This is a list my daughter made when she was 7. I haven’t changed the spelling, because that’s one of the things that makes ME happy:

5 Things That Make Me Happy:
1. The fur on puppys
2. The cute little eyes on kittens
3. The horns on unacons
4. The sond of horses cloping
5. Mrs. Marsteler (her 2nd grade teacher)

This first week back to school has been hard. I finally gave myself an early bed time last night because I’m not used to getting up at 6 am and I was getting grumpy. (“Grumpy” is a polite word for what I was…)

I found that the day is much calmer and more pleasant when you can start it with a list of things that make you happy. I think it’s going to be my first task from now on when I get to my office (at 7 am…grrrr…) Here’s this morning’s list:

1. Chocolate.
2. The way an 8-inch-tall bean plant can make 5-inch-long green beans.
3. Getting something right.
4. Late afternoon sunshine.
5. Sharing a good idea.

How do you start your day on a positive note? Do you have morning rituals or habits? What would be on your list of things that make you happy?
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