6 Ways To Wake Up Happier & Transform Your Life

How To Wake Up Happier & Transform Your Life by Stella Asteria | Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

Do you often find yourself waking up grumpy, frustrated or expecting the worst? Like no matter how hard you try, you can’t put a smile on your face in the morning? Maybe you hoped for a better day yesterday, but now that you woke up, you’re not overly optimistic about it. You even believe that there’s no such thing like waking up in a positive mindset.

Maybe you had a bad nightmare, or anticipate an undesirable event at work, or you just don’t know how to manage all these tasks and errands you have to finish, or you have no desire to deal with your reality. Well you’re not the only one. Many people wake up like this, every day. I did too. And I wasn’t even aware of it.

It’s life!

But it’s also a matter of perspective. And hopefully, these six to wake up happier, will enable you to shift your focus.

So How To Wake Up Happier?

#1 Wake up early

Mornings. Oh how they can be so perfect! I always found these early hours so pleasant and relaxing. Go to bed on time, pull the shades, stop snoozing, do whatever you have to do in order to wake up early! There is such a pleasant energy during these early morning hours, perfect to enjoy peace before starting your day. When we wake up with “just” enough time to get ready for work, we simply wake up to another work day. While soaking yourself with the peace and quietude of the morning will affect your entire day, making you more focused, alive, happy, kind and peaceful. And you finally can have that extra time you always wanted. Time alone to think, to write, to do something you love.

#2 Meditate

You have probably already heard about all the scientific benefits of how incredibly effective is meditation to our physical and emotional well-being. For me, morning is the best time to meditate, as it sets the stage for an awesome day. When you meditate early in the morning, you can handle whatever the day brings. Can’t find parking? A rude co-worker? Not a problem. Also morning meditation quiets mind chatter, improves concentration and enhances your awareness.

#3 Have a good breakfast

A healthy breakfast gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus at work or at school. You need a healthy, protein powered breakfast to avoid the blood sugar roller coaster an all-carb meal triggers, which leaves you feeling tired and cranky. You can make and eat a healthy, fatigue-beating breakfast in five minutes! My go-to is scrambled eggs and fresh fruit, or a porridge with nuts, seeds, tahini, honey, dried fruit and cinnamon. Which breakfast makes you wake up happier?

#4 Exercise

A 30-minute jog before breakfast or an hour of pilates early in the morning, will pick you up without tiring you out. Exercise seems to boost levels of energizing brain chemicals like dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. I like to mix my exercise routine with various types of exercise. I do jogging, pilates, yoga, trx and sometimes crossfit and aerobic classes, so neither my mind or body gets bored, plus I always look forward to my next workout cause variety it’s more exciting. When you exercise regularly, you look and feel energized. You radiate passion, vitality and energy!

#5 Have an attitude of gratitude

Gratitude is one of the most empowering feelings. Try to start your day with this feeling in your heart. Even at the toughest situations, there is always something to feel grateful for. If you like writing like I do, you can write down 10 things that you feel grateful for this day or generally, first thing in the morning. You can also write down your daily tasks and then close your eyes, imagine them all done and feel thankful for finishing all your daily tasks with the best possible outcome! That not only helps me to wake up happier, but to expect the best during my day. Or you can feel grateful for everything you touch until you get ready to go to work. If you are experiencing lack of money, feel thankful that you have a roof above your head and something to eat, and if you are sick, feel grateful for being alive another day. What? “Big deal”, you say? Waking up is a gift! If you never tried this, start right away and see how magically it will affect your life! Each day is a beautiful gift. Be grateful.

(This book has amazing daily practices for gratitude, I highly recommend it! If you read it and do the daily practices, please let me know how they worked for you!)

#6 Give

Give. It may be a hug, a smile, a bouquet of flowers, a good morning phone call to a friend, your place in the grocery line to someone behind you, a positive thought, a compliment, just give something with all your heart and make someone’s day special.

There are many times life can be overwhelming and all these may sound to you as a nice theory. But the sure thing is that when you begin your day with a negative mindset, you will not allow the day to unfold.

What about you? How do you start your day? What makes you wake up happier? Is there anything else you’d like to add to this list? Please don’t be shy and share it with us in the comments below!

PS: This post is dedicated to my friends Christophe & Philippe. Thank you from my heart for everything you’ve done for me, for making me feel more than welcome to Paris, to your home and to your heart. ♥️


  1. 12/05/2017 / 09:53

    You can’t possibly imagine sweetie how much I’ve been needing this post! Thank you so much for sharing your positive energy! So happy you’ve found good friends in Paris, you deserve all the love.
    Lots of love from https://tbymallano.com/

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:59

      One of them is you <3 I am so happy you enjoyed the post, and can't wait for you to tell me your thoughts about the book! Happy Monday sweetheart! xo

    • Jo
      01/05/2020 / 11:29

      This is another great post, Stella. It’s packed full of good advice, and the content is beautifully written. There’s soo much I want
      to reply to (good things), but I will take up too much of your time.

