10 Morning Routine Ideas for a Healthy and Happy Day

Rise and shine little bunny rabbit. It’s the start of another perfect day. The air is crisp, the birds are chirping, and tiny dew droplets on blades of grass shimmer and shine as the sun begins to warm the earth. Do you notice? If not, maybe a change in your morning routine would help.

Many of us begin our days in an all-too-familiar fashion. Maybe a bowl of Wheaties with the paper, or a jelly doughnut followed by a cigarette. Whatever it is, good or bad, it's your morning routine, and it may have a larger effect on your day-to day happiness and health than you had previously thought.

Starting your day off right is important. The following 10 morning activities will ensure that today is a beautiful day, tomorrow is even better.

Good morning!
Good morning!

1. Coffee? Eat an apple instead


If you're like me, coffee is the first thought that pops into your head as you rub the sleep away each morning. And like me, you are probably better off reaching for the fruit bowl instead of the coffee pot - says some not-so recent studies. Strangely enough, a single apple can provide as much energy as a cup of coffee.

However unlike coffee, an apple derives its energy not from artificial caffeine, but from natural sugars, which boost blood sugar levels (giving you more energy and stimulating alertness).

The uplifting effects of an apple are most noticeable first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. Other benefits of opting for apples: fresher breath, whiter teeth and no “crash” later. Remember, while coffee in moderation is by no means bad for your health, you can never have too many apples.


Good morning stretch routine

Back Stretch

1. Lie down with your back on the floor.


2. Put your arms flat on the ground next to your legs and raise your legs towards your head.


3.Touch the floor past your head if you are able to.


4. Hold your legs there for 15 seconds. 


5. Repeat as many times as needed.

2. Stretch it out


A daily stretch routine can be beneficial in many ways. Even touching your toes can add years to your life. It's a great way to relieve stress, relax the mind, and give you more energy. It also provides for better flexibility and coordination, improved circulation, and decreases the risk of injury.

So you’re ready to adopt some stretching into your morning routine, but don't know how? Good news! The people at wellsphere.com have put together some good morning stretch routines to guide you through touching your toes, and then some.


3. Sex


Whether it’s in the morning, day, evening, or night, the animal kingdom will agree: sex is good. Not only is it good, it’s good for you! Sex boosts circulation and decreases blood pressure while giving the heart, lungs, and entire body a work-out.

The workout provided by sex is part of the reason why, according to Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, men who have sex three times a week decrease their risk of heart attack and stroke by 50 percent. As for women, those who enjoy sex more tend to live longer than those who don’t. With that being said, is there a better way to start your day than with some intimate one-on-one time? I say, please, do not disturb.

Tid-bit from the author: Gratitude journal

No matter who you are, or what you do, you can find something to be thankful for.

Start a "gratitude journal" and keep it next to your toothbrush. Each morning, write down five things you are grateful for.

4. Be thankful and count your blessings


Your first conscious breath of the day should be accompanied with a smile, for you're alive. If it's not, start counting your blessings. Literally. Writing down, or even taking time to think about things you are grateful for can have many psychological and even physical benefits.

A study from Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough in 2003 took two groups of participants, one group was asked to think about things they were grateful for, the other was not. Those with thoughts of gratitude reported "greater levels of optimism, positive mood, and feelings of belongingness over the period of the study." Furthermore, the same participants were even physically healthier, reporting fewer symptoms of illness and exercising more.


Too much cloud cover?

For those of you living closer to the poles and further away from the sun, do not fret. There is still hope. To ensure you're getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin D that you would otherwise get naturally from the sun, try snacking on the following foods:

  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Vitamin D milk


5. Feel the sun, breathe the air


What is warm, touches everyone, and supports all life on planet Earth? You guessed it - the sun. And feeling it's rays or even fresh air on your skin can be a delightful sensation, especially just after waking up. "Skin may be more receptive to touch in the morning as nerves first wake up," says sexual health examiner, Courtney Bee. Okay, so it feels good, but so does two martinis. Is sunlight actually healthy for you?

