Psychological Benefits of a New Day

Those who greet the new day with a positive attitude generate positive emotions. They feel grateful, joyful, hopeful, useful and blessed. These feelings carry health benefits, and are available to everyone. They are recycled everyday for a fresh new feel.

Welcome every morning with a smile. . . Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again.

— Og Mandino, American author and inspirational speaker
The Eiffel Tower (Paris, France) at Sunrise - January 11, 2005 by Tristan Nitot
The Eiffel Tower (Paris, France) at Sunrise - January 11, 2005 by Tristan Nitot | Source

Mary Ann Copson, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner states several benefits of positive emotions:

  • Positive emotions form the experiential foundation for mentally healthy people.
  • Positive emotions broaden our intellectual, physical, and social resources and build reserves for us to draw upon.
  • The more positive emotion we experience the more open to new ideas and new experiences we become.
  • A positive mood moves us into growth and development, exploration and discovery.

Following are three broad categories into which we can group some of the psychological benefits of new day.


(1) New Energy

Even before getting out of bed, we can begin to experience new energy. Instead of staring at the ceiling and allowing our minds to wander, we can intentionally focus our thoughts on some or all of following morning energy boosters—all natural.

Photo by Aline Mueller
Photo by Aline Mueller | Source
  • The chorus of roosters crowing;
  • The silvery streak of sunlight peering through the curtain folds;
  • The silhouette of waving branches against the bright sky;
  • The tweet of a blackbird resting on the windowsill;
  • The sight of a new blossom through the open window;
  • The sprint of the cat through the bedroom door soon as it opens.

They all awaken our senses of sight and sound, and generate new mental energy with ideas for own movements during the day. .

Add to the new boost, the feel of our muscle-pulling in a body stretch after our feet touch the floor, and the energy of our prayer of thanks for being part of a new day, followed by the humming of our favorite tune while the water slaps our shoulders in the shower. Physically, the blood circulation gets a boost; spiritually and mentally, visions of a good day full of new opportunities inspire thoughts of productivity and success.

For those who are able, an early morning walk is advisable. Not only does it start the body in motion, but Southern California university study reveals that the more people walk each day, the more energetic they feel and the better their mood.

Professor Robert Thaye affirms that “the more a person walks has a very real and immediate psychological effect that an individual can experience every day . . . We're really experiencing an epidemic of stress and depression during these current times. . . So, it is important to get the word out and make people realize that if they get up and walk or exercise, they will feel better."


(2) New Ideas

Sunrise in Joshua Tree California (January 5, 2012) by Jessie Eastland
Sunrise in Joshua Tree California (January 5, 2012) by Jessie Eastland | Source

Feel-Good Morning Ideas

  • Read a good book
  • Write a short blog
  • Email a poem
  • Dancercise
  • Do some gardening
  • Take a brisk walk
  • Take nature photos
  • Share a prayer
  • Sing along with some music
  • Hand-write a letter
  • Make a to-do list
  • Journal a gratitude list
  • Review previous journal entries

There are countless agencies offering devotional, motivational, financial and self improvement nuggets to help start your day. Just arrange to receive it in an e-mail or on any of the several electronic communication devices.

For those who like to turn the actual leaf, books can be equally full of ideas in the same areas. However we get our ideas, they are more likely to germinate and bear fruit in a quiet, restful atmosphere, such as the early morning provides.

The idea of a fresh start at the beginning of a new day encourages us to form new perspectives on what seemed like failures on the previous day. We become creative. Worries tend to subside, and we are more likely to think of alternatives. However, be reminded that for ideas to be most effective in the morning, it is better to go to bed early the night before.

Here is some good advice:

  • “Watching stimulating TV programs, listening to loud music, playing engrossing video games or having an argument, are activities you should avoid before going to sleep. These activities stimulate your mind, leaving you feeling restless in the bed. An over-active mind will take more time to hit deep sleep, thus feeling tired in the morning.”

Get adequate rest at night and know your reason for waking up in the morning. With practice Robert Brault’s quote can become a habit. “Each day learn something new, and just as important, relearn something old.”


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(3) New Experiences

On the day that I listed the morning energy boosters in the first section, I had a delightful experience:

I stepped out on the veranda looking for more evidences of morning blessings and I heard someone call my name. It was a trance-like experience because there was no one in sight. I heard my name again, and I recognized the voice of the seven-year old boy who lived next door. I stepped out into the yard and looked on my side of the fence where the sound seemed to come from. I did not see him on my side or on his. He called my name a third time and this time he was laughing hilariously.

“Look up at the bathroom window,” he spurted between laughs. I never would have seen him if he did not tell me where to look. His face was dripping with water from the shower, and we both laughed.

That morning, I was elated because I had engaged in play and laughter with a child. We created a memory which is one-of-a-kind because it could never happen that same way again. For days after, we could not look at each other without laughing, and I still laugh when I remember. It happened without any planning on his part or mine. It came with the morning.

For each new day, expect pleasant experiences. Whenever there's an unpleasant one, expect some compensation on the next new day.


© 2013 Dora Isaac Weithers

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

You began your hub with a quote from one of my favorite authors. I have been an early riser for decades and I love the promise of a new day. Great suggestions and message my friend.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wow MsDora,

This is a superb write here full of great advice as to having the right mindset starting out each new day!

