

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Happiness is something that most people enjoy working for. We save money so we can enjoy a nice vacation, we marry someone we love so we can live a happy life (we hope so anyway!), and we even look for just the right pet so that we can enjoy their company and feel happier.

There are really no direct routes to happiness, however. Marriages go sour, vacations turn into disasters, and pets are sometimes a nightmare. However, there really is something lovely and magical about knowing that we can’t have instant happiness, and that we need to follow paths to reach it, and in the meantime, we experience the richness life has to offer.

Despite all this, there are some things that you can do to help to encourage a happy outcome. It’s often the little things that make us happy. Sometimes all it takes is a little routine, a habit or two, to make your life easier, and therefore happier. This can be true of mornings. Mornings for most people are a headache: rushing around, trying to get some things together and not forget other things and still get out the door on time so that you arrive at work ready to go.

Well, there are a few things you can do ahead of time that will go a long way towards waking up happy and ready to start your day, and not all of them are organizational tips. Keep reading and find out the top 10 things you can do before you fall asleep so that you can start off the day happy and hopefully keep that feeling going all day long.


1.  Prepare in Advance

There is no way around it– one of the best things you can do before you hit the hay is to be prepared for the next day. This can vary from person to person, but for many people this means having lunches made and ready to go in the morning, setting up the coffee maker (with a timer if you have one!), choosing which clothes you will wear and what other items you might need (raincoat? umbrella?), putting necessary papers or other items in your briefcase or computer bag and setting your keys right next to the door. Whatever it is that you will need to have ready in the morning, do as much as possible the night before to avoid unnecessary rush and stress.


2.  Think and Review

As you are brushing your teeth, or just before you climb into bed, take a quick review of your day. This isn’t the time to feel regret for the things you said or didn’t do, just take a minute to think, in general, about the day, without judgment, and feel proud of what you did accomplish that day. If things went really badly, then consider what you could have done (or not done) that would have made the day go better and tell yourself that you will learn from this day. Then move on.

Now be grateful for today. Say thank you for whatever kind of day you had, as some people did not get the privilege of having lived another day, and simply the fact that you did is enough to be grateful for.  Make a small mental note that during the next 24 hours, you are going to be the best that you can possibly be. This doesn’t mean that you are going to be perfect, you are not even going to attempt that, but rather, that you will simply be the best you can be that day.


3.  Organize the Room with Feng Shui

Even if you are thinking, “What a bunch of baloney,” seriously, what would it hurt to do so? What if it actually worked? Many people find that once they arrange their room according to Feng Shui principles, they sleep better. Where your bed is located is of particular importance. Feng Shui says that it should be right where you can see the door but not in the direct path of the door. This helps people sleep with a certain sense of security. What can it hurt?


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  • Anto

    To someone who believes in a God who loves and cares for humans and living things, sleeping in a tranquil spirit every night is easy to achieve. This is the best tip I can give for waking up happy – try to find a way to believe in the God model of existence, one that makes sense to you, not one of the usual ones offered by the religion industry. ‘guaranteed this’ll take away those stress lines :)