A recent study showed how more sunshine early in a person’s life meant less risk of multiple sclerosis later in life. And, as an excellent source of Vitamin D, sunlight is crucial in maintaining a healthy immune system and strengthening bones. To reap all the benefits sunlight has to offer, step outside and enjoy a refreshing life shower.

A healthy day starts with breakfast

granola and fruit: 2 healthy breakfast options.
granola and fruit: 2 healthy breakfast options.

6. Eat a healthy breakfast


Since young children we were told to eat our fruits and veggies. But as adults, did you know eating a healthy and well-balanced breakfast is just as, if not more important? Studies have shown students who eat breakfast tend to do better in school, and the same applies to adults at work. Breakfast is the fuel for your day, and filling up your tank with quality fuel is a key ingredient to a good today and healthy tomorrow. The Daily Green offers some quick and healthy breakfast options that will keep you running strong well into your lunch break.

7. Exercise


There are entire books written about the benefits of daily exercise, and for good reason. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day helps to strengthen bones, build muscle, improve skin, increase relaxation and optimism, decrease risk of disease and illness and much much more. In truth, exercise is good at any time of day, but what better way to start your day than with 30 minutes of exercise? It will infuse more energy and a bigger smile into your day.


listen to music. be happy.
listen to music. be happy.

8. Listen to music


Musicians compose from the heart, and their music speaks to our soul. It speaks when we can't find the words, and it fills our brains when it’s void of thought. It’s wonderful, and by adding it to your morning routine, you will feel it’s wonderful effects. Research has shown how music can have many positive effects on us by stimulating brain cells and increasing optimism. And, in the words of Bob Marley, “…when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Try listening to some upbeat music during your morning shower or while making breakfast.

9. Sleep in…but not too much


Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? When talking about sleeping in – yes. Obviously, the amount of sleep needed to be healthy depends on various factors like age, level of activity, health, and lifestyle. But researchers have found that too much sleep, or over sleeping, is linked to a multitude of medical problems. WebMD lists diabetes, obesity, headaches, back pain, depression, and heart attacks as some of the negative side effects of continually sleeping more than the average seven to nine hours. Whether you're unemployed or just plain slothful, you will benefit from getting out of bed before your sheets swallow you whole.

10. Choose happiness

Happiness is a choice we make each morning as soon as we lift our little eyelids. Serious mental disorders aside, we can all choose happiness, no matter what circumstances we are faced with. By reframing adverse events into a positive light, people like the Dalai Lama and countless others have been able to choose happiness every morning, and so can you.

"Since your hell may be my paradise, subjectivity is the single greatest variable in the happiness equation. Homeless people in Calcutta have been found to be less unhappy than those in California" reports Ed Diener, PhD. And if all else fails, know that having purpose and meaning in life is one of the surest ways to find happiness. Tomorrow, choose happiness.

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barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Great information in here! Although I don't know if I can squeeze all of those tasks just in the morning... might need to spread them out a little bit!


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

barbergirl28 - I have no doubt you could squeeze that all in. have sexy time, stretch, 30 minute workout with music, feel the sun, be grateful, eat some breakfast, choose life and happiness then off to work. Thanks for reading!


Matt 5 years ago

Nice article Jeff!!! I think I will have an apple with my coffee.


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Ashantina 5 years ago

Gotcha!!


Shayla Ebsen 5 years ago

Love the idea of listening to music... It's one of the best ways to get me in a good mood and start each day off in the best way possible.


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Onyx Fox35 5 years ago from Denver,Colorado

I think this was a beautiful hub and it teaches me some things that I didn't know I had to look forward to!!!

Thank You and continue to do a wonderful job!!!


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katrinasui 5 years ago

These are really wonderful ideas. nice hub.


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

Matt - Thanks for reading bud...

Ashantina - Gotyou!! Thanks for reading

Shayla Ebsen - Glad you could agree with me. Thanks for being here

Onyx Fox35 - That is excellent. Beautiful and educational...I can't ask for anything more. Thank you for the comment

Katrinasui - Thanks for reading!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice info in here.Keep it up 4 those u care 4 a healthy and happy day.