Before I get out of bed, I love to thank the good Lord for another beautiful day and praise His name. Once I do that, then the day always starts out great!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

I never really thought of it this way.. but it's true.. you wake up refreshed and the new day can help rejuvenate..motivate.. it can be beneficial if you allow it.. what a wonderful share MsDora :) Bless you


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Billybuc, "the promise of a new day" is in itself refreshing. Thanks for your beautiful comment.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith Reaper, your spiritual habit of thanking God cannot be improved upon. Thanks for sharing.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, thanks for your encouraging comment. "If you allow it" is a key element of receiving the benefits.


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drmiddlebrook 3 years ago from Texas, USA

Great article, MsDora. As usual, your Hub is filled with great information, natural beauty, and inspirational advice. I'm taking this one to heart because I love mornings. They are a gift from God: A new chance to get something done you've putting off or just need to do, or just another opportunity to acknowledge you are among the blessed that God has given a new day to.


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manatita44 3 years ago from london

"It came with the morning"

"The cold sad darkness of the previous night,

The uncertainty of tomorrow's dawn,

The vale of tears pouring into

A chasm of despair...

Now washed clear by the lightening thrills

Of restful sleep.

In place, a river of gratitude-grace;

A soulful start: An unburdened heart;

It came with the morning."

A loving and spontaneous take on your beautiful sutra. Great interaction with the kid. Loving you lots.


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denise.w.anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

There was a time in my life when I greeted the sunrise with a walk at dawn. It was indeed refreshing and I miss it! Now, the sun is in my window long before I am able to rise. These days, I greet the morning with a phone call to my husband in a distant city. Health problems do funny things to a person, but morning can still be a beautiful time of day!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Dr Middlebrook, " A new chance to get something done," is certainly enough to inspire gratitude for a new day. Thanks for your input.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Manatita, loving you too and grateful for your classical poetic response.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, thanks for sharing your very positive take on the morning. Health problems can hardly get you down, when you start the day with such a wonderful attitude.


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manatita44 3 years ago from london

My empathy with Denise. Wishing her well. Loving thoughts Denise.


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izettl 3 years ago from The Great Northwest

This was a feel-good hub. I used to be a night owl, then I had my first kid and she was the same. Now I have my second and he is early to bed, early to rise. I've actually grown to like it. Even though there aren't too many of the early feel-good morning activities I can do with him (he is only 16 months old), but we enjoy looking out the back window and watching birds and if the weather is nice we get out early- I tend to the garden. Just like experience with the little boy nextdoor, I get the same fun and unexpected things from my kids. My daughter though still isn't a morning person so I have to try to cheer her into getting up. Usually it cheers us all up.

Also, it was not too long ago I saw an interview with Maya Angelou- I read one of her books years ago. She has a lot to say on how we greet the day. For some reason listening to her and her wisdom made me feel better about getting up early and greeting the day positively. It really makes a difference. I get up about a half hour before my first who wakes up and I lie in bed with him before he wakes and I think of things I'm thankful for.

Great hub!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Izettl, I think that you are doing a great job, both for yourself and for your children who will imitate your actions. Maya Angelou is a very inspirational author. You're building some wholesome priniciples into your life. I admire you.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi MsDora, I loved your take on the motivational aspects of using early morning to get yourself in a positive frame of mind for the day. Early morning is my favourite time of day. I love to watch the sun rise, and the day be full of promise. It doesn't always work out the we hoped it would, but then there is always the special hope that it will the next day! Great writing!


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Good morning Ms. Dora.. how are you this beautiful morning.. I want to thank you for always such beautiful inspirational hubs that lift my spirits and show such love of our Lord.. God bless you so much my dear.

always wonderful to read your work ..

Debbie


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ComfortB 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Good day MsDora - As far as I can remember, I've made it a point to wake up in the wee hour of the morning (5am ish). Gather the family together for our morning devotion, get The Word and say our prayers, something you mentioned in this hub. Nothing gets my day going faster and better. He gives strength for the day.

Great hub. Voted up and interesting. :)


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Vicki, thanks for sharing your positivity about the morning. We can always expect a better morning.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Deborah, I feel grateful this morning. I got to lie in bed and listen to the rain. We will continue to encourage each other.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Comfort B, you've got it going on the way it should be. God bless you and your family as keep your focus on Him.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Excellent advice! From personal experience I know that all your tips to start a new day in a positive mood work! Thanks, MsDora :)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

There are benefits of getting up positively and having positive emotions course through you all day. Each day is different and we need not carry our negative emotions on to a fresh new day.

Great tips. Voted up.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Martie, thanks for your affirmation. I appreciate your kind comment.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rajan, well said. Each day is different and we should get ready for new challenges with new attitudes and approaches.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Lol! I love the story about the little boy calling to you! how lovely, I totally agree about going for a walk, it certainly raises the spirit, and makes us feel so much better, lovely thoughts MsDora, nell


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Nell, thanks for your affirmation. I appreciate your kind comment.


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SAM ELDER 3 years ago from Home

Great share MsDora :) Thank you


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank YOU, Sam reading and commenting. Hope your mornings are all great events for you.


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My Cook Book 3 years ago from India

I simply wanna say, i really had a good time reading your hub. Good work!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

MyCook Book, welcome to HubPages! Glad you enjoyed my hub. Hope you'll enjoy many others.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Psychological Benefits of a New Day such a wonderful thought every day is a new one and one should be happy and enjoy the day. Sound advice from you and most encouraging indeed.


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Ebonny 2 years ago from UK

It's always advisable to start the day as you mean to go on - positively. Thank you for this reminder.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

DDE, encouragement from you adds to my day. Thank you very much.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Ebonny, you captured it accurately. Thank you for your input.

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