Our early morning mindset determines a lot about how we experience the day – and when we begin with hope and optimism, the world becomes a friendlier, more helpful place. Here are some simple habits to help make each day an adventure worth having.

Begin with intention. Wake up in the morning with a clear idea of who you want to become and where you want to be. After all, what we think, we become.

Be compassionate. Every person you encounter is on a journey, just like you. Be gracious, be humble, and be kind to fellow travelers. At the end of the day we are remembered not by what we did for ourselves, but what we did for others.

Be open to adventure. Carpe diem! Be on the lookout for new opportunities and chances to grow. Learn to say yes to what life has to offer, and greet each sunset with satisfaction.

Be kind to yourself. Each day is another chance to grow in wellness. Make time to nurture and develop your special interests and talents, and try not to be so busy that you don’t have time for the things you love.

Be grateful. When the day is over, look back and remember the small things you are thankful for – and yes, there is always something to be thankful for. Remember what made you smile, and what made this day unique.