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fullboz 5 years ago

welcome to my hub


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Delaney Knows 5 years ago from Midwest

Great hub. One thing that caught my eye was "Choose Happiness." I wholeheartedly agree!


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

crystolite - Thanks and same to you...

fullboz - hmm i'm confused. Thanks for reading either way.

Delaney Knows - Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for commenting


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speedbird 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

So sex three time per week is good for you health? Great! I liked that part.


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

speedbird - bet you did. the more the better. thanks for reading.


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2005Fleet 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great hub, I could do everything but the coffee, i love my coffee. 2 thumbs up!


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Sunshyne1975 5 years ago from California, US

Love it!! Just what I needed!!! Thanks!!!!


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

2005Fleet - I love my coffee too...just an interesting thought. Thanks!

Sunshyne1975 - Glad I could provide. Thanks for reading...


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fucsia 5 years ago

Great Hub! I just decide to eliminate coffee.... Thanks for these advice!


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mepperly 5 years ago from Vancouver,WA

Love it!!!


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Edward Dickinson 5 years ago from Dallas

What a lovely way to start your day. Wish I knew how to

appreciate more the chirping birds and the dew on the morning grass. Great Hub!


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vnustham 5 years ago from Thailand

Super Hub. Thanks for your idea. I will do it first thing as no coffee ..I will try !! apple better . yes, I agree with you. Try to do hope I can do always.. :-)


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Good advice. I am not a morning person, though. Never was. But then when the time came that I had to take medication every evening and every morning, it became a nightmare. Sort of.

What I always loved as a child was a radio program "Good Morning", all the info aside, there was always one cheerful song for the day and it always set the good mood. Now I cannot afford to put on my music in the morning - too many people disagree with my choices and object, this is the time when I prefer to be alone and ease up into my day.

I prefer to write in the morning, even though it is my least productive moments, but at least I can sit with my cup of coffee (sorry, I am sticking to my guns!), I need caffeine.

But, overall, I agree, by changing morning routines we can change our days and our life.

All the best,


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keyfound 5 years ago from Saskatchewan

Very nice... I like the apple tip, i gotta stop overusing that coffee maker...


dek choi 5 years ago

to take a breath of fresh air in the morning


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midnightbliss 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

great tips. starting your day right, makes your day right.


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moncrieff 5 years ago from New York, NY

Great tips!! I love the sunshine and the air in the morning, too, although I'm not a morning person either; I wake up at 1 or 2 in the afternoon. I like the idea about apples and streching!!!


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smackins1974 5 years ago from UK

Good advice.

Thanks for sharing this.

Sarah


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

Apple instead of coffee...I will have to sleep on that decision (LOL). Love the morning stretch and think happy thoughts advice. It's all good.


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azure_sky 5 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

Great tips to make my day a great one! Thanks....but I seriously will have to keep the coffee in my plan...but only after I eat my apple :) Enjoyed this hub!


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Mike Outdoors 5 years ago from Somewhere in Canada

Very interesting hub!


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

fucsia - even I haven't done that...but good for you. Have a nice morning! Thanks...

mepperly - Thank you for reading

hypnotherapy guru - Glad you can enjoy...thanks...

Edward Dickinson - You will in time...just utilize some of these ideas

vnustham - Thanks for reading

kallini2010 - Thanks for the wonderful comment. I write best in the morning as well...as least creatively...the mind is fresh and well rested in the early part of the day.

keyfound - It's a tough habit to break...real tough I will say. Thanks for the comment.

dek choi - Indeed. thanks

midnightbliss - Could not of said it better myself. Thanks for the comment.

moncrieff - Wow! You are missing out on the best part of the day...in my opinion. At least you have the earliest part of the morning to enjoy (like 2am).

smackins1974 - My pleasure. Glad you found some enjoyment

Sinea Pies - You are so right...it is all good. Thanks for your comment.

azure_sky - Good compromise. It's all about moderation anyways. Thanks for reading

Mike Outdoors - Thanks Mike...