      • Stella Asteria
        01/05/2020 / 11:30

        Don’t worry dear. I am always happy to read your thoughts and feedback! Thanks for reading and for your lovely words 🙂

  2. 12/05/2017 / 10:10

    Oh my dear Stella! What a wonderful and helpful post! I love the way you write! I’ve been working on these tasks for some weeks now and really needed this post to stay on track. A positive mindset can change your whole day, the way you feel about yourself and the way you look at life. And you are so right – waking up is a gift! We need to remind ourselves that we are responsible for our feelings and that it is in our hands to make the best out of our day.

    Have a wonderful start into the weekend!
    Sending big hugs your way <3



    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:58

      Thanks so much my dear Verena, I am really glad you enjoyed reading and that you believe that a positive mindset can change your whole day and the way you look at life. Some situations can be described completely different, depending on the observer. It’s only in our hands to make the best out of our day, that’s so true! Thank you for your thoughtful comment and have an amazing week darling! xoxo

  3. 12/05/2017 / 10:44

    I do each and every one of these except for the gratitude one. Usually I’m so busy rushing around getting my four year old ready for nursery, I don’t have the mental ‘bandwidth’ to stop and be quiet and and soak in the gratitude. I’ve just bought the book you recommend and will make an effort here. I need to make space in my day or morning for that.

    One other thing that makes me happy in the mornings is taking the time to stop and notice nature. Did it rain overnight? Is it cold? Is there dew on the grass? Is it humid? What kind of clouds are there today? It sounds silly, but it helps me be present and feel alive right there in that moment of the morning.

    Thank you for this post; I love these. xxx

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:56

      To me it sounds that you already feel grateful for the great nature that surrounds you. When you take that time to notice and appreciate the things that please you, like the dew on the grass, is part of being thankful. But of course, when you intentionally sit down and think/write a list of the things you are grateful for, you will find surprisingly many things. I am really really glad that you got the book because I know how much it helps if you take it seriously. I can’t wait for you to tell me your manifestations during this month of the 28 practices! <3

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:51

      That’s great, one step at a time is fine 🙂

  4. Jo
    12/05/2017 / 12:24

    Oh, Stella! This is a fantastic post. I agree with everything in it, except for the jogging bit. Much better a long walk.
    I’m an early bird, too. Life is soo pleasant before 9am.
    I love breakfast. Real Greek yoghurt with blueberries, Toast and marmalade, English tea. Or, porage with crushed walnuts, dried apricots, cinnamon and honey. Oooh! This is making me feel hungry. There is so much to respond to in your post, I could go on all day.
    Is that your balcony, Stella? It looks lovely.
    A happy weekend to you,
    Hugs, Jo x

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:51

      Hello my dear Jo! No this is not my balcony, it’s my friends’ who I already miss so badly, the ones that this post is dedicated to! We lived some really amazing moments by this balcony.. As for breakfast, my latest crush is chia seed pudding, have you tried it? It’s super easy to make and I have breakfast ready every morning! 😀 Happy Monday and have a wonderful week, full of blessings! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:48

      Thanks Melanie!

  5. 12/05/2017 / 15:51

    These are all such fantastic suggestions, Stella! I’ve found that waking up earlier and getting started with my day a bit earlier than I typically would has made life so much easier for me, making my days less stressed because I’m able to do more with my time. It hasn’t been easy these past couple of weeks, though, since I’ve been so extremely fatigued, since I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, but I can attest to it being affective. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:48

      I am so glad you do that Jalisa! How amazing to have that extra time early in the morning, when everything and everyone is quiet 🙂 When is your due date? Have a wonderful week! xo

  6. Jo
    12/05/2017 / 16:54

    My Life has been a mixture of good and bad experiences, and I’m forever grateful for the good times and the people whom have got me through to now.
    Many people now expect everything. Wealth, health and happiness. Whatever happened to the word, ‘hope’? We used to hope for these things, and excepted if it wasn’t to be.
    As you know. Since Christmas I have been rather ill. And only now have been given the news that I am okay. As long as I do not lose any more weight.
    Now, the following might not please everyone, because there are those not so fortunate. But to my mind. The good thing about being ill, and recovering,
    is that it makes me realize what being well really means.
    Thank you, Stella for compiling a truly wonderful post.
    Kisses, Jo

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:47

      Thank you as well my dear Jo for stopping by and reading it. I am really glad that everything is finally fine now with your health and I can relate to what you write. Even when catching a stupid little cold, I appreciate even more the gift of health. It’s really the most important thing in our lives. xo

  7. 12/05/2017 / 18:02

    Oh this was written right on time for me 🙂
    I think it all starts with gratitude, so right on Stella !

