“What did you do at school today?” I’d asked her.
“Well, we all talked about how our parents wake us up in the morning.”
“What did you say?” I prodded, with curiosity and trepidation.
“With a good-morning song.”
Now, I’m not sure why she said this, because I’d only done that a few times. After hearing her comment, though, I vowed to try to sing a good-morning song every day. What a lovely way to start the morning, to wake up your child with a good-morning song!
One of the most powerful happiness-project lessons, and the Third of my Twelve Commandments, is to “Act the way I want to feel.” We think that actions follow feelings, but often, feelings follow actions. By deliberately starting the day by singing – that is, by acting cheerful, light-hearted, and energetic – I can help generate those feelings in myself. Also, because of the psychological phenomenon of “emotional contagion,” we “catch” the emotions of other people. If I can manage to act light-hearted and energetic, I can infect the other members of my family with good cheer.
The morning sets the tone for the whole day, so I’ve found that it’s worth making a special effort to make mornings run smoothly – whether that means organizing everyone’s stuff the night before, doing the “evening tidy-up” before going to bed so the apartment isn’t too messy when we emerge in the morning, or singing a garbled version of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.”
Have you found any good ways to start the morning on a more cheerful note?
The days are long, but the years are short.