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jennifercriston 5 years ago from Oxford Road

It is quite impressive article.


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rolisha 5 years ago from North Carolina

Very useful information! Love IT!


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

Great hub but I refuse to give up my coffee. Thanks for trying though 8-D


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jennshealthstore 5 years ago from Florida

I enjoyed this hub. Very good information. Like Ddraigchoch who commented before me, I love my morning coffee as well, but I do agree that it is very important to eat a healthy breakfast to get the morning started off right!!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Outstanding hub!!! Thank you for posting!!!


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emilybee 5 years ago

Great tips, very nice hub -thanks for sharing!


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kknde 5 years ago from ROmania

Nice tips! You are right we should choose happiness , even if it is hard, in the bad days of our life.

If we think positive, to be happy we can overcome many things.

A routine like the one you presented, is a very good one.


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sean kinn 5 years ago from Key West and Budapest

Great ideas. Change is a good thing. I think I'll change some of my morning routine based on this, cool.


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2Honest 5 years ago from Texas

Cool! I do most of the things on this list. Gets me ready for the day. Wonderful hub =)


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suejanet 5 years ago

Great advice. Apple, great way to start the day. Choosing happiness is a wonderful trait and I believe is one of the key components to good health.


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

jennifercriston - Thanks much

rolisha - Glad you think so...I appreciate it.

Ddraigcoch - I'm a bit of a hypocrite...I haven't given up my morning coffee either. Thanks for reading!

jennshealthstore - Thanks for the comment

Sunshine625 - Encouraging words...thank you. Come back soon

emilybee - My pleasure and I'm glad you could enjoy

kknde - Glad you can see things from my point of view. Thanks for reading

sean kinn -Thanks for the personalized and positive comments...

2Honest - Good to hear...so you know where I'm coming from then. Thanks for reading

suejanet - Thanks for reading.


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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

I love your positive attitude! Great hub. Thanks :>)


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

Great tips and I especially gree with the stretching- great way to get going. Voted up!


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CaravanHolidays 5 years ago from Wales UK

Great article, stretching and a bit of cardiovascular are key to a good start to the day.


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gloryvetten 5 years ago from Long Island

Good morning!!!!thanks for writing this I'm reaching for that apple now!!


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kephrira 5 years ago from Birmingham

Lovely idea for a hub, and great tips. Voted up.


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

cat on a soapbox - it's better that way right? Thanks for the comment

izetti - Thanks for the vote up...and for reading.

CaravanHolidays - Thanks for sharing

gloryvetten - haha nice. Appreciate the comment greatly...

kephrira - Thanks for the vote up, and thanks for reading...


Neil Butterfield. 5 years ago

Awesome article! I am sure if everyone starts to implement these tips into their lives the world would be a much better place to live in. :-)


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

A heartwarming hub! Splendid!


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Sekharg 5 years ago from USA

Excellent suggestions for healthier life. Well researched hub. Hoping to do at least half of what mentioned here.

Thanks for sharing.


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

Neil Butterfield - Wow you've got the right idea...thanks for being here.

ripplemaker - Thanks for the comment and always reading my hubs...hubbers like you keep me going.

Sekharg - Glad you enjoyed, and you're welcome. Thanks for the comment

m4rkb3rt - Thanks for reading!


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pcdriverupdate 5 years ago from VA

I enjoyed this. I'll have to try an apple in the morning. :) Been trying to incorporate natural sugars lately.


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dearabbysmom 5 years ago from Indiana

Great tips and new information. I especially like the gratitude journal thought. I've found that times when I am purposefully grateful are the most productive.


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Adnohr 5 years ago from Canada

Geez - I have to have the coffee or I'll never find the apple! Well written and informative. Good post.


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Carole Anzolletti 5 years ago from The Phantom Queen's Labyrinth

would love to switch out coffee for apples...thank you for writing this, and I have been doing T'ai Chi for several weeks - it does change the way the day goes! Nice hub!


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Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines

I like your list of morning routine ideas. Since I don't drink coffee, I think I can certainly eat that apple to start my morning.


