I often tell my coaching clients that the most important thing in life is that they are happy.
After all, it doesn't really matter how much money you make, how many books you write, or how many clients you have if you're miserable.
The good news is, it's probably easier to be happy than you might think.
In fact, you simply need to decide to be happy, then train yourself to be happy, no matter what.
To do this, set up little rituals that help you start the day right.
Create a gratitude journal, and every morning, first thing, list at least a dozen things you're grateful for. You may not think you'll have 12 things to be grateful for every morning, but you will. For example, if you slept well the night before and woke up feeling good, that is something to be grateful for.
Besides your gratitude journal, look for other morning rituals to help you begin your day in a happy, grateful, productive state of mind.
Take your morning coffee outside (weather permitting) and enjoy the sunrise.
Go for a walk with your pet, your spouse, or by yourself.
Something else you might start doing is making a habit of watching The Morning Nudge on youtube each morning.
The upbeat music, beautiful scenes of the sea, and the words of encouragement should help you get in the right frame of mind as you start your work day. Here's a sample Nudge to watch:
Once you train yourself to start the day in a happy state of mind, you'll probably find that your entire day goes much better and your writing seems to flow.
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