7 morning habits that will make you a more joyful person in life

Starting off your day on the right foot can make a world of difference.

It’s not necessarily about being an early bird, but about cultivating habits that bring joy into your life.

As a Life Transition coach and the creator of Reset Your Life Compass, I’ve seen firsthand how morning routines can impact our overall happiness.

With the right habits, we can set ourselves up for success and joy each day.

Here are seven morning habits that have worked for me and countless others I’ve coached.

These habits aren’t about striving for perfection or ticking off a to-do list, but about creating a mindful start to your day that fosters joy.

So, let’s dive in!

1) Embrace change

At the heart of a joyful life is the willingness to embrace change.

It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone and welcoming new experiences.

As a Life Transition coach, I’ve learned that those who are open to change tend to be more fulfilled.

They see each day as a new opportunity for growth and self-improvement.

Starting your day with this mindset can have a profound impact on your overall happiness.

When you wake up, take a moment to reflect on the possibilities that the new day brings.

Embrace the potential for change and set an intention to navigate your way towards a more fulfilling life.

This doesn’t mean you have to make drastic changes every day.

Small shifts in perspective or routine can make a big difference.

So, as you start each morning, remind yourself of the power of embracing change.

It’s a simple habit that can lead to a more joyful life.

2) Understand your core values

Knowing who you are and what you stand for is a key component of a joyful life.

As Shakespeare famously said, “This above all: to thine own self be true.”

Understanding your core values can help guide your actions and decisions.

It can provide a sense of direction and purpose, leading to greater fulfillment.

Over the years, I’ve found that starting my day with a brief reflection on my core values sets the tone for the rest of the day.

It reminds me of what truly matters and helps me align my actions accordingly.

To help you get started, I’ve developed a simple exercise called “Defining Your Values“.

It’s a tool I use personally and with my clients to clarify what’s most important.

Take some time each morning to review your values.

By doing so, you’ll start your day with a clear understanding of who you are and what you want from life.

This self-awareness can make your journey through life more joyful and meaningful. 

And speaking of meaning…

3) Set meaningful goals

Setting goals is a powerful morning habit that can guide your day and ultimately, your life.

But not just any goals – they need to be meaningful.

When we set goals that don’t align with our values or desires, we often find ourselves feeling unfulfilled or even frustrated.

On the other hand, meaningful goals can bring us joy, motivation, and a sense of purpose.

I’m not just talking about big, life-changing goals. I’m also referring to smaller daily goals.

These can be as simple as wanting to read a chapter of a book, going for a walk, or spending time on a hobby.

What’s important is that these goals are tied to what truly matters to you.

They should bring you joy, not stress or anxiety.

Remember, it’s your life. Your goals should reflect what you want out of it, not what others expect from you.

Be honest with yourself about what you want and set goals that reflect this truth.

In the long run, this habit will help you live a more joyful and fulfilled life.

4) Steer your own ship

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One of the most empowering morning habits to cultivate is the realization that you’re the captain of your own life.

Every morning, remind yourself that you have the power to steer your life in any direction you choose.

You’re not a passive passenger at the mercy of external circumstances, but an active participant shaping your own destiny.

This doesn’t mean that you can control everything that happens to you.

Unexpected storms will come. But you can always control how you respond to those events, how you navigate through them.

So, each morning, take a moment to acknowledge your personal power.

Decide on one small action you can take that day to steer your life in the direction you want it to go.

Remember, it’s the small steps taken consistently over time that lead to big changes.

This simple habit of acknowledging and using your personal power each morning can help create a more joyful and fulfilling life.

5) Journal your thoughts

Journaling is a powerful tool for self-discovery and personal growth.

It allows us to declutter our minds, reflect on our experiences, and gain clarity about our desires and goals.

I’ve found that starting my day with journaling sets a positive tone for the rest of the day.

It’s a moment of self-reflection and honesty that often leads to valuable insights.

But journaling isn’t just about recounting what happened the previous day.

It’s also a space to dream, plan, express gratitude, and even vent.

It’s your personal sanctuary where you can be completely honest with yourself.

To help you get started, I’ve incorporated journaling exercises in my course, Reset Your Life Compass.

These exercises are designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your life journey.

So, grab a notebook and pen every morning and invest some time in self-reflection through journaling.

It’s a small habit that can lead to big changes in your life.

6) Find your purpose

Having a sense of purpose can be a powerful motivator and source of joy.

As Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

Purpose gives meaning to our actions and drives us to strive for more.

It can help us overcome obstacles and find joy in even the most mundane tasks.

But finding your purpose is not always easy.

It requires self-reflection, honesty, and courage.

It’s about identifying what truly matters to you, what makes you come alive.

Take some time each morning to reflect on your purpose.

What do you feel passionate about? What are you naturally good at? What does the world need that you can provide?

These aren’t easy questions to answer, but the process of seeking answers can bring clarity and direction.

To help guide you on this journey, I’ve created a video with some tips for finding your purpose in life.

You can watch it here: Tips for finding your purpose in life

Remember, finding your purpose is a journey, not a destination.

But it’s a journey that can bring joy and fulfillment to your life.

7) Embrace your quirks

In a society that often pushes us towards conformity, embracing your quirks might seem counterintuitive.

But here’s the truth: authenticity breeds joy.

Our quirks, our differences, our unique traits – these are the things that make us who we are.

They give us character and depth. They make us human.

When we try to hide these parts of ourselves to fit in, we deny our authenticity.

But when we embrace our quirks and live authentically, we experience a sense of freedom and joy that is deeply fulfilling.

So, each morning, remind yourself that it’s okay to be different.

Celebrate your quirks instead of hiding them.

Remember, you don’t have to be perfect to be joyful. You just have to be you.

And you are enough just as you are.

This habit of embracing your quirks and living authentically can help you live a more joyful life.

In conclusion

Cultivating these eight morning habits can set the tone for a more joyful life.

Embracing change, understanding your core values, setting meaningful goals, steering your own ship, journaling your thoughts, changing unhelpful habits, finding your purpose, and living authentically – these are all steps that can slowly bring more joy into your mornings and cultivate it to grow, encompassing your whole life. 

Remember, it’s not about instant transformation. It’s about taking small, consistent steps towards a better life.

And these morning habits are a great place to start.

If you want to dive deeper and make more meaningful changes in your life, consider enrolling in my course, Reset Your Life Compass.

It’s designed to guide you through the process of identifying what’s most important to you and setting a course towards a life that reflects those values.

Remember, you have the power to shape your life. And it all starts with how you start your day. So why not start it with joy?

Jeanette Brown

Jeanette Brown

I have been in Education as a teacher, career coach and executive manager over many years. I'm also an experienced coach who is passionate about supporting people in finding real meaning and purpose in their lives, building a resilient, grounded inner self and achieving their desired goals.

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