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

pcdriverupdate - It's not a bad idea...If you're looking for more you can check out my hub on natural sweeteners. http://hubpages.com/food/Types-of-Natural-Sweetene... Thanks for reading!

dearabbysmom - I'm glad you could find some of this information useful. Thanks for the comment

Adnohr - This is an ongoing theme here...nobody wants to put aside their coffee (and neither do I) Interesting nonetheless though. Thanks for your comment.

Carole Anzolletti - Nice to hear. Thanks for sharing...it's much appreciated.

Chin Chin - Very well then! Thank you for reading.


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sam70 5 years ago

Love the apple idea. This would really help with hydration before my morning coffee.


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unitify 5 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

Nice advice.


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Silver Fish 5 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

Great hub!


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Donnacha C 5 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

great article, truly enjoyed it from the beginning till the end!


ketou 5 years ago

Great. Another one to add to the list of things to do :)


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tgopfrich 5 years ago from Stettler, AB

I enjoyed your hub! So right!


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Str8up Hookups 5 years ago

Great stuff going on here!

Voted up!

Thanks for sharing!


vonex Athri 5 years ago

The early morning Tips of yours is excellent and i will try to follow the ideas and make my day with happiness


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sharing the sky 5 years ago from United States

These are helpful suggestions. I find that having a healthy morning routine really can make the difference in the quality of your day and especially over the long-term. I'm working to get back into one of my own that I can use to keep myself afloat through the ups and downs of life.


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BMG 5 years ago from timor laste

nice post....i enjoyed reading this article...keep up!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great positive attiutde advice and tips. If everyone could start their day with this routine we'd have a happier world.


Tiago Marcelo 5 years ago

You've got to be the first person who actually recommends eating apples instead of drinking coffee. Which, of course, is great advice. Coffee sucks and is unhealthy. Apples rule and are healthy, as well as natural. Excellent!


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

sam70 - Glad to hear it...thanks for reading.

unitify - Thank you.

Silver Fish - Thanks!

Donnacha C - That makes me happy. Thanks for sharing.

ketou - perfect...Thanks for reading.

tgopfrich - Awesome thank you

Str8up Hookups - Thanks for the vote up...and for reading!

vonex Athri - It's worth a try right?

sharing the sky - That's what I'm saying...Glad you can agree. Stay afloat and just keep swimming...

BMG - Excellent. Thank you for the comment

KoffeeKlatch Gals - If it were only that simple....Thanks for reading

Tiago Marcelo - I don't know about the first...but regardless, thank you. Is coffee un-natural though? No big deal...but thank you


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi jdavieswrites,

A great hub which I and many others also will benefit from.

I push all the buttons for this one.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Well, I've eaten a healthy breakfast and I'm happy. It's 9am, so I've got a few hours to fit in the other things. (Not sure about the sex though).


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Taleb80 5 years ago

jdaviswrites

Thank you for giving this subject your best.

Very helpful so I voted "Awesome"

Feel free to read my hub "The best way to finish a day".

So you will get a nice sleep & nice day by mixing your hub with mine.


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philipandrews188 5 years ago

Hi.

Excellent, Nice Idea.


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

Eiddenwen - Thanks

2patricias - Hey, these are just ideas. At least you got the healthy breakfast down...thanks for reading

Taleb80 - Nice, will do. Thanks for the comment

phillipandrew188 - hi to you, and thank you.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

This was wonderful advice and fun to read from start to finish. I like your touches of humor throughout. At the very least I am going to eat an apple and choose happiness. Thanks for the encouraging words.


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jdaviswrites 5 years ago from California Author

ktrapp - thanks for reading. glad i could humor you...


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kev8 5 years ago

Excellent hub Jeff, I need this at the moment!


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Excellent tips! I try to incorporate many of these as possible:) I'm ready for some more sun....we've been waking up to dreary mornings as of late.


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clydelady2 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

Great hub, the apple instead of coffee will be a bit tricky but good advise! :)


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Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great ideas Jeff. I love all of them. We should incorporate them into our lives everyday. Voted up for useful!

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