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:45

      I am very happy that I shared this right on time for you Lorena, as it has been in my drafts forever 🙂 And yes it all starts with gratitude! Great note! x

  8. 12/05/2017 / 21:41

    BABE you are the Bomb ! You are so right ! Meditating is such a great thing – I do it nearly everyday and take time for it for about 15-20 minutes of meditating 🙂 Thank u for the tips hun
    xx Amanda


    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:44

      Glad to hear that Amanda! 🙂 Me too, and now I can really tell the difference between a day that started with meditation and a day that has not! x

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:43

      That’s right 🙂

  9. 13/05/2017 / 08:46

    Stella, these tips are so true and a must and I loved them! These are like simple things but so important! Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend!


    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:43

      I am glad you enjoyed reading Violette! It’s usually the simple things that make the whole difference in life 🙂 Have a great week!

  10. 13/05/2017 / 11:53

    I found all these tips really useful Stella. I think I already try to apply some of them in my day to day life (except for the morning exercise, tried and failed miserably at waking up earlier for a jog!). I think giving is one of the best ways to be happier and something we tend to forget is an easy thing, a true honest compliment or simply yielding way to another car in our rushed commute is a beautiful act of giving! I love croissants in the morning and my favourite tune blasting while I am in the shower and getting ready for work 🙂 You look so pretty on that Parisian balcony. Have an amazing weekend, dearest!
    Saida | She talks Glam

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:42

      So glad to read you have the same feelings about giving. It’s so nice to see someone unexpectedly happy/smiling because you made his/her day with just a simple thing! And what a great tip you added here, listening to my favourite music all day long is a necessary factor of a happy day for sure 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and have an amazing week! xoxo

  11. 13/05/2017 / 19:54

    Meditate and working out always help me. For meditate, it is the time, when I can just let go all of my problems (even though at least for 10 minutes) It usually makes me feel better to stop thinking about other stuff!


    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:39

      You are right Gail, meditation is the best solution for mind chatter but this is only the beginning of the vast benefits that meditation offers.

  12. Miri
    13/05/2017 / 21:20

    I totally agree that meditation, attitude of gratitude and giving back are super important and will make anyone feel better. 🙂


    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:39

      Yes, it’s true 🙂

  13. 14/05/2017 / 06:45

    What a great read! I agree with all your pointers for a happier life. I love waking up early, then mediating, followed by my workouts. This routine has helped me have a much more productive day. Nice photo!


    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 07:38

      I am so glad to read you already do these things early in the morning and helped you Racquel!

  14. 15/05/2017 / 07:46

    Ok the last one is a surefire way to give you all the smiles. The first one, waking up early, I struggle with. I know that it’s good for me and that I’ll get so much more done and have half the day left to go. But I’m just no a morning person. Maybe it’s all in my attitude and I need to find a way to make it happen.

    xx Yasmin

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 08:03

      I understand it’s really hard. I was never a morning person either and took me years to adjust to a morning routine. Even now there are days that I just can make it to wakeup. But now I can compare days when I’ve woken up early with the days I haven’t, and just by noticing that tremendous difference alone, makes me wake up even earlier the next day haha! If you want to try it, maybe start by putting the alarm clock 10 minutes earlier day by day? 😉

  15. 15/05/2017 / 13:23

    Such a great post, my dear Stella!
    I’ve already started to add some of your tips to my daily routine as waking up early and having a good breakfast.
    I totally agree with you the morning hours are the best and can also be the most productive of the day!
    Thanks for sharing those wonderful tips with us!
    Wishing you a wonderful day!
    Katharina ♥

    • Stella Asteria
      15/05/2017 / 14:01

      I am really glad to hear that Katharina 🙂 For me nothing compares to the morning hours. If some day I wake up late, I am so grumpy haha! Thank you as well for stopping by and have an amazing week! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      16/05/2017 / 09:11

      Thanks a lot Caroline! Have a wonderful week too! x

  16. 25/05/2017 / 11:08

    Love this blog post, my dear!!!!

    Thank you so much for these great tips! I have to admit, it happens sometimes that I wake up grumpy, especially if it’s a day full of deadlines and to-do’s. However, I also try to think of all the positive things every day and be grateful for everything I have in my life.

    Wish you a wonderful day, my dear!!!

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