Morning Routines for Increased Happiness and Success

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Having a morning routine is one of the best and quickest ways to get out of a life rut and accomplish your goals. Getting up early has been linked to reduced instances of depression, and depending on what you choose to do with the time saved, it can have wide-reaching benefits on the trajectory of your life. Many famous entrepreneurs have morning rituals they swear by. Hal Elrod, keynote speaker and author, credits his “miracle morning” routine with helping him heal after an accident that left him with significant brain injuries and the prospect of never walking again. Today, Hal is a famous entrepreneur who runs ultramarathons and helps thousands of people through his podcasts and books.

Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning

Elrod’s miracle morning routine includes six steps: silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, and scribing (writing/journaling), or the acronym SAVERS. He suggests practicing each step for 10 minutes, but they can be adjusted to fit any schedule. Silence can include meditation or praying, and involves sitting with oneself and one’s thoughts. Affirmations include repeating a mantra or motto out loud to oneself with conviction, and could help increase self-esteem and efficacy. Exercise has well- known physical and psychological benefits, while reading helps develop one’s skills and emotional intelligence. Writing, or journaling, helps improve self-knowledge and regulate one’s mood.

Tony Robbins’ Morning Routine

Self-help guru Tony Robbins starts his day by plunging himself in a pool or shower full of cold water, or his cryotherapy tank. This helps increase endorphins and lowers instances of depression, according to some clinical trials. He also includes a ritual that he calls “priming”, that consists of breathing exercises, gratitude exercises and prayer (Gratitude exercises have been shown to increase happiness and success). Finally, Robbins fuels up with a protein-heavy breakfast to keep his blood-sugar even throughout the morning.

Tim Ferriss’ Morning Routine

The first thing 4-hour workweek author Tim Ferriss does is make his bed. This small step helps start the day off on a positive note and provides a feeling of accomplishment. He then practices transcendental meditation for 20 minutes. This form of meditation involves repeating a mantra, or white sound, and might have physical benefits like reducing blood pressure and increasing insulin resistance. Psychological benefits range from reducing anxiety and neuroticism to aiding learning. Ferris then does some exercises to strengthen his core and drinks Titanium tea for improved cognition and fat loss. Ferriss uses 1 flat teaspoon of each of the following:

  • Pu-erh aged black tea
  • Dragon Well green tea (or other green tea)
  • Turmeric and ginger shavings (preferably Rishi brand)
  • He then adds hot water to the mixture and lets it steep for 1 to 2 minutes.


These are some examples of morning routines that successful entrepreneurs swear by. Feel free to create your own, or to cobble one together based on the activities you find most useful. It could change your life.



Nezha Boutamine | The Edge Blog


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