- Mental Health
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
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.
- 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
Feel-Good Morning Ideas
- Read a good book
- Write a short blog
- Email a poem
- 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
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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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At what time in the morning are you usually awake and ready for your first activity?
(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