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INC: Want to create the best day possible? Start before your feet hit the floor.

What do you do when you first wake up?

What goes through your head those first few moments of the day can affect how you feel for the next 24 hours. So  it’s well worth directing those first thoughts of the day in a positive direction.

That advice comes from Joel and Michelle Levey, who teach many forms of meditation.

1. Wake up to the fact that you’re awake.

Of all the Leveys’ concepts I found this one the hardest to grasp at first. But it’s what mindfulness is all about. Too many of us spend too many of our waking hours on autopilot, awake but not really awake. Break that pattern at the start of the day when you first come to consciousness by making note of the fact that you’re awake and alive. .

2. Do “gratefuls.”

No matter how well or badly things are going in our lives, we all have a lot to be grateful for. And feeling gratitude is one of the best things you can do to make yourself happy. So pick an item or two or three and let that gratitude fill you up, at least for a little while.

3. Set an intention for the day.

What do you need to do, or what frame of mind do you need to have, to get through your day, do what you need and want to do, and be happy while doing it? That’s a good starting place to find an intention for the day that may work well for you.

4. Do not look at your electronic devices until you’ve completed steps No. 1 – 3.

Read the full article: http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/4-quick-things-successful-people-do-before-they-even-get-out-of-bed.html

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