Studies have proven that when you are positive you improve how well your day goes – and it’s contagious. Your positive actions create a “brain reaction” that changes the mood of those around you.
It sounds simple, and yes it is. But think about it.
Do you start your day being positive?
How did you start your day today? Were you positive or grumpy.? Easy to be around, or a frustration for others.
If you need to working on being more positive, try these three simple ways to start your day:
- Be nice. Simple, but underutilized – try starting your day by saying something nice – give an unexpected compliment, or tell someone you are glad to see them. Do this before you do anything else.
- Say please and thank you. These words are way underused. Add them to your morning vocabulary, regardless of who you are talking to. Cranky kids and spouses included.
- Smile. When you smile, it releases natural pain killers – endorphins and serotonin – all of those feel-good chemicals. And, it’s not just good for you. Smiling has been proven to increase the happiness level of those around you too.
If you aren’t a morning person you’ll need to work extra hard at pulling this off. But the bottom line is this – if you focus on all the good things and people in your life at the beginning of the day, you’ll create an open and positive communication environment that will reap benefits for you all day!
Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home. Check out her communication skills training.
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