As I face my first day of creating a habit of happiness, I decided to follow Mr. Peale's prescription. Upon waking, repeat Psalm 118:24 three times before breakfast. Say it aloud, strongly, clearly and with a positive attitude.
"This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it."
I know you can't hear the positive tone, but you gotta trust me, even at 6 a.m., it's there.
In addition, to repeating this before getting out of bed, I read a few positive affirmations about the day ahead that Mr. Peale suggests, such as, "I believe today is going to be a wonderful day." And ending with, "I thank God for every good thing." I decided to chose one of Mr. Peale's affirmations and remind myself of it throughout the day.
God is here. He is with me. He will see me through.
Considering the other thing I did to get into this happiness thing, it's really a good thing that I don't have a roommate. I sang, out loud, at 6 a.m. It's scary, trust me. This idea was all my own. The first verse of the hymn It is Well with My Soul, has been running through my mind a lot lately. Especially when my soul does not feel at ease. So, I have chosen this song as my anthem. My happiness anthem. My hope is I will remember the words when something doesn't go right today, or when my emotions - the bad ones - threaten to get the better of me and try to ruin my happy day.
At least for today, be thankful you don't live with me. Think happy thoughts today. It might not make you fly, but hopefully it'll make your spirit soar.