17 Simple Things You Can Do This Morning to Guarantee a Successful Day

Seek out good news


In a 2015 study, researchers asked one group of participants to watch just three minutes of positive, solutions-focused news (such as a video of a 70-year-old man who got his GED after failing the test dozens of times). These participants were 27 percent more likely to report a few hours later that their day had been “happy” than people who watched negative news in the morning. Study author Gielan also cited substantial evidence that negative moods affect workplace performance.

Voilà! You’ve improved your state of mind, your health, and your productivity—­all before the weekday has even begun. Now you’re ready to conquer your to-do list for today and every day.

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