In high school I wrote my senior research paper on happiness. In my paper I researched the common age old question "Does money by you happiness?". What I learned was yes it did, but only up to a certain extent. It's more about what your spend your money on. People who don't have their immediate needs taken care of (food, shelter, clothing) are less likely to be happy but that doesn't mean that people without these things can't be happy. The Amish for example live their lives completely different from society and don't depend on things like electronics or money. But when surveyed there happiness didn't seem to be any less than the average American.
One thing I took away from my paper is that your specific spending habits can affect happiness. You're more likely to be happier spending your money on experiences rather than tangible items. For example, if you buy a new car your immediately very happy and excited. Its all you can talk about, you show all your friends, you take it out for a spin all the time. But slowly and slowly your happiness fades has you own the car for longer and longer. Suddenly it's just that boring car that you drive. On the other hand lets say you spend your money on a trip to the Bahamas. You buy your tickets and you're super excited. It's all you can't talk about the week leading up to the trip. Then it's finally time for the trip and you're still excited. Then even after the trip you're still happy because you have those memories that you can keep with you forever.
Recently I've been struggling with lack of motivation. I've been waking up really groggy and not looking forward to my day. Part of it has to do with me getting over my case of pneumonia which left me feeling fatigued for weeks. So I've started planning little tasks for me to everyday. I remembered from my senior paper that people get excited and happy in the anticipation of things. I started getting back into horoscopes. I won't say that I'm a firm believing in the placement of the stars and planets but it's definitely something I want to learn more about (and hopefully do a blog post on). And don't worry I'm not the type to unfriend you if we have incompatible signs (haha). Now I have two daily horoscope apps on my phone and I look forward to reading them in the morning. Sometimes I take their advice with a grain of salt but other days I truly feel like they are spot on. And they motivate me everyday to look out for certain things that normally I wouldn't pay attention to.
I've also been participating in a 30 day song challenge using my Instagram stories. Every day there's a theme like "pick a song that makes you want to dance" and then you post it on your story. I do this in the morning as well and I definitely think it has a positive effect on my day. I love music and it gives me a chance to go through my music library and really find songs that are important to me. I probably bet that most people skip over my story but it makes me happy so that all that matters.
These are just a couple things that help me get up in the morning and start my day on a more positive note. If you're going through a slump and dreading waking up in the morning for whatever reason, find something that you can do daily that will make you excited for another day. If you're not into horoscopes then maybe download a daily devotional if you're religious or find a daily blog that you really like, or do an instagram challenge like me. Set goals for yourself. If not everyday than every week. They can be big or small. My current goal is to be creative at least once a day whether that's drawing, writing, or taking photos. Goal setting is another way to make you excited for what's to come. To make you excited for another day. Money can't buy you happiness but you can create it.