Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Woke up on the wrong side of the bed.”?

Well it’s true.

A study looked at how your mindset at the start of the day can influence how that day turns out for you.

What the study authors found was that individuals who had a “positive mindset” at the beginning of their day were:

  • happier throughout
  • more productive
  • connected more with their colleagues
  • rarely got into arguments
  • and bounced back more quickly from tough events that happened throughout the day.

So what can you do to shape the fabric of how the day plays out for you?

Those first few moments after your alarms goes off are crucial for not only your mindset but they can help to mold the very nature of who you are as a person.

So it seems like having some sort of morning ritual that nourishes us at the start of our day would be something to invest some time into.

The Dalai Lama is a good person to look to for guidance on this matter.


It’s been said that he wakes up at 3am and begins a daily routine that has shaped him into one of the most loveable and wise individuals on the planet.

Below is his formula on how to start your day so that you have an awesome life.

The Dalai Lama on How to Start Your Day

Every day, think as you wake up,
today I am fortunate to be alive,
I have a precious human life,
I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself,
to expand my heart out to others,
to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
I am going to have kind thoughts towards others,
I am not going to get angry or think badly about others.
I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

After reading these words from the Dalai Lama it’s pretty clear how he’s been able to positively influence the world daily.

And this is only a brief snapshot of how he influences his mind.

His typical morning routine also includes showering, breakfast, a morning walk, 5 hours of prayer and meditation and 2-3 hours studying various Buddhist texts.


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