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Happiness Tip: Return to Your Routine

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I’m getting very excited for September, and not just because my kids are headed back to school this week…I love the fresh start that the new school year brings, and I love my routines! We’ve had a wonderful summer, but there is something that is still so exciting for me about getting back into the swing of getting up early again, and about having a regular schedule.

Researchers believe that the brains in both humans and animals evolved to feel calmed by repetitive behavior, and that our daily rituals and habits are a primary way to manage stress. Ever notice that you always drive to work the same way, even though there are dozens of other routes? Or that you always put deodorant on right after you brush your hair? Each of us has hundreds of little habits that carry us through the day. The fast-paced world we live in can feel quite unpredictable, but our daily rituals can help us feel more in control, often without us ever realizing it.

Take Action: Return to routine. What daily routine or ritual did you drop this summer that will provide you with a little respite of calm if you get back into it this fall?

Join the Discussion: What routine do you look forward to getting back into? Leave a comment to inspire others.



  1. Octeach says:

    Thank you for reminding us about the health benefits of establishing daily rituals and habits. As a kindergarten teacher and mother of a young child, this is also a factor that impacts children and how we can contribute to their ability to manage stress and raise their happiness level.

  2. Michael says:

    I surprised myself by returning to weightlifting and swimming while on vacation (family reunion) last week. It feels great to re-establish this routine…even if I’m exhausted from getting up at 4:45 this